Friday, December 2, 2011
Warriors Working For the Weekend
They may be kicked out of Mosaic Place because of the "Holiday Festival on Ice", but that’s not stopping the Moose Jaw Warriors from getting ready for a pair of weekend games.
The guys practiced at the Bert Hunt yesterday, they're coming off of a 3-0 win over Prince Albert Wednesday and have points in five out of their last six.
Quinton Howden says even though they've found success as of late, they're still working hard at becoming better
"We've had some breakdown's here and there, and some costly turnovers that have hurt us. We've got the coaches behind us doing video every day helping us out fixing our mistakes. In the end we're making ourselves better each day."
The Florida Panthers 2010 first round draft pick has been on fire since returning from an early season injury, notching 11 goals and 25 points in 16 games.
Howden says muscling out a couple of close games as of late and throughout the year has helped them to build the teams character.
"That game in Brandon where we came back in the third period, other games where we're down a couple games and coming back to win, those are the character wins that we need to be pulling out. We're getting the job done and getting wins and that's all that matters."
The tribe has a pair of games on the weekend, the first being Saturday night at Mosaic Place against the Kootenay Ice. Howden says they've been anxiously awaiting this game against the Eastern Conference leaders.
"I remember last time we played them I was sitting out (due to injury) and got to watch, it was a good game. They're obviously the champs from last year and beat us out of the playoffs, it's kind of a bit of revenge game. They're having a good start to their season so it'll be a good test for us."
Howden says fans heading to the game tomorrow will see them and Kootenay go toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow. "They've got a lot of skilled guys over there, they're a good team."
"You saw them come together as a team last year and that's what helped them win a championship. Obviously their coaches making them do that again this year, and we're doing the same type of thing. It'll be a grind it out type of game and we're looking forward to it."
Catch the Warriors and Kootenay Ice Saturday night on Country 100, DiscoverMooseJaw.com, and mjwarriors.ca. James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith get you ready for the opening draw with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.
On Sunday the tribe heads back to Prince Albert for a rematch with the Raiders, coverage begins that night at 6:40pm.
In other WHL news...
Edmonton smashed Calgary 6-1 Thursday night. Tyler Maxwell scored two goals, Mark Pysyk had three assists, Dylan Wruck, Cody Corbett, and Martin Gernat had two assists each.
The win pulls the Oil Kings into a tie for third with the Warriors in the Eastern Conference.
Friday WHL schedule;
Kootenay v Prince Albert
Vancouver v Regina
Red Deer v Brandon
Spokane v Calgary
Saskatoon v Medicine Hat
Prince George v Kamloops
Everett v Portland
Victoria v Kelowna
Tri City v Seattle