The Warriors (27-14-4-1) with 59 points, face the Ice (26-13-2-3) who have 57 points for the final time this regular season. The Warriors hold a one game advantage in the series having won two of the three meetings thus far. Last season the two split the season series at 2-2. All three games have been decided by a goal. The last meeting was the final game of the post-Christmas road trip for the Warriors who won 3-2 on January 7th. Tanner Eberle had a big night pacing the Warriors to the win. Eberle had two goals and an assist.
The Warriors won their second consecutive game 2-0 Wednesday night against the Victoria Royals. Spencer Tremblay recorded his 1st shutout in WHL career. The netminder stopped all 23 shots sent his way. James Henry and Cam Braes scored for the Warriors. Sunday night ended a weekend three game set Brandon was the night's opponent and the game was one-goal game until the Warriors scored five unanswered to make the final 8-2. Four Warriors registered three point nights. James Henry and Cam Braes each recorded a goal and two assists. Henry's goal was his first as a Warrior. Justin Kirsch had two goals and an assist. The fourth Warriors to register three points was Quinton Howden, he tallied three helpers. The second of two matches in Alberta saw the Warriors take on the Tigers in Medicine Hat. The Warriors tied the game on three separate occasions, but fell 6-3. Cam Braes scored his first goal as a Warrior, his 100th goal of his WHL career. Hitting the road once again, the Warriors traveled west to face the Calgary Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
In the last five games Warriors are 3-2. Moose Jaw has the second most wins on home ice with 19-3-2 and a road record of 8-11-2. When leading after the first and second period the Warriors are 16-1. That unblemished record was broken by the Hitmen Friday, Jan.13th. When the Warriors outshoot their opponent they have a 16-6-2 record. The Warriors are 16-4-4 in one goal games. The Warriors have the ninth ranked power play (22.2%) and the sixth best penalty killing (81.0%) in the league. The Warriors have played in 10 overtime games (collecting 15 points) tied for most in the WHL, only the Red Deer Rebels have played in as many.
Warriors to watch:
Tanner Eberle and Kenton Miller have put up numbers against the Ice this season each recording 3 pts in three games. (2G, 1A)
Cam Braes has been an offensive catalyst since coming over in the trade tallying seven points in seven games (3G, 4A).
Justin Kirsch is also wielding a hot piece of lumber. As a Warrior, in 24 games Kirsch is at a point-a-game clip with 12 goals and 12 helpers in 23 games.
James Henry is also chipping in offensively recording four points (2G,2A) in four games as a Warrior.
Spencer Tremblay recorded his first career shutout in the WHL Wednesday night against the Victoria Royals.
Ice Players to watch:
Drew Czerwonka has recorded three points in three games against the Warriors.
Nathan Lieuwen has the second best GAA (2.11) and save percentage (.927)
The Reinhart brothers are also players to watch, Max has 28 pts in the road games this season and Sam is tied for fifth in rookie scoring in the WHL.
To finish out the first month of 2012, the Warriors play two on the road, Regina tomorrow night and Swift Current on Tuesday (Jan. 24th). The two home dates are back-to-back games next Friday when the Blades come to town and the Broncos pay a visit to Mosaic.
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