Saturday, January 14, 2012

Game Preview - Tigers vs Warriors

Game Day - January 14 at Medicine Hat Tigers
The Warriors (25-13-4-1) have faced the Tigers (24-16-2-2) once this season, November 19th. It was on a Saturday night at Mosaic Place, The Warriors won a one-goal game 3-2. Quinton Howden had three assists in the game. Justin Kirsch scored with the man advantage to seal the game for the Warriors about half way through the third period. Luke Siemens turned aside 25 of 27 shots, 12 in a busy third to preserve the victory. The Warriors outshot the Tigers 32-27. The Tigers and Warriors hook up two more times this season after tonight. The teams will play a home-and-home set on February 17 and 18th. The Warriors will look to get a winning streak going tonight and build upon their early season success against the Tigers.

The Warriors are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. Moose Jaw has the second most wins on home ice with 17 and a road record of 8-10-2. When leading after the first period the Warriors are 15-1-2. That unblemished record was tarnished by the Hitmen in last night's contest. And when leading after the second, they have only one loss (14-1-3). When the Warriors outshoot their opponent they have a 14-5-2 record. The Warriors have the 13th ranked power play (20.9%) and the eighth best penalty killing (80.4%) 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.

The Warriors will play their second game in the province of Alberta tonight against the Tigers. Last night in Calgary, the Warriors had a great start to the game and played a strong first period. Shayne Gwinner did the best thing a road team can do. Score first. A point shot by Gwinner found the back of the net and the Warriors held the lead after the first period. In the second, the Hitmen scored five straight, before Travis Brown, his fourth of the season, scored for the Warriors. The final score was 5-2 in favour of the home team. The game got hostile toward the end of the game, the unpleasant-res were being exchanged by both teams throughout the game. This was a carryover from the previous two meeting with the Hitmen this season.

The Warriors will finally return home to end the weekend with a date against Brandon. Sunday night is the first of three home dates for the Warriors next week. The Warriors will welcome the Victoria Royals mid-week and then square off with the Kootenay Ice next Friday for the final time this regular season. Before ending the week in the Queen City to challenge the Pats next Saturday night which is also Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.

Leading Warriors:

Scorer - Cam Braes now leads the Warriors in scoring with 45 points in 45 games (24G, 22A)

Goals - Cam Braes 24

The Warriors leading goal scorers prior to the arrival of Braes, Kenton Miller, Quinton Howden and Sam Fioretti with 14.

Assists - James Henry 35

Preceding the arrival of James Henry (35), Cody Beach was the top disher leading the Warriors with 22 helpers.

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