Tuesday, January 24, 2012
GAME PREVIEW: WARRIORS AT BRONCOS
There first two meeting were in October and then twice in November. Thus far, the two teams have split the four-game head-to-head series. Ironically, the home teams have the victories. Both teams play well when on home ice. The Warriors have 20 wins on home ice, which is tied for the most in the WHL. The Broncos record at home is four games above .500 (13-9). The Warriors collected two wins in October. Both games were at Mosaic, a 7-4 and 3-2 victory. At the Credit Union, the Broncos evened the season series with 3-2 and 6-2 wins. Last season, Moose Jaw won four of six.
The Warriors (28-14-5-1, 61 points), will take on the Swift Current Broncos (18-24-2-3,41 points) in a divisional match-up tonight. The Warriors come in with three wins in their last four and collecting seven of a possible eight points. In the last five games, the Warriors are 3-2. In their last three games, the club has scored 16 goals. Moose Jaw has the most wins on home ice with 20-3-2 and a road record of 8-11-3. When leading after the first the Warriors are 17-1-2. That unblemished record was broken by the Hitmen Friday, Jan.13th. And when leading after forty minutes, they hold a record of 16-1-4. The one loss held by the Warriors when leading after 40 minutes was tarnished by the Pats on Dec. 9th, 2011. When the Warriors outshoot their opponent they have a 17-6-2 record. The Warriors are 17-4-5 in one goal games. The Warriors have the ninth ranked power play (22.1%) and the eighth best penalty killing (80.2%) in the league. The Moose Jaw Warriors have played in 12 overtime games, (tied) most in the WHL. They have collected 18 points from games in extra time. The Warriors have 7 players with 10 or more goals this season.
The last three games for the Warriors have needed extra time to decide which team will get two points in two of them. For the second straight game, overtime was needed to declare a victor. The Warriors do leave Regina with a point, but lost 3-2 in overtime to the Pats Saturday night at the Brandt Centre. Moose Jaw held the lead through two periods before the Pats forced the contest into overtime. An overtime winner by Andrew Johnson kept the winning streak alive and at three. The Warriors earned two points with a 6-5 win over the Kootenay Ice Friday night at Mosaic Place. Joel Edmundson, Kendall McFaull, Quinton Howden and Cody Beach all had two point nights against Kootenay. Moose Jaw won their second consecutive game Wednesday night by a score of 2-0 over the Victoria Royals. Spencer Tremblay recorded a shutout the first of his WHL career. The netminder stopped all 23 shots put his way. James Henry and Cam Braes scored for the Warriors.
Players to watch on both sides tonight. Cam Braes leads the Warriors in scoring with 53 points with 27 goals and 26 assists. In his six games with the club, he has 3 goals and 5 assists. For the Broncos, Taylor Vause leads the Broncos in scoring with 24 goals and 30 helpers for 54 points. The pair are playing in their 20-year-old season, similar to Braes, Vause has played for one club his entire career. Braes had played for one team during his WHL career until the trade deadline this season saw him leave Lethbridge for Moose Jaw. Another trade deadline acquisition James Henry has also contributed on the offensive side. Henry has six points in six games as a Warrior. Henry is approaching a couple of WHL milestones. Henry is 13 games short of 300 for his career and 10 points shy of 200 in the WHL.
The Warriors currently hold 1st place in the East Division, three points up on Saskatoon. The Broncos currently sit 10th in the Conference and are eight points out of a playoff spot which is being held by Brandon.