Friday, January 27, 2012


Photo by Stephen Simon
The Warriors increased their lead in the division by holding on for a 2-1 win Friday night against the Saskatoon Blades at Mosaic Place. With the two points the Warriors move seven points ahead of the Blades with the win and sit atop the East Division.

Kenton Miller has been known this season to put the game away with four insurance goals this season. This time Miller, with his 18th, put the Warriors ahead in a closely contested game. On their sixth powerplay opportunity of the evening, Miller buried a loose puck to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

The Blades grabbed the lead at the midway point in the second. Matej Stransky, a Dallas Stars draft pick, scored his 26th goal of the season. Quinton Howden tied the game for the Warriors later in the second. Howden picked up a pass from James Henry and flew down his off-wing and snapped home is 16th of the season. With that marker, Howden is three goals shy of the 100 career goal mark in his WHL career. Henry finished with two assists on the night, the only player to record a multi-point night.

Like the first twenty minutes, the last twenty ended up scoreless. The teams traded chances and the game came down to the wire. Both team's goalies were called upon and answered. The Warriors outshot the Blades 17-6 in the second, but were outshot 14-10 in the third. However, the Warriors did end the game with a 36-30 advantage on the shot clock.

The Warriors are right back at it tomorrow night here at Mosaic. The Swift Current Broncos pay a visit with a second match-up this week. All the action can be heard live on Country100 FM with James Gallo. Be sure to check out our Moose Jaw Warriors webpage,, Facebook page, and Twitter!/MJWARRIORS.

Tonight's Three Stars:

1st Quinton Howden

2nd Luke Siemens

3rd Matej Stransky (Blades)

Hardest Working Warrior (HWW) - Kenton Miller

Scoring Summary
2. SAS M. Stransky, (26) (J. Nicholls, B. Benson), 9:15

2. M.J Q. Howden, (16) (J. Henry, J. Edmundson), 14:15

2. M.J K. Miller, (18) (J. Henry, J. Kirsch), 19:40 (PP)

Andrey Makarov - 34 on 36 shots

Luke Siemens - 29 on 30 shots

Photo by Stephen Simon

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