Saturday, February 11, 2012


Game Preview: Moose Jaw Warriors at Red Deer Rebels

The Moose Jaw Warriors finish up their three-game swing through the Central Division and Alberta by facing the Red Deer Rebels tonight at the Enmax Centrium. The Warriors have a three game undefeated streak going including two consecutive wins on the road. The Warriors are ine of the hottest teams in the WHL with an 8-1-1 record. This is the third meeting between the Rebels and Warriors, the last in Red Deer for the 2011-12 regular season.

The Warriors (34-15-5-1--74 points), clash with the Red Deer Rebels (54- 25-24-1-4--55points) at the Enmax Centrium for the third and final Central Division opponent of this road trip. The season series thus far is even at 1-1. The home team has claimed their victory. The first meeting of the season saw the Rebels grab a 3-2 home ice win. Sam Fioretti collected two assists in the game. The Warriors outshot the Rebels 41-16. On Dec. 6th, 2011 at Mosaic, the Warriors won by 6-5 score. Quinton Howden scored with just five ticks on the clock for the Warriors to obtain the two points. Andrew Johnson had three helpers in the game. Andrew Johnson and Sam Fioretti lead the Warriors offensively each putting up four points in two games against the Rebels.
Photo by Cory Kerr

On Friday night at the Saddledome, the Warriors fell behind by two early, but rallied to score four unanswered to collect a 4-2 victory against the Hitmen. Kenton Miller had a three point night and Justin Kirsch added a pair of assists, as the two former Hitmen contributed in defeating their old club. In Lethbridge, the Warriors picked up two points with a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes. Quinton Howden registered his second consecutive hat trick and four point night. The Warriors finished off the weekend with a strong performance and a win. By defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 7-2, the Warriors moved closer to securing a playoff spot. Quinton Howden had a huge night with the hat trick and an assist to lead his club. Howden's second goal of the night was his 100th of his WHL career.

Photo by Cory Kerr
 The Warriors are 8-1-1 their last ten, collecting 17 of a possible 20 points. In the last five games, the Warriors have outscored their opponent's 25-11 and are 4-1 in that stretch. Moose Jaw is tied for the most wins (23) on home ice in the WHL with Portland and Edmonton and a road record of 11-12-3. When leading after the first the Warriors are 20-1-2. That unblemished record was broken by the Hitmen Friday, Jan.13th. And when leading after forty minutes, they hold a record of 22-1-4. 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 23-7-3-1 record. The Warriors have an 18-4-5-1 record in one goal games. The Warriors have the sixth ranked power play (23.1%) and the ninth best penalty kill (80.5%) in the league. The Moose Jaw Warriors have played in 12 overtime games, third most in the WHL. They have collected 18 points from games in extra time. The Warriors have nine players with 10 or more goals this season and three players with 20+ goals this campaign.

Warriors Leading Scorers: Braes 31-31-62, Henry 11-42-53, Howden 23-25-48, Beach 12-30-42 and Kirsch 17-23-40

Luke Siemens 42- 27-10-3-2--2.55--911SV%--3SO

Spencer Tremblay 15-5-- 2--3.37--905SV%--1SO

Rebels Leading Scorers: #15 John Persson 19-29-48, #10 Turner Elson 19-23-42, # 24 Mathew Dumba 16-23-39, #12 Colten Mayor 14-24-38, #7 Alex Petrovic 8-29-37

35 Patrik Bartosak 25-14-10-0-1--2.74--915SV%--1SO

33 Deven Dubyk 25-13-10-1-1--2.82--910SV%--2SO

The Warriors have back-to-back home games coming this week. On Wednesday, Moose Jaw will face the Saskatoon Blades. Then Friday the Medicine Hat Tigers come in for the first game of a home-and-home series. Puck drop for Mosaic is 7:00 p.m for both.

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