Saturday, February 18, 2012


Game Preview: Warriors at Tigers

Photo by Stephen Simon
The Moose Jaw Warriors move closer to attaining that number one seed in the WHL Eastern Conference. With a 6-0 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers at Mosaic Place, the club is now just three points behind the Oil Kings. The Vancouver Giants handed Edmonton a road loss and thus reduced the margin for the Warriors. Tonight's game is the second of the two game home-and-home series between the Warriors and Tigers. An odd scheduling match-up that will be rather hostile due to last night's results. The Warriors do come in on a six game winning streak and also won three games in a row on the road last week.

The Warriors (37-15-5-1--80 points) travel to Medicine Hat (35-20-2-2--74 points) tonight. The two teams have met three times this 2011-12 regular season. This will be the final meeting of the season between these two clubs. Last night, the Warriors shutout the Tigers 6-0 and took a 2-1 season series. Luke Siemens made 22 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. The home team has earned all the victories thus far between these two clubs. The Tigers won 6-3 in Medicine Hat in mid-January. The Warriors got a 3-2 victory on Nov. 19, 2011. Last season, the Warriors were 0-2-0-2 against the Tigers which has been improved this earning a split thus far.

In the first of a home-and-home series this weekend the Warriors blanked the Tigers 6-0 at Mosaic Place. The special teams were the story of the game. The Warriors powerplay scored five of the six goals, five in a row with the man advantage. And the PK for the home side finished 6-for-6.The Warriors won 5-2 against the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday at Mosaic Place. Kenton Miller recorded his first hat trick in his WHL career. Quinton Howden and Cam Braes had the other Warrior goals. With the win, the lead in the East Division was increased to nine points over the Blades. In their final game of a three game road trip through the Central Division, the Warriors capped it off with their third consecutive win. In a wildly entertaining second period (for the fans), the teams tallied nine goals, Kirsch scored late in the period to give the club a 6-5 lead. The Warriors scored two in the 3rd and won 8-5.

The Warriors are 9-1 their last ten, collecting 18 of a possible 20 points. This club is on a six game undefeated streak and have won their last three roads game. The Warriors have outscored their opponent's 30-14 and are undefeated in that stretch.

Moose Jaw has the most wins (25) on home ice in the WHL and a road record of 12-12-3. When leading after the first the Warriors are 21-1-2. That unblemished record was broken by the Hitmen Friday, Jan.13th. And when leading after forty minutes, they hold a record of 25-1-4. 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 26-7-3-1 record. The Warriors have an 18-4-5-1 record in one goal games.

The Warriors have the fifth ranked power play (24.7%) and the sixth best penalty kill (81.1%) in the league. The Moose Jaw Warriors have played in 12 overtime games, (tied) 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.

Cam Braes and Quinton Howden could be argued are the hottest Warriors on the ice right now. Braes has a four game point streaking going, tallying four goals and four assists in that stretch. Howden has been on a roll all month. The Warriors' winger has 11 goals and 16 points in seven games this month. Among those 11 markers, seven have come on the powerplay. Luke Siemens stopped 22 shots last night to earn his fourth shutout of the year. In turn, the shutout stopped Emerson Etem's 19-game point streak.

Leading Scorers: Braes (69), Henry (58), Howden (54), Kirsch (46) and Cody Beach (45)

Tigers Leading Scorers: Etem (90), Shinkaruk (73), Bettauer 45, Konan 45 and Valk (44)

The Warriors will travel west to face the Swift Current Broncos in a Monday afternoon affair. Game time is 2 p.m. from Speedy Creek.

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