Saturday, February 4, 2012


Game Preview: Prince Albert Raiders at Moose Jaw Warriors
Photo by Cory Kerr

The Warriors will look to get back on the attack tonight as they host the Raiders at Mosaic. The Warriors had their seven-game undefeated streak snapped last night by the Blades. A 6-2 setback allows the Warriors to begin a new winning stretch heading into the last full month of the regular season. The Raiders come in after falling 3-2 to the Tigers in Medicine Hat.

The Warriors (31-15-5-1--68 points), take on the Prince Albert Raiders (18-31-1-2--39points). The Warriors and Raiders will hook up three more times after tonight, all next month. The Warriors hold a 3-1 over the Raiders this season. Their last meeting, the Raiders won on home ice 3-1 on December 4th, 2011. The Warriors had won the previous three meetings. Luke Siemens recorded one of his three shutouts on the season. Last season, the Warriors won the eight series by obtaining five wins. The five year record between the two clubs is 21-12-1 in favour of the Warriors.

The weekend didn't start the way the club wanted, a 6-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night. The Blades scored five goals to build a lead before Quinton Howden and Eric Arnold scored to cut the lead to three. Two games in four days, the Warriors topped the Broncos again. This time the score was 5-2 on Saturday night at Mosaic. A four goal second period carried the Warriors to the win. Last night the Warriors came away with a victory increasing their lead over the Saskatoon Blades to seven. A 2-1 win at Mosaic Place also increased the Warriors home win total to 21. Quinton Howden and Kenton Miller scored for the Warriors while Luke Siemens made 29 saves in the victory.

The Warriors are 6-1-1-0 their last eight, collecting 13 of a possible 16 points. Over that eight game span, the club has scored 30 goals. Moose Jaw has the most wins in the WHL on home ice with 22 and a road record of 9-12-3. In their last 10, the Warriors record is 6-3-1-0. When leading after the first the Warriors are 18-1-2. That unblemished record was broken by the Hitmen Friday, Jan.13th. And when leading after forty minutes, they hold a record of 19-1-4. 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 20-7-3 record. The Warriors have an 18-4-5-1 record in one goal games. The Warriors have the 8th ranked power play (22.5%) and the eighth best penalty killing (80.5%) in the league. The Moose Jaw Warriors have played in 12 overtime games, second most in the WHL. They have collected 18 points from games in extra time. The Warriors have seven players with 10 or more goals this season.

Currently, the trade acquisitions by the Warriors at the deadline about a month ago have fit nicely into this line-up. James Henry has been a point-a-game player with 10 points in 10 games. Cam Braes has been providing exceptional productivity at the top centre position. In xx games as a Warrior, he has 12 points in 10 games (5G, 7A). Quinton Howden registered two point last night, a goal and an assist. The goal helps Howden move closer to his 100 regular season goals in the WHL career milestone.

On the other side of the red line, Mark McNeill, the Blackhawks 1st round pick, who was named the WHL player of the Week last week (Jan.23-29) is the Raiders second leading scorer (24G,33A-57), and the leading goal getter. Justin Maylan leads his club's leading point producer with 69 points in 52 games (20G,49A).

Photo by Cory Kerr
Head-to-Head: The Warriors who have had success against the Raiders. Quinton Howden has four points (2G,2A) in three games, Cody Beach three points in three games and Eric Arnold three points in four games against Prince Albert. The Raiders to keep an eye on Mark McNeill, the Chicago draft pick, has four points in four games one goal and three assists. Justin Maylan, Jonas Knusten, Josh Morrissey and Mike Winther all have two points in four matches against the Warriors.

Luke Siemens has two wins in two games, including a shutout and 1.00 GAA and a .947 save percentage against the Raiders. Prince Albert goalie Cole Holowenko has faced the Warriors once allowing two goals in 48 minutes of ice-time.

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