|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
(Story courtesy Marc Smith, DiscoverMooseJaw.com) Maybe it’s that the billets home cooking is too good or they the players like playing at Mosaic Place too much. Whatever it is, the Moose Jaw Warriors are trying to figure out what is causing their road woes to start this season.
The tribe is 0-4-1-0 on the road after dropping a pair of games over the weekend in Edmonton and Lethbridge. They came close against the Hurricanes, falling 4-3 in overtime, but came up just short of their first road win.
“I just don’t think we’ve been having the best starts on the road and I think if we start to have a better start, we’ll start to generate some more offence because we seem to be a good team if we score first,” said Tanner Eberle, the Warriors’ second-year forward. “At home, we’re a little bit more prepared to play and we’ve had better starts and we’ve kept a good pace of play for sixty minutes and I don’t think we’ve done that yet on the road,” added assistant captain Jordan Wyton.
The Warriors are a young team and still trying figure out their routines when they travel away from the Friendly City. Wyton says with time the young players should get more comfortable getting ready for a road game, “I think it’s just going to be with a little time on the ice and we’ve just got to figure out difference to playing on the road.”
Eberle says that could also stem from the young players needing to feed off that spark they get when they play in front of the Mosaic Place crowd, “At home, it’s great playing here like we’ve been down 2-0 multiple times this year already and come back and won, so the crowd is a big deal here, they try to bring you back into the game even when you are down. “We’ve just got to try to come out with a little more energy, maybe first shift we try to generate some hits and take the crowd out of it and then try to score.”
The Warriors are going to want to get over the mental barrier that is blocking their home success from transferring to the road quickly because they’ll be back on the bus this weekend for games on Friday and Saturday in Prince Albert. Furthermore, the team will play nine of their 13 games in November away from Mosaic Place.
“I thought we played a pretty strong game in Lethbridge, but just got into some penalty trouble, so that was a big leap for us to play a full game because on the road we’re just trying to play a full sixty of tough hockey,” explained Eberle.
Moose Jaw gets another shot at Lethbridge coming up on Wednesday night at Mosaic Place. Wyton says it will be good for the team’s confidence to get back on the ice against the Hurricanes right away, “It’s always nice to play a team that you lost against, so hopefully we can do quite a bit better at home.”
The Warriors Lethbridge on Wednesday, catch all the action on Country 100 with James Gallo, Derek Kletzel, and Marc Smith starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm. Friday the team heads to Prince Albert for the first of two weekend games against the Raiders in Northern Saskatchewan, Sunday they’re back home to battle Medicine Hat.