|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Chicoutimi Sagueneens||Drummondville Voltigeurs|
|Gatineau Olympiques||Halifax Mooseheads|
|Moncton Wildcats||PEI Rocket|
|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) The Moose Jaw Warriors are progressing each and every time they step on the ice and they'll look to continue that progression this weekend when they start a busy stretch with three games in four nights.
The tribe hosts two tough teams for the second straight weekend with 7-0-0-1 Prince Albert here on Saturday and 4-3-0-1 Tri-City coming in on Sunday. The Everett Silvertips will be at Mosaic Place on Tuesday.
“I think we need to keep building off what we did last weekend,” said Captain Kendall McFaull. “The game against Red Deer didn't turn out the way we wanted to, we've got to learn to clamp down games and not give up those late goals.”
Moose Jaw was 49 seconds away from coming out of the weekend with two wins against Portland, who they beat 4-2 last Saturday, and Red Deer. The Rebels tied the game with a late goal and eventually won the game in a shootout, giving the Warriors three out of a possible four points.
“That's the thing about this league is the teams are so close and so tight that a couple shifts off can really hurt you, so I think we're working on our consistency and eliminating our turnovers that have cost us in the past,” explained McFaull.
That was the story last time Moose Jaw faced the Prince Albert Raiders. The Warriors were tied up with the veteran team at 2-2 early in the third period, but a three minute lapse led to three goals for Prince Albert and a 5-2 loss for Moose Jaw.
“Three minutes cost us the game, so I think we just need to build consistency for sixty minutes.”
That consistency will come as the young Warriors line-up gains experience and McFaull says it's already starting to show in their recent games, “We're a young team, but we're also a tight nit group already and that shows big for our young guys buying into the systems early.
“I think when the season started (life in the WHL) was a pretty heavy burden on the young guys, but now they're use to it and are part of the swing of things, so they understand how it goes.”
That will be key with the first real busy stretch of the season for the tribe. They'll play these three games in four nights at home and then head out on the road next week for games in Edmonton and Lethbridge next Friday and Saturday.
The Warriors will be getting a big boost this weekend with the addition of 20-year-old forward Jordan Messier to the line-up. Messier was acquired in a trade with Tri-City earlier this week and practiced with the team on Thursday. He'll make his debut against Prince Albert on Saturday and then play his old team on Sunday.
McFaull says Messier should be able to fit in with the team quickly, “Last year with James Henry and (Cam) Braes coming in, they always said that they felt welcome right from the start, so I think that will be big for us. He's a big body and will help us a lot.”
If you can't make it down to Mosaic Place this weekend, don't worry, both games will be live on Country 100 starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm both nights.
New poll coming soon