The longest stretch of the season away from Mosaic Place begins Friday for the Moose Jaw Warriors as they open a seven game in 14 day road trip. The trip starts with stops in Edmonton and Red Deer this weekend; from there they’ll head to the west coast for tilts against the BC Division.
Friday @ Edmonton… This is the second meeting of the season between the Warriors and Oil Kings; Edmonton won their only meeting 5-1 back on October 19th in oil country. Last year the Warriors posted a 1-2-1 record against the Oil Kings, in the last five years the tribe is 9-7-1.
Brayden Point has the only goal for the Warriors against the Oil Kings; offensive threats Sam Fioretti, Morgan Rielly, Justin Kirsch, Andrew Johnson, and Travis Brown are all pointless; Daniel Wapple is 0-1 with a 7.50gaa and .848sv%; Justin Paulic has a 0.00gaa and 1.000sv%.
Michael St. Croix leads the Oil Kings with three goals against the Warriors; T.J. Foster has three assists; Dylan Wruck has two assists; Travis Ewanyk and Curtis Lazar have one goal each; five players have recorded at least one assist; Tristan Jarry is 1-0 with a 1.00gaa and .958sv%.
Saturday @ Red Deer… Saturday night will be the Warriors and Rebels second meeting of the season and their first in Red Deer. The Rebels beat the Warriors 4-3 in a shootout back on October 7th at Mosaic Place; last year Moose Jaw was 3-1 against the Rebels, they’ve posted a 5-9-0-3 record in the last five years.
Sam Fioretti leads the Warriors with a goal and two points against the Rebels; Travis Brown and Andrew Johnson have one goal each; Joel Edmundson and Brayden Point have one assist each; Justin Paulic is 0-0-0-1 with a 2.77gaa and .906sv%.
Tyson Ness leads the Rebels with a goal and two points against Warriors; recently traded Charles Inglis had a goal and two points; Mathew Dumba has one goal; Cory Millette, who played midget AAA in Moose Jaw, has one assist; Patrik Bartosak is 1-0 with a 2.79gaa and .932sv%.
Looking Ahead… Next week the Warriors will open the BC Division portion of their current road trip. Last year they posted a 4-0-0-1 record against the BC Division, while outscoring them 19-8. The trip opens on the 27th in Victoria, then it’s off to Vancouver on the 28th, they’ll close out November on the 30th in Kelowna, December 1st they’ll make a stop in Kamloops, the road trip concludes on the 4th in Prince George.
Jackson Out for Season… November 20th the Moose Jaw Warriors announced that 19 year old defenceman Reid Jackson will be out for the remainder of the season due to concussions and post-concussion symptoms. Jackson was acquired from Prince George back in May 2012, in 12 games this season he had two assists and 24 penalty minutes. In five years Jackson has played 168 games, scoring 10 goals and 42 points, and has 207 penalty minutes.
Prospect Watch… 15 year old Ryan Gardiner was drafted in the third round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, 52nd overall. He attended his first training camp with the Warriors back in August and signed a WHL contract before leaving. He is playing midget AAA in Manitoba with the Winnipeg Thrashers, in 15 games this season he has six goals and 12 points. He also suited up for Manitoba in the 2012 Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup in November.
– Kendall McFaull has two assists in the last three games
– Joel Edmundson has one goal and one point in the last 12 games
– Morgan Rielly is pointless in the last four games; he has one assist in the last seven
– Travis Brown is pointless in the last two games; he has two points in the last five
– Sam Fioretti has three goals and five points in the last seven games
– Justin Kirsch has four goals and six points in the last eight games
– Carter Hansen has one goal in the last 10 games
– Andrew Johnson has two goals and four points in the last seven games
– Jordan Messier has one goal and two points in the last eight games
– Brayden Point has two points in the last seven games
– Tanner Eberle has three assists in the last four games
– Bryson Gore has a goal and two points in the last three games
Tuesday, November 27th @ Victoria
Wednesday, November 28th @ Vancouver
Friday, November 30th @ Kelowna
Saturday, December 1st @ Kamloops
Tuesday, December 4th @ Prince George