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(Story courtesy Marc Smith) Refocused and ready to go after a tough loss in Regina, the Moose Jaw Warriors are getting set for big weekend ahead at Mosaic Place with a pair of games against tough opponents.
The Portland Winterhawks are coming town on Saturday, bringing with them a star studded line-up that features last year's leading scorer Ty Rattie, 2012 8th overall NHL pick Derrick Pouliot and projected top pick Seth Jones. On Sunday, Matthew Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels will be in town for a meeting with the tribe.
Coming off the tough 4-1 loss to their rivals in Regina on Wednesday, rookie forward Josh Uhrich says the team just needs to be focused on playing their game this weekend, "I think we just need to focus on our systems and our play rather more than the other team. I think we're just getting use to everything and once we get on track, we'll do fine.
"We're a pretty young team and I think a lot of guys just need to put their feet in the water and get used to playing in the league."
A good bounce back performance this weekend would be huge for the Warriors as this young team continues to develop, "It will show our character and if we follow the systems and play the way we can we'll do fine."
Portland and Red Deer will present the toughest test of the season so far for this young Warriors team as their line-ups are packed with skilled players. Uhrich says a quick start will be key for them both nights, "Obviously we have to have a good start and we have to go out there and get in their face and show them that we aren't scared to play and we don't care what their names are, we're coming out to win."
Uhrich adds that he's looking forward to getting a shot at some of the league's top players, "I want to go out there and show them who I am and that they aren't going to get off easy (playing the Warriors)."
The Warriors will practice again on Friday afternoon at Mosaic Place and then hit the ice on Saturday night at 7:00pm against Portland. Puck drop is at 6:00pm on Sunday against the Rebels. You can catch all the action over the weekend on Country 100 with the Pre-Game Show starting at 6:40pm on Saturday and 5:40pm on Sunday.
2011-12 v. Portland… Last season Portland beat the Warriors 4-3 in overtime in their only meeting of the season. Tanner Eberle, Justin Kirsch, and Tyler Vanscourt accounted for the Moose Jaw goals; Sam Fioretti, Wheaton King, Dylan McIlrath, Kenton Miller, and Jordan Wyton had assists; Chase De Leo, Taylor Peters, Brad Ross, and Dillon Wagner scored for Portland; Joseph Morrow recorded two assists; Taylor Leier, Brendan Leipsic, Ty Rattie, and Troy Rutkowski recorded assists.
Moose Jaw is 3-1-1 against Portland in the last five years; they are 2-0-1 on the road and 1-1 at home. Tonight’s game marks the first time Portland has played at Mosaic Place, they last visited Moose Jaw November 15th, 2010, that night Ty Rattie had two goals and four points in a 6-3 Winterhawks win.
2011-12 v. Red Deer… Last season the Moose Jaw Warriors posted a 3-1 record against the Red Deer Rebels, going 2-0 at home and 1-1 on the road. The Warriors outscored Red Deer 21-14 overall and 11-6 at Mosaic Place
Cam Braes led Moose Jaw with five goals and nine points against Red Deer last year; Quinton Howden had four goals and eight points; Sam Fioretti had three goals and eight points; Andrew Johnson had six assists; Travis Brown, Kendall McFaull, Justin Kirsch, and Tanner Eberle had three points each; Torrin White had one goal and two points.
Tyson Ness led Red Deer with three goals and four points against the Warriors; Mathew Dumba had one goal and four points; Tuner Elson and Joel Hamilton had two goals and three points; Chad Robinson had three assists; Brooks Maxwell, Colten Mayor, Cory Millette, and John Persson had two points each; Patrik Bartosak was 1-1 with a 4.00gaa and .895sv%.