Written by Marc Smith
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:47
Warriors captain Sam Fioretti has a team-high 11 goals and is second with 27 points in 33 games.
Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings had a bit of a different feel to it than the others so far this year for the Moose Jaw Warriors.
After giving up their second lead of the weekend and allowing three unanswered goals to the Wheat Kings, the team held a players-only meeting in the locker room.
The message during that meeting was accountability.
“We’re not happy, but we know nobody is going to feel sorry for us,” said captain Sam Fioretti after the clearing of the air in the locker room. “We’ve put ourselves in a situation where we haven’t had a lot of success lately and it’s on us to turn it around.
“Everybody needs to be held accountable. It went from us older guys down to the young guys, nobody on this team is above each other and each guy needs to be held accountable by everybody.”
The loss to Brandon was the Warriors’ fifth straight and 25th overall this season as their record dropped to 8-19-3-3 on the year. Coming into the weekend, Fioretti had called it “the most important weekend of the season” as the team looked to get back into the playoff race against two division rivals that they’re chasing.
The Warriors held the lead in both games, but let off the gas in the third period both times. They were up 4-1 on Friday against Regina before falling 5-4 in a shootout and then Saturday, the tribe scored first, but ended up giving up three straight goals in a 3-1 loss to Brandon.
“It’s on us. It’s those guys in the locker room that are going to turn this around and we need to pull together as a group and do that,” said Fioretti. “Stuts is there to hold us accountable, but it’s a lot different when your fellow teammates are holding you accountable and if we start holding each other accountable, the success will come.”
The message seemed to get through as 17-year-old Reid Zalitach echoed the need for accountability during the Country 100 post-game show.
“We all know we need to get better,” he said. “We need to be accountable for what we do on the ice. We need to learn from our mistakes and that’s what we’re not doing right now, we’re making the same mistakes over and over.”
Having the team talking about needing to change their ways is a change from what we’ve seen so far this season. Giving away points that they felt they had was definitely a wake-up call for the players.
“I think we need to remember this weekend and we kind of threw it away,” said Zalitach. “The guys want to get better, I can see it in the dressing room, and all we need to do is go back Monday and work hard. We need to eliminate our mistakes on the ice and start executing properly.”
The Warriors executed for four of the six periods over the weekend, but it was the third period that killed them in both games as they were outscored 4-0 in the final frame.
“Like I’ve said many times before, you have to play a complete sixty in this league to be successful and that’s our focus and we need to be held accountable in that,” said Fioretti.
“We’re definitely doing this to ourselves, we’ve played well, we’ve put together spurts of playing well, but then we let teams back into it and it’s just not acceptable.”
The Warriors have a busy week ahead with three games on tap, but it will start with practice on Monday.
“A lot of the guys are in a bad mood, but that needs to go outside, come to the rink and work. Enjoy working,” said Zalitach. “We need to work hard, be accountable, go out there and enjoy working.”
Next game action for the tribe is on Wednesday when the Kelowna Rockets come to town. The tribe will head to Brandon for their seventh meeting of the season on Saturday and then host Kamloops on Sunday.
Warriors Suffer 3-1 Loss to Wheat Kings
Written by James Gallo
Saturday, 07 December 2013 22:20
Tanner Eberle battles for position in front of Brandon Wheat Kings goalie Curtis Honey, who made 29 saves in the win over Moose Jaw. (Photo: Stephen Simon/MJ Warriors)
Curtis Honey made 29 saves to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night at Mosaic Place.
The loss was the Warriors' third straight and dropped them to 0-4-1-1 against the Wheat Kings in six meetings this season. They will play again next Saturday at Westman Place in Brandon.
It took some time for the teams to get going and when they did it was the Warriors who were able to create the majority of scoring chances.
Brandon received an early power play due to a Scott Cooke penalty but Moose Jaw’s penalty kill was aggressive and developed three quality chances that Wheat Kings goalie Curtis Honey was forced to make thrilling saves.
The Warriors success on the fore check continued as they pressured the Brandon defence into turnovers which turned into scoring opportunities. Moose Jaw outshot Brandon 10-2 in the first but went into the intermission scoreless.
The Warriors attack continued in the second period as they outshot Brandon 14-9 in the frame and 24-11 after forty minutes.
Reid Zalitach stepped into a Brandon pass in the neutral zone at 8:10, he ripped a shot far side over the blocker of Honey for his first goal as a Warrior and his first in the WHL. It would be a memorable goal as that marker brought the bears out to play for the teams annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss.
At 12:53 Brandon rushed across the Warriors line, rookie Brett Kitt made a nice pass across the Moose Jaw zone to Eric Roy who deflected the puck past Zachary Sawchenko to even the game at one.
Brandon made good adjustments during the intermission and was able to press in the offensive zone. At 5:27 Quinton Lisoway drove down the Moose Jaw right boards, from inside the circle he snapped a shot past Sawchenko to give Brandon their first lead.
As the third went on the Warriors battled for an equalizer, unfortunately they would fall short as the Wheat Kings added an empty net goal and went on to give the tribe a 3-1 loss.
Moose Jaw is now off until Wednesday when they take on the Kelowna Rockets at Mosaic Place, this will mark the team’s first and only meeting of the season.
Saturday, December 14th the tribe will head to Brandon for their seventh meeting of the season against the Wheat Kings. They’re back at home Sunday, December 15th to take on the Kamloops Blazers for the only time this season, they’ll finish off their pre-Christmas schedule Tuesday, December 17th in Prince Albert.
Warriors Open Weekend With Shootout Loss
Written by James Gallo
Friday, 06 December 2013 23:16
Moose Jaw played well and led 4-1 in the second period, however they weren’t able to hold onto the lead as they fell 5-4 in a shootout Friday to the Regina Pats.
Moose Jaw started strong, their fore-check was aggressive and produced turnovers and second opportunities on Regina goalie Nick Schneider.
Just past the six minute mark Captain Sam Fioretti led a charge across the Pats line. He dished the puck to defenceman Kirk Johnson who joined the rush, his shot from the top of the slot found the back of the net for his first goal of the year.
Moose Jaw outshot the pats 10-1 in the first twelve minutes but Regina leaned on their power play to get back in the game. A missed assignment by the Warriors low in their zone allowed Pats sniper Boston Leier an easy lane to the net where his shot beat Justin Paulic to tie the game at one.
Regina was able to create pressure in the second period which resulted in scoring opportunities on Paulic. With the Pats on the power play the Warriors penalty kill did a great job limited shots and it gave them a boost.
With Moose Jaw on the man advantage at 7:18 Brayden Point deflected a Jesse Forsberg shot to give the Warriors the lead. At 14:08 Alexander Chirva drove along the Pats left goal line and forced the puck past Schneider for his second of the year.
Moose Jaw took a 4-1 lead late in the second when Point scored his second of the game from between the Regina circles, beating Schneider over his glove. Regina pulled to within two with a late shorthanded goal from Chandler Stephenson.
Regina turned up the heat on the Warriors in the third period. They were aggressive in the offensive zone, creating turnovers, keeping the tribe pinned inside their line.
With less than seven minutes to go in the game Dyson Stevenson clawed the Pats to within one, and then with three and a half remaining Chandler Stephenson beat Paulic to even the game at four.
In the dying moments neither team was able to notch the go-ahead marker, sending the game into overtime. In the extra five minutes Regina outshot the Warriors 5-1 but Justin Paulic kept the game tied, vaulting the game into a shootout.
Boston Leier scored for Regina in the first round while Brayden Point was stopped. In the second round Sam Fioretti and Chandler Stephenson were both stopped. The third round opened with Paulic stopping Connor Gay, while Torrin White scored to extend the shootout. In the fourth round Dyson Stevenson was able to score while Travis Brown was stopped, which resulted in a tight Warriors loss.
Brayden Point led the Warriors with a goal and three points, Jesse Forsberg had three assists, Sam Fioretti had two assists, and Justin Paulic made 30 saves. Chandler Stephenson led Regina with two goals and three points, rookie goalie Nick Schneider made 30 saves.
Moose Jaw was 2-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill, the game shots ended tied at 34.
Moose Jaw’s weekend continues Saturday when they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings, catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.
Saturday is the Warriors annual Teddy Bear & Toque Toss night. Fans are encouraged to bring plush toys, toques and/or mittens to the game. When the Warriors score their first goal of the game, those items will be thrown onto the ice. Local volunteers will help the Warriors clean the ice, all items will be donated to the Moose Jaw Salvation Army. Those who bring toques or mittens are being asked to put them into a Ziploc or plastic bag before throwing them onto the ice.
Warriors Hire New Trainer… Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the hiring of Brooke Kosolofski as the teams new Head Trainer and Athletic Therapist. Current Athletic Therapist Curtis Amiot is leaving the organization after being hired as a member of the Moose Jaw Police Service.
Brooke comes to Moose Jaw with an extensive background, most recently he is the Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager/Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Grande Prairie Storm in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He has also worked with the University of Lethbridge Men’s hockey team and at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame as Director of Strength & Conditioning for all Notre Dame Hockey Programs from 2005 to 2009.
Kosolofski is certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is a graduate of both the University of Lethbridge and Mount Royal University in Calgary.
“Brooke joins us with a significant background and training in this important and specialized field. We are very confident in his ability to look after our players and their best interests on and off the ice,” said Millar. “We welcome Brooke to the Warriors and would like to thank Matt Hughes and the Grande Prairie Storm for their support of this move for Kosolofski.
“Curtis Amiot has been an integral part of the Warriors and we wish him and his family the best moving forward,” he added. Brooke Kosolofski will join the Warriors December 26.
The Most Important Weekend Of The Season
Written by Marc Smith
Friday, 06 December 2013 02:43
Sam Fioretti is hoping to lead the Warriors to a pair of wins this weekend.
Sitting ten points out of a playoff spot with six games to go before the Christmas break, the Moose Jaw Warriors need to make a push.
“This might be the most important weekend of the season so far,” said captain Sam Fioretti before practice on Thursday afternoon. “These are two teams that we beat if we’re going to make the playoffs and we’re going to try to catch them, so this is definitely a good starting point.”
The Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings are on tap for the Warriors this weekend as they make their way to Mosaic Place on Friday and Saturday respectively. Brandon has an 11-point cushion on the Warriors, while Regina is sitting ten points up and in the final playoff spot.
The first half of the season hasn’t went the way that the tribe was hoping as they sit with an 8-18-3-2 record on the year, but with the midway point of the season just about here there still is hope.
Ten of their 23 total losses on the year so far have come against these two teams, so getting over that hurdle isn’t just big in the standings, but it would also be big for the team’s psyche.
“We haven’t had much success against these two teams, but we haven’t given ourselves a chance to have success,” said Fioretti. “It’s a matter of us playing the right way — the Warrior way — and we haven’t done that so far this year.”
The Warriors are coming off a weekend against Regina and Brandon in which they were outscored 14-5 in two games. Those two games have driven the team through a hard five days of practice with the coaching staff pushing the team to be better coming into this weekend.
In those two games last weekend, the Warriors scored first, but were unable to build off those good starts to find success. In Regina for example, they scored 2:51 into the game, but allowed the Pats to tie just over three minutes later and then scored five more unanswered goals.
“We’ve had good starts, but we’ve thrown it away later in games,” said Fioretti. “I think it’s a matter of playing sixty minutes to have success and that’s what we have to do.
“It comes down to working hard, battling, competing. It wasn’t an easy week of practice, but it was one that was necessary to get ready for this weekend.”
Going into Friday’s Trans-Canada Clash meeting at Mosaic Place, the Warriors have been focusing on their game. They’ve played Regina five times now and know what they’re going to bring to the ice each game.
“We can make our adjustments, but ultimately it’s on us to play our game,” said Fioretti. “We haven’t had success against them because we haven’t played the right way and it’s a matter of us playing our way and with that we will have success.”
The Warriors are hoping that these two games this weekend can be the start of a turnaround for their season before the Christmas break.
You can catch all the action both nights on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.
Saturday’s meeting with the Wheat Kings will also mark the annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night. Fans are encouraged to bring plushy toys, toques, mittens and scarves to the game and throw them on the ice when the Warriors score their first goal.
Warriors Leadership Coming Through
Written by Marc Smith
Thursday, 05 December 2013 14:20
Forward Erik Benoit has three goals and four points in seven games since joining the Warriors last month.
It’s been a long week of hard work for the Moose Jaw Warriors after suffering a pair of tough losses against two East Division foes last weekend.
The driving force for the team during their practices has been the fact that they get to face both the Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings again this weekend after being outscored 14-5 in last weekend’s losses.
“We’re lucky in that sense that we get to play the same teams again this weekend and we can really prove ourselves,” said overage forward Erik Benoit. “We get to show them our other side, which they never got to see, which is good.”
The Warriors coaches have been pushing the team to give their best effort each day in practice this week, while also learn from the mistakes that were made last weekend and make sure they aren’t repeated coming up this weekend.
“We’re getting put through our paces, we deserve it, we had a rough weekend and we’ve got to make up for it this weekend,” said Benoit.
“It’s all for the benefit of our team. We’ve got a young team and we’ve just got to push through that and work hard and hopefully come out on top this weekend.”
The Warriors lineup has WHL experience, but they are also still a very young team that is learning how to deal with the ups and downs of a WHL season. That’s where Benoit and the other more veteran players on the roster come in.
He said that the entire team knows what needs to be done.
“I try to provide that vocal leadership, just because I’m one of the older guys and have that experience,” said Benoit. “Everyone does a great job of stepping up and leading even though they could be a younger guy. I can use my experience though to help them out a little bit.”
Benoit was apart of the Saskatoon Blades’ squad last year that struggled early in the year under the pressure of hosting the Memorial Cup and he added that’s something he can lean, while helping the Warriors overcome some early season struggles.
This weekend coming up will be big for the Warriors, just as last weekend was, because they’re chasing both Regina and Brandon in the standings. They would like to close the gap a bit on both teams before the Christmas break and just find the win column against their two rivals. Moose Jaw has gone 0-7-1-2 so far against the Pats and Wheat Kings.
Going into the weekend, the one-on-one battles will be the focus for the Warriors as they look to have some success on home ice.
“They worked hard (last weekend) and they out battled us and we’ve just got to make sure we win those one-on-one battles,” said Benoit. “When we dump pucks in, we’ve got to be first on pucks and those are two major things that we need to do.”
The Warriors and Pats square off at 7:00pm on Friday night. You can catch all the action live on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm. When the Wheat Kings come into town on Saturday, it will be the annual “Teddy Bear & Toque Toss Night”.
Giving Back To Fans & Teddy Bear Toss On Saturday
Written by Marc Smith
Thursday, 05 December 2013 07:06
Josh Uhrich loads up a truck filled with toys, toques and mittens after scoring the Teddy Bear Toss goal last season, which also happened to be his first WHL goal.
There have been some struggles on the ice for the Moose Jaw Warriors through the first half of the season, but the team wants to say “thank you” to the fans for sticking through.
With four home games to go before the Christmas break, the tribe will be hosting the “Four Games of Christmas” over the next two weeks at Mosaic Place.
“What we’re basically doing for that time is it’s the season of giving and in the spirit of giving, we want to give back to our fans that have been coming out and supporting the boys through the first half of the year,” stated Corey Nyhagen, director of business operations with the Warriors.
They’ll be doing that with prize giveaways at the end of each home between this Friday and next Sunday.
“During those four games, everybody in attendance who stays until the end of the third period, we’re going to be making draws on the ice for a bunch of different prizes,” explained Nyhagen. “The major prize at each of those four games will be a trip for two to Las Vegas.”
The other prizes range from gift cards to concert tickets to televisions. “Just some neat different things that are going to appeal to anybody and everybody that’s going to be there,” stated Nyhagen.
The Warriors’ haven’t had much success on home ice so far this season with just four wins in 16 games at Mosaic Place. Nyhagen said this is their way of rewarding their fans for being loyal through those struggles.
“It’s the Christmas season and we’re all about having fun at the games regardless of the outcome, so we figured lets do something in the festive spirit,” he said. “Lets get people cheering and taking the boys right through sixty minutes.”
The draws will be made at the end of each game. “We’ll roll a big bin out on the ice and we’ll be drawing seat numbers,” Nyhagen said. “If you’re there you win and if not, we’ll move onto the next fan that is.”
There’s also a special ticket package available for the four games. Adults can purchase all four games in a set for $60, while students can get theirs for $44 and children 12-and-under are $28.
In addition to this promotion, this Saturday is also the annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night.
Fans are encouraged to bring a plush toy, toque, mittens or scarves to the game and when the Warriors scored their first goal of the night, toss them onto the ice.
“It’s always a big event,” said Nyhagen. “You hold those back and when we score, let them fly and we want everybody to fill the ice up so we can supply the Salvation Army with those items.”
Last year, over 1,300 toys and close to 50 toques, mittens and scarves were donated through the toss her in Moose Jaw.
Local volunteers will help clean the ice up after the goal and to help speed up the process, fans are asked to put the toques and mittens into a plastic, or Ziploc, bag.
The Warriors host the Regina Pats on Friday night and then the Brandon Wheat Kings will be back in town on Saturday for the Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night.
Warriors Cleaning Up Defensive Zone
Written by Marc Smith
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 18:48
Warriors defenceman Jesse Forsberg.
The defensive game for the Moose Jaw Warriors left plenty to be desired last weekend. They gave up 14 goals in two games against the Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats, and lot of the goals weren’t of the highlight reel variety.
Most of the goals came off turnovers that the Warriors committed inside their own blue line, which allowed more shots and extended time on the attack for the opposition.
Cleaning up that area of their game is without a doubt something that the tribe will be focused on this week during practice at Mosaic Place.
“Obviously when you let that many goals get scored on, your defensive zone is definitely something that you need to look at,” said overage defenceman Jesse Forsberg.
The Warriors had trouble coming out of their zone in both games over the weekend, failing on their first, second and sometimes third attempts to move on the attack.
“That’s definitely been addressed, it was obviously huge. When you can’t get out of your own then you’re playing in your own end the whole time and that’s how they scored,” said Forsberg. “We’ve got to address that this week and really work towards making sure we can break pucks out this weekend.”
A good point Forsberg did make though is that an improved offensive game can also help them when it comes to the defensive zone, and spending less time playing on the heels. The Warriors managed only 14 shots against the Pats, despite scoring the first goal against a 16-year-old goalie making his second WHL start.
“When you play a lot of the top end teams it’s all about puck possession and that’s something that’s definitely preached to us is to keep the puck and make good plays with it,” said Forsberg. “We just didn’t do that last weekend.”
Part of helping themselves defensive could come with just not being in their own zone.
Moving out of their zone more smoothly and keeping the puck in their opponents end also comes down to winning the one-on-one battles, something that Forsberg feels they didn’t do a good job of during their two losses to Brandon and Regina.
“That’s an identity that this organization has always had is a team that really battles and to win games in this league that’s something that you’ve got to do,” he said. “Last weakend we obviously didn’t do what we needed to do, so this weekend that’s going to be key.”
The physical game came in spurts for the Warriors over the weekend and when it was there they controlled the play, but it wasn’t there enough. Forsberg said they need to be more consistent in that area.
“We’ve got to come out in the first and second and establish that as our game, so we want to bring that right away (each night),” he added.
The Warriors will have a couple more days to work on their game before they face-off with the Regina Pats on Friday night at Mosaic Place. The Brandon Wheat Kings are in town on Saturday for the annual “Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night”.
Tough Weekend Motivation For Warriors
Written by Marc Smith
Monday, 02 December 2013 22:25
Warriors 19-year-old defenceman Travis Brown is tied for the WHL lead in points by a defenceman with 33 in 31 games this season.
Last weekend was ugly for the Moose Jaw Warriors. They gave up 14 goals in two games against two division rivals.
Most of the time you would want to just forget about those losses and move on, but that’s not the case this time for the tribe. They’ll be facing both the Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings again coming up this weekend, so they want the sting to hang around for a little longer than normal.
“Losing those games is definitely motivation for us to prove ourselves to them,” said veteran defenceman Travis Brown. “We haven’t beat them yet this season, so we would like to do that this weekend.”
The Warriors have posted an 0-7-1-2 record in ten games against Brandon and Regina so far this season with last weekend being the roughest of any meetings.
The tribe were in Friday’s game, but Brandon pulled away in the third for an 8-4 win at Mosaic Place. Moose Jaw scored first in Regina on Saturday, but then gave up six unanswered goals in a 6-1 loss to their biggest rival.
“It’s obviously rough losing games how we did, especially in-division games because those are crucial points,” said Brown. “We need to come into this week looking to improve on everything and working hard for Friday against Regina.”
The Warriors were put through their paces on Monday as they returned to practice at Mosaic Place. The team was obviously disappointed in their play over the weekend, but have a good idea of what they need to correct going into another busy weekend.
“We just needed to keep playing our game and not stray away from it,” explained Brown. “It’s just one little mistake and it seems to snowball from there. So if we avoid that or recover quickly from that then I think things will be looking up.
“It’s just little mental errors — nothing too crazy — but just recovering from those. We need to be paying attention to the details, making sure every pass is on the tape and if it’s not then that we’re bearing down on the next one, and just not letting little things effect us.”
The Trans-Canada Clash has been one sided so far this year with the Pats winning all five games, including four of them in regulation. The Warriors are going to want to change that. Coming into this week, they will have their last meeting fresh in their mind to work off of going into Friday.
“They’re a good team, they work hard and they have good special teams,” said Brown. “Basically we have to stay out of the box, out work them and make sure we’re paying attention in our D zone.”
The Pats are led by their four veteran and talented forwards — Morgan Klimchuk, Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson and Boston Leier — who have burnt the Warriors this season. Leier has been especially effective with six goals and 12 points in five games.
“They’ve got a good top-six, so we’ve got to limit their chances,” stated Brown.
Finding out how they’re going to do that will be the focus for the Warriors this week, but they won’t be short on motivation to put the work in to do it.
Leafs Not Sending Rielly To World Jrs
Written by Marc Smith
Monday, 02 December 2013 22:53
Morgan Rielly has eight assists in 21 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.
Morgan Rielly will be one and done at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Hockey Canada released the 25-player selection camp roster on Monday morning and it didn’t include the former Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman, who is now in his NHL rookie season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs have been adamant that they would not be lending Rielly to Team Canada for the annual holiday tournament. They haven’t made it official, but it’s been clear that Rielly wasn’t going anywhere.
“We felt we have six defencemen here and he was going to play,” Randy Carlyle, Maple Leafs head coach, told reporters after practice on Monday. “We feel that he can play here and he can make a contribution and he’s growing into an NHL hockey player.”
“I knew that if I played here this year, in Toronto, that there would be a pretty good chance that I wouldn’t end up going over to Europe to play in that tournament,” stated Rielly. “I play here and my priorities are here in Toronto.”
The 19-year-old defenceman posted one goal and three points with Team Canada last year as they lost in the bronze medal game. While he wanted another chance to represent his country, he knows that he now has a job to do in the NHL.
“It’s always nice to play for your country and I had a blast when I was able to do it,” said Rielly. “I’ll be cheering them on and hopefully they have a chance to win gold.”
Rielly is in a different situation than Mathew Dumba, who is being lent to Team Canada from his NHL team. Dumba has played sparingly for the Minnesota Wild so far this year, dressing in 13 games compared to the 21 games that Rielly has played with the Leafs.
This will be the first time since 2009 that Team Canada doesn’t include a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. The run started with Travis Hamonic in 2010 followed by Quinton Howden in 2011 and 2012, before Rielly represented the organization in 2013.
There will be four players returning to the Team Canada roster from last year’s team. 2013 third overall pick Jonathan Drouin had four pointsin six games last year. He’ll be joined by Griffin Reinhart, goaltender Jake Paterson and Charles Hudon, who was injured before the tournament.
The 25-man roster, which has to be whittled down to 22 by Christmas Day, includes nine WHL players, nine from the OHL and six from the QMJHL.
Two Saskatchewan players are among those invited to the selection camp with former AAA Warriors defenceman Derrick Pouliot from Weyburn and Saskatoon’s Taylor Leier getting a shot to represent Canada. They both play for the Portland Winterhawks.
The selection camp starts on December 12th in Etobicoke, Ontario from there Canada’s final roster will be finalized before the start of the tournament on December 26th in Malmo, Sweden.
Halbgewachs Has A Busy Saturday
Written by Marc Smith
Sunday, 01 December 2013 01:00
Warriors prospect Jayden Halbgewachs in action with the SMAAAHL's Regina Pat Canadians.
It was a busy and productive Saturday for Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Jayden Halbgewachs.
The 16-year-old played in two games, one with his Regina Pat Canadians in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League in the afternoon and then another with the Warriors that night. He ended up picking up five points in total, including his first point of the season in the WHL.
“It was a real good day,” said Halbgewachs after the Warriors' 6-1 loss to the Regina. “I got to play two games, lots of ice time, there's not much wrong with that. Hockey's my life and the more I get to play games, the more happy I am, so it was good.”
Halbgewachs started the day by picking up a goal and four points for the Pat Canadians in a 4-3 overtime win over the Tisdale Trojans at the Cooperators Centre in Regina. He found out after the game that he'd been called up by the Warriors for the night.
“Of course I was excited, but at the same time I was a little tired because it was a long game for me,” said the Regina native. “You've just got to get through that and it was exciting to know that I got a chance to play with the Warriors again.”
The four-point game pushed Halbgewachs into fourth place in the league scoring with nine goals and 27 points in 18 games. He's just three points behind leading scorer Rylan Freed of the Trojans, who put up two points on Saturday against Regina.
“I feel like my season is going pretty good,” said Halbgewachs. “My goal is to lead the league in points, but at the same time, I want to play a good team game and help my teammates get better and myself get better as well.”
With the Warriors shorthanded because of suspensions to Tanner Eberle and Josh Uhrich, Halbgewachs got the call up for the game to help fill out the tribe's forward group.
He played well for the Warriors, especially for it being his second game in five hours. Halbgewachs assisted on the Warriors' lone goal of the night and centred the third line with Torrin White and Bryson Gore, showing some good flashes of the skill that makes him a dangerous scorer in the SMAAAHL.
“Playing with the Warriors has helped me because it makes me compete harder,” explained Halbgewachs. “Back in midget AAA, it's an easier league so I don't have to compete as hard. It's good to come up here and then go back down because then for a while I have that compete level and I stand out way more.”
Saturday was Halbgewachs' second game with the Warriors this season after getting called up in a similar situation last month. He didn't get a point in that game and was a minus-two.
“The (Warriors') coaches have mainly told me that I just need to work on being consistent and working hard all the time,” he said. “That's what my goal is and I want to accomplish that.”
Halbgewachs won't get much time to rest as he gets back on the ice on Sunday afternoon with the Pat Canadians when they host the Saskatoon Blazers.
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