Jack Rodewald turns up ice during recent action against the Kootenay Ice. (Photo: Stephen Simon/MJ Warriors)
Jack Rodewald has been one of the biggest surprises on the Moose Jaw Warriors roster so far this season.
He came to Moose Jaw in a player-for-player swap with the Regina Pats before the season and has been outstanding since joining the tribe.
Rodewald came into the season with 13 goals and 26 points in 126 career WHL games and as the team heads into their final five games of the season, he's currently sitting with 23 goals and 49 points in 53 games this season.
“Individually it's been good playing with Brayden (Point), who's obviously helped me a lot and the confidence from the coaches,” stated Rodewald, who's scoring totals may have been even higher had he not missed a month and a half with a broken jaw.
When Rodewald has been in the line-up, he's been locked on a line with Brayden Point and the two have developed strong chemistry out on the ice.
“It's awesome playing with Brayden,” said Rodewald. “Every single night you know what you're going to get from him and even if he's not having a great night, you can count on him to work his tail off in the corner.”
The team saw the benefits of that combination on Wednesday night when Rodewald and Point each had four-point nights in a 6-1 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Calgary Hitmen.
“Throughout the year, Brayden and I are starting to understand each other, understanding where we're going to be on the ice and with time it's only going to get better,” said Rodewald, who's optimistic about what they can accomplish with another season under their belt.
Coming off Wednesday's big win over Calgary, the Warriors will face a mixed bag of opponents this weekend.
The tribe starts on Friday in Saskatoon against the 11th place Blades and then returns home on Saturday to hook up with the Edmonton Oil Kings, who are tied with Calgary for first in the conference.
It will be important for the Warriors to approach both games with the same intensity and work ethic that helped them to the 6-1 win over Calgary on Wednesday at Mosaic Place.
“After that game, a lot of confidence is back in our team and these next couple games coming up, we just have to continue that onto those ones,” said 19-year-old forward Jack Rodewald.
“With only five games left (in the regular season), there's no reason that we shouldn't be up for any of these games. With our season coming to an end, there's a lot of people you can impress, like the coaching staff and the people sitting in the building.”
The win over Calgary came at a perfect time for the Warriors as they had just suffered their worst loss of the season the night before in Prince Albert, getting roughed up by the Raiders 9-2. They bounced back in a big way with the win against Calgary.
“It felt awesome,” said Rodewald. “It was great to see a bounce back effort like that after a not so great of an effort in Prince Albert.
“We were just supporting each other (in the win). We were confident in (Justin Paulic) to make all the saves, he played great, and all the lines were going, so it was just great to see.”
First up this weekend with the Warriors' sixth and final meeting with the Blades this season. Moose Jaw has won three of five games so far, including the last two. Three of the five games have been decided by one goal.
You can catch all the action on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm from the Credit Union Centre. Puck drops at 7:00pm.
Warriors Bounce Back, Down Hitmen 6-1
Written by James Gallo
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:22
Brayden Point stops hard before firing in one of his three goals in a 6-1 win over Calgary on Wednesday. (Photo: Cory Kerr/MJWarriors)
The Moose Jaw Warriors bounced back from a tough Tuesday loss in Prince Albert with a one-sided 6-1 win over the Eastern Conference leading Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night at Mosaic Place.
The Warriors came out strong right from the start of the first period against Calgary.
The tribe applied pressure on the Hitmen defence throughout the opening period and were rewarded. Brayden Point got Moose Jaw on the board just over six minutes into the frame, banging the puck in front on the power play.
Warriors goalie Justin Paulic joins Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show after posting 41 saves for the Warriors.
The Warriors continued to press later in the period and Tanner Eberle snuck in a wraparound between the post and Mack Shields pad to give Moose Jaw a 2-0 lead.
Moose Jaw was able to kill off two Calgary power plays late in the frame to keep that lead going into the first intermission.
The tribe went up by three 48 seconds into the second period. Ben Duperreault was behind the Calgary net where he fed Point on the right goal line where he scored his second of the game.
Calgary had more attack time in the second period and was able to get on the scoreboard at 10:33 when Joe Mahon drove through the centre of the ice and deflected a pass. Moose Jaw got that goal back under two minutes later when Point set up Jesse Forsberg for a monster slap shot that beat Mack Shields to make it 4-1.
James Gallo and Derek Kletzel sit down with Warriors Assistant Coach Mark O'Leary on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.
Just over a minute into the third period Jack Rodewald let a big slap shot go while flying down the Calgary right boards. The rebound came to Point in the slot where he scored his hat trick goal to give the tribe a four-goal lead.
The Hitmen pulled their goalie twice in the third period, the first time came with nine minutes left in the game the second time was with five minutes remaining. With just over two minutes to go Jack Rodewald found the empty net to finish off the night, handing the Warriors the 6-1 win.
Point led the tribe with three goals and four points, Rodewald had a goal and four points, Ben Duperreault had three assists, and Justin Paulic made 41 saves. Moose Jaw was 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Marc Smith catches up with Hitmen captain Jaynen Rissling on the Country 100 Post-Game Show after their 4-1 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Warriors will have Thursday off to prepare for weekend games against Saskatoon and Edmonton.
Saturday the tribe will head to the Bridge City for their final meeting of the year against the Blades. Moose Jaw is 3-2 against the Blades, which includes a 2-0 road record. Brayden Point leads the tribe with seven assists, Jack Rodewald has a goal and six points, and Sam Fioretti and Josh Uhrich have five points each. Nikita Scherback leads Saskatoon with a goal and four points, Logan Harland, Brett Stovin, and Connor Sanvido have three points each.
On Saturday they’ll host Edmonton, which also happens to be their final game against the Central Division. Moose Jaw is 0-3 against the Oil Kings, Brayden Point leads the Warriors with three goals and five points, and Captain Sam Fioretti has three points. Cody Corbett leads the Oil Kings with two goals and five points, Riley Kieser and Henrik Samuelsson have four points each.
Both games can be heard on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm both nights. The Warriors finish the 2013-2014 regular season next week with two games against Swift Current and one against Prince Albert.
Warriors Roughed Up In PA; Host Calgary Wednesday
Written by James Gallo
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:49
Warriors and Raiders in action this season. (file photo)
The Prince Albert Raiders scored five goals in the second period and went on to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 9-2 on Tuesday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Warriors power play was able to get the game’s first goal at 3:40. Brayden Point and Tanner Eberle controlled the puck along the Prince Albert right wall. Eberle dished the puck to Jesse Forsberg at the point for a slap shot; the rebound came to Point who scored his 30th of the year. As the game went on the Raiders fore check and speed created problems for the tribe inside their zone which resulted in turnovers and extra time on the attack.
At 14:41, Mackenzie Stewart let a shot go from inside the Moose Jaw right circle, it trickled past goalie Justin Paulic and Carson Perreaux was able to chip the puck past the goal line. 58 seconds later Prince Albert leading scorer Leon Draisaitl fought through two Warriors checks then beat Paulic short-side glove to put the Raiders in the driver’s seat.
Prince Albert attacked the Warriors zone in the second, goals from Chance Braid and Mackenzie Stewart 58 seconds apart in the first three minutes made it 4-1.
Brayden Point scored his second power play goal of the game at 8:42 but Prince Albert Captain Josh Morrissey scored on the man advantage at 10:09 to make it a three goal game.
Two minutes later Draisaitl forced a turnover in the neutral zone and then led a rush inside the Warriors line. He set up Morrissey trailing the play where he scored his second of the period. With 29 seconds remaining in the period the tribe coughed the puck up again in the neutral zone which led to a Reid Gardiner goal and a 7-2 Raiders lead after two periods.
Prince Albert added to their lead with early third period goals from Draisaitl and Calder Brooks as they went on to the one-sided 9-2 win.
Point led the Warriors with two goals while Tanner Eberle had two assists Leon Draisaitl had two goals and four points for the Raiders, Josh Morrissey had two goals and three points, Tomas Andrilk had three assists, and Nick McBride made 17 saves.
Moose Jaw’s four games in five days schedule continues Wednesday when they’re back at home for their fourth and final meeting of the season against the Calgary Hitmen. The Warriors are 0-3 against the Hitmen, which includes a 0-1 record at home. They last met on February 19th at Mosaic Place, that night the Hitmen posted a 6-4 win.
Brayden Point leads the Warriors with a goal and four points; Colton McCarthy has two goals; Tanner Eberle, Sam Fioretti, and Torrin White have a goal and two points each; Miles Warkentine and Reid Zalitach have two assists each; Zach Sawchenko is 0-1 with a 3.16gaa and .923sv%; Justin Paulic is 0-2 with a 5.35gaa and .854sv%.
Jake Virtanen leads the Hitmen with five goals and six points; Pavel Padakin has three goals and six points; Greg Chase has two goals and six points; Brady Brassart has a goal and five points; Alex Roach has two goals and four points; Jaynen Rissling has a goal and four points; Kenton Helgesen has four assists; Travis Sanheim has a goal and three points; Chris Driedger is 1-0 with a 2.00gaa and .938sv%; Mack Shields is 2-0 with a 3.50gaa and .894sv%.
Catch all the action from Mosaic Place on Country 100, coverage begins with the PreGame Show with James Gallo at 6:40pm.
Warriors Look For More Success In PA
Written by Marc Smith
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 04:49
The Warriors and Raiders square off earlier this season at Mosaic Place.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have 17 wins this season. Five of those wins have come against the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Warriors will be looking for more of the same on Tuesday night when they head into the Art Hauser Centre, where they won 7-1 just under a month ago.
This will be the seventh meeting of the season between the two East Division squads and the series has no doubt been tilted towards Moose Jaw so far with the tribe taking the last four games, including the February 7th beating.
A win this time around could be a bit more sweet for the tribe as they look to spoil the Raiders attempt to get into that final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
“We just want to play spoiler for other teams,” said forward Ben Duperreault on their focus going into their final seven games of the regular season. “If we can spoil some other teams playoff chances, or not allow a team to have home ice, it's always great. There's always something to play for in the games.”
Finding that “something” to play for each time out will be the key for the Warriors as they prepare to miss the post-season for the second straight year.
The Warriors posted a 2-2 record over their four games in five nights last week, ending with a disappointing 7-3 loss to the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place on Saturday. The team will be trying to come back from that defeat when they head into Prince Albert.
“It was a tough one to lose like that,” said Tanner Eberle, an assistant captain with the Warriors. “We definitely showed some huge character (against Regina), we didn't give up and I felt like we didn't let off the peddle and just tried to get back into the game.”
Moose Jaw did that in the second period, cutting Regina's lead to 5-3 heading into the final frame, but the Pats sealed the win with two more markers in the third period.
Going into this week, the Warriors are preparing for another busy stretch with four games in five nights again. They want to start it off with a good effort against the Raiders and they will be depending on a strong fore check to accomplish that.
“Being physical against PA is going to be huge for us,” said Eberle. “They have (Josh) Morrissey and (Sawyer) Lange back there and they're pretty skilled d-men, but we know if we take it to them that they usually cough up pucks and we've done a good job of it this season.”
Outside the Warriors' 7-1 win in early-February and a 5-1 win back in November, four of the six meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal. That means capitalizing on scoring chances will be big.
“We need to be more consistent on capitalizing on our second chances,” said Duperreault, who's been held off the score sheet in his past three games. “When we do capitalize on those second chances, we usually win games or good things happen for us.”
The biggest contributor to any success the Warriors have had over the past month or so has come from a complete team effort with all four lines and six defencemen chipping in.
“Everybody needs to be going at all times,” said Duperreault. “If everybody is going it makes it an easy night.”
The Warriors will be hoping for an easy night in Prince Albert on Tuesday. The Pre-Game Show hits the air on Country 100 starting at 6:40pm.
Warriors Silence Hurricanes 5-2
Written by James Gallo
Friday, 28 February 2014 23:06
Moose Jaw scored three goals in the first and added two more in the third Friday in a 5-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Mosaic Place.
Three minutes into the game Jack Rodewald did a great job pinning the puck along the Lethbridge left corner. Brayden Point dug the puck loose and went behind the net where he connected with Rodewald who was on the goal line where he chipped in his 22nd of the year.
As the first period went on special teams became more important as both teams were given three power plays.
With Lethbridge on the power play the Warriors were able to force a loose puck high in their zone, which allowed Dallas Valentine to lead a three-on-two rush up the ice. With Tanner Eberle streaking to the net Valentine fed Captain Sam Fioretti trailing, his wrist shot beat Teagan Sacher to make it 2-0.
The Warriors were given a power play in the final minute of the first. Torrin White was able to set up Alexey Sleptsov for a point shot that sneaked past Sacher to make it 3-0 Moose Jaw after the twenty minutes.
Former Warrior Tyler Bell put Lethbridge on the board at 4:24 of the second period when he’s point shot deflected off a stick and past Justin Paulic.
Just as a Warrior power play ended at the midway point of the second, Moose Jaw let a shot go that missed the Lethbridge net, rang hard off the glass and went into the neutral zone where Hurricanes forward Taylor Cooper gained control. Cooper led an odd man rush the other way that resulted in a goal to pull the visitors to within one.
The third period saw both teams create opportunities off of the rush as they combined for 22 shots. With less than eight minutes to go in the game Jesse Forsberg created a turnover inside the Moose Jaw line then dished the puck to Colton McCarthy who led a rush. McCarthy set up Miles Warkentine for a wrist shot that beat Sacher to put the tribe up by two.
McCarthy added a goal in the final minute and finished the game with a goal and two points. Jack Rodewald had a goal and two points and was named the game’s first star, while Justin Paulic made 24 saves in the win.
Moose Jaw was 1-for-7 on the power play and 6-for6, with a shorthanded goal, on the penalty kill. The win was Warriors first at home in 2014.
The Warriors weekend continues Saturday at Mosaic Place with their eighth and final meeting of the regular season against the Regina Pats.
Moose Jaw 0-5-0-2 against the Pats; they are 0-1-0-2 at home and 0-4 on the road. Last season the Warriors were 4-3-1 against Regina, they are 22-11-4-2 in the last five years.
Brayden Point leads Moose Jaw with three goals and six points; Jesse Forsberg has five assists; Jack Rodewald has three goals; Sam Fioretti and Torrin White have three assists each; Colton McCarthy has two goals; Alexey Sleptsov has two assists; Justin Paulic is 0-3-0-2 with a 2.75gaa and .918sv%; Zach Sawchenko is 0-2 with a 6.75gaa and .813sv%.
Boston Leier leads Regina with seven goals and 15 points; Chandler Stephenson has three goals and 12 points; Kyle Burroughs has one goal and seven points; Dyson Stevenson has four goals and six points; Morgan Klimchuk, Braden Christoffer, and Dryden Hunt have five points each; Dmitry Sinitsyn has four assists; Dawson MacAuley is 4-0 with a 1.22gaa and .962sv%; Daniel Wapple is 1-0 with a 2.00gaa and .943sv%.
Join James Gallo for all the action on Country 100 starting with the Westrum Lumber Timber Mart PreGame Show at 6:40pm.
Coming up next week the Warriors are eyeing another busy schedule where they’ll play four games in five days starting Tuesday, March 4th with their final trip of the season to Prince Albert.
Remaining Schedule… Including Saturday the Warriors have eight games remaining in the 2013-2014 WHL regular season. They have four home games and four road games. Six games are against East Division teams, and two are against the Central Division. They have one game against Saskatoon, one against Regina, two against Prince Albert, and two against Swift Current.
Prospect Watch… 15-year-old Brett Howden had a strong season with the Eastman Selects playing midget AAA in Manitoba. Howden led his team in regular season scoring with 24 goals and 58 points in 38 games, he was also 7th in league scoring despite missing six games. Eastman recently completed their first round playoff series, Howden had three goals and five games, and they will play Brandon in the second round which starts February 28. Howden was selected 5th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and is the younger brother of former Warriors Quinton Howden.
Warriors Host Canes Friday & Pats Saturday
Written by Marc Smith
Friday, 28 February 2014 03:42
Warriors forward Tanner Eberle will be looking to extend his three-game point streak (two goals and one assist) on Friday against Lethbridge.
A busy month of February goes into the rearview mirror this weekend for the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Warriors have posted a 3-8-0-1 record through 12 games this month and are coming off an effort on Wednesday night where they stuck with one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference for much of the night.
They ended up losing that game 5-1 to the Kootenay Ice, but will be hoping to build off the moments they had in that outing when going against Lethbridge on Friday and Regina on Saturday.
“I thought we played a pretty good game (Wednesday), it was just little lapse in third that allowed them to score four quick ones,” said Tanner Eberle, who has points in his last three games.
Those lapse have happened far too often this season for the Warriors liking and they've been especially common over the past couple weeks as the Warriors gave up five goals in the second period against Medicine Hat and Brandon last weekend.
Eberle feels they need to find a way to get back on track during those struggles and not allow them to snowball to the point that they can't come back.
“We came out hard in the third (in a 1-1 against Kootenay) and we were really putting the pressure on them, but then all of sudden they get a lucky goal on that tip by (Sam) Reinhart,” said Eberle. “That kind of deflated our bench, but we need to try and work on not getting deflated like that and keep going.”
It was a good game for the Warriors up until that point in the third period, Kootenay would score three goals in three minutes to take full control of the game. The fight that the team showed through the first two periods is what they're focusing on going into this weekend because they know that they can compete when playing that way.
“We definitely came out hard against Kootenay because we know they're a strong team and we knew what we had to do, and the biggest thing is to do that against Lethbridge,” said Eberle. “We know they're not a top notch team, but biggest thing is to play like they're a top notch team.”
The Warriors have had some success against the Hurricanes in the meetings this season, going 2-1 in three games, including a 4-2 in Lethbridge earlier this month.
“We know how Lethbridge plays and we know their tenancies,” said Eberle. “We don't want to play an easy game against them, we want to just keep on the fore check and play hard against them.
“They're pretty good on the fore check and they have some tenancies to send three guys, so the biggest thing is just going to be fast puck movement out of the zone, we'll use the weak side so that we can get going with numbers.”
While the Warriors have found the win column against Lethbridge, it's been a different story this season against the Regina Pats, who currently sit second in the Eastern Conference and on top of the East Division.
The tribe has lost all seven meetings with the Pats this season and want avoid getting shutout in the season series.
“I would love to beat Regina at least once this year,” said Eberle. “We've had a tough go against them so far, but that's going to be a huge game for us and a huge game for the fans because they really don't like Regina and don't like seeing us lose to Regina.”
As always, Country 100 will be your home for all the action throughout the weekend. The Pre-Game Show will be on the air at 6:40pm on Friday night and with a 7:30pm puck drop on Saturday, everything gets going at 7:10pm.
Ice Freeze Warriors 5-1
Written by James Gallo
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:07
Mackenzie Skapski made 22 saves for the Kootenay Ice in a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Moose Jaw Warriors battled hard with the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night, but just less than three minutes in the third period cost them three goals and led to a 5-1 loss for the home squad.
Moose Jaw’s fore-check attacked the Kootenay zone early but as the first period went on the Kootenay transition game started to take control.
The Ice forced pucks away from the Warrior forwards inside the Kootenay zone, they did a great job spotting their forwards and moving the puck up the ice.
Kootenay was able to take the lead at 6:26 when Sam Reinhart walked off the Moose Jaw left wall and to the faceoff dot where he snapped a shot over goalie Zach Sawchenko, extending his point streak to a WHL season high 21 games.
Warriors Assistant Coach Mark O'Leary joins James Gallo and Derek Kletzel on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.
Down a goal to start the second the Warriors pressured the Kootenay zone early. Jack Rodewald drove towards the net along the left goal line but was stuffed by goalie Mackenzie Skapski.
With a delayed penalty coming to the Ice the Warriors got their goalie to the bench for an extra attacker and then controlled their puck with their fore-check. Brayden Point and Tanner Eberle teamed up to toss the puck to the blue line for Jesse Forsberg, who bounced a shot passed the goal line to tie the game at one.
Both teams exchanged charges up the ice as the second went on but neither was able to pull ahead. Warriors goalie Zach Sawchenko was busy in the second period as Kootenay outshot the Warriors 14-9 in the period and 27-17 after two.
Warriors Defenceman Jesse Forsberg speaks with Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.
The Warriors came out strong in the third but they weren’t able to notch the go-ahead goal. As the period went on the Ice picked up the pace and were able to capitalize.
At 10:39 Tyler King took a shot from the Moose Jaw left line, Reinhart was standing on top of the Warriors crease where he deflected the pack to the back of the net.
29 seconds later Tim Bozon one-timed a shot from between the circles to make it 3-1 for the Kootenay. Bozon made it a three-goal game just less than two minutes later when he scored on the power play.
Kootenay added a late goal from Jaedon Descheneau and went on to hand the tribe a 5-1 loss. Bozon led the Ice with two goals and three points, Reinhart finished with two goals, and defenseman Tyler King had two assists.
Marc Smith catches up with Kootenay Ice Forward Jaedon Descheneau following their 5-1 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night.
Warrior’s goalie Zach Sawchenko made 37 saves and was named the game’s second star. Moose Jaw was outshot 15-6 in the third and 42-23 overall, they were 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Moose Jaw returns to action Friday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes. This will be their fourth and final meeting of the season against the Canes. The Warriors have posted a 2-1 record against Lethbridge, the Hurricanes beat the tribe 5-3 November 12th in their only meeting at Mosaic Place. Moose Jaw has outscored Lethbridge 11-10 in their regular season series.
Brayden Point and Jack Rodewald lead the Warriors with a goal and five points each; Torrin White has a goal and three points; Bryson Gore and Josh Uhrich have a goal and two points each; Tanner Eberle and Alexey Sleptsov have two assists each; Zach Sawchenko is 2-0 with a 2.47gaa and .909sv%; Justin Paulic is 0-1 with a 5.00gaa and .792sv%.
Jamal Watson and Tyler Wong lead Lethbridge with a goal and two points; Macoy Erkamps, Lenny Hackman, and Bryton Sayers have two assists each; Teagan Sacher is 0-1 with a 3.01gaa and .909sv%. Hurricanes forward Taylor Cooper has six goals against Moose Jaw; those came in four games when Cooper was with the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Friday will mark the first game back in Moose Jaw for former Warriors Tyler Bell. Bell came to Moose Jaw from Kamloops (Joel Edmundson trade) in December 2012. He played 63 games for the tribe; he had three goals, 10 points, and 100 penalty minutes. Bell was traded to Lethbridge in November 2013.
Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show with James Gallo at 6:40pm. Saturday the tribe concludes their busy week with their final game of the season against the Regina Pats, they’ll collide at 7:30pm at Mosaic Place.
Warriors Snap Slide With 5-2 Win Over Blades
Written by James Gallo
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 21:22
The Moose Jaw Warriors snapped a five game slide Tuesday with a convincing 5-2 over the Saskatoon Blades Tuesday at Credit Union Centre.
Moose Jaw was able to create early opportunities and with their hard fore-check; they had extra time on the attack thanks to active sticks and second efforts which forced the Blades into turnovers. However every time the tribe would generate a quality shot goalie Troy Trombley would make a better save.
On the other side of the red line Saskatoon was able to create their opportunities on the rush, one of which was a chance for their leading scorer Nikita Scherbak in between the Moose Jaw circles but Zach Sawchenko turned him away.
The Blades broke onto the scoreboard at 14:39 when Connor Sanvido led a charge to the Moose Jaw left circle, he then tossed it to the slot where Logan Harland deflected the pass to the back of the net.
The shift after the Blades goal was dominated by the Warriors as Jack Rodewald, Brayden Point, and Ben Duperreault, along with defenceman Tyler Brown and Spenser Jensen, pinned Saskatoon inside their line. Eventually Rodewald came out of the left corner where he connected with Jesse Forsberg, who came on the ice on a line change; Forsberg ripped a wrist shot past Trombley to tie the game at one.
Warriors Assistant Coach Mike Vandenberghe joins James Gallo during the Country 100 Post-Game Show.
Moose Jaw took their first lead of the game at 5:19 of the second period. Point dangled toward the Saskatoon net from inside the right circle. The puck was poked off his blade and rolled to a trailing Tanner Eberle who sniped his 17th of the year.
Sixty one second later the Warriors coughed the puck up to the Blades Scherbak at the Moose Jaw left goal line. He tossed the puck to Harland on the right wing where he scored his second of the game.
Both teams had successful grind time in the offensive zone which resulted in scoring chances but neither was able to take the lead in the second.
Early in the third Sam Fioretti setup Alexey Sleptsov for a slap shot on a Moose Jaw rush. The puck trickled behind Trombley where Fioretti punched it past the goal line. Just under a minute later at 2:35 Ben Duperreault came out from behind the Saskatoon net and connected with Josh Uhrich who scored his ninth of the year from the top of the crease.
The Warriors finished a flurry with an Alexey Sleptsov power play goal at 3:48; Moose Jaw scored three goals in two minutes to open the final period.
Saskatoon outshot the Warriors 22-17 in the final forty minutes but weren’t able to mount a comeback as the tribe went on to the victory.
Zach Sawchenko ended the game with 31 saves, Brayden Point had three assists, and Jack Rodewald had two assists.
Moose Jaw’s four games in five days schedule continues Wednesday as they’re back at home to take on Sam Reinhart and Kootenay Ice.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Eastern Conference rivals; Moose Jaw is 0-3 against the Ice, which includes a 3-1 loss February 11th which was their only meeting at Mosaic Place. Kootenay has outscored the Warriors 14-7 in three games.
Jack Rodewald leads the Warriors with three goals; Torrin White has two goals and three points; Tanner Eberle and Sam Fioretti have three assists each; Brayden Point has a goal and two points; Justin Paulic is 0-3 with a 4.28gaa and .889sv%.
Sam Reinhart leads the Ice with six goals and eight points; Jaedon Descheneau has three goals and five goals; Tim Bozon has one goal and five points; Rinat Valiev has four assists; Luke Philp has one goal and three points; Zach Franko has three assists; Landon Peel has two goals; Mackenzie Skapski is 2-0 with a 1.50gaa and .956sv%; Wyatt Hoflin is 1-0 with a 4.00gaa and .895sv%.
Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm. The tribe will have Thursday off to prepare for weekend home games against Lethbridge and Regina.
Warriors Head To Bridge City
Written by Marc Smith
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:39
Jack Rodewald battles for positioning along the boards against Saskatoon this season.
Two similar teams will duke it out on Tuesday night in the Bridge City.
The Moose Jaw Warriors (15-37-3-6) and Saskatoon Blades (16-41-2-3) meet for the first time since November 9th on Tuesday as the tribe makes their way into the Credit Union Centre.
This will be the fourth meeting overall this year between the tenth and 11th seeds in the Eastern Conference with each team taking two games so far in the season series. Just two points separate the two teams in the standings and both are on losing streaks.
Basically all that means is despite being in the middle of rebuilding seasons, there should be no love lost between these two East Division rivals during meeting number five.
“We're pretty similar in age and skill, so hopefully we can get a win out there,” said Warriors defenceman Spenser Jensen before the team's workout on Monday at Mosaic Place.
The Warriors are coming off a pair of losses to Medicine Hat and Brandon over the weekend that extended their winless skid to five games. In both those losses, they gave up five goals in the second period, which killed them both nights.
“Both second periods they seemed to score goals on us and we've got to work on being more consistent throughout the whole game,” said Jensen. “In Brandon, we got into some penalty trouble, which hurt us a lot. Brandon has a great power play and they were able to take advantage of that.”
The Warriors are in the midst of a very busy stretch that has them playing eight games in 13 days – they're on game five of that stretch. With so much game action, the Warriors are trying to put last weekend out of mind as they look towards the new week.
“We played a couple of teams, but we've just got to move on like anything else,” said Jensen. “We've got a couple of big games coming up, so we've got come out with a better effort against Saskatoon.”
The key for the Warriors will be to not worry about the opponent each night as much as it is getting themselves ready to play.
“Every team usually has a couple of these stretches throughout the year and it's just part of playing in this league, but we've just got to get a lot of rest, good food, lots of water, and that's really all you can do,” said Jensen on keeping the body together while playing so many games in such a short span.
It's been over three months since the Warriors and Blades last played. Their last three meetings were all one-goal games and judging by the team's records, Tuesday night should be another tight one.
Jensen hasn't faced Saskatoon since joining Moose Jaw just before the trade deadline in January. He's looking forward to his first taste of another East Division rivalry.
“They're a younger team, somewhat similar to us as far as the age and maybe the skill goes, so we've just got to play hard and just really focus on playing the full sixty minutes,” stated Jensen.
The Warriors will be hoping a complete effort can get them back in the win column.
Puck drops at 7:05pm from the Credit Union Centre. You can catch all the action throughout the game with Voice of the Warriors James Gallo on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.
Warriors Weekend Ends With 7-4 Loss In Brandon
Written by James Gallo
Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:00
Penalties hurt the Moose Jaw Warriors in the second period as they fell 7-4 to the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday in Manitoba.
Brandon was able to take an early lead at 3:01, just as a Moose Jaw penalty expired Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk walked off the Warrior left wall then tossed the puck cross ice to Jesse Gabrielle at the right goal line where he scored his tenth of the year.
The home team extended their lead three minutes later when Brett Kitt and Braylon Shmyr worked a give-and-go which resulted with a Kitt goal driving to the Moose Jaw net.
The Warriors were finally able to respond at 7:47, Jack Rodewald pushed the puck inside the Brandon left boards for Ben Duperreault who then dropped it to Brayden Point inside the circle. Point drove the net then snapped a beautiful shot over the glove of goalie Jordan Papirny for his team leading 28th of the year.
As the first continued the teams attacked both goals and created several opportunities. They combined for 22 shots, but due to the play of goalies Paulic and Papirny the game went into the intermission with Brandon leading 2-1.
The Wheat Kings went up by two 14 seconds into the second when Tim McGauley beat Justin Paulic with a slap shot on the fly from top of the Warriors left circle. Just before the two minute mark of the period Gabrielle scored his second of the game to finish a Brandon four-on-two rush.
Then the Moose Jaw Warriors got into penalty problems and Brandon capitalized. In a seven minute period the Wheat Kings were given six consecutive power plays where they scored three goals.
McGauley notched the first power play marker, which was his second of the period at 4:55. Then at 10:26 Ryan Pulock scored on a five-on-three power play, forty seconds later McGauley scored his hat trick goal on the Wheat Kings second two-man advantage.
This goal chased Warriors starting goalie Justin Paulic from the game, he allowed seven goals (three of them on the power play) on 21 shots in just over thirty minutes work.
As the Warriors got back to even strength Jack Rodewald set up Tanner Eberle coming out of the penalty box, Eberle finished off the rush with his 16th of the year. 39 seconds later Colton McCarthy led a rush through the neutral zone then down the Brandon left wall, he set up Josh Uhrich driving to the net where he scored his eighth.
The tribe had plenty more opportunities in the late stages of the second, two notable chances were for Eberle and McCarthy in tight on the Brandon crease, but neither was able to finish the play and the Warriors went into the second intermission down by four.
Moose Jaw tossed lot pucks at the Brandon net in the third period; they outshot the Wheat Kings 18-12 in the period and were able to get a goal from Colton McCarthy at 17:23. In the end the tribe wasn’t able to recover from the second period and suffered a three-goal loss.
McCarthy had a goal and two points, Jack Rodewald had two assists, and Tim McGauley led the Wheat Kings with a hat trick.
The tribe is now off until next week when they’ll play four games in five nights. The busy schedule starts Tuesday with a trip to Saskatoon, Wednesday they’re back at home to play Kootenay, Friday Lethbridge comes to town, and then March 1st they’ll square off against the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place.
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