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Warriors-Howden-Sep27-1Warriors rookie Brett Howden had five goals and six points in 11 games this season.

It may only have been game 11 out of 72, but the Moose Jaw Warriors learnt a lot about their team during Saturday's 4-3 win in Swift Current.

The win over the Broncos was the first on the road this season for the tribe and with their next four games being away from Mosaic Place, that was big for the team before heading out to Alberta.

“That was huge,” said rookie forward Brett Howden. “We haven't been on the road much lately and we're going to be going on the road this weekend to Alberta, so it's going to be a tough road trip, but we're looking forward to it and ready for it.”

The Warriors will no doubt face some adversity on their three-game Alberta road trip as they head into Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Edmonton. They were given a full dose of adversity against the Broncos on Saturday.

Moose Jaw built up a 3-0 lead in the first period, but watched as Swift Current chipped away at it throughout the rest of the game, finally tying it with just over two minutes to go.

Jaimen Yakubowski made sure the game ended in regulation however, scoring with 4.1 seconds to go for the Warriors' win.

“It was huge that we didn't let them get a point in overtime and now we're tied with them in the standings, and still have two games in hand, so that was a big game for us,” said Howden, who sits tied for second on the team with five goals in 11 games.

The ability to stay into the game and score that winner after the late tying goal for the Broncos was a big test for the Warriors. One that Howden feels they handled well.

“We had to stay mentally tough, they had the momentum really because they tied it up, but we stuck to our game plan and it ended up being strong for us,” he said.

Moose Jaw has played eight of their first 11 games on home ice, so this road trip will be the first extended taste of the road for the tribe this season. The Warriors learnt a valuable lesson in Saturday's win as their quick start played a big part in their win.

“Coming into their own rink and having a big start, we scored three goals in the first ten minutes, that was huge,” Howden said. “We've just got to be ready right from the start, can't blame it on the bus legs or whatever, so being ready right from the start and playing a full sixty minutes is key on the road.”

The Warriors don't have any games throughout the week, allowing them to focus in on the first place Tigers, who they'll face at the Medicine Hat Arena on Friday night.

“We've got to be ready to go,” said Howden. “We've got a week here and then playing Med Hat, they're a great team, so we've just got to be ready to go for Friday.”

The Warriors follow up that game with a trip to Red Deer on Saturday and then they hit Edmonton on Sunday before coming home for a days rest and then back on the bus to Saskatoon on Tuesday.

Moose Jaw currently sits tied for second in the East Division with a 6-4-0-1 record.

Yakubowski Lifts Warriors To Win

Warriors-Yakubowski-Oct4Warriors assistant captain Jaimen Yakubowski cuts away from a defender during action this season. (Photo: Cory Kerr Photography)

Jaimen Yakubowski was the hero for the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old forward scored with 4.1 seconds to go in the game to give Moose Jaw a 4-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos in a tight East Division game at the Credit Union Iplex.

Yakubowski finished with two goals and three points in the win to lead the Warriors.

Coming off a 6-2 loss to Portland on home ice, the Warriors started quick against the Broncos.

Yakubowski opened the scoring 2:44 into the game when he tipped in a point shot by Tyler Brown.  Brayden Point followed that up with his sixth of the year just three minutes later, tipping a shot by Taylor Green past Travis Child.

Moose Jaw extended their lead to 3-0 midway through the first thanks to some hard work down low by Tanner Jeannot and Ben Duperreault.  Jeannot fed Linden Penner at the bottom of the circle and he made no mistake for his first of the season.

Swift Current answered to end the period when Carter Rigby scored a power play marker to get the Broncos on the board.

The Broncos continued to press into the second period and pulled within one midway through the frame.  Tyler Steenbergen forced a turnover in the offensive zone and beat Zach Sawchenko with a shot off the rush to make it 3-2.

The score stayed that way into the third despite some more pressure from the Broncos.  

The home side finally broke through with 2:23 to go in the game as Glenn Gawdin found Coda Gordon at the side of the net for the game-tying goal.

With overtime looking like a certainty, the Warriors top line went to work in the offensive zone.  Point dug the puck out of Dillon Hetherington’s skates and found Yakubowski all alone in front of the net for the winning goal with just four seconds to go.

Sawchenko made 28 saves to pick up his sixth win of the season, while Child stopped 23 of 27 shots thrown his way by the Warriors in the loss.

Moose Jaw improves to 6-4-0-1 on the year and moves into a tie with the Broncos for second in the East Division, four points back of Brandon.

The Warriors are off now until next weekend when they hit the road to Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Edmonton for a three-game Alberta road swing.

Warriors Winning Streak Ends With 6-2 Loss to Portland

Oct17-Portland6 570x380Portland forward Oliver Bjorkstrand dekes out Warriors goalie Justin Paulic during Friday's 6-2 loss for Moose Jaw at Mosaic Place. (Photo: Stephen Simon/MJ Warriors)

The Moose Jaw Warriors got off to a slow start on Friday night and Portland didn’t let off the gas pedal, as they dealt the Warriors a 6-2 loss, snapping their three game winning streak.

Portland looked sharp to open the game, they used their speed through the neutral zone to create a constant attack inside the Warriors line.  The Winterhawks fore-check was strong, it pressured the Warriors defenceman, not allowing the tribe to breakout of their zone cleanly.

Warriors assistant captain Tanner Eberle speaks with Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show after the team's 6-2 loss on Friday night.

The visitors opened the scoring at 9:32 of the first period, Layne Viveiros’s point shot on the power play deflected off a Moose Jaw defenceman and past goaltender Justin Paulic.

As the first period continued Portland’s attack continued, the visitors outshot Moose Jaw 7-0 in the first ten minutes and 13-3 overall in the period, Paulic made a number of key saves to keep his team within a goal going in to the intermission.

In the second period Moose Jaw was given plenty of time to work on the power play but unfortunately it was the visitors who created the offence.  Down at man at 7:38, Nic Petan jumped on a loose puck in the Portland zone, he tossed a pass to Oliver Bjorkstrand who put a backhand over Paulic on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 2-0.

Warriors assistant coach Mark O'Leary joins the Country 100 Post-Game Show to go over Moose Jaw's 6-2 loss to Portland.

The Warriors power play opportunities continued in the second, just over ten minutes in to the period they were given a two-man advantage and finally capitalized.  From the Portland left goal line, Jack Rodewald feathered a pass cross ice where Brett Howden ripped his fifth of the year.

With momentum finally in their favor, the Warriors had the wind knocked out of their sails just under two minutes after Howden’s goal.  Big Portland forward Dominic Turgeon muscled the puck underneath the pad of the Warriors goalie, instilling the visitor’s two-goal lead going in to the third.

Portland poured on the offence to start the third period, Turgeon scored his second of the game at 1:24 to make it 4-1.  Approaching the midway point of the period, Alex Schoenborn deflected a shot to the back of the Warrior net to make it 5-1, then on the power play at 11:44 Chase De Leo set up Bjorkstrand for a one-time blast to make it a five-goal game.

Portland captain Nic Petan talks about their 6-2 win over Moose Jaw with Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.

Warriors Captain Brayden Point scored a power play goal at 12:34 to put a little life in the Moose Jaw sticks but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, as Moose Jaw’s three game winning streak came to an end with a 6-2 loss.

Alexey Sleptsov had two assists for the Warriors and Justin Paulic made 35 saves.  Nic Petan finished with three assists, Miles Koules had two assists, and Brendan Burke made 26 saves.  The Warriors were 2-for-7 on the power play (with a shorthanded goal against), and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Moose Jaw’s weekend schedule continues Saturday with a trip to Swift Current, which marks the first of five straight road games.  The Warriors are 0-2 against the Broncos after being swept opening weekend on September 19th and 20th.  Catch all the action on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Warriors Rolling Into Weekend

Warriors-White-Oct2Torrin White celebrates one of his three goals this season for the Moose Jaw Warriors. (Photo: Stephen Simon/MJ Warriors)

Three straight wins, points in six straight games and five straight home wins.

The Moose Jaw Warriors are playing some outstanding hockey right now as they get set for a big weekend set of games. The Warriors will wrap up their season-opening homestand with the Portland Winterhawks in town on Friday night before travelling to Swift Current on Saturday.

The tribe heads into the weekend with loads of confidence after their 5-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, which extended their winning streak to three games.

“There's a real positive atmosphere in the room and if we keep playing the way that we've been playing, it's going to be a good year,” said 19-year-old forward Torrin White. “This little streak that we've been on is a pretty good feeling and it's brightening the spirits in the room.”

Moose Jaw enters the weekend with a 5-3-0-1 record, which puts them over .500, something that hasn't been seen very much over the past two seasons. The team is doing it on the back of depth throughout their lineup.

All four forward lines are contributing and since the team's 7-1 loss to Regina on Sept. 28, the defence has been playing as a solid six-man unit.

“We have skill through all four lines and it obviously shows in the game,” said White. “With the skilled players we have and the puck possession, skill game that we play, it complements each other nicely.”

White said the lineup overhaul that happened since last season has led to that depth and made the Warriors into a tough team to match-up against now that they've adjusted to head coach Tim Hunter's system.

“There's a lot of things that have gone into (the early season success),” White said. “Just the way that Tim's coaching here is working well with the players that we have and I think that's a big reason why we're winning.”

Moose Jaw has been producing offensively during their recent winning streak and it's been led as expected by Brayden Point, Jack Rodewald and Tanner Eberle, but the team is seeing each line chip in. White said that teams are having a tough time answering their depth.

“Through all four of our lines, there's some dangerous guys,” said White. “If we keep playing the way that we are, teams are going to start respecting us a little more.”

Portland has had their struggles to start the year. The four-time defending Western Conference champions are sitting at 1-7-0-2 through their first ten games this season. They come into Friday night with the most goals against in the league at 47, compared to the 26 that the Warriors have allowed in nine games.

White said that despite the Winterhawks' struggles, they know that they can be a dangerous team at any moment with players like Nic Petan and Oliver Bjorkstrand still in the lineup.

“We just need to know who's on the ice, they have some real dangerous guys,” he said. “As long as we most importantly focus on our own game and then be aware when those guys are on the ice, then we'll be alright.”

Moose Jaw and Portland hit the ice on Friday night at 7:00pm and then the tribe travels to Swift Current on Saturday night. You can catch all the action both nights on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.

Point Named To Team WHL For Super Series

Warriors-Point-Oct15Warriors captain Brayden Point in action against the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday night, he had a goal and an assist in the win. (Photo: Cory Kerr Photography)

Brayden Point can cross another accomplishment off the list.

The Moose Jaw Warriors captain was named to Team WHL for next month's CHL Subway Super Series in Saskatoon and Brandon.

Point and Team WHL will take on Team Russia on Monday, Nov. 10 in Saskatoon and then again on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Brandon as part of the annual six-game series that sees CHL all-star teams take on Russian all-stars.

The tournament serves as part of the evaluation process for Hockey Canada in the lead up to the World Junior Hockey Championship.

This will be Point's first time taking part in the Super Series. He has four goals and 11 points in seven games this season.

Click here to see the full WHL roster.

Warriors Sink Raiders For 3rd Straight Win

Warriors-Eberle-Oct15Warriors forward Tanner Eberle snows Prince Albert goalie Nick McBride before beating him for a breakaway goal. (Photo: Cory Kerr Photography)

Brayden Point and Jack Rodewald and a goal and two points each Wednesday in the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-3 win over Prince Albert at Mosaic Place.

Once again the Warriors established their quick style in the early moments but as the first period went on the Raiders made nice adjustments to keep pace with the tribe.  The teams combined for 23 shots in the opening period, with many of those being quality scoring opportunities.

In the final minute of the first Brayden Point fought off the Raiders right wall and connected with Jack Rodewald in the slot between the circles.  Rodewald ripped his team leading fifth of the year to give the tribe a 1-0 lead rolling towards the intermission.

Warriors captain Brayden Point talks with Country 100's Marc Smith on the Post-Game Show after Wednesday's 5-3 win against the Raiders.

Four minutes in to the second period, Tyler Brown kept the puck inside the Raider zone at the left point.  His shot towards the net ricochet to Brayden Point who had a wide open net for his fourth of the year.

Just over ninety seconds later Jaimen Yakubowski led a rush across the Prince Albert line.  The 20-year-old let a shot go on the fly from the right wing, it went off the pad of goalie Nick McBride and right to Torrin White crashing the net for his third of the year.

Prince Albert was finally able to silence some of the Warriors momentum 18 seconds later when Josh Morrissey rifled a shot passed a screened Zach Sawchenko.

Warriors assistant coach Mark O'Leary joins the Country 100 Post-Game Show to talk about their 5-3 win over Prince Albert.

Moose Jaw outshot the Raiders 18-6 in the second period but weren’t able to add to their lead until early in the third.

Prince Albert started the final frame strong, but the Warriors were able to capitalize on a neutral zone turnover.  Jack Rodewald and Noah Gregor came in on an odd-man rush, Rodewald set up Gregor for his second of the year just under two minutes in to the period.

Five minutes later the Raiders bobbled the puck at the Moose Jaw blue line, Tanner Eberle pounced on it and streaked down the ice on a breakaway.  Eberle made good on his opportunity, scoring his fifth of the year to make it 5-1.

As the third went on the Raiders charged back in the game.  At 11:09 Brendan Guhle’s point shot was able to sneak past Sawchenko to make it 5-2, then two minutes later on a scramble in front of the net Reid Gardiner poked the puck in to make it a two-goal game.

Prince Albert battled hard to claw closer, but the Warriors buckled down defensively and held on for the 5-3 win.

The win was the Warriors third straight, they also now have points in six straight, moving their record to 5-3-0-1.

Moose Jaw is now off until the weekend, Friday they’ll square off against the four-time defending Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks at Mosaic Place, Saturday they’ll head west to Swift Current for their third meeting of the season against the Broncos.  Catch all the action both night on Country 100 starting with the PreGame Show at 6:40pm.

Well Rested Warriors Host Raiders

Warriors-Point-Oct4Warriors captain Brayden Point protects the puck during action against the Tri-City Americans at Mosaic Place on Oct. 4. (Photo: Cory Kerr Photography)

It's been almost a week since the Moose Jaw Warriors last hit the ice, but they will return to game action with a big East Division game on Wednesday night at Mosaic Place.

After getting the weekend off, the Warriors will go to work against the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, the lone team to beat Moose Jaw during their five-game point streak.

“We want to get them back for that shootout loss,” said captain Brayden Point, who has three goals and nine points in six games this season. “They're coming into our rink, so hopefully we can give them a good game.”

The Warriors last loss was a 3-2 shootout defeat by the Raiders in Prince Albert at the start of the month. The tribe has won two straight since then, including a 3-1 win over the Kootenay Ice last Thursday.

The success over the past three weeks for Moose Jaw has given the team confidence that they can pick up two points each time out. That confidence is wavering heading into Wednesday's game against Prince Albert.

“Winning instills a lot of confidence in guys and it's good to see that it's still carrying over to practice this week,” said Point after wrapping up the team's practice on Tuesday at Mosaic Place.

The Warriors had the weekend off, which is rare during a WHL season. It allowed the team to refresh after a busy start to the season that saw them post a 4-3-0-1 record during their first eight games.

“It felt good to get those couple of days rest, it showed in practice, we were going pretty good,” said Point. “It's good to just relax and take some time to recover (after the start to the season).”

Coming into Wednesday's game fresh is something that Point feels can be a benefit for the team.

“I don't think it will hurt for sure,” he said. “It's always good after a busy schedule to get some rest, so it's good.”

The Warriors played a tight game against the Raiders in their first meeting of the season, losing in the shootout after tying the game in the third period on a goal from 16-year-old rookie Brett Howden.

No luck in the shootout led to the loss for Moose Jaw, but they're confident they can pull it off on home ice this time around.

“They're a hard working team, so we've got to match that work ethic,” said Point. “We definitely need to get shots on net with traffic, so that we can put the rebounds in.”

There will be one big change for the Raiders this time around though as they will have 19-year-old defenceman Josh Morrissey back in the lineup after he was returned from the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

This is the seventh home game of the season for the Warriors and after posting just ten home wins last season, the tribe has already won four out of six this season. Point said getting success at home is big for the team.

“Especially after the last couple of years where we've struggled at home,” he said. “It's good to be giving the fans something to cheer about.”

The Warriors and Raiders hit the ice at 7:00pm on Wednesday night. You can catch all the action live on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.

Contributions From Everyone For Warriors

Warriors-Olynek-Sep26-1Warriors forward Kolten Olynek in action this season. (Photo: Cory Kerr Photography)

The Moose Jaw Warriors have been doing it as a team over the first three weeks of the season and it’s been paying off.

The Warriors had the long weekend off after picking up their second straight win, 3-1 over Kootenay, on Thursday night.  Moose Jaw has won four of their last five and picked up a point in each of those games.

Over the first eight games of the season, the Warriors are being led offensively by Brayden Point, Jack Rodewald, Tanner Eberle and Brett Howden as expected, but all the players in the lineup are adapting well to their roles on the team.

The Warriors are playing as a team with each line contributing something each time on the ice.

“We’re sticking to the game plan, working hard every single shift,” said 18-year-old forward Kolten Olynek.  “We let up at times during the first few games of the season, but now we’re just going sixty minutes, full out.”

Olynek has developed himself a nice role on the team as a key penalty killer and 3rd-4th line centre that can play a strong defensive role.

“I love playing PK, I love helping the team that way and taking face-offs and just going out there and creating energy with my linemates,” Olynek said.  “I’m finding my role and I’m very happy with it right now.”

Olynek has one assist through eight games, but has made his impact felt in other ways.

During last Thursday’s game against Kootenay, Moose Jaw had a key defensive zone face off with one second to go in the second period and Olynek was sent out there to win it.

He said that's a big confidence booster.

“For (Head Coach Tim Hunter) to put me out there in the dying seconds of the period for a big defensive zone face-off is always a boost of confidence and I’ve just got to carry that and continue to flourish in my opportunity,” Olynek said.

Defensively, the Warriors have been getting some big play from a pair of younger d-men with 17-year-olds Tyler Brown and Ryan Gardiner starting to take on more and more responsibility.

Gardiner is in his first season with the Warriors and with seven games in now, he’s making it hard on the Warriors’ coaches to take him out of the lineup.

“I feel real happy with myself right now,” said Gardiner.  “I’ve adjusted to the speed, the compete level and now I’m trying to get more offence going, but overall I’m really happy with it.”

For a young offensive-minded defenceman, Gardiner has played exceptional in his own zone so far this year, but he’s hoping to start putting more of his offensive game on display as he gets more comfortable.

“Start in the d-zone first and make sure that I play D first and then I can go up and play offence,” said Gardiner.  “Once I get more comfortable, I’ll trust myself to get up in the play more.

“My speed has helped me a lot, I’m able to go there and back, like I have no problem back checking, so my speed has been good.”

The Warriors had the long weekend off and they will return to the ice on Wednesday when the Prince Albert Raiders come to Mosaic Place.  The team is confident that they can stay on track heading into that East Division match-up.

“We’re competing, working the corners, battling hard and just out competing other teams,” said Gardiner.  

The tribe will also face Portland and Swift Current on Friday and Saturday.

Warriors Chill Ice 3-1

Warriors-Sawchenko-Sep21Goalie Zach Sawchenko makes a stop during the Warriors' 3-1 win over the Kootenay Ice on Thursday at Mosaic Place.

Moose Jaw held off a late charge from the Kootenay Ice Thursday, moving their record to 4-3-0-1 with a 3-1 win.

The Moose Jaw Warriors established a quick pace to begin the game.  Their fore-check created consistent pressure inside the Kootenay line and they were able to crash the net repeatedly which resulted in quality scoring opportunities.

The game remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes due to the strong play of the goaltenders.

Warriors assistant coach Mark O'Leary joins the Country 100 Post-Game Show to talk about the team's 3-1 win.

Kootenay goalie Keelan Williams was making his first WHL start and was strong in the opening frame, turning the Warriors away on 16 shots.  On the other side of the red line Warriors goalie Zach Sawchenko only saw seven shots in the first period but was tested several times.

With the home squad on an early power play in the middle period, the Warriors finally broke on to the scoreboard.  Wrapped up by an Ice defender inside the Kootenay right circle, Jiri Smejkal dropped a pass back for Noah Gregor.  Gregor’s shot went off the right pad of Williams and right to Torrin White who put a back hand in to the net for his second of the year.

Warriors forward Noah Gregor talks about the team's 3-1 with Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.

Shortly after the White goal the Warriors landed back on the power play.  With Brett Howden controlling the puck behind the net, the 16-year-old set up Brayden Point in the bottom of the left circle for what fans thought was the Warriors second goal.  However, Jack Rodewald was pushed in to the goalie, and with Williams tied up on the ice with the Warriors forward, the referee signaled “no goal”.

Moose Jaw outshot the Ice 15-3 in the second and held a 30-10 advantage after two.

In the third period the Ice created more opportunities on the Moose Jaw net, and at one point outshot the Warriors 6-3 in the period.  However, the Warriors played strong defensively in their zone and Zach Sawchenko continued to turn them aside to keep the Warriors up 1-0.

Kootenay rookie goalie Keelan Williams goes over the team's 3-1 loss to Moose Jaw with Marc Smith on the Country 100 Post-Game Show.

Just past the midway point of the third Jaimen Yakubowski and Noah Gregor created a turnover in the neutral zone due to strong back checking.  Gregor led the rush across the Kootenay line then tossed the puck to Howden charging towards the net.  Howden was stopped on his initial shot but stayed with the puck and buried the rebound for his fourth of the year.

With just over two minutes remaining and on the penalty kill, Kootenay remained aggressive.  Jaedon Descheneau rushed down the Warriors right boards then tossed the puck to Luke Philp going through centre ice towards the Moose Jaw net.  Sawchenko was able to get a piece of Philp’s shot, but he wasn’t able to get enough, the puck trickled past the Warriors goalie to cut the lead to one.

Kootenay’s best opportunity to tie the game came moments later when Philp rang a shot off the post.  Instead Moose Jaw was able to put the game away with a Tanner Eberle power play goal with four seconds left.

Noah Gregor finished the game leading the Warriors offensively with two assists, Sawchenko’s shutout streak came to an end at 229:10.

The Warriors are off over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, they won’t be back in action until Wednesday, October 15 when they host the Prince Albert Raiders.

Warriors Look To Stay Hot & Melt Ice

Warriors-Ice-Preview-Oct9

After four days off, the Moose Jaw Warriors are hoping that they haven't cooled off heading into Thursday night's meeting with the Kootenay Ice at Mosaic Place.

The Warriors enter their lone game this week having won three of their last four and they’ve picked up points in each of the last four games after opening the season with three straight losses.

They’ve done it by playing to their strengths with speed and hard work against some tough opponents.

“We’re getting the right opportunities to put the puck in the net and when we do so, we’re doing it,” said forward Linden Penner.  “(Zach Sawchenko) is playing good obviously, so it’s always good having a good goalie backing you up, so we’re doing well.”

Penner has five games under his belt with the Warriors, three of them have been wins.  He said it’s been nice coming into the tribe at the right time.

“I’m just getting to know the boys and show up and we’re on a hot streak, so it’s been good,” he said.

The six-foot-three forward has provided an edge to the Warriors forward group since being traded to Moose Jaw from Calgary two weeks ago.  He said he’s fitting in well right now.

“It’s still a process, it’s a long process to come into a team that you don’t know anyone and coach is still trying to find the right line combos,” said Penner.  “I know my role, but we’re still a while away from being solid in the line combos.”

Penner has two assists since joining the Warriors. He may be able to help out the tribe in another way on Thursday night however, as he’s more than familiar with the Ice from his time in the Central Division.

Despite the loss of Sam Reinhart to the Buffalo Sabres, Kootenay still presents a tough test.  Penner said they need to focus on the Ice's top players.

“Jaedon Descheneau and Luke Philp are their top guys and really they feed off their power play, so if we shut their power play down and stay disciplined, then we should be okay,” said Penner.

This is the Warriors lone game this week as they have a rare weekend off during the Thanksgiving long weekend.  With their next game not until Wednesday, Penner said they can throw a little extra on the ice against Kootenay.

“Every day we put it all out there, but definitely there’s nothing to save it for when we have Thursday off and the boys are ready to go,” he said.

You can catch all the action on Thursday live on Country 100, the Pre-Game Show kicks everything off at 6:40pm.  Puck drops at 7:00pm.

Thorwback Thursday… The Warriors will be having special ticket prices for their final Thursday game of the season.  Adults get in for $10, students are $7 and kids are $5.  There will also be $2 popcorn and hotdogs, as well as a giveaway of two tickets to see the Doobie Brothers in concert at Mosaic Place.