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
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
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.
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