The Moose Jaw Warriors have loaded up the bus and headed to Alberta where they will play three games in three nights against Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton.
The road trip starts on Thursday night when the Warriors square off with the Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
The Warriors head into the road trip with plenty of momentum after beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, their second straight win and third in the past four games.
“It was important,” Warriors forward Eric Alarie said. “Winning two games in a row has been hard for us this year and getting those two wins is huge for us going into the road trip.”
Tuesday’s win moved the Warriors’ record to 10-10-1-1, which has them sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the Saskatoon Blades.
Warriors head coach Mark O’Leary said the team will be looking to carry the momentum from the past four games into this road trip.
“I’m excited to get on the road, some different buildings that we haven’t been into in a little while, so sometimes that helps jolt things a little bit,” he said.
“More importantly, it’s just two points on the line every night and we just want to continue to take steps forward.”
Alarie had a goal and two points in Tuesday’s win and now has two goals and seven points over his past four games.
The 18-year-old forward said he feels like he’s finding his game now with 18 points in 22 games this season.
“I know I’ve been feeling more comfortable out there,” he said. “Just moving my feet, that’s a big thing for me and once I do that, I just get around the net and my teammates have been really good too, Atley [Calvert] and [Logan Doust], so I’ve got to give them kudos.”
The past two wins for Moose Jaw have seen them play two of their most complete games of the year.
O’Leary said going into three games in three nights, the team needs to just focus on taking it one game at a time.
“Really just staying in the moment is the biggest thing,” he said. “All we have to do is win Thursday, worry about Friday and Saturday after that.”
After Thursday’s game in Calgary, the Warriors will take on the top-two teams in the Central Division on back-to-back nights, going to Red Deer on Friday and then finishing against the division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.
“Once you get to the third game, oftentimes that’s the easiest one because there’s nothing to look ahead to, there’s nothing to save it for, you know it’s a day off the next day,” O’Leary said.
“I haven’t [played a three-in-three] since my 16-year-old year, so I’m looking forward to it,” Alarie added. “It’s a challenge and at this level, you have to do it.”
The Warriors and Hitmen open the road trip on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Saskatchewan time.
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