Nine straight games, that's how long the Moose Jaw Warriors have gone since last surrendering a power play against.
The Warriors' penalty kill has found another gear over the past month, turning around one of the areas where Moose Jaw struggled in the first half.
"The guys are just starting to buy in here, we're starting to really understand it, and when we get a chance to clear the puck down the ice, we're bearing down and getting it down the ice," said Warriors defenceman Dalton Hamailuk.
On Dec. 7, the Warriors had the second-worst penalty kill in the Western Hockey League, but the unit has steadily improved over the past few months, leading to the current hot streak over the past nine games.
The Warriors' penalty kill is now sixth in the WHL at 80.7 percent.
Some key changes in personnel with the addition of players like Luke Ormsby through trade have helped the Warriors find their stride on the penalty kill.
"The big message in the room is just taking pride in the penalty kill," said Ormsby.
"When I got here, we were sitting about 67-percent, but around that time, the team had the mindset that we wanted to change that and it's been working for us."
This past weekend, the Warriors went a combined 8-for-8 on the kill over two games, including holding the CHL-leading Prince Albert Raiders off the board on six attempts during Saturday’s meeting at the Art Hauser Centre.
Ormsby said the Warriors are focused on bringing as much pressure as possible on the PK.
"On the power play, when you've got guys pushing you back up ice when you're getting the puck when you have four guys constantly on you from the PK, it can be tough," said Ormsby.
The penalty kill has been rising recently, but the Warriors also sport on the WHL’s best power plays, sitting second in the league at 26.7 percent.
Both units have played a big part in the Warriors collecting points in eight of their last nine games.
"Towards the beginning of the year, we weren't doing well on the PK and now we're stepping it up and it's helping us win games," said Hamailuk.
The Warriors will look to keep their special teams hot when they travel into Saskatoon on Wednesday night to face the Blades. Saskatoon sits six points ahead of Moose Jaw for second place in the WHL’s East Division.