Moose Jaw Warriors

Preview: Warriors Aim To Keep Win Streak Alive Against Hitmen

February 17, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Moose Jaw Warriors News Release

Moose Jaw, SK - The Moose Jaw Warriors have been unbeatable at the Hangar since the start of 2024.

The Warriors hold an 11-game home win streak heading into a showdown with the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night in Downtown Moose Jaw.

"We love playing here, we love playing in front of our fans, they're always awesome, but it's been a little different atmosphere since Christmas time and we feed off that," Warriors forward Atley Calvert.

Moose Jaw earned another home win on Thursday night when they took down the Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-2.

The Warriors weren't entirely pleased with their game in the win, but will take two points anyway they'll come.

"We certainly did a lot of good things in the game, notably in the offensive zone and our transition game was there, but the puck management and the lack of depth in the offensive zone were two things that are going to be real important and let us down at times," Warriors head coach Mark O'Leary said.

O'Leary added that the players wanted more out of their game in Thursday's win.

"I loved the honestly that the players had, that's a big part of the development of our group is understanding that there's more there and we can raise the standard of what a good night is for us," he said.

Calvert said the Warriors had more to give in the win.

"We weren't at our best, but we pulled out the win and that's what good teams have to do once in a while," he said.

The Warriors enter the weekend with wins in six straight games and with a 34-16-0-2 record on the season, which gives them the second-most points and wins in the Eastern Conference.

They close out their season series with the Hitmen in the final home game of February for Moose Jaw.

The Warriors are 2-1 against the Hitmen, including a 5-2 win in Calgary last weekend as part of a two-game road trip sweep for Moose Jaw.

Calvert said the Warriors need to focus on attacking in transition against a fast Hitmen team.

"Any time we can turn the puck over in the neutral zone and get it going the other way as fast as possible, especially with a young team, you can catch them lacking once in a while, but they're a good team and we can't take them lightly," he said.

The Warriors and Hitmen face-off at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Saturday is also RE/MAX Presents: Nickelodeon Night in support of the Children's Miracle Network with the Warriors wearing special edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jerseys for the game. The jerseys will be available in a silent auction at the game with the proceeds going to the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation.

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