Warriors Aim to Keep Roll Going in Victoria

November 29, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Moose Jaw Warriors News Release

Victoria, B.C. - The Moose Jaw Warriors will continue their seven-game road trip on Vancouver Island on Tuesday night to take on the Victoria Royals at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Moose Jaw is coming off a pair of wins last weekend, skating to one-goal wins over Kamloops and Kelowna.

The Warriors are now 8-1 this season in one-goal games, including 5-0 on the road. Head Coach Mark O'Leary said this is preparing the squad for tight games down the stretch in the regular season and playoffs.

"The further you go along into the season, the tighter games become and the more comfortable you can become in those situations, the better off you're going to be," he said.

Jagger Firkus scored for the Warriors with just 18 seconds left on Saturday to secure the victory against the Rockets.

He said the team would have rather not been in that situation after holding a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

"We had a good first few periods and we let off the gas a little bit in the third, which we weren't too happy about, but we're happy we came up with the power plant and did what we needed to do to score," Firkus said.

Brayden Yager set up Firkus for the game-winner on Saturday and the Warriors' dynamic duo combined for four goals and seven points in the 4-3 win in Kelowna.

O'Leary said the linemates are playing their best hockey of the season right now.

"They were the best two players on the ice and it's the competitive drive that they have," he said. "We know that they have skill, but lots of players have skill, when you add that with the competitive edge that they have, you get big plays and big moments like we saw in Kelowna."

The Warriors head into Victoria to face a Royals team that has lost eight straight games and has one win in their last ten.

Firkus said the Warriors need to go out and push the pace against the Royals.

"We've had a couple of days in Victoria where we just kind of chilled out and had a practice, but our first couple minutes of the game are huge for us," he said. "We have to go out there and show them that we're a good team and we can push the pace."

O'Leary said Moose Jaw needs to maintain the high level of play that they had last weekend.

"[Victoria] is in a rebuild right now, something that we're familiar with just a few years ago, so we know that they have the ability to score goals, they have some young talent, but it's one of those games that we know their confidence might not be as high, so the start is going to be real important for us."

The Warriors and Royals face-off at 9:05 p.m. from the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena on Tuesday night. Tune into all the action with Voice of the Warriors James Gallo on Country 100 and WHL Live, starting at 8:40 p.m.

After Tuesday's game, the Warriors will travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants before moving into the Central Division for games against Red Deer and Calgary on the weekend.

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