Four days of practices and scrimmages wrapped up on Sunday afternoon as the Moose Jaw Warriors closed out their 2018 training camp at Mosaic Place. Team White skated to a 6-4 win over Team Black in the annual Black-and-White Intrasquad Game to finish off camp.
The action was fast paced and physical throughout the four days of camp as the Warriors hosted 83 players between rookie camp and main camp. There were some impressive performances on Sunday from players looking to crack this year's roster.
2016 first round pick Brayden Tracey scored in the win for Team White. "I started a bit slow (this weekend), but I definitely picked it up this last game here, it's good to score one too, get that off my back and that comes with hard work," said Tracey.
Tracey spent with the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars, registering 21 goals and 52 points in 30 games. He had two assists in five regular season games and two post-season games with the Warriors.
The 17-year-old said he's planning on playing full-time with the Warriors this season, "Obviously I want to stick around this year, that would be huge for me, but I just have to show the coaches what I have and play two-way hockey," said Tracey.
16-year-old Calder Anderson wrapped up a strong camp with a goal and two points in a losing effort for Team Black. He said he's happy with what he was able to show the coaches over the course of the weekend.
"I felt pretty good out there, I was actually able to keep up with the guys, a lot of the summer work that I did helped with that and I enjoyed every bit of it out there, it was nice," said Anderson.
The Warriors selected Anderson with the 134th pick in the seventh round during last year’s WHL Bantam Draft and he’s performed well above his draft position. In 38 games as a rookie at the midget AAA level, Anderson posted 15 goals and 45 points during the 2017-18 season with the Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings.
"The coaches really push working your hardest and that's one of the biggest things, I'm just trying my best, doing everything I can and playing my own game, keeping it simple out there," said Anderson.
Nick Bowman opened the scoring for Team Black to close out his first camp with the Warriors.
Bowman was acquired by the Warriors in an offseason trade with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He said he enjoyed his first camp in Moose Jaw.
"I thought it was good, I thought I got better as it went along, tonight’s game was the best game that I've played so far, so I guess that's a good way to go," said Bowman. "Keep building, for sure."
In 56 games last season in Edmonton, Bowman posted six goals and 12 points. He has 13 goals and 26 points in 117 career WHL games so far.
He said he feels like there will be a good opportunity for him this year with the Warriors, "They had such a strong team last year and the forward depth that they lost, there's a good opportunity for an 18-year-old player like myself to still join a team that has a solid d-core and has solid offensive players to still try to be competitive," said Bowman.
Anderson and Cameron Sterling had a goal and two points each in the loss for Team Black, while import forward Yegor Buyalski picked up two assists.
Tracey, Danill Stepanov, Levi Thiessen, Tyler Smithies, Kade Runke and Tristian Langan scored for Team White in the win.
The Warriors will now prepare to open preseason play when they head to Regina to take on the Saskatoon Blades on Friday and the Pats on Saturday.