Coming off a dominating win over the Swift Current Broncos on home ice on Wednesday and a national ranking earlier in that day, the Moose Jaw Warriors were expecting more out of this past weekend.
The Warriors went into Friday's game in Prince Albert on a three-game winning streak, but they come out of the weekend on a two-game losing skid after falling 7-2 to the Raiders and 3-0 to the Broncos on Saturday.
Just as with their early season wins, this past weekend's struggles should be taken in stride. However, the Warriors are hoping to learn from their first bit of adversity heading into a big week.
“It's good that we've got a week of practice, we'll be able to go over some things, watch some video and I think we'll bounce back fine, but we've still got lots to learn,” said captain Brayden Point after Saturday's shutout loss in Swift Current.
“This is a little bit of adversity, but we've got a young group and I feel we'll bounce back quick,” added 20-year-old defenceman Tanner Faith.
A low compete level was the story of the two games for the Warriors as they felt that they were outworked in both games against the Raiders and Broncos.
“It's never good to lose, but when we don't even give ourselves a chance to win, it's tough,” said Point.
“I don't think we competed nearly hard enough. (Swift Current) is a team that plays hard and I don't know if we were scared or what out there, but starting with my line, there was no compete.”
Moose Jaw has been out-shot in nine of their 13 games so far this season and they managed just ten shots through two periods on Saturday in Swift Current. They had time in the zone, but failed to get pucks towards the net.
“Swift Current does a good job of clogging it up, but we've got start trying to cycle or do something to counter that,” said Point. “We're getting too fancy and it's costing us points.”
Faith echoed that statement and feels the team needs to focus on putting pucks on net.
“We were trying to do too much with the puck, you've got to get the puck to the net and bang away,” he said. “Were working towards winning all the battles and working hard, if we keep doing that, we'll get our chances.”
The Warriors are 7-3-1-1 on the year coming out of the weekend.
They return to the ice on Friday in Regina against the Pats, which kicks off a home-and-home that sees Regina come to Moose Jaw on Saturday afternoon. The Brandon Wheat Kings will be in town on Sunday afternoon.
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