Warriors-Fioretti-Sept28Warriors' Sam Fioretti brings the puck up ice earlier this season.

Their loading up the bus and heading north.  The Moose Jaw Warriors will be hitting the road to Prince Albert on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Raiders.

18-year-old forward Sam Fioretti says the Raiders will be a good test for them, "They've got a lot of returning guys, they've got the strong end talent like (Mark) McNeill and (Josh) Morrissey on the back end, so we know they're going to be a good team and we've got execute our game plan to have success.

"It's been a good hard week of practice, we worked hard and I think we accomplished a lot and I think we'll be ready to go."

The Warriors experienced the highs and lows of the Western Hockey League in the opening weekend when they won 4-3 in overtime to open the season against Swift Current and then were blown out the next night, 7-1, by the Broncos.  Fioretti says the young rookie on the team have handled things well to start the season.

"Our young players have done a good job of controlling their emotions and they had a good strong opening weekend and I think it's just a good sign that we'll have some good things to come," explained Fioretti.

"We've just been trying to explain what is going to happen (when talking to the younger players), but our young guys are strong enough players that they know what they have to do and they just have to go out there and execute it."

The Raiders will have a familiar foe between the pipes for the game as former tribe member Luke Siemens is now on the Raiders.  Fioretti says that gives the team extra incentive to light the lamp, "You want to score goals every game, but when it's on an opposing player that you use to play with, you obviously want to have some success.  We're going to work hard against everybody, but we'll definitely have some extra motivation there."

The Warriors and Raiders hit the ice at 7:00pm on Friday.  Join Voice of the Warriors James Gallo for all the action on Country 100 starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40pm.  The tribe will be back at home on Saturday night with the Brandon Wheat Kings in town.

Friday's WHL Schedule:
Regina @ Kootenay
Brandon @ Swift Current
Calgary @ Edmonton
Kelowna @ Portland
Seattle @ Prince George
Medicine Hat @ Red Deer
Everett @ Vancouver
Kamloops @ Victoria

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