Saturday the Warriors dressed seven defencemen and 11 forwards and decided to use Morgan Rielly as a forward.
Playing Rielly up front was necessitated because A.J. Johnson has come down with mono, Joey Kornelsen has a shoulder injury and Michal Hlinka was out with a charley horse. Hlinka left Friday’s game in the second period, but came back for the third period, but was ruled out for Saturday’s game.
He started on the fourth line, but head coach Dave Hunchak looked like he caught lightning in a bottle with the combination of Rielly, Quinton Howden and Brendan Rowinski. Each man scored as the Warriors potted four goals in less than five minutes to erase the Pats 3-0 lead.
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Thomas Heemskerk is getting the starting nod in goal Sunday against Seattle.
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Call it the game within the game . . . with 2:58 left in a 5-3 game, the Warriors iced the puck. Hunchak had already used his time out and had no way of changing his tired skaters. The Pats put out their top line of Jordan Weal, Carter Ashton and Garrett Mitchell. However, Hunchak had taken note of the fact that Ashton and Weal were both wearing chains around their neck. That goes against WHL rules. Hunchak called over referee Devin Klein, pointed out the jewelry and as a result, 2/3s of the Pats top line had to leave the ice for a crucial offensive zone face-off.
That sequence ended with the three-fight altercation that put the Warriors on the power play and effectively ended the game.
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Warriors captain Spencer Edwards is growing a mustache for ‘Movember’ which encourages men to grow a mustache to raise awareness for men’s Cancer awareness.
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I have never understood the rhyme or reason behind when there are two referees scheduled to officiate a game (which is the norm) and when they opt to go with just on referee. But surely one of the two nights on the schedule that is the second game of a Pats-Warriors home-and-home — that’s a night you want to have two referees going.
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Quinton Howden was named the Zeke’s Jewelers player of the month for October before the start of Saturday’s game. Howden had seven goals and seven assists in the month.
Howden’s goal Saturday was phenomenal. When trying to describe it, you realize how over-used other adjectives are. While being hauled down, Howden used his free hand to lunge and flip the puck into the top corner of the net. It was clear Pats goalie Damien Ketlo never expected him to get a shot off, never mind pick the top corner.
Current Pats GM Chad Lang went to watch Howden play in his bantam season when Lang held the post with the Warriors. Howden’s team was being blown out, but as lopsided as the score was Howden — the most talented player on the ice — was still the hardest working player on the ice too. It was then that Lang decided it was worth it to trade up to get Howden.
Goals like Saturday’s and the goal against Tri-City where he was actually airborne and had neither skate on the ice when he scored, showed that second effort that made Howden coveted by the Warriors.