Game 5 pre-game notes and Game 4 notes

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Moose Jaw-Calgary series notebook

Both teams took the day off Wednesday.

The Warriors met at the Civic Centre and loaded in and headed for Calgary. Warriors captain Jason Bast admitted to being a little tired after Game 4, but he noted that he was sure Calgary was feeling the same way.

Given the short benches and amount of time the teams are spending on special teams, there are a lot of key players logging a lot of minutes.

The Hitmen arrived home early Wednesday morning and when they reconvened at the Saddledome they watched video — not of the seies, but of their stellar play down the stretch in a bid to remind them of what brought them success.

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After a pair of mind boggling defensive decisions late in the game, it’s easy to forget that Dylan Hood had a fantastic game for the Warriors in Game 4. He played the most physical game of his Warriors career and finished every check he could.

It was Hood that Calgary’s Joel Broda went after at the end of the first period as the small winger looked to be getting under the Hitmen’s skin.

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There were a few ‘did that just happen?’ moments in Game 4. None more so than Chad Suer’s centre ice goal. Normally when a weird bounce of the glass beats a goalie, the goalie isn’t actually in their net.

Yet it’s hard to blame Martin Jones. He reacted. He saw it. He just couldn’t do anything about it. The puck was flying off the glass and it almost looked unreal the way it jumped into the net.

That corner has always been unpredictable, but it rarely produces a goal. When talking with Suer after the game, the last one we remember was Jesse Zetariuk’s goal in the Warriors’ first home game after the accident that left Garrett Robinson in a coma.

If nothing else the Civic Centre has a sense for the big occassion.

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It really took the Hitmen nearly the rest of the period to recover from Suer’s goal. Though they called time out, the Hitmen took a too-many men penalty, went needlessly offside more than once and when Jones skated to the bench on a delayed penalty no one jumped over the boards to join the attack.

The breaks and the atmosphere — not to mention the circumstances — seemed to have the Hitmen a little rattled. They got it together for the final two periods, but they will need to respond better in Game 5 if things start to go against them.

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The Hitmen moved defenceman Ben Wilson to pair with Michael Stone and the moved worked well. The small, smooth skating Wilson was able to break the Warriors’ forecheck well — especially against the Warriors’ checking line.

The Hitmen have been tinkering with their lines all series as they look for a spark to try to get their high-end players going.

They finished with Shattock-Broda-Foucault and Kozun-Fisenko-Schultz.

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The Hitmen won or at least drew all five face-offs in the final minute of Game 4. The Warriors had been so good on face-offs in the series, but they didn’t win possession on any late in Game 4.

Once again Calgary pulled Jones early. There was 1:30 left in Game 4 when he left. Given the Warriors’ struggles to score into an empty net, it seems like sound strategy.

The Warriors had a good start to each period in Game 4 and that was a huge factor in their success. With the exception of the third period of Game 1 you could saw the same of all three of their wins.

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Once again the first goal wins. Once again there have been no lead changes in the series.

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Former Warriors third goalie and current University of Calgary Dinos third goalie Nathan Deobald sat on the bench Wednesday as the Edmonton Oilers’ backup in their win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Deobald started two games with the Warriors between 2000-02 and made three appearances in total.

Deobald played against the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the playoffs last weekend. Edmonton assistant coaches Tom Renney and Wayne Fleming were in attendance and were apparently impressed by Deobald’s efforts in relief.

When Devan Dubnyk fell ill with the flu, the Oilers began calling possible emergency replacements knowing their couldn’t get an AHL goalie from Springfield in time.

Sean Myers of the Calgary Herald has a story on Deobald’s day here:

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The referees for Game 5 will be Ryan Bonnett and Andy Thiessen. The linesmen are Jeff Jobson and Scott Sharun. The video goal judge is Mark MacIsaac.

The starting goalies are Jeff Bosch for Moose Jaw and Martin Jones for Calgary.

The Game 5 scratches are: Moose Jaw — D Dallas Ehrhardt, RW Jakub Herman, LW Quinton Howden and LW Joey Kornelsen.

Calgary — D Peter Kesterman, D Jaynen Rissling, D Carter Berg, F Justin Kirsch and F Rigby Burgart.

No changes from the Warriors, while the Hitmen put forward MacKenzie Royer back in the line-up and drop Rissling. The Hitmen are back to using six defencemen and 12 forwards dressed.

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