Game 5 post-game blog

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Moose Jaw-Calgary series notebook

The Warriors had a quick video session Friday afternoon, then seven players made use of some ice time. Brandon Glover, Dallas Ehrhardt, Clinton Atkinson, Quinton Howden, Riley Reinbolt, Joey Kornelsen and Jakub Herman all hit the ice after not seeing much — or any ice — during the post-season.

The practice was significant because Howden was mixing it up physically. The Warriors’ leading scorer is still officially day to day after breaking his collarbone, but depending how he feels after Friday’s work out he could be close to returning to the line up.

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Calgary head coach Mike Williamson pulled Martin Jones with 8.5 seconds left in the third period. The Hitmen had a defensive zone face-off and were short-handed and the Warriors net was empty.

The implication seemed to be that Williamson was worried that someone might Josh Cowen his goalie. When asked after the game if that was thought Williamson said “We knew they wouldn’t do anything” but we’re just being cautious. The move gave back-up Michael Snider his first taste of action.

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Calgary’s ‘Junior hockey junkies’ were planning a bus trip to Moose Jaw for Game 6, so expect even more visiting fans in the rink than there were in Games 3 and 4.

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Going into Game 6 the Hitmen have only led for 131 minutes out of the 300 minutes played in the series.

Spencer Edwards missed the first few shifts of the second period after he broke a skate blade in Game 5. Cody Smuk missed a shift in the third with a broken skate lace.

The Warriors did a great job in the first period of Game 5 blocking shots. That didn’t happen in the final 40 minutes. The Warriors actually played a decent third period, but the damage was done. It was the first time since the regular season that the Warriors had one of the inconsistent efforts that plagued them during the regular season.

Riley Reinbolt picked up an assist on his first shift of the game Thursday.

Warriors prospect Shayne Gwinner (a Drumheller product that the Warriors took in the second round of the 2009 WHL draft with the pick they got from Calgary in the deal that sent Joel Broda to the Hitmen) was in the stands wearing a Warriors jacket. Gwinner has signed a WHL education contract and had a quick post-game chat with head coach Dave Hunchak.

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The WHL plays of the year are on the league web site. Jason Bast’s amazing goal at home against Calgary made the cut.

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Shaw is picking up the Medicine Hat-Kootenay series starting Sunday with Game 6 in the Hat.

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It’s Earth Hour Saturday. Though I have a feeling the lights won’t be going off in the Civic Centre between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

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