Kamloops at Moose Jaw pre-game

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Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

Cases of H1N1 have been confirmed at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox.

 

The outbreak has led to a suspension of the hockey schedule for Notre Dame teams. Three Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League games have been re-scheduled and five midget AAA games involving the Hounds or Argos have been postponed.

 

Earlier in the season the Warriors held a joint practice with the SJHL Hounds devoted to special teams. The Warriors were due to return the favour with a trip to Wilcox last Friday afternoon, but Hounds head coach Darren Evjen called the Warriors just before they left to let them know not to make the trip.

 

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The Warriors were an honourable mention for the Canadian Hockey League’s  top 10 rankings last week.

 

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Now that defenceman Clinton Atkinson has played on the wing twice, it will be interesting to see if the Warriors forward situation is indeed settled.

 

The Matt MacKay trade looked like it had them down to 14 forwards, but if the Warriors brass decide they like Atkinson as a forward (and a capable eighth defenceman if needed) that puts some pressure on another one of the forwards.

 

The Warriors are still looking to get down to 23 players on their roster.

 

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The Kamloops Blazers will face the Warriors Tuesday, but have been in town since playing Brandon Saturday night. It’s common for teams to base out of Moose Jaw for their East Division trip because it’s centrally located.

 

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Jason Bast’s beautiful goal from the Oct. 10  home win over Calgary is No. 2 on the WHL’s plays of the week. It’s on the front of the league web site at WHL.ca

 

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After Monday’s practice, the Warriors held an arts and crafts session for a good cause.

 

Each member of the Warriors has designed and made their own cancer awareness themed t-shirt. Before Tuesday’s game 25 cancer survivors will come onto the ice wearing the shirts. Starting in the first intermission all of the shirts will be displayed in the Civic Centre lobby and will be up for auction.

 

Each shirt has the Warriors’ logo and the player’s number on it, but other than that each player was free to come up with their own designs. Some dedicated their shirts to cancer survivors they know personally.

 

The auction will last until the Oct. 30 game. That night the players will wear pink skate laces and use pink stick tape.

 

October is the Canadian Cancer Society’s women’s cancer awareness month.

 

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The Blazers may have an impressive 8-3-2-0 record, but they are following an unusual path to success and leaning heavily on goaltenders Justin Leclerc and Jon Groenheyde.

 

Kamloops have given up 40 or more shots on goal in eight of their 13 games this season. They’ve been out-shot in 10 of their 13 games. Their record in games where they’re out-shot is 5-3-2-0, so they’re able to win games despite being out-shot, but how long they can they depend on 35-40 saves per night from the goalies?

 

Those three losses when they’ve been out-shot haven’t been pretty either — 8-3 to Brandon, 12-5 to Medicine Hat and 5-0 in Kelowna.

 

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An announcement will be made by Hockey Canada regarding the December 22 IIHF World Junior exhibition game at the Civic Centre. Details and the two participating teams will be revealed Tuesday afternoon.

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