Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
Jeff Bosch picked up a mild injury Friday and was expected to start Saturday. He was on the score sheet as the starter, but Hunchak decided to start Brandon Glover after the pre-game warm-up. Bosch is expected to be fine in time for Friday’s game at home against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Bosch did get into the game Saturday as Hunchak sent him at the start of the Warriors five-on-three power play. Glover went back in during the next stoppage in play and the stalling tactics appeared to earn the Warriors about 45 seconds to rest their top defence pair on the power play. It paid off as one of those defencemen — Ryan Stanton — scored with seven seconds left in the two-man advantage.
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Warriors 17-year-old forward Joey Kornelsen has been chosen to represent Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Challenge in Timmins, Ont. from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.
Former Lethbridge Hurricanes coach Michael Dyck will coach Team Pacific which features the top 11 players from Alberta and B.C. Kornelsen hails from Abottsford, B.C.
Sweden, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic and the United States join the five Canadian regional teams in the 10-team tournament.
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Dylan Hood had a shadow after Friday’s game against Edmonton. The Warriors forward got the luck of the draw and was chosen for a drug test.
All of the teams in the Western Hockey League are subject to random drug testing by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The tests are fairly rare — the Warriors were tested twice last season.
When a game is chosen like it was Friday, one player from each team is randomly selected to be tested. The administrator of the test is with the test subject from the time the game ends until the sample is collected.
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The World Juniors may be in Regina and Saskatoon, but it’s having a large side effect on the Warriors. The number of National Hockey League scouts in the Civic Centre has been phenomenal.
Friday night’s game was at least twice as many as usual and Saturday night’s game may have had more NHL scouts than I have ever seen at a Warriors regular season game.
The Warriors have quite a few draft eligible players and that combined with the number of scouts making their way to the World Juniors created a lot of interest.
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The WHL trade deadline is fast approaching on Jan. 10. There’s a trade moratorium over the Christmas break (from Dec. 15-27) so if there’s no more major moves today all will be quiet for a 12 days.