Warriors rookie nets hat trick in Hamonic Cup game
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Spencer Tremblay, goalie for Team White, stops Justin Kirsch (12) in close in the Hamonic Cup Black-White game Sunday.
After an amazing playoff run, Brayden Point probably didn’t need to make a statement at the Moose Jaw Warriors training camp.
Point did anyway.
The sensational Warriors rookie scored three goals and added two assists as his Team Black beat Team White 10-2 in the Hamonic Cup intrasquad game.
“I want to play as hard as I can and not put too much pressure on myself,” said Point who had seven goals — including a pair of overtime winners — and 10 points in 14 playoff games in the spring, a season before he even old enough to play in the WHL.
“I’m going to play my hardest in whatever role I’m given and that’s my main priority,” said Point.
Point had pretty good chemistry with 20-year-old left winger Justin Kirsch who had two goals and two assists. Point found himself playing in the top-six in the playoffs and earning power play time, but he said his sole focus is making the team right now.
Though he is trying to keep that rookie mindset, he did admit that he was feeling at lot more at home at camp the second time around.
“Confidence is everything,” said Point. “I feel I have a lot more confidence after playing in the playoffs. To be able to come here and have a little bit of success just gives me more confidence.”
There were plenty of other hopefuls that did their aspirations of making the team some good.
Brandon Potomak, Josh Uhrich and Miles Warkentine each had a goal and an assist as each forward looks to stick with the team this season.
“I got the chance to play with some good linemates and hopefully they liked what they saw,” said Uhrich, a Warriors’ second round Bantam pick in 2011. “I moved here and I’m not considering anything else. That’s my main goal.”
Black jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two periods and as much as the Black attack looked dynamic at times, the game had some pretty sloppy spells.
“You can’t expect a Picasso in a Black and White scrimmage, but I thought we saw some positives,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “I’ve been impressed with some of the young guys. They’ve been good.
“From Wednesday to Sunday I’ve seen some improvement, some strides have been made and I’m encouraged.”
Veteran defenceman Joel Edmundson had a goal and two assists, while captain Kendall McFaull and Ethan Lazaro also scored for Black. Defenceman Christos Zinis had White’s other goal. Another defenceman, Dallas Valentine, chipped in with two assists for the victors.
Justin Paulic stopped all 10 shots he faced before Zach Sawchenko stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced. It was a rough night for incumbent Spencer Tremblay who gave up seven goals on 21 shots. Daniel Wapple allowed three goals on 17 shots in relief as the goalies split the game for both teams.
The Warriors released five before the Hamonic Cup game: defenceman Yanni Mamais and forwards Braydon MacDonald, Vincent Paquette, Danny Vlanich and Daniel Wanner.
The Warriors will play the Swift Current Broncos Tuesday in a rookie game at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place. The price of admission is a donation to the Warriors education fund.
Tribe tidbits . . . all of the Warriors left in camp took part with the exception of Morgan Rielly, Tanner Eberle (shoulder) and Brayden Cuthbert (concussion). The Warriors still have 43 players left in camp.