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Warriors call up Colton McCarthy from Junior B

Moose Jaw Warriors

The Moose Jaw Warriors are hopeful that their two top goal scorers will be back this week, but they called in reinforcements anyway.

Forwards Sam Fioretti, Justin Kirsch and Miles Warkentine practiced Tuesday before the team headed to Calgary for their meeting with the Hitmen today.

The Warriors have called up 16-year-old Colton McCarthy from the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League.

“He’s definitely going to play at some point on the trip. We’re not going to call him up just to have him tour around with us,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “There’s a good chance he’ll get in (Wednesday).”

McCarthy, who was born in Moose Jaw, but grew up in Salmon Arm, B.C., leads the Leafs with 15 goals in 18 games player. The six-foot centre also has eight assists to his credit and 28 penalty minutes.

McCarthy will come back with the team to Moose Jaw for Monday’s afternoon game against Lethbridge before he returns to his junior team.

Fioretti left Sunday’s game in the first period with an upper-body injury he sustained after blocking a shot. Kirsch missed two games with a lower-body injury he picked up in Brandon.

“I would still say they’re questionable for the game, but from where we finished Sunday — with a day off and some treatments — they were both able to skate (Tuesday),” said Stothers. “Hopefully another day and a few more treatments and they’ll be ready.”

If Kirsch and Fioretti can’t play Wednesday, Stothers is hopeful that both can play Friday in Medicine Hat.

Warkentine has missed 11 games since being checked into the boards from behind by Prince Albert’s Tim Vanstone on Oct. 13.

Warkentine won’t return this week, but his participation at Monday’s practice was a good step forward.

Organizations: Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Calgary, Salmon Arm Lethbridge Brandon

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