The Moose Jaw Warriors have been big fans of inequality this season.
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Torrin White of the Moose Jaw Warriors tries to get a rebound in the air, but Alex Moodie, goaltender of the Saskatoon Blades, makes the save during Western Hockey League action on Monday afternoon at Mosaic Place. T
Their power play has been one of the best in the Western Hockey League this season, but their inability to score even-strength goals has cost them dearly on their current losing streak.
The Warriors’ 14 power play goals are more than any other team in the WHL. Unfortunately for them, their 13 even strength goals is the lowest total in the league.
“We have to generate more and we have to find a way to score more goals five-on-five,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “You need your power play to score for you, but right now we rely solely on our power play to score. That’s not the way the game should be played.”
During their four-game losing streak the Warriors failed to score an even strength goal in three of the four games.
“We have to keep working. If the puck isn’t going in you have to work harder,” said Warriors 20-year-old centre Sam Fioretti. “You can’t give up or try to change anything. We have the right system in place. We’re playing the right way to get these chances. It’s a matter of bearing down and working harder to put it in the net.”
Fioretti feels that hard work needs extends beyond their play in the offensive zone.
“Winning the battles all over the ice is going to contribute to us scoring, whether it’s in front of their net and banging the puck in or winning a battle in your own end to get the puck out and into their end. Winning battles all over the ice is going to help us create more offence,” he said.
While the Warriors are working harder, they can also work a little smarter. Stothers is a big proponent of putting pucks on net, but there were far too many shots with no chance of worrying a goalie or forcing a rebound Sunday afternoon.
“We had a couple where the defencemen were dumping it in on the net, which is not a play that we’re looking for. We had four-man rushes with middle drive, we had a trailer, we had everything set up and the puck wasn’t played properly,” said Stothers.
The Warriors’ big guns have been a big reason why the power play is scoring 26.4 per cent of the time, but those same players are the ones struggling mightily to score at even strength.
Todd Fiddler and Torrin White both haven’t scored an even strength goal yet this season, while Fioretti, Brayden Point and Travis Brown have one even strength goal each.
“We need some guys to score, plan and simple,” said Stothers.