Zalitach will make Warriors debut
Jayden Halbgewachs is off to a hot start in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
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Regina Pat Canadians forward Jayden Halbgewachs tries to skate past Trey Tendler (11) and Drew Fellner (5) of the Moose Jaw Generals during Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League action on Oct. 5, 2013 at the Co-Operators Arena in Regina. Halbgewachs will be in the Moose Jaw Warriors line up on Wednesday evening when they face the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
He is fourth in the scoring race with 15 points in nine games with the Regina Pat Canadians. On Wednesday, he will be playing with the Moose Jaw Warriors after the WHL team recalled him for the team’s game against the Regina Pats.
“This is just a look to see. We are short a forward and he has been playing very well and we thought he had a real good camp with us,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “We just want to see how he is doing now.”
The Emerald Park native made his WHL debut last season with the Warriors in December, also against the Pats, but didn’t register a point.
Stothers likes Halbegwachs’ style of play and will allow him to determine how much ice time will be allotted to him by his level of intensity and energy.
“He is a pretty talented kid and I don’t know if he is truly a fourth-line guy. He is more of a creative, offensive guy that seemed to thrive with some of the older guys at training camp,” stated Stothers. “I also want to see what some of our players that have been here all year can do in certain situations too.”
The recall of Halbegwachs is because the Warriors are without forward Brandon Potomak for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury and Brandon Del Grosso is out with an upper body injury. The Warriors also parted way with 20-year-old forward Todd Fiddler on Monday, so the team is down to 11 forwards.
Halbegwachs played five games with the Warriors in the pre-season, which is beneficial to him and the team, as he already understands the systems that Stothers and his coaching staff have implemented.
“It helps in the fact that he went all through training camp with us and was there for a pretty good duration. He should be familiar with what we are trying to do and we will bring him up to speed a little bit before the game on some of things we are looking to tweak against Regina,” said Stothers. “It is nice when you have a guy that close and he can jump into the line up and help us out.”
The Pats have won both meetings so far this season, but the division rivals will face each other twice in a four-night span.
The Warriors have been struggling to score goals this season and they split their games against Lethbridge and Kootenay last week.
“Our goal every game is to get a good start and it would be nice if we could find the back of the net and play with a lead. I think that would do a world of good for our players and their confidence,” said Stothers. “We know that Regina plays us very well and it is a hard-fought battle and I don’t expect anything but a close outcome.”
Newly acquired defenceman Reid Zalitach will make his Warriors debut on Wednesday.
“I just want to see him come in and play some solid minutes for us. I don’t want to put any undue expectations on him. He just got here today (Tuesday) and he has practised with us once, so this will be a big learning curve for him and a big adjustment,” said Stothers. “We will give him time to do so, but we just want him to play his game and play to his strengths.”
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