The Warriors have a big month ahead, but there’s a pretty slow start to it.
Just one game each of the next two weekends before the three-a-weeks kick in, which is a nice chance to get healthy and maybe slip back under the radar.
We begin with Adam Plant, who will miss some extra games after being named to TEAM CANADA WEST for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. It’s been a wild few weeks for Adam, and play begins with an exhibition tilt against the USA on Saturday. Congrats to Adam Plant, and good luck to Canada West at the tourney.
The rest of the tryout crew (Lloyd, Firkus, Pope) get back to their stalls at RLP and will be better for the experience they’ve had. Those three guys I’m sure understand what an honour it is just to be at that camp, plus they all have plenty of cred on their resumes already (Lloyd played last year, Pope got drafted, Firkus played for Canada at the world fastpitch champ).
It also sounds like Ryan Ivey will jump right back into the lineup after hurting his hand on Sunday. The blueliner had actually had that injury before, it turns out. Braxton Bilous is also in pretty good shape after turning ill on the weekend. Ben Tegtmeyer will be out for a bit, though, so there will be some minutes to share around in Plant’s absence. You’ve gotta love how Schmeisser, Ivey, Ferner and Graham held up last weekend though.
There is some sad news to pass along, with Connor Bucsis heading to Flin Flon to conclude the deal that brought Andy Desautels to West Kelowna. I know for certain that Coach Ferster had a tough time seeing Bucsis go, and he’s not alone. ‘Butchy’ handled it like a pro (he played his best hockey yet on the weekend and even went on a school visit on Wednesday) and he’ll be a rising star in the SJHL. Life in hockey can be tough, but I guess that’s the price a club has to pay for a 19 year-old #1.
Best wishes, ‘Butchy.’