By: Joey Battaino
Flint, MI- With the Jamestown Ironmen idle this weekend, the Michigan Warriors had a chance to pad their seven point lead for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North division.
Their opponent was the Springfield Jr. Blues (23-23-2). The Blues had already beaten the Warriors twice this season is Springfield. "Both games were nail bitters" said Warriors head coach Moe Mantha in an interview before Friday's 4-2 loss, "I think the key (to this weekend) is who comes prepared to execute the team systems."
Coming into Saturday, The Warriors knew they would have to play a full 60 minutes if they wanted to win. Unfortunately for them, it was Springfield that came out firing. Springfield lead 3-1 after one period. The Warriors got close in the second as Matus Matis made it a one goal hockey game, 3-2 at the 8:24 mark. But after that, it was all Springfield. They closed out the night with four unanswered goals and left Perani Arena with a 7-2 convincing win and the weekend sweep.
The Warriors have been outscored 21-8 in the last 4 games at home. Not the kind of effort you would expect from a team fighting for their playoff lives. The Warriors started the season a blazing 10-2-1. Since then they have gone 8-26-4.
We will see what kind of effort the Warriors bring to Jamestown as they prepare for a Saturday night showdown with the Ironmen. The game is at 7:05pm and can be heard on mywarriors.co and viewed live on PPV nahl.fasthockey.com with yours truly on the call.