South Division Standings: 3rd
Last Ten: 9-1-0-0
The final regular-season match-up sees the Warriors travel to Amarillo. It is still a vital weekend for the Warriors, as a weekend sweep with an Ice Wolves loss would secure home-ice advantage and the first games of the first round being played in the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
As the South Division currently stands, the first round would look like this:
Shreveport Mudbugs @ Lone Star Brahmas
Wichita Falls Warriors @ New Mexico Ice Wolves
The Warriors have been victorious against the Wrangles all season, with a perfect 6-0 record against the team. The largest margin of victory came on February 5th, in a 5-1 win on the road.
The Wranglers are on a slump themselves, losing their previous six games.
Players to Watch:
Kristaps Skrastins is the Wranglers’ leading scorer with 35 goals, 34 assists for 69 points, and is 7th among NAHL overall leaders. He is 18 points ahead of the next Amarillo player, Glebs Prohorenkovs, who has 51 points. Skrastins will be their go-to player on the man-advantage.
William Lawson-Body has taken over as the leading scorer for the Warriors with 54 points. He leads the team in the assists with 41. His face-off skills have significantly impacted the Warriors when in crucial situations. Look for him to be on the ice if the game is on the line.
Defense in Top Form:
Amarillo is going to have a tough time breaking through the defense of the Warriors. They currently sit third in goals against, averaging just 2.50 goals allowed.
Amarillo scores on average 2.48 goals a game.
The league-leading power-play unit is looking to tune themselves up one last time this weekend, as they come into the games at 28.6%.
Defenseman Philip Tornqvist has been scorching hot, with all 19 goals of his goals this season coming courtesy of the power play.
Associate Head Coach Brennan Couet has been praising this team’s power-play, stating that any of the three units they put on the ice has the potential to score. Amarillo will look to stay out of the box this weekend.
Both games are slated for a 7:05 CDT puck drop. Watch both games live on HockeyTV and follow along on our social pages for any news and notes about the games.
Written by: Scott Masom