WARRIORS FACE MAMMOTH: A back to back weekend kicks off tonight at Rogers Arena in these second of three meetings between the Warriors and Mammoth. Vancouver roared back from a 7-4 halftime deficit, allowing just three goals in the second half to secure their first win at Rogers Arena 11-10 in overtime back on January 26th. Logan Schuss scored both the game tying and game winning goals in that contest on his way to a four-goal, five point night, while Eric Penney picked up his first win of the season in his first start, turning aside 34 shots in the victory.
MAKE NO BONES ABOUT JONES: Warriors forward Mitch Jones has surged to the top of the scoring leaderboard for the Warriors and now is 11th in the NLL scoring derby with 61 points through 12 games played. Jones has 28 goals and 33 assists on the season. Last year, Jones had career highs with goals, assists and points (38-43-81). The Ladner BC product is on pace to equal or better his totals from 2018.
PENNEY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: What can you say about Eric Penney? Well, start with this; Penney leads the NLL in goals against average (9.69) and 3rd in save percentage (.792). Penney’s play has been a marked improvement from his career numbers, where his goals against average is right now nearly 5 goals better this season than over his entire career. They say goalies get better with age and experience, Penney will be the first to tell you that his defense has been outstanding in front of him as well.
HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S OUR BAL-LER: Keegan Bal and his righty teammate Jordan McBride are rounding into form and allowing the Warriors to attack from all sides. Bal notched a ten-point evening with six goals and four helpers, to help rout the San Diego Seals 14-6 on February 8th. Bal’s six goals nearly doubled his season total, as he now has 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points. Jordan McBride is right with his pick and roll partner, with 24 goals and 13 assists from the right side for 37 points. McBride has scored in each of the ten games he has played this year.
WARRIORS RECORD WHEN:
Leading after 1st 0-2 Tied at Halftime 1-2 Trailing after 3rd 2-6
Leading at halftime 1-2 Tied after 3rd 0-0 Outshoot opponent 2-3
Leading after 3rd 2-2 Trailing after 1st 2-6 Outshot by opponent 2-5
Tied after 1st 2-0 Trailing at Halftime 2-4 Shots tied 0-0
One Goal Games 2-1 Two Goal Games 0-2 Three+ goals games 2-5
Warriors score 0-9 0-4 Warriors score 10-13 2-4 Warriors score 14+ 2-0
Opposition 0-9 2-1 Opposition 10-13 2-3 Opposition 14+ 0-4
NEXT UP: The Warriors face their division rivals, the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night, March 23rd, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The next home game for the Vancouver Warriors will be on Sunday, April 14th, when the Philadelphia Wings make their lone visit to the west coast. Start time for this game is 3 PM PT. For tickets to all Warriors home games, please visit www.vancouverwarriors.com/tickets or call 604-899-7799.