Warriors add size to the back end
Sep 26, 2013 / 1:31 pm
Despite winning five in a row and sitting atop the BC Hockey League's Interior Conference, West Kelowna Warriors coach/GM Rylan Ferster continues to tinker with his roster.
Less than three weeks into the current season, Ferster made his third move of the season on Wednesday, acquiring rugged defenceman Spencer Morse from the Vernon Vipers for future considerations.
The 6'4", 200 pound Morse will add some much needed toughness to the Warriors back end.
"Hopefully he'll bring a bit of a physical presence, a guy that is a little tougher to play against," says Ferster of Morse.
"The one thing you can't teach is size. Hopefully he is a little tougher to play against down low and in the corners. That's a big reach when you have a big guy."
In four games with the Vipers this season Morse picked up eight penalty minutes and no points.
Earlier this season the Warriors picked up rugged overage forward Tyson Dallman who was released by the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans and skilled forward Jason Cotton from the United States Hockey League.
"Yeah, probably," Ferster stated when asked if he was surprised he has made this many moves early in the season.
"In bringing in Dallman we didn't move anybody and in bringing in Cotton we didn't move anybody so this is the only trade we've made. But you're always trying to make your team better, that's your job as a general manager. If you think you can do that, you do it."
The first two moves paid off immediately. Dallman has slotted in nicely on a shutdown line with captain Matt Anholt and Cotton scored two highlight reel type goals in his Warriors debut while fitting in on a dynamic line with Ambrose Firkus and Carl Hesler.
The addition of Morse brings the Warriors roster to 24, meaning they will have to make some moves at some point down the road to get down to the league maximum of 22.
However, those decisions don't have to be made until later on as defenceman Jaden Schmeiser and forward Brennan Clark are both on the injured list.
Schmeiser could be ready to go when the Warriors begin their three-game island road trip next weekend.
Morse practiced with the Warriors on Thursday, and is expected to be in the line-up for Saturday's game in Trail.
The Warriors, 5-2 on the season, have yet to lose since the opening weekend of the season during the Showcase event in Chilliwack.
Following Saturday's match-up in Trail, the team will hit the road for games in Powell River, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley the following weekend.
They don't return home until the Thanksgiving long weekend when they entertain Merritt (Oct 11) and Prince George (Oct 12).
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