Willms set as War­riors starter

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - HOCKEY - RANDY PALMER

loss to the Bran­don Wheat Kings.

That he was able to play well in that con­test cer­tainly helped with his last minute-prepa­ra­tion.

“It was nice to get into that last game in the pre-sea­son and get back into game speed,” Willms said. “Ob­vi­ously when you don’t play games over the sum­mer and get into a game, it takes a bit to get a feel for the puck dur­ing games. So it helped getting back up to reg­u­lar speed.”

Willms took the ice for 25 games last sea­son and posted a 3.11 goals against av­er­age to go along with a .907 save per­cent­age. For his ca­reer, Willms has played 64 games with a 3.39 GAA and .902 save per­cent­age with a 25-23-6-0 record and one shutout.

As solid as those num­bers are, Willms has never played be­hind a lineup as vaunted and po­tent as he will this sea­son. There are high ex­pec­ta­tions for the 2017-18 edi­tion of the War­riors, and it’s some­thing he’s look­ing for­ward to be­ing a ma­jor part of.

“Ev­ery­one know’s we’re going to have a pretty strong team this year,” Willms said. “We have a lot of re­turn­ing guys so that’s al­ways nice, there are a lot of fa­mil­iar faces so that’s al­ways good going into this year.”

Fel­low B.C. Hockey prod­uct Adam Evanoff will be fill­ing the role of backup, as the team an­nounced ear­lier this fall. He played four games in the pre­sea­son, post­ing a 2.02 GAA and .934 save per­cent­age.

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