RAIDERS HOLD OFF LATE WARRIOR RALLY SKATE TO 5-4 SENIOR NIGHT ROAD WIN
# 30 Tyler Garcia one of nine seniors honored in Whitestown
Nine members of the Whitesboro Warriors hockey team were honored and celebrated at a Senior Night ceremony, held at center ice, at the Whitestown Community Center arena before a large and appreciative crowd, as the Mohawk Valley Raiders visited for a crossover hockey showdown.
It was the Raiders who celebrated on enemy ice after the visitors held on for an action packed 5-4 win, to improve to (7-11-1) while the Warriors fall to (6-11-2).
Thursday night’s matchup between Whitesboro and Mohawk Valley was the second of the season.
Back on December 15th the Warriors got the best of it, skating to a 3 -2, come from behind win, with three third period goals.
Tonight’s game was played in a similar fashion, but this time it was the Warriors who chased coach John Sonderman’s Raiders, who got off to a quick 3-0 lead, but ended up holding on for dear life with the one goal win, as the home side shook off a slow start.
The Warriors ended the game with a furious rally that ended with six Warriors on the ice to close the game out, only to fail to close the deal and send the game into extra time.
Both coaches changed things up starting back up netminders. Senior, Tyler Garcia got the nod for Whitesboro and Colton Brown protected the crease for the visitors.
Garcia’s night was a short one, as Mohawk Valley came out flying and getting the better of the home side in the first fifteen minutes of play.
Speaking of flying, Frank Alesandro, who can really motor, beat Whitesboro’s defensemen back and sped in to poke one past Garcia with 12:31 left in the opening stanza to give the visitors a quick 1-0 lead and early momentum with his even strength goal.
The early marker seemed to rattle the Warriors as #8 Alesandro broke in alone, again to make it 2-0 just three minutes later at the 9:31 mark.
Alesandro’s heroics helped earn him Monster Energy Drink Player of the Game honors.
The shook up Warriors showed just how shook up they were when they got frustrated and started to spend time in the penalty box.
The early onslaught continued when MV’s Tim Flihan found the range to score an unassisted power play goal with 4:23 left in the first, as it was 3-0, just like that.
The third goal really lowered the volume in the building as stunned Warrior fans sat and watched in silence.
The visitors held off a later flurry by Whitesboro as Kirk Chevrier skated in all by this lonesome, to test Colton from point blank range, a test the netminder passed as the first fifteen came to a close. Mohawk Valley was out shot 9-7 by the Warriors, but led 3-0.
One of the nine Whitesboro seniors put his stamp on this one, as Mike Welch scored an unassisted goal with five minutes gone in the second period to make it 3-1, as he went top shelf to beat Brown and make it a game.
Trouble is, Whitesboro could not keep five men on the ice, as the penalty box door got a work out.
On one of several power play opportunities for the Raiders, Austin Dreimiller banged one past Tartaglia, as MV took a 4-1 lead with 13:09 left in the second. Andy LaSalle picked up an assist on the Dreimiller goal.
Things got much worse for the Warriors as they blew a power play chance of their own and allowed a short handed, heart breaker, and game winning goal scored by Cole Blocher at the 6:01 mark. Logan Warren picked up his 10th assist of the season
Speaking of power plays and goals, Whitesboro’s Brian Suwek netted, one while MV was a man down, to make it 5-2. Mike Welch and Jacob Hyer assisted on the Suwek goal.
After two, Mohawk Valley led 5-2 and seemed to be in complete control despite being outshot 19-14.
Mad as hornets, the home team stormed out on to the fresh ice to make it a game and then some.
Kick Chevrier saw his hard work pay off when he helped Mike Welch pick up another assist as he scored to make it 5-3 just a short time into the third, 13:32 to be exact.
Just about three minutes later, it was really game on as Jacob Hyer got one of his own to pull the Warriors to within one, at 5-4 with six minutes left in the game. The even strength tally had the home crowd rocking and rolling.
Mohawk Valley tried to aid the enemy with a late last minute penalty that allowed Whitesboro to pull their netminder and skate 6 on 4 to try and send the game to overtime. Colton Brown refused to surrender the tying goal as time ran out.
Brown made 22 saves to earn the win and help the Raiders earn a split with Whitesboro.
Whitesboro Seniors: Alex Egresits, Roco DeRollo, Joe DeMichele, Kirk Chevrier, Mike Welch, Joe Latella, Tyler Garcia,Joe Tartaglia, Zach Fischer.
Mohawk Valley 5 Whitesboro 4
1 2 3 Total
Mohawk Valley 3 2 0 5
Whitesboro 0 2 2 4