New Hartford – The Whitesboro Warriors hockey team went into the New Hartford Recreation Center on Tuesday evening and from the opening faceoff, looked to put a hit on any player wearing a white jersey. Conversely, the guys clad in white seemed to be much more interested in putting the puck in the net.
When the last ice chip settled at The Rec Center, the Warriors accumulated nearly 20 minutes in penalties and the Spartans countered with 6 power play goals and a 7-0 win over their arch rivals from the opposite end of State Route 840.
Tonight was the first time these teams have met since Whitesboro upset New Hartford in three overtimes in the quarterfinal round of the Section III Tournament last season.
Zach Cole got the Spartans’ first power play goal, just 3:10 into the opening period, ripping a shot past Whitesboro goalie Jake Domagal to male it 1-0 New Hartford. Alec Bard and Jack Engdahl picked up the assists.
A little over 4 minutes later, with another Warrior in the sin bin, Bard dented the twine from the point to make it 2-0 Spartans. Engdahl picked up the second of his 4 assists on the evening.
With 2:44 remaining in the opening frame, senior captain Garrett Mahoney made it three man advantage goals in a row for New Hartford, stuffing one past Domagal to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Evan Strassberger and you guessed it, Jack Engdahl posted the assists.
The prettiest goal of the game happened to come when the teams were at even strength, 6:06 into the second period when the Zach Cole and Alec Bard broke into the Whitesboro end on a 2 on 1 break. Cole hit Bard in stride with a pass and Bard whistled a wrister past Domagal’s stick side, giving the Spartans a 4-0 lead. The remainder of the second period was nearly penalty free and featured some the best action by two capable clubs.
The Warriors found their way back to the penalty box in the third period, however and New Hartford took full advantage. The Spartans scored three more in the third, two on the power play, cruising to a 7-0 win. Zach Cole, Jack Engdahl and Garrett Mahoney each had third period goals, helping the Spartans improve to (3-0) on the season.
Lost in the offensive barrage tonight was the terrific goaltending by senior Tyler Hansen, who turned aside 27 Whitesboro shots to earn the shutout. Jake Domagal made 22 saves for the Warriors (0-3), on 29 Spartans shots.
New Hartford puts their undefeated record on the line on Friday, when they travel to Auburn for the a date with the Maroons. Whitesboro returns to action on 12/9 when they travel to Cazenovia.
1 2 3 Total
New Hartford 3 1 3 7
Whitesboro 0 0 0 0