WHITESBORO – After starting the season with a win (over RFA) and a loss (to New Hartford) last weekend at the Bobby Ciccotti Tournament, the Whitesboro Warriors returned to the friendly confines of the Whitestown Community Center to take on the Cazenovia Lakers.
The Lakers were playing their opening game of the season tonight and the first period was a little sluggish, for both clubs.
While neither team was able to break the ice in the opening period, things finally got going for the Warriors in the second and third periods. Whitesboro scored one goal in the second period and tacked on two more in the third to top Cazenovia 3-0.
Whiteboro forward Andrew Maycock netted the first goal of the game to give the home team a 1-0 advantage heading out of the second. Andrei Terenzetti scored the Warriors’ second goal with the assists from David LaMore and Luke Hyer, and Declan Simmons scored the Warriors’ final goal on a power play with just under ten minutes in the final period.
The Warriors got their first conference win of the season and improve to 2-1 overall.
Whitesboro goalie Jacob Domagal recorded 15 saves tonight, while Cazenovia’s goalie Logan Palmer stopped 34 shots.
Despite the early first period struggles, Warriors head coach Todd Manley said that the team’s performance in the second and third period was an improvement after going 1-1 in the Bobby Cicotti Tournament at Rome Free Academy last Friday and Saturday.
“I think we improved a lot since then,” Manley said. “We had three really good days of practice to get ready for this game. We came out a little sluggish in the first period, but we stuck with it and kept grinding them down in the second and third.”
But Manley also says that his team needs to reduce the amount of penalties per game. The Warriors recorded five penalties today.
“We have to stay out of the penalty box,” Manley said again. “I thought we took a couple penalties tonight that I think our guys would like to have back. If you’re going to be in a tight game, we don’t want to try and kill penalties and scratch out a win at the same time, so I thinking take away penalties would be a big improvement.”
Maycock played a big role in this game, according to the coach. He of course scored the first goal, but he and Hyer both recorded an assist in the Warriors final goal by Simmons.
“We had a good game,” Maycock said. “They (Cazenovia) were playing tough. To put that first one in and then score more, it got the crowd going and helped our team boost a little bit.”
Maycock has recorded three goals in three games this season for Whitesboro.
The season has just begun for the Whitesboro Warriors, but the coach said that his players already have their mindset on winning the conference and making it to the sectionals.
“I think the guys got a bad taste in their mouth last year from losing in the first round of the playoffs,” Manley said, “and I think they want another crack at the playoffs and take it further.”