NEW HARTFORD – The Whitesboro Warriors are on a roll.
After stumbling out of the gates to a 1-4-1 start, the Warriors have been red hot and extended their winning streak to four games Friday night with an impressive 7-0 road victory over rival New Hartford.
Andy Hadasz, Troy Chamberlain and Andrew Maycock each tallied two goals for Whitesboro, which scored four goals in the second period and three more in the third to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games while improving its mark to (2-2-2) in Division II and (6-4-3) overall.
“We’re starting to get it back, starting to play as one and playing hard again,” Maycock said. “It feels good to win this game. This is the seniors last time here and it felt good to go out and beat them … here especially. But we have them again when they come to us and we’ll see what happens.”
It was an all-around solid effort for the Warriors. The visitors had the better scoring chances throughout and the defense kept New Hartford’s top scorers Logan Kraft and Tyler Penree silent for much of the game. When the Spartans (0-4-2, 1-10-1) found some space in Whitesboro’s zone, goaltender Cam Manley stood strong in stopping all 19 shots he faced.
Chamberlain also had two assists and linemates, Maycock (1 assist) and Noah Scranton (3 assists) facilitated numerous opportunities with quick puck movement and physical play along the boards. That hard work and cohesion has led to the quick turnaround for the Warriors.
“We kind of had a slow start to the season but we have picked it up because it’s grind-time at this point,” Chamberlain said. “Playing well the rest of the season and making a playoff run is what matters.”
In the first period, the Warriors had the better chances, but New Hartford goaltender Juliano Macera stopped all eight shots to keep the game scoreless entering the second period.
The Spartans outshot the Warriors 10-6 in the decisive second period, however, nearly all of Whitesboro’s shots were high-quality opportunities, which led to scoring outburst.
Hadasz, who opened and closed the scoring, started the onslaught 2:29 into the second period by winning the puck along the right boards, moving to the slot and snapping a wrister just under the cross bar.
“Their defense was pushed back, and I took the opportunity to take it to the middle and put it over his glove,” said Hadasz, a senior. “The second one I was just trying to finish off the game.”
Just over four minutes later, the Warriors doubled their advantage as Andrew Manley took a pass from Chamberlain and slipped it short-side past Macera at 6:50.
Whitesboro pushed its lead to 4-0 with two quick goals at the end of the period. The first came as Scranton sent Maycock in alone on a perfectly-timed change just as New Hartford’s power play expired. The senior didn’t squander the opportunity and the Warriors led 3-0 14:08 into the second.
Just 1:01 later, Whitesboro’s top line was at it again as Chamberlain finished off the stellar period with his first goal of the game on assists from Maycock and Scranton.
“The talk (between periods) was that it’s New Hartford, everybody is here, and we had to show what we can do,” Chamberlain said.
Whitesboro head coach Todd Manley liked the teamwork displayed during the team’s hot streak.
“I thought we have been trying to support the puck more in the neutral zone,” Manley said. “Instead of making one 15-foot pass we make three five-foot passes in that area and attack as a group.”
There was no let-up for the Warriors in the third period as they came out firing and outshot the Spartans 11-0 through the opening 8:45 of the period.
Maycock added his second of the game, shelving one in from the side of the net to make it 5-0 four minutes into the period. Chamberlain, scored on a deflection and Hadasz had a pretty finish off a breakaway to close out the scoring for the Warriors, who look to extend their winning ways at home Tuesday against Clinton.
“We are starting to become more of a team and starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together,” Hadasz said. “We are playing well right now and have a bright future ahead.”
The Spartans have no choice other than getting back to work and trying to make the most out of a tough season. They have time to make a run, but it must start soon and their next chance to begin the turnaround is Tuesday at Oswego.
“We have to do our best to stay positive,” senior captain Matt Nerber said. “There’s nothing much more we can do. We’ve had our chances, had our shots and have blown a few third-period leads. So, I think it just comes down to staying positive and execution at this point.”
Meanwhile, the Warriors hope to keep the train rolling. Not only have they not lost in nearly a month (5-0-2), but they’ve outscored opponents 38-12 during that span. Manley likes the trajectory of his team and hopes it continues through the second half of the season.
“We’ve kind of been talking about the same two words, which are focus and intensity and making sure we don’t lose track of what our goals are,” Whitesboro head coach Todd Manley said. “We’re focusing on the little things and the little things turn into big things like making hard passes and hard plays on the boards. Those are some of those things as well as communicating. … Winning helps a lot too. It gives us confidence.”
Section 3 Division 2
Whitesboro 7, New Hartford 0
Whitesboro (2-2-2, 6-4-3): Troy Chamberlain 2-2; Andrew Maycock 2-1; Andy Hadasz 2-0; Andrew Manley 1-2; Noah Scranton 0-3; Collin Webb 0-2; Andrei Terenzetti 0-1. Cam Manley 19 saves.
New Hartford (0-4-2, 1-10-1): Juliano Macera 22 saves.