Balanced scoring leads Warriors over the Barons Warwick also drops 9-2 loss to Cedar Crest
By: JOHN CRAWFORD Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer
Seven different players scored goals and Warwick beat newly-formed Manheim Central 7-1 last Friday night in Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (CPIHL) action at Klick Lewis Arena in Annville.
Stephen Crawford and Evan Anthony led the Warriors with a goal and two assists each, while Nathan Weaver picked up two assists. Lee Housner scored unassisted for Manheim.
The Warriors did most of their damage in the first period as they scored six goals in the period. Seth Earle opened the scoring at the 13:11 mark when he tallied from the side of the net. Just 25 seconds later, Kyle Joseph got the second goal during a goal mouth scramble. Tristan Witek and Devin Lee assisted.
The first-period onslaught continued when Anthony picked up his first point by scoring off a rebound, with Crawford and Weaver getting the helpers. Anthony returned the favor by feeding Crawford for a goal only 1:20 later when Crawford picked up the puck near the Barons’ net.
"I just remember (the puck) bouncing off pads," Crawford recalled. "The goalie wasn’t really lined up right and he was giving me the top corner. I just flipped it over his shoulder."
Warwick had four goals in the first 6:21 and the paced slowed afterwards, partially due to a too many men on the ice penalty that the Warriors successfully defended. Austin White and Drew White finished the first period scoring to give Warwick the 6-0 lead.
The Barons, along with being a new team in the league, are also a young team with only nine skaters on the varsity roster. None of the Barons are seniors and only three are juniors.
"(We have a) brand new program and other than two kids, brand new skaters," said Manheim Central coach Josh Nelson. "We’re starting from scratch. We got a lot of hustle and kids learning positions was a huge battle, but the kids started getting it. I’m pretty proud of how they all skated."
Housner, a sophomore, is one of the experienced Barons as he has played since he was five and with some travel teams. That experienced enabled him to take advantage of a power play chance with 6:12 gone in the second period.
"The puck came loose and I pretty much came straight down (on net)," said Housner. "I just took a regular shot and if it was four inches lower, (the goalie) probably would have had it. It was kind of a lucky shot."
Warwick spent much of last season undermanned, and empathy from that situation may have played a role in them not trying to embarrass their short-handed opponent. With the exception of Housner’s goal, they controlled the pace without scoring in the second. Luke Mariano scored the seventh, assisted by Anthony, with 5:58 left in the third.
"We were looking to rebound after the Red Land game and get a win," assistant coach Adam Wood said. "We got that. We’re happy and we got to play a little different style at the end."
Many coaches might worry about their team getting sloppy and developing bad habits, but Wood was not concerned.
"Not as long as they’re passing stick to stick," Wood said. "That’s one of the best lessons they can learn. (Friday) was pretty spread out. Monday should be a different test."
Monday, indeed, was a different test as Cedar Crest got four goals from Jake Horacek and defeated the Warriors 9-2 at Klick Lewis Arena.
Warwick, which fell to 1-2, actually opened the scoring on Kyle Joseph’s tally from Evan Anthony with 1:34 elapsed in the first. But Horacek scored two of his four goals in the first and the Falcons took a 3-1 lead at period’s end.
Casey Witmyer got the Warriors within one, on assists from Joseph and Crawford, with just 58 seconds elapsed in the second. But Crest outscored them 5-0 over the rest of the period to break things open.
Warwick goalie Mark Howland faced 27 shots and made 18 stops. More ICE HOCKEY, page B-4