Warrior skaters top L-S in hockey opener
By: JOHN CRAWFORD Record Correspondent, Staff Writer
Warwick opened the ice hockey season with a dominating 8-3 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday at the Lancaster Ice Rink. Mark Wiczkowski and Drew White picked up two goals and goalie Steven Jostes made 16 saves.
"One of the things we have been trying to work on this year has been to be more of a team," said Warwick’s new coach Gary Baylor. "They came out and worked really well as a team."
Stephen Crawford opened the team’s scoring when he converted the rebound of Kyle Joseph shot for the 1-0 lead with 3:01 into the game.
The goal allowed the Warriors to overcome the quick advantage in shots by the Pioneers but both teams spent the team skating in on the goalies. Jostes needed to stop seven shots in the first period including a save and a cover up after a turnover with 2:56 left in the period.
That save preserved the 1-0 lead and Wiczkowski extended it when he scored from Brogan Galbreath with 1:16 left.
The Warriors continued to apply the pressure in the second and pulled ahead 3-0 when Drew White sent a slap shot into the net as an L-S penalty ended. As Pioneer Gene Cullen came out of the box, White eluded the attempted check and got off the shot. Joseph picked up the assist.
Casey Witmyer converted a two-on-one break for Warwick’s fourth goal with 10:25 left in the period, and the game seemed destined to become a rout early before the Pioneers scored 20 seconds later to begin an attempted comeback. They seemed ready to make the game uncomfortable when they made it 4-2 with 1:49 left in the second; however, the Warriors created and converted a scoring chance when a turnover lead to Aaron Wright’s goal with 23 seconds left. Wiczkowski and Witmyer picked up the assists.
Opening the third down 5-2, the Pioneers picked up a quick goal to get to 5-3 but the Warriors never allowed L-S to get any closer. White picked up his second goal three minutes later with a slap shot that appeared to change direction while heading to the net but the goal went to White.
Joseph picked up the seventh goal with help from Nathan Weaver at the 7:14 mark. And Wiczkowski tallied the eighth goal with 39 seconds left in the game. Wright added the assist.
The game featured sound defense and sharp passing that Baylor attributed to the team knowing each other’s moves.
"As far as I am concerned, it’s up to them," said Baylor of the team’s potential this year. "I have a good feeling about this team. I think we’ll do well."
The season resumes next Monday against Palmyra at the Lancaster Ice Rink. More SKATERS, page B-5