Earle, Joseph score two in Warriors’ 6-0 shutout

By on January 15, 2014

By:

JOHN CRAWFORD Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer



Photo by John Crawfordâ?©Kyle Joseph carries the puck up ice for Warwick in its 6-0 win over Annville-Cleona last Friday.

Warwick opened up the second half of the CPIHL season with a 6-0 win over Annville-Cleona last Friday night at the Lancaster Ice Rink, capitalizing on a strong defensive effort to allow only three shots on goal.

The win moves the Warriors to 6-5-0, good for 12 points. They have a two-point lead over Red Land for fourth place with two games in hand and trail Lower Dauphin for third by eight points with one game in hand.

Trey Stern recorded his third win – and second shutout – of the season. Seth Earle and Kyle Joseph each had two goals and an assist, while Lucas Styles added a goal and two assists.

"In fairness to Annville, they had their top player (Jordan Seyfert) missing tonight," coach Adam Wood said. "Had he been here, the result may have been far different. We played really well. The first period, we came out flying and then we kind of plateaued."

The Warriors wasted little time getting a 2-0 lead as Joseph scored his first goal with 1:02 gone in the game when Brogan Galbreath skated the puck from deep in the defensive zone before passing to Joseph at the side of the net.

"I was just (at) the far side of the net and he threw it in front," Joseph recalled. "The goalie moved over and was flat on the ice. I just flicked it right over him and backhanded it."

Joseph’s goal had barely been announced when Isaac Long fired a shot from the left face-off circle that went for the second goal of the game.

The Dutchmen picked up two penalties in the period, and although the Warriors did not score on either, the man advantages allowed them to dominate the period. Earle’s first goal came half a minute following the second penalty when he converted a pass from the left corner to the right circle.

"They had the puck down in the corner and I just moved back on the defense," Earle said. "I got a great pass and tried to get a one-timer. I got under the goalie’s pad."

Styles and Galbreath picked up assists on the goal.

Despite finishing the first period on a power play, A-C did not get a shot on goal.

Two minutes into the second, Annville iced the puck during a prolonged Warrior possession that trickled into the crease for their first shot on goal. Stern faced a tougher shot with 6:35 left in the second, but standing square towards Braden Elliot, he made a bread basket save to keep the shutout.

Coaches say that the toughest game for a goaltender is the one where he gets few shots. Earle and Joseph said they joked with Stern to keep him in the game.

"You keep him entertained (by) talking to him during face-offs and say, ‘Great job,’" he laughed.

Earle extended the Warriors lead to 4-0 with 5:26 gone when he took a pass from Joseph.

"(We) had the puck along the boards over on the side," Earle said. "I got a drop pass, took it around the kid and put it on the corner."

"That was a wonderful shot," Joseph said.

Styles picked up his ninth goal of the year with 1:17 left in the period. Nineteen seconds later, Joseph scored his 11th goal on the year when he and Earle had a 2-on-1 break. Joseph used Earle as a decoy to set up his shot and the Warriors took a 6-0 lead into the third.

"The goaltender was covering him so I had the shot," Joseph said. "I took the opportunity."

While Warwick did not score in the third, they continued to pour shots on goal and avoided the selfish play that can plague a team with a comfortable lead.

"If anything, I thought I saw the opposite," coach Adams said. "(I saw) people being a little too unselfish and passing too much instead of burying the puck. I saw a little bit of that."

Warwick follows a game against winless Manheim Central with critical games against Lower Dauphin (10-2-0) on Friday and Red Land (5-8-0) on Monday.

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