Warriors advance in CPIHL playoffs with 9-0 shutout of A-C

By on February 24, 2016


Warwick senior Luke Mariano sets up for a shot on goal in the Warriors’ 9-0 shutout of Annville-Cleona in their CPIHL playoff opener last Friday. (Photo by John Crawford)

Warwick senior Luke Mariano sets up for a shot on goal in the Warriors’ 9-0 shutout of Annville-Cleona in their CPIHL playoff opener last Friday. (Photo by John Crawford)

The puck traveled around the Warwick offensive zone, going from Luke Mariano to Austin White and finally to Bryce Zimmerman at the right point.

From there, Zimmerman shot the puck toward the Annville-Cleona net. Possibly deflected by Zach Young near the crease, the shot changed direction before reaching the back of the net for the game’s first goal with 3:02 gone in the first period. The officials credited the goal to Zimmerman.

“They gave it to Bryce but I don’t really care as long as we’re scoring goals,” Young said.

Regardless of who scored, the play worked nearly to perfection as it was designed.

“On my line, we have different roles in different situations,” Young explained. “We know where we’re supposed to go. When the puck goes to the point like that, I’m the guy to go to the net and get a screen or a tip. I got a tip on it and put the cat in the hat. That’s all that really matters.”

Young could afford to be generous as he finished with a hat trick helping Warwick’s ice hockey team beat the undermanned and less talented Dutchmen by 9-0 in the Warriors’ playoff opener last Friday. Young finished with four points and Mariano had six on two goals and an assist. Mark Howland stopped ten shots. Cooper Hess had four assists.

The victory assures the Warriors of two more games in pursuit of the Viola Cup Championship.

Young did not wait long for his first official goal. With 5:16 gone, he converted a pass from Mariano to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

“We came out of the (defensive) zone and Luke and I were on a two-on-one,” Young recalled. “We came in with speed. He threw it over to me and I had an easy tap in.”

Cooper Hess had the second assist on the goal.

Mariano then converted the next opportunity from Austin White and Issac Long when he controlled the puck along the board, turned back into the slot and sent his shot past AC goalie Shjon Dove. He nearly scored 20 seconds later when his shot trickled past Dove, but Patrick McAteer swept the puck out of the crease before it crossed the goal line.

Halfway through the first period, the Warriors led by three goals and had not allowed a shot on goal. Annville finished the period with one shot on net.

The Dutchmen seemed poised for a chance of a comeback when Lucas Styles took an elbowing penalty. The Warriors, however, killed most of the penalty on the A-C side of the ice. Mariano held the puck down in the offensive zone, allowing precious power play time to run down before eventually giving up the puck.

The Dutchmen lost the puck almost immediately and Young grabbed it. He turned and sent a high shot into the net for a short-handed goal. Mariano and Long got the assists.

Austin White sent a wrist shot past Dove with 11:21 left in the period with an assist from Cooper Hess.

Hess then added another assist when he skated along the wing and passed the puck to Austin White. White cut across the ice and shot backhanded for the game’s sixth goal with 6:41 left in the second.

With five more players to rotate than A-C, the Warriors’ lead never seemed threatened as their fresher legs allowed a Warrior player to reach most loose pucks for the remainder of the game. The only unanswered question seemed to be whether any Warrior player might get the hat trick.

Young answered that question with 2:21 gone in the third on a play similar to the first goal.

“The third (goal) was a rebound,” Young said. “It was shot from the point (by Zimmerman) and it kicked out to the back door. Usually when the puck pops out like that, I am able to put it home because we practice it so much.”

Mariano scored 10 seconds later after stick-handling past most of the Dutchmen for the eighth goal. Young and Long assisted.

The ninth goal came two minutes later as White scored his second goal, another short-handed goal, from Hess and Styles.

One Comment

  1. Carrie

    February 24, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Way to go Warriors! What an exciting season this has been!

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