Zimmerman, Lee boost Warriors in 9-3 win over Bears

By on November 21, 2017


Warwick’s Bryce Zimmerman scores a first-period goal in the Warriors’ 9-3 win over Elizabethtown last Friday in a CPIHL Tier-2 game. (Photo by John Crawford)

Bryce Zimmerman and Jordan Lee each had a three-point night, as Warwick’s ice hockey team knocked off Elizabethtown 9-3 last Friday in CPIHL Tier-2 play at Klick Lewis Arena.

The win gives the Warriors a 3-2 record on the season and drops Elizabethtown to 0-5.

“The last two games were kinda rough,” Warwick coach Jevon Miller said. “Tonight was kind of a rebound for us to get back on the right track.”

Zimmerman scored one goal and added two assists, while Lee picked up three helpers to lead the Warriors. Maxwell Wetzel (2 goals) and Caden Nagel (goal, assist) led the way for the Bears.

The Warriors scored quickly and often through the first period as they jumped to a 2-0 lead. Zimmerman’s goal came with 14:18 left when he grabbed the puck near his own defensive blue line and skated toward the E-town zone. After he crossed his offensive blue line, he turned to his left and shot. The puck eluded goalie Jacob Gregory and Zimmerman had his fourth goal of the season.

Jonathan Bergh scored 63 seconds later when he came down the left wing and, in nearly a mirror image of the first goal, he veered towards the slot, shot and scored.

With E-town trailing by two goals, Wetzel stole the puck near his defensive blue line and raced toward the Warriors’ net. His shot eluded Zachary Beale and the Bears pulled within one goal with 9:14 left.

“Max is probably our most talented (player),” Elizabethtown coach Don Doremus said.

Later, Bergh restored the Warriors’ two goal advantage with his second of the period. This time he needed to elude a check but still made his move to the slot for his goal. Zachary Shertzer had the assist.

Jacob Favilla’s goal with 6:11 left in the first proved to be the eventual game-winner for the Warriors. He scored unassisted from the left face-off circle, giving him a team-leading eight goals on the season.

Three players added their first goals of the season. Charlie Spidel started the trend when he scored Warwick’s fifth goal of the evening with 48 seconds left in the first period.

“Charlie Spidel got his first goal of the season and his second goal of the season (Friday),” said Warwick coach Miller. “Through practice with the set plays, he went to the spot where we asked him to go and two times it paid off for him.”

Cody Benjamin tallied his first of the season when he scored the second of three Warrior goals in the second period.

“Jordan Lee passed the puck to me and I took the shot, (while) standing in from of the net,” recalled Benjamin. “I waited for the goalie to move. I wanted to get the puck on net for a goal or a pass.”

Alex Bochenko opened the scoring in the second with Benjamin getting the assist, and Alex Cesavice added the final goal from Lee and Zimmerman.

Despite entering the second period with a four goal deficit, the Bears pressed to gain some momentum. Tristain Splain’s long pass early in the second gave a teammate a scoring chance that went unconverted. He later jumped into the offensive zone but didn’t give a teammate a chance to get out. The resulting off-side nullified what seemed to be a clear path to the net.

Joseph Szymanski’s pass with 5:08 left in the second gave Christopher Haldeman a chance but Halderman’s shot went over the net.

The Bears’ Caden Nagel became the game’s third player to get their first goal of the season after Spidel scored his second on a power play.

With 11:03 left in the game, Nagel, a freshman, scored the Bears’ second goal.

“I pressured the puck,” Nagel recalled. “I picked it up in the corner (and) backhanded it. It trickled over the goalie’s glove and went in.”

“Until tonight, (Wetzel) has had all of our goals this season,” Doremus said. “Today we tried something different. We moved everyone from offense to defense. Caden is a defensive player. We moved him up and he got a goal.”

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