Great start to playoff run

Posted: July 16, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

In a tough Durham rivalry, the Warriors have battled with the Clarington Shamrox for the first 2 games of the OJCLL Eastern Conference semis. Both games have started out tight, with neither team gaining an inch. However, the Warriors have been able to hold off the Shamrox to take a 2-0 lead in the best of 5 series.

In game 1, the Warriors had a strong second period, and were able to rattle off 6 unanswered goals to take control of the game by a final score of 16-7. Matt Cornish was the star of the game, putting up a career best 8 points (4G, 4A) in the contest. Devin Gilligan continued his strong playoff performance from last year, and added another 6 points (4G, 2A) to his total. Connor Platt added a hattrick himself, and Matt Andersson added 5 points (1G, 4A) in the win. Zack Hubbard entered the game at the halfway point of the first period, and was stellar between the pipes. The full boxscore can be found here.

The Warriors then traveled to Rickard arena for game 2. This game was much closer, with both goalies and defenses controlling the pace. The Warriors were able to pull away in the 3rd period with 4 straight goals to end the game with a score of 9-5. Matt Shand was big on the score sheet in this one, grabbing a hattrick and adding 4 helpers. Mike Andersson put up a hattrick himself in his 4 point night. Connor Platt grabbed 5 points (2G, 3A) in the win. Another big night for Hubbard helped the Warriors seal the deal, and take the 2 game lead. The full boxscore can be found here.

Game 3 will be Tuesday, July 16th at McKinney, 8pm start.

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Big Moments from a Big Year

Posted: July 4, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Warriors posted their first ever perfect season on the back of a 23-man roster that deserves congratulations and praise. There are a few players that merit a special shoutout:

First, our graduating players, who saw the floor for their final regular season game this past Wednesday against the Shamrox. Billy McDermott, acquired from Barrie this year, has been a leader on and off the floor. “BB” has proven to be a phenomenal addition. Matt Shand was be the offensive force that the Warriors hoped for. Shand was the focal point of the best offence in the league, and ensured that the team didn’t skip a beat from game to game. Goaltender Zack Hubbard joined the team in 2017 and has been stellar for the Warriors. Hubbard posted a 6.63 GAA as a Warrior.

A special shout out needs to go to our 5-year graduating players. Goaltender Adam Allman, Warriors Point Leader Matt Andersson, and Captain Chris McDonald were crucial to the success of the franchise. From their first season, where the team went 6-10 and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs, to a perfect season this year, they have battled to help the team be successful. They have all played a big part in giving back the minor programs and helping to grow the game. Through ownership and coaching changes (and our captain moving from offence to defense), these 3 players have been monumental in enhancing the program, and getting Whitby to the top of Junior C.

Second, Shand was able to set the mark for a couple of records: most assists in a season: 78 (higher than any other player had in total points); and, most points in a season: 109. The biggest note on his records being that he only played 14 games of the 16 game season, and averaged 7.79 points per game. Also, Mike Andersson, with 77 points, set the all-time points record for a rookie, and finished second in points in the league. He accomplished this feat despite playing a number of games on the defensive side of the floor.

Lastly, since last season, the Warriors have posted a 31-1 record in the regular season, second to only the Shamrox record of 31-0-1 from 2015-16. Also, this year’s squad set a team record for most Goals Scored in a season, grabbing 237 goals (third-most all time in the league), and averaging just under 15 per game.

16-0

Posted: July 4, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Warriors have completed their perfect season with a final game victory of their Durham region rival, the Clarington Shamrox.

After a rescheduling of the final regular season game for both teams, due to the referee lockout, the Warriors headed to Rickard arena on Wednesday for a chance to be flawless. Another tight first period between these teams saw them tied at 1. However, the second period was a different story. With 8 unanswered goals, the Warriors disposed of the Shamrox, and took the victory 12-2. It was a full team effort, as no player had more than 4 points on the night. Rookie Mike Andersson put up a hattrick and a helper, while Devin Gilligan added a hattrick himself. Matt Shand added another 4 points (1G, 3A) to his total. Zack Hubbard was stellar on the night as the net-minder, and was able to hit the game sheet with 2 assists as well. The full boxscore can be found here.

Stay tuned for our playoff schedule, as we await the first round matchups to be completed.

In Pursuit of Perfection

Posted: July 4, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

With two games remaining on the schedule, the Warriors have a chance to be one of three franchises to finish the season with an unblemished record. The Warriors have a home and an away game remaining.

On Wednesday, the Warriors hosted the Peterborough Lakers for the last game of their 4 game regular season series. A tight first quarter saw the Warriors up 5-4. However, the home team would dominate the rest of the way, and take the victory by a final score of 18-8. Matt Shand continued his push for the all-time point leader in Junior C with another 10 point game (3G, 7A). The Career point leader for the Warriors, Matt Andersson, added a big 8 points (5G, 3A) in his final home regular season game of his career. Another graduating player, Captain Chris McDonald, added an assist from the back end. David Cormack added 6 points (1G, 5A) and Matt Cornish put up a hattrick and added two helpers. Adam Allman was solid between the pipes. The full box score can be found here.

The Warriors’ final game will be at Rickard, against the Clarington Shamrox, this Sunday, June 30th at 7pm.

Warriors clinch 1st Overall

Posted: June 24, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

With a victory this past Sunday over their Durham rival, the Clarington Shamrox, the Warriors have clinched first overall for the entire league. With 28 points on the season, the Warriors moved ahead of the pack, including Brantford, the Warriors in the West, who are poised to finish the season with 26 points.

The Warriors captured top spot with a 12-9 victory at Rickard Arena late Sunday night. The Shamrox got out to an early 5-4 lead after 20 minutes, but the Warriors battled back, and cemented the win late in the 3rd with two late goals. Rookie of the year candidate Mike Andersson had a great night, finishing with 5 points (3G, 2A), and was able to get the Warriors offence rolling late in the first. Devin Gilligan was able to add 4 points of his own (3G, 1A) in the win. Matt Shand continued his incredible point streak, adding another 8 points (2G, 6A) to his total, putting him a mere 5 points away from the 100 point mark. Defenceman Wyatt Craik and John Wheller both had huge goals: Craik with the Warriors first, and Wheller with the game winner. Owen Agnew also added 3 assists from the back end, and won a ludicrous 90% of his draws. Zack Hubbard was solid in the net for the Warriors, and added an assist of his own in the win. The full boxscore can be found here.

The Warriors have two games left in the 2019 regular season, both going this week.

Peterborough Lakers (11-4) @ Whitby Warriors (14-0) – Wednesday, June 26 – McKinney, 8pm

Warriors @ Clarington Shamrox (8-7) – Sunday, June 30 – Rickard, 7pm

Warriors Keep Rolling

Posted: June 18, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The end of the season is a couple weeks away, and as other teams are jockeying for better positions in the playoffs, the Warriors have solidified their position as the top team in the league. With a 4 point weekend, the Warriors have clinched first place in the east and the best record overall.

On Friday, the Warriors headed up the 115 to take on the Peterborough Lakers. As has been the case all season, the Warriors took over in the second period, and took the victory by a score of 16-9. Matt Andersson was the top goal scorer, grabbing 5 goals in the win, while Matt Shand put up a game-high 9 points (4G, 5A) in the win. Matt Cornish and Connor Platt each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Defenseman John Wheller added another 2 points (1G, 1A) to his total, putting him at 12 points on the season.  Devin Gilligan (4A), Julian Mosier (3A), and Adam Smellie (3A) all moved the ball well in the win. Zack Hubbard was solid in net while also picking up 2 assists. The full boxscore can be found here.

On Saturday night, the Warriors travelled to Huntsville for the last bout against the Hawks. The Warriors grabbed a 20-7 win over the Hawks. Gilligan was a force to be reckoned with, grabbing 8 points in the win (4G, 4A). Shand added another 7 points (1G, 6A), while Mike Andersson tallied 3 goals and 4 assists. Dave Cormack added 5 assists as well. Julian Mosier got his first junior hattrick of his career, and Connor Platt added a hattrick as well. Coming off injury, Wyatt Craik grabbed 5 points (1G, 4A). Ben Macdonnell was able to added a goal and an assist. Midget Call-Up Zach Pipher hit the gamesheet as well, grabbing his first junior goal. Adam Allman added an assist to go along with his strong night between the pipes. The full boxscore can be found here.

The Warriors have one game on the docket this week, at Clarington on Sunday.

Whitby Warriors (13-0) @ Clarington Shamrox (7-5) – Sunday, June 23 – Rickard, 7pm

 

11 Straight

Posted: June 10, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Warriors were back in action this week against the Huntsville Hawks. Another strong second period saw the Warriors seal the victory with a 13-5 win. Rookie of the year candidate Mike Andersson led the way in the bout, adding 6 more points (3G,3A) to his total. At 54 points in 11 games, Andersson finds himself locked into the second spot on the points list, sitting behind Matt Shand, who added 5 points (1G,4A) to his total against the Hawks as well. Devin Gilligan contributed 5 points (2G, 3A), while David Cormack added 2 goals and 2 assists. Zack Hubbard played a great game in net, and was able to add 2 assists. The full box score can be found here.

The Warriors are on the road twice this week, heading to Peterborough and Huntsville.

Whitby Warriors (11-0) @ Peterborough Lakers (8-2) – Friday, June 14 – Evinrude, 8pm

Warriors @ Huntsville Hawks (1-11) – Saturday, June 15 – Jack Bionda, 8pm