MEREDITH CUP CHAMPIONS

Posted: August 12, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Whitby Warriors took on the Fergus Thistles in their first ever Meredith Cup. In each game, the Warriors and Thistles battled to the bitter end, with each game ending in a one goal difference. The Warriors would not be denied in this series, and showed true resilience against a determined Fergus squad. Ultimately, the Warriors would take the series in a 4 game sweep, and would complete the first ever perfect season, going 26-0. This stellar record is a true testament to all 23 players on the roster, the coaching staff and trainers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the fans.

Can’t wait to defend the title in 2020!

Warriors make history

Posted: July 26, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

The Warriors are off to the Meredith Cup with a 3-0 series sweep over the Peterborough Lakers. For the last 3 years, the Lakers have knocked out the Warriors in the playoffs, including last year’s tough loss after a 15-1 season. The Warriors offence proved to be too much for the Laker defence, and were able to grab 55 goals over the three games.

In game 1, the Warriors set the pace right out of the gates, scoring 10 goals in the opening frame. They wouldn’t look back in the game, securing the victory 21-8. As has been the story all year, Matt Shand led the way, adding 15 points (4G, 11A) to his playoff total. 4 other players added a hattrick: Mike Andersson (3G, 3A), Adam Smellie (4G, 1A), Devin Gilligan (3G, 2A), and Connor Platt (3G, 1A). Matt Andersson added 6 points as well (2G, 4A). Adam Allman was stellar between the pipes, and Owen Agnew cleaned up the draws all night. The full box score can be found here.

Game 2 was in Peterborough, and was a much tighter game. The Warriors pulled away in the second period, and put up a final score of 17-10. Shand had another hot night, potting 2 goals and adding 9 assists. Matt Andersson was on fire, grabbing 7 points (5G, 2A) in the win. Connor Platt added 4 goals, and Devin Gilligan got a hat trick and 3 helpers. Zack Hubbard was a brick wall in net, and the defensive unit was tough in the win. The full box score can be found here.

Game 3 was Thursday night, back at McKinney arena, and the Lakers would not go down without a fight. After 2 periods, the Warriors were up 9-6, with the resilient Lakers squad refusing to give up the series. The Warriors, however, found the back of the net 8 times in the final frame, while completely shutting the door, and taking the final game 17-6. Shand, again, finished the game with a ridiculous stat line of 4 goals and 8 assists. Platt was the top goal scorer, finishing with 5 goals to go along with his 2 assists. Captain Chris McDonald added 2 assists in transition. Adam Allman was a dominant force in net, and added 2 assists as well. The full box score can be found here.

The Meredith Cup schedule will be announced when the West teams have settled their conference finals. Stay tuned here, and on twitter.

Off to the ECF

Posted: July 17, 2019 by dannylaf in Main

For the second year in a row, the Warriors are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the defending champions Peterborough Lakers. After being disposed of in a 3 game sweep last year, the Warriors are looking for some payback and their first ever trip to the Meredith Cup in August.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors took on the Clarington Shamrox in game 3 of the Eastern Semi-Finals. Again, this game started out close, with the game in a 2-2 tie after the first period. The Warriors were able to pull ahead in the 2nd, and hold the lead for a final score of 17-10. Matt Andersson was unstoppable on the night, with a career high 10 point night (5G, 5A). Connor Platt added 7 points (3G, 4A), and Devin Gilligan added a hattrick and 2 helpers. 3 defensive goals came from Ben Macdonnell (2G) and John Wheller (1G). Owen Agnew was back in the lineup, and continued his dominance on the draw. Zack Hubbard was strong between the pipes. The full boxscore can be found here.

Stay tuned for our schedule for the next round.

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.

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.