Warriors Win Home Opener, Lose Captain

Posted: May 15, 2011 by marksy in Game Recaps, Latest News, Main

story by Gary Mark
photos courtesy of Tim Prothero

The Whitby Junior C Warriors had a very bittersweet evening on what was supposed to be a “lucky” Friday the 13th Home Opener. While the team took care of the Innisfil Wolfpack on the floor, in doing so they may have lost the services of newly appointed Team Captain Chase Simpson for the season. Simpson, on a very innocent looking play, fell awkwardly on his very first shift of the game, and it was immediatley apparent that something was very wrong. He was carried from the floor, and ultimately taken to Hospital in an ambulance where it was later revealed that he broke both his tibula and fibula. The injury was described as a “spiral” break. Simpson will seek a further medical opinion on Monday from a specialist, but the Team Captain could be lost at least for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the entire season.

On the floor the Warriors dominated for pretty much the entire game. Were it not for the outstanding play of Innisfil goalie Ian Walters, the score could easily have been doubled. Walters was stellar all night, but specifically in the first period where the Warriors threw upwards of 30 shots at the Woofpack netminder. Whitby players found themselves a number of times in front of the Innisfil goal, only to be the victims of a highlight reel save. But persistence paid off and the Home team throughout the second period pulled away on the score board and never looked back. The Warriors held leads of 4-0 after one, and 8-0 after two en route to an 11-1 victory.

Cody Simpson, Ryan Keenan, Paul Gilligan, and Nathaniel Kerstens all scored twice for Whitby, while Matt Hurren, Shane Takahashi and Colin Amodeo added singles. Chris Martin added three assists on the night. Goaltender Kyle Ford went the distance again in net and got his second win in two outings, surrendering a lone goal to the Wolfpack’s Kevin Robinson in the third frame.

The Warriors will now be off for two weeks before entertaining the Peterborough Lakers on Saturday May 28. Game time at Iroquois Park is 7pm.

Prior to the game, Whitby acknowledged long time Warrior and Brooklin Remden star John Fusco. Fusco, a two time Minto Cup and five time Mann Cup winner, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame last Fall.

Other Game Notes:
– a relatively mild game saw Whitby take 34 minutes in penalties while Innisfil had 30.
– over the course of the first two games, the Warriors stingy defense have allowed only 2 goals against. They will be tested in their next game vs. Peterborough though.
– the first winner of the Warriors Hot Tub contest was Mario Romagnuolo. He will now participate in the event at the last regular season home game, where one fan will have the chance to shoot for a Hot Tub, courtesy of Arctic Spas Durham.
– 50/50 draw paid out $125
– game attendance was an estimated 160 people

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