Game of the Week: Warriors 7, Selects 3 - City Midget
by: Brendan Macgranachan
Friday, November 01, 2013
The Winnipeg City Midget Warriors continue to climb the standings.
With a 7-3 win over the Eastman Selects on Thursday night at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre, the Warriors have now picked up points in their last five games. The Warriors (4-1-1-2) now sit one point back of the first place Sharks in the City Midget standings entering play on Friday.
The teams traded goals within the first few minutes of the game but it would be the Warriors who would take a lead after one period. At 12:57, Nicholas Labossiere put Winnipeg in front with a power play goal from the slot area. 44 seconds later, Brendan Reichardt collected a rebound and buried it into an open cage to give the Warriors a two goal lead.
In the second, the Warriors kept the scoring coming. On the power play, Matthieu Gomercic scored on a loose puck on the door step to extend the Winnipeg lead to three a little over six minutes in. Winnipeg kept up the pressure but were stymied by Eastman starter Matt Penner on several opportunities.
Then, with less than five minutes left in the period, the Selects made it 4-2 when an innocent looking shot from Zach Cumming fooled Warriors goaltender Tyler Gagliardi. However, Winnipeg would restore the three goal lead before intermission when Nicolas Burmey put home a rebound past Penner.
Eastman continued to fight and would make it 5-3 with four minutes gone in the third on a Boedey Vaeth marker. It would be as close as the Selects would get. Less than 20 seconds after Vaeth scored, Robert Harrow finished a beautiful tic-tac-toe play to make it 6-3. At 13:24, Burmey would finish the scoring and the Warriors would cruise to the victory.
Winnipeg had previously beaten the Selects 4-3 in a shootout back on October 9 in Ste. Anne.
The Warriors return to action on Saturday when they take on the Hawks in City Midget action. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre.