The Bishop Foley Unified Warriors chalked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 score over Lansing’s Capital Area Patriots. The game was played Saturday night at the Troy Sports Center.
“This (win) was huge,” Warriors head coach Dave Williamson said after the game. “This was very emotional. We worked hard. They (the Warriors players) didn’t quit. They were responsible in their own end. It was very important because you don’t want to be 0-3 this early in the season”.
The Warriors lost their first two games this season.
The Warriors outshot the Patriots 27-17.
The Patriots did not help their cause with eight minor penalties, five of which choked their offense in the second period. Several Patriots penalties overlapped, giving the Warriors a pair of two-man advantages in the second period.
The Warriors Austin Lukaschewski connected with 5:29 left in the second period to score the Warriors only power-play goal, tying the game at 2-2. The Patriots were one man short at the time. Rudy Stuglin and Kristin Doxen assisted on the goal.
The Patriots got their only power-play goal of the game just 54 seconds into the third period to take a 3-2 lead.
Exactly one minute later, the Warriors Matthew Blake crashed the Patriots net to tie the game. Dominic Finazzo and Kaylan Taylor set-up the play.
“Matty’s (Blake) a gamer,” commented Williamson. “He goes hard to the net. He’s a tough kid. He has heart of gold and plays like a six-footer. He has a passion for the game and that helps”.
The game was tied at the end of the first period 1-1. It was tied again at the end of the second period 2-2. Now, with 13:06 left in the third period, the game remained tied 3-3.
The Patriots got a break when the Warriors were called for a head check with 8:14 left in the third period, but they could not find the back of the Warriors net on the ensuing power play.
It was Lukaschewski who was the hero for the Warriors. With just over two minutes left in regulation time, Lukaschewski scored the game-winning goal from close-in on the Patriots net. It was Lukaschewski’s second goal of the game. Dominic Doxen and Rudy Stuglin got the helpers.
“Austin Lukaschewski comes every night to play,” said Williamson, impressed with Lukaschewski’s play.
Senior Alex Day was in goal for the Warriors. Alberto Nava scored the game’s first goal for the Warriors in the first period with Steven Jacques and Kaylan Taylor assisting. The goal was the first of his high school hockey career by Nava.
The Warriors improved to 1-2 on the young 2012-2013 season.