Saturday night’s Catholic High School League game between the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors and the Cabrini Monarchs was a real nail-biter. Cabrini earned its first win of the season by topping the Warriors on the Warriors home ice by the narrowest of margins, 3-2.
Warriors head coach Dave Williamson observed after the game “We got into penalty trouble and they scored two power play goals out of their three. We can’t take those penalties. They’ll came back to haunt us and they did.”
It was a string of Cabrini penalties in the third period that kept the door open for the Warriors.
Cabrini outshot the Warriors in the first period 10-4, but it was the Warriors who took the game’s first lead at 12:07 of the opening stanza. The teams were playing 4 on 4, each with a player off for a minor penalty. Warriors captain Kaylan Taylor popped the puck home with assistant captain Dominic Doxen setting up the play.
This proved to be the Warriors only lead in the game.
They killed off their first penalty of the game. But Cabrini then tied the game at the six minute mark of the first period with an even-strength goal.
The Warriors took two more penalties in the first period.
They killed off the first of these. Then with 1:05 left in the first period, the Warriors were tagged with a hooking penalty. It took Cabrini just 30 seconds to make the Warriors pay with a power-play goal.
Cabrini led at the end of the first period 2-1.
It was the Warriors' Austin Lukaschewski that knotted the game at 2-2 with a goal at 12:34 of the second period. Rudy Stuglin and Tyler Hiltunen assisted.
Less than three minutes later, the Warriors were hit with a five minute major boarding penalty. The major penalty was a major mistake.
A little over a minute later, Cabrini scored their second power play goal of the game to recapture the lead 3-2.
The Warriors killed the rest of the major. But the team could not go consistently on offense while they were a man short.
The Warriors were using four defensemen in most prior games. Tonight, Andrew Williamson was back adding a fifth defenseman to the mix.
“Andrew came back and he’s not 100% but he played like he was 100 percent”, said Williamson, who is also Andrew’s father. “It was nice having him back. He makes good decisions with the puck and it gives Rudy (Stuglin) and Dominic (Doxen) and Kristin (Doxen) a breather. He came out, he battled.”
With seven seconds left in the second period, the face-off was deep in the Cabrini zone. Warriors head coach Dave Williamson made the unusual move of pulling his goalie, Alex Day for an extra attacker. The tactic failed to produce a goal for the Warriors or Cabrini who had an open Warriors net for a target.
Penalties were the only stat on the score sheet in the third period.
The Warriors had the first minor penalty at 12:28, and killed it off.
Cabrini then gave the Warriors a golden chance to tie the game and possibly take the lead. Cabrini led a parade to the penalty box with three consecutive minors. Cabrini played six of the last 8:31 of the third period short-handed.
The Warriors took the play to Cabrini, pulling goalie Alex Day with 90 seconds left in the game. The Warriors ultimately out-shoot Cabrini 8-3 in the third period.
Shots are nice. Goals are better.
“We hit the post three times,” said Williamson. “The puck didn’t go in for us.”
The Warriors had to settle for nice in the third period. The final score was Cabrini 3-2 over the Warriors.
“Cabrini’s a good team and we went toe-to-toe with them. It was a tough game to lose,” said Williamson.
He went on to say “Austin (Lukaschewski) always plays good. Matty Blake is coming into his own and realizing that he’s valuable to this team. Kristin (Doxen) played a good game, one of her best games so far. She battles with the boys, she doesn’t shy away. She had a strong game. Tyler Hiltunen is another one. He’s playing well and he’s finding out that if he does the little things, things will be okay.”