Head Coach Dave Williamson summed up the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors performance in the 4-1 loss to Goodrich Friday night simply as “(The team) gave us everything they had, but it was just not enough”.
The Warriors started the game short three players, cutting their team down to nine skaters and two goalies. By the five minute mark of the second period, there were only two players left on the bench, along with the back-up goalie.
At 11:24 of the second period, the Warriors Matthew Blake took a hard hit from behind into the boards that dislocated his shoulder. After treatment in the locker room, Blake insisted on remaining on the bench with an ice pack for the balance of the game. The Goodrich player responsible for the hit was assessed a five minute major and a game disqualification.
With Blake’s injury, scratch one Warriors player from the game. In addition to the players on the ice, there were three available skaters on the bench.
Then with just under five minutes left in the second period, a Warriors player was assessed a two minute minor and a ten minute misconduct, taking him out of the play for 12 minutes.
Scratch another player. On the Warriors bench sat two available skaters. It remained that way until well into the third period when the major penalty expired.
“It’s frustrating,” said Coach Williamson. “You’re coaching two players at a time. It’s easier, I guess, because you’re pointing out things out to two guys on the bench. Look at what went well, what went wrong, what we have to work on.”
At the beginning of the game, Goodrich carried the play to the Warriors.
The Warriors had sophomore goalie Daniel Collins in net. This was Collins second start for the Warriors this season.
“Collins played phenomenal,” Williamson said.
“He had the first five shots on him from the high slot,” Williamson continued. “He had to make point blank saves. In the beginning of the second period, he had to make a real hard save. It was a key save. I’m happy with the way he played. I can’t blame him for any of the goals.”
Goodrich scored the first goal of the game on a power play almost 7 minutes into the first period. They scored their second goal while short-handed with just 5 minutes left to play in the first period.
“That puck shouldn’t have even been a shot on net,” said Williamson. “(The Goodrich player) got by three (of our) guys. No-one even touched him.”
Goodrich took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after one period of play.
Despite the adversity of the short bench, the Warriors notched the only goal of the second period.
Early in the second period, the Warriors Austin Lukaschewski streaked in on the Goodrich goalie and scored. Dominic Doxen got the only assist on the play.
The lead was closed to 2-1 for Goodrich at the end of the second period.
Maybe it was fatigue, the short bench, or the long holiday break, but the Warriors could not match Goodrich in the third period. Goodrich added two more even handed goals in the period to make the final score 4-1.