The Hishons Custom Novice Tier 1 Warriors had an excellent tournament in Niagara on the Lake over the holiday break, winning the silver medals!
Warriors began the tournament by facing Mooretown Jr. Flags, winning 9-0. It was a great offensive game.
Quinn Appel fired a hat trick, Ryan Haines had two goals, and Owen Gaylor, Mark Pyzowski, Daniel Rusen-Steele and Gabe Emms scored one apiece.
Assisting the goals were Eric Haynes, Daniel Rusen-Steele, Ryan Haines (two), Owen Gaylor (two), Brett Knechtel, Kaleb Martin, Marek Carter and Colton Kuepfer.
Defensively, Nathan Gibb was clearing the puck well and holding the blue line. Jesse Merkel played a great game in net, earning the shutout.
The Novice Warriors won their second game by a score of 6-0 over East York Bulldogs.
In the first period, Isaac Nickel scored an unassisted goal to put Stratford ahead. In the second period, Warriors continued their aggressive offensive play with a goal from Mark Pyzowski, assisted by Noah Roth and Daniel Rusen-Steele and a goal by Gabe Emms, assisted by Nickel.
In the third, Isaac Nickel scored unassisted, Ryan Haines scored, assisted by Nickel and Pyzowski scored, assisted by Noah Roth.
Kaleb Martin was solid on the blue line. Goaltender Josh Duiker had a great game, including a save while lying flat in the crease in the third, allowing him to record a shutout.
On Sunday, the Hishons Novices faced Newmarket Redmen for the last game of the first round, winning 5-0.
Jesse Merkel had an excellent game in net with his second shutout of the tournament.
In the second period, Brett Knechtel opened the scoring, assisted by Gabe Emms. Ryan Haines rounded out the second-period goals, assisted by Mark Pyzowski and Daniel Rusen-Steele.
The third period was a strong one for Warriors with two goals scored by Mark Pyzowski (assisted by Ryan Haines, Noah Roth and Daniel Rusen-Steele), and the final goal netted by Isaac Nickel, assisted by Haines.
Colton Kuepfer was tough defensively on the blue line and along the boards, while Marek Carter blocked two shots.
With these three wins, the Stratford boys moved to the semi-finals where we once again faced Newmarket Redmen.
This was an intense and tight game, with all the Warriors working hard until the very end.
In the first period, Quinn Appel scored, assisted by Owen Gaylor to tie the score 1-1. In the second period, Noah Roth scored (assisted by Mark Pyzowski and Daniel Rusen-Steele), putting Stratford ahead by one.
Pyzowski rounded out the second-period scoring, assisted by Rusen-Steele and Roth. The score was 3-1 for the Warriors.
In the third, Isaac Nickel scored a goal, assisted by Gabe Emms and Brett Knechtel. The Redmen scored two quick goals to narrow the margin to 4-3. Ryan Haines put one in the net, assisted by Nathan Gibb and Owen Gaylor for a final tally of 5-3.
Nathan Gibb had an excellent game with fast back-checking and creating offensive chances, while Eric Haynes did a great job of clearing the puck and holding his own at the blue line.
Goalie Josh Duiker had an excellent game featuring a great stick save that hit the shaft of the stick and deflected into the corner.
The Novice Warriors faced Niagara Falls Flyers in the final, losing 4-1, with one empty-net goal.
It was a hard fought game by all the Warriors. The lone Stratford goal was scored by Ryan Haines in the third, assisted by Owen Gaylor and Mark Pyzowski.
Kaleb Martin worked hard to cut off scoring chances, while Marek Carter had a strong game back-checking quickly and aggressively and holding the blue line.
Goaltender Jesse Merkel had an excellent game, including a big glove save in the first, that allowed Warriors to stay in the game.
The Novice coaches are very proud of the Warriors for playing hard all weekend, working as a team and bringing home the silver medals.