Cornwall - Feb. 5, 2011 - The Akwesasne Warriors were on the road Friday, traveling to Alexandria Bay to take on the Thousand Islands Privateers.
Thanks to a 4-2 win, the Privateers are now in a tight race with Akwesasne for first place in the Federal Hockey League, leaving the Warriors with only a three point lead over the Privateers, with 56 points overall.
The Warriors had a new recruit in their line up against the Privateers Friday evening. Akwesasne acquired Maths Johansson, who is originally from Goleborg Sweden. Johansson picked up his first FHL point by assisting on Darick Ste. Marie's goal early in the first period, at the 4:54 mark.
The Warriors were dominating the first period with a 2 -0 lead with their second goal scored at 6:04 by Joshua Desmarais.
The Warriors were down a few of their top players because of the flu. Martin Beaulne and Ahmed Mahfouz were among those players to be absent.
The Warriors continued to hold onto their lead to finish off the period.
In the second period, the Warriors could not hold back the Privateers with Nick Filion allowing a goal early on from Will Laporte. Laporte was traded from the Rome Frenzy earlier this week. Laporte scored at 5:02 in the second. Eleven seconds later, Thousand Islands tied it up on a goal from Michael Byrd.
The Third period was a race against time for both teams. The Warriors were looking for a chance to get ahead in the game once again. It seemed like the Warriors struggled to achieve this when Nikita Poliakov scored early on at 2:24. This goal seemed to set a pace for the Privateers, who added a security goal late in the third period to seal the win.
The two teams will meet again tonight on Cornwall Island (7:05 p.m.) in a battle for first place in the league.
The Warriors must win to keep the Privateers from getting that one step closer to taking the top spot.
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