Warriors pick up second win in as many nights against Danbury
Federal Hockey League
Playing in their third game in three days the Akwesasne Warriors picked up their second consecutive win over the Danbury Whalers, 4-3 before 521 spectators at the Massena Arena.
The first period was scoreless until Nick Deschenes would receive a nice little pass from Sean O'Malley.
Massena - November 27, 2011 - Playing in their third game in three days the Akwesasne Warriors picked up their second consecutive win over the Danbury Whalers, 4-3 before 521 spectators at the Massena Arena.
The first period was scoreless until Nick Deschenes would receive a nice little pass from Sean O'Malley and with a backhand shot hit the top right corner for the first goal of the game at 10:07 mark, giving the Whalers an early lead in the game. The Warriors would tie the game on the power play in the first as Jeremy van Hoof would fire a rocket to the top left corner beating Danbury's net minder Nick Niedert at 12:16 at one apiece. Both teams would continue to fight hard and go to the net to try and get the go-ahead goal but failed to do so ending the first period tied at 1-1.
The second period started off evenly matched as both teams battled back and forth to get the second goal of the game but it was the Warriors top scorer Pierre Dagenais to get the go ahead goal at the 15:21. Dagenais put one past the Danbury goalie for Awkesasane to take a 2-1 lead. Danbury continued to fight back to try and even up the game but Warriors goalie David Plouffe was not giving up any opportunity for Danbury to complete that task. After a handful of penalties handed out to both teams, Danbury would be on a 5 minute power play after Mathieu Raby received a 5 min penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Plouffe continued to help protect the Warriors lead by blocking a total of 28 shots on goal at end of second period. While Danbury goalie blocked a total of 20 shots from the Warriors.
The Warriors would have to come out prepared in the beginning of the third period as they started the period shorthanded. Danbury would get a penalty in the period so the teams were evenly matched, 4 on 4. Martin Beaulne's goal at 2:21 would increase the Warriors lead to 3 to 1 to the cheers of the crowd. Then in a quick turn around in play Nicolas Corbiel put another goal past Danbury goalie Niedert allowing the Warriors to take a 4 to 1 lead. Danbury players tried to regroup after a dismal start to the third period as their disappointment was written all over the player's faces on bench. But Danbury kept pushing hard and Lucas Schott would score at 9:37, and Joe Dabkowski at 16:48 making it a one goal game. With 1:15 left in the game the Warriors were down a man, with Dagenais in the sin bin. The Whalers pulled the Niedert for the 6 against 4 for the final remaining seconds but the Warriors would held on for a 4-3 victory.
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