As Neil Doddridge, Head Coach of the Coquitlam Adanacs stated after Day 1 of the 2013 Minto Cup, “There is a lot to like about the Whitby Warriors.” Consistency is beginning to be one of them because for the second night in a row the Warriors came flying out of the gate catching their opponent off guard with their quick feet, quick sticks and quick, relentless transition from defence to attack mode.
Day 2 saw them jump out to a 3-0 on the Okotoks Raiders starting with Patrick McCrory’s first of two goals on the night only 43 seconds in followed by Dan Lintner’s first two, the second coming shorthanded just over three minutes into the first period. After that initial surge, the Raiders kept the Whitby offence at bay, mostly by showing better ball control offensively than they had in the first period the day before versus the Adanacs. Their starting goaltender, Akwesasne-born Kanathonson Horn-David, settled in after being given a quick breather and a moment to re-focus while back-up Dylan Bachmeier got his first taste of Minto Cup action. Horn-David’s strong play to finish the first period coupled with his team playing much better in front of him resulted in no scoring for either side for the final 16:55 of the opening frame. READ MORE »