Warriors went on the road last night against the Devon Barons and came up short 6 - 3. The game was a hard fought affair finding themselves down by one goal midway through the first period and ending the 1st down 2 - 0. The Warriors battled back midway through the second period with a goal and then again near the end of the 2nd, but not before Devon scored a couple of their own in the second ending the 2nd at 4 - 2 for Devon. Devon got another goal early in the third on a power play and then the Warriors rebounded with a power play goal as well midway through the 3rd, but not before Devon got an empty net goal with 0:41 seconds remaining to end the game 6 - 3. The Warriors were down 3 guys from Friday nights game; one to a broken arm, another due to a shoulder separation and another to a concussion. These 3 guys are key players and were missed in the match up against Devon. On the night the Warriors gave up 3 power play goals and an empty net goal, while the Warriors were able to capitalize with 2 power play goals. Goaltending was strong, but again the Warriors defensive coverage needs additional work to minimize the goals against.
"We were frustrated last night, because we know we can beat Devon and we did not have as good as a showing as we would have liked, said Coach Kuhar. Our game showed a bit of that frustration and this is something we know that we have to contain in this league. We have to keep battling regardless of the situation, this is what our team is about. In addition, we are having a strong start to the season, with that teams are making sure that they are not taking us for granted and are coming prepared with their best line up every game against us. We will have to continue work hard and gain the respect from the other teams in the league and keep our composure. We have come out of the weekend playing back to back against the 2 top teams in the league that resulted in a 500 record. I think this is as good as we can expect especially being down 3 players to injury as well. This is my first year of Coaching, have been on the bench lots previously, but coaching is definitely different and a lot going on and I am continuing to learn. Having Barry as an experienced Coach is helping to bring a lot of that support and continuing to learn. This is definitely a learning experience for everyone in this league this year. Atleast we know where we stand and we know we can definitely play with the best in the league."
Furthermore, we would sure appreciate to see more fan support for our home games. It is a busy time of year, but fan support is important to the success of our team financially. The season is short 9 home and 9 away games, with 2 home games being played there are only 7 home games remaining, so look forward to larger fan support for the games to come.