Power(less) play

The Warriors’ continued flirtation with the .500 mark proved frustrating as they gave up two to fall to 8-8-2 on the season. One, a tightly contested home game against the similarly middling York Lions, ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss. The other was a complete thrashing by the Ryerson Rams at the former Maple Leaf Gardens.

Despite a great number of chances against York, the Warriors weren’t able to put the game away in regulation last Friday at CIF. Outside of the overtime game winner from York’s Jordan Davies (his second goal of the game), all scoring was contained within the first two periods of play in the 2–3 loss. The Warriors spent 15 minutes of the game on the power play, five of which were from a major cross-checking penalty given to the Lions’ Mike Lombardi early in the second, yet they didn’t score a single goal with those man-advantages.

Forward Justin Larson again led the Warriors in points, netting a goal and an assist, and Chris Chappell scored his 18th goal to take the undisputed lead in goals in the CIS.

The Warriors made their first appearance Sunday at Ryerson’s massive, flashy new home, the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the bones of the once-deserted Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a cold welcome: the Warriors gave up five goals in an extraordinarily chippy game while only managing to score one. That Warriors goal came on a power-play late in the second as forward Brett Mackie notched his ninth and Larson and Chappell maintained their point streaks at five games each.

Unfortunately, that was the only highlight of the night for the Warriors. Continuing their woes on the man-advantage, they only managed one goal on 20 minutes of power play. The refs tossed out sanctions left and right in the third as players from both teams got riled up, punctuated by a series of roughing calls and a game misconduct to Waterloo’s Ryan Molle early in the frame.

The Ryerson Rams continued their ascent in the division and national standings behind a pair of three-point games from CIS leading scorers Jamie Wise and Domenic Alberga. Wise recorded a hat-trick in the game.

Waterloo starter Mike Morrison had a horrific opening to the game, letting in three on 10 shots, and was replaced by Justin Leclerc at the start of the second period.

The Warriors take the ice at home in CIF on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. against the 11-7-2 University of Toronto Varsity Blues.