(SARNIA, ON) – Although it is always nicer to pick up a win, the value of a loss cannot by underestimated. The Windsor Warlocks tykes had their mettle tested by a strong Sarnia Pacers squad this past Saturday. Inexperience, no doubt, played a factor, as the Pacers flattened Windsor 14-1 and 10-1 in a pair of one-sided affairs.
In the morning game, Sarnia came out flying and never let up. Halden Robinson and Lucas Ross led the way for the Pacers with a hat-trick apiece. Brody Hyde and Ryan Tesclike each nailed pairs, while Brayden Hogan, Mason Brown, Sully Toenders, and Brody Najim picked up single markers.
Jack Bennett scored Windsor’s lone goal midway through the third on a pass from Owen Arthur.
Ross had a great game in the afternoon, scoring another hat-trick, as the Pacers won big again. With a balanced attack, they received scoring from Toenders, Hogan, Hyde, Najim, Jake Geary, Reeve Scott, and Sam Dezolt.
Bennett, again, scored the only marker for the Warlocks, early in the third period.
In net, Thomas Browning picked up both wins for Sarnia, along with four shutout periods on the weekend. Austin Senay was peppered between the pipes for the Warlocks, playing both games.
After the game, Warlocks head coach Chuck Simpson explained the situation.
“They are young,” he stated. “But, last year, when we played Sarnia, we lost 18-0 and we [did not get any] shots on goal all game. [To] do this is a huge improvement already.”
Players in the tyke division range from 6 to 8 years old.
The Warlocks lost their first two games of the year to London the weekend before; a nail-biting 8-7 loss left Chuck’s boys burnt out for the second game which resulted in a blowout.
“[Austin] got peppered,” said Simpson. “He also got peppered [in] both Sarnia games.”
The disparity in play has little to do with effort and more to do with classification. Sarnia is gunning for an “A” rating for the playoffs this year, while Windsor is more likely to take on the “C” or “D” level. The classification is determined by the Ontario Lacrosse Association throughout the season to set playoff matches and create parity in provincial play-downs.
The rating is based on the amount of registered players in each talent pool and results within the local zone.
Assistant coach Connor Simpson highlighted the strong work ethic of his players, in particular that of Bennett, Arthur, Denver Boismier, and Hudson Dalpe.
“We came out to a good start, [we were] hitting hard, and [had] strong defense,” he said of the young lads in the white and green.
The Tykes are back in action on May 22nd against the Wallaceburg Red Devils. The doubleheader will be played at 10:00am and 1:00pm.