Warlock Novices Lose A Pair of Tight Battles

Windsor's Landon Renaud ties up London's Connor Zavitz in front of the Windsor net during the third period.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Landon Renaud ties up London’s Connor Zavitz in front of the Windsor net during the third period.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Mighton-header columnBy Devan Mighton

(WINDSOR, ON) – The London Blue Devils were just a little too much for the Windsor Warlocks Novice Rep Team this past Sunday.  In a Mother’s Day doubleheader, the Warlocks fell to London by scores of 9-4 and 6-4 at Forest Glade Arena.

“Keeping in mind this is our first set of games on a new team, [I was] impressed with how the team works on the floor and [their] raw talent,” said coach Carson Gervais, after all was said and done.

In the morning game, the Blue Devils came out strong with Nate Doxtator popping two early goals.  This was followed by a snipe from both Nolan Candy and Daxtyn Brown.  Quinn Brennan answered twice for the Warlocks, unassisted, to keep his team within two.

Windsor's Maddox Derkatz eludes a check from London's Nate Doxtator.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Maddox Derkatz eludes a check from London’s Nate Doxtator.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

The second period was a defensive battle that did not open up until the dying minutes.  Brennan notched his third of the game, assisted by Landon Renaud, with 4:45 to go and brought his team within one of a comeback.  Mavin Smith and Hunter Pero scored soon after to bring a 6-3 lead into the third for London.

Brennan, who had a monster of a game, almost brought his team all the way back again, scoring two quick markers to start the last stanza.  Marcus Levesque picked up the only assist of the period for Windsor.  Up by only a goal, the Blue Devils dug deep and fended off the Warlocks’ onslaught, with Mason Powless snapping home a shot to increase the cushion.   Doxtator would net two insurance markers to give himself the hat-trick and finish off the game.

London's Chantal James picked up both wins for London on Sunday.Photo by Devan Mighton.

London’s Chantal James picked up both wins for London on Sunday.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Brennan’s five goal performance caught the attention of his coach.

“Quinn had a good weekend [on both] offense and defense,” hailed Gervais.

The afternoon game was even closer.

Candy opened the scoring for London early in the first.  Soon after, Windsor’s Kai Frias sniped for Windsor on a pass from Levesque.  With a minute and a half remaining, Doxtator blasted his first of the game to retake the lead.  London then worked the ball into the Warlocks zone and Jacob Govier hammered one home with only 3 seconds to go.

Windsor's Quinn Brennan runs the ball up the floor, looking for a shot.  Brennan scored all 5 of Windsor's goals in the morning game.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Quinn Brennan runs the ball up the floor, looking for a shot. Brennan scored all 5 of Windsor’s goals in the morning game.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Assuming the period was over and done, the Blue Devils sat back on the draw.  The Warlocks gained possession and stormed the London zone.  Maddox Derkatz bombed one past Blue Devils goalie Chantal James, barely beating the buzzer, and pulling his team back within a goal.

Doxtator picked up his second goal of the afternoon midway through the middle stanza to give London a 4-2 lead.

It was gut-check time for Windsor.

London struck first in the third, as Brown gave his boys a 3-goal spread.  The Warlocks pushed hard and were rewarded with goals from Derkatz and Levesque to put them on the brink of a comeback.

It was not to be.

As the minutes drained from the clock, London’s defense became stingier and eventually the Blue Devils collected an insurance marker from Connor Zavitz to put this one away.

Keegan McIntyre was in net both games for the Warlocks and gave them a good chance to win in the late game.  James picked up both wins for London.

After the doubleheader, Gervais was looking to the future for his lads.

“[We] just need to polish [them into a] provincial contender,” he said. “Isaac [Gelinas] was solid on the draws. Marcus [Levesque] kept the house clear and kept the Windsor [reputation of] tough, nasty defense.”

The Novices are back in action on May 18 as they host the Wallaceburg Griffins at Forest Glade.

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