On Wednesday night, the Warlocks were hosted by the Red Devils; a continuation of the traditional local grudge match.
Windsor was on the attack right off the opening faceoff. Quinn Brennan snapped the twine 39 seconds into the opening frame to get his team off on the right foot. Minutes later, Carson Woodall extended the lead for the road warriors.
Midway through the frame, Brennan lit the lamp again, before Wallaceburg’s Adam Trella shortened the lead to two. Maddox Derkatz would make the score 4-1 Windsor before the teams hit the break.
In the second, Landon Renaud bent the mesh in the opening minutes to give the Warlocks more distance on their opponents. Scoring stalled for a long while, before Trella scored with over a minute left in the frame to give his Red Devils a chance, but a late snipe from Brennan tipped the momentum back in Windsor’s favour to open the third.
In the final act, the Warlocks showed no mercy, as Woodall, Brennan, and Derkatz all piled on to flatten the home team 9-2.
Windsor’s Josh Mouawad landed the shutout period while picking up the win in net.
“They came out ready to play,” said coach Cody Robinet. “[It was] probably the best game we ever seen the boys play. Josh [Mouawad] was huge in net, [we] played hard defense, moved the ball on offense, and Wallaceburg couldn’t do anything. All around team effort; was great to see.”
Just ten days before, the Novices hosted the Sarnia Pacers for a midday doubleheader at the Forest Glade Arena. The Pacers could not keep up with the hometown boys, falling 7-3 and 7-4 respectively.
In the morning tilt, the Warlocks took a few minutes to get rolling, but still found the net consistently throughout. Sarnia opened the scoring just over three minutes in, as Ethan Fines found the back of Mouawad’s net. Midway through the frame, Derkatz responded for Windsor to knot the game at one.
In the second, the Pacers struck again when Dylan Sutherland picked up his only goal of the game. Windsor answered back, three minutes into the frame, with a blast from Brennan.
Then Maddox Derkatz caught fire.
With 8:54, Derkatz snapped a howitzer into the Sarnia net to give his team their first lead. Only 49 seconds later, he labelled another one to extend the lead.
The middle act expired with no further scoring, but Derkatz was not finished. Almost five minutes into the final stanza, the young man fired another laser, blowing the lead wide open and gaining the sombrero for his fourth marker. He was followed by a bomb from Adam Lyder with under seven minutes remaining to make the score 6-2.
The Pacers pushed for a late comeback, as Josh Manning put a shot behind Mouawad. It was not enough, as Mouawad had already kept Sarnia scoreless for almost 22 minutes and would not allow another goal during regulation. Keegan Gillen put the final nail in the coffin with 50 seconds left, guaranteeing the Warlock victory.
“Our defense was awesome,” said Robinet. “We worked together as a team to get the win. Maddox Derkatz had a big game, as well as Quinn Brennan.”
Later that afternoon, Windsor finished their sweep of the Pacers.
Five minutes into play, Derkatz picked up where he left off and put his team on the board. Brennan followed up soon after to give the Warlocks a 2-goal bubble. Sarnia soon responded with a snipe from Chris Buono, but Keegan Gillen followed up for Windsor with three minutes to play to regain the advantage.
Owen Coffee extended the lead for Windsor early in the middle stanza, but Josh Manning answered back for the Pacers just minutes later. Derkatz found the back of the net, again, halfway through the frame, but he too was responded to by Sarnia’s Manning. With two minutes remaining in the second, Renaud would pot one more to make the score 6-3 going into the break.
Gillen and Buono traded markers in the third, but the status quo was unchanged and the Warlocks took home another W.
Mouawad picked up both wins in net for his team.
“It started in the back end with Josh Mouawad the goalie standing on his head,” said Robinet of his goaltender. “Good games came from Keegan Gillen and Maddox Derkatz. Once again the boys kept their cool and stayed out of the box as much as possible, which was a huge focus because our team all season [has] had penalty troubles. Sarnia is number one in Zone 7 play and we gave them their first two losses today; felt great and was a good team effort.”
The Warlocks had just competed in the Niagara-on-the-Lake tournament and finished in second; the coach felt it was beneficial.
“[It] really boosted our confidence,” he said.
The Novices continue their season June 8th, as they travel to Sarnia for a weekend-long tournament.