(HAMILTON, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks bantam lacrosse team celebrated the Canada Day long weekend with a high profile tournament in Hamilton. Over the course of four games, the Warlocks put up a good showing, landing two wins and dropping a pair of games against two of the top ranked teams in the province.
Windsor’s opening game in the Super Series was on the afternoon of our nation’s birthday. The Warlocks celebrated in style, winning 6-4 in a come-from-behind victory over the Halton Hills Bulldogs. Griffin Salaris nailed the win in net, adding a shutout period to his collection.
Captain Zane Dalpe scored a hat-trick, with singles from Joshua Rosa, Connor McManus, and Xander Derkatz.
Halton actually led twice in the third, but three straight late goals for Windsor put the brakes on the Bulldogs’ parade. Scoring for Halton Hills was Andrew Atkins, Jackson Webster, Riley Drexler, and Gabe Rowsell.
Windsor is the ninth ranked team in the province, while the Bulldogs sit ahead of them at eighth. They would meet again.
The next morning, the Warlocks moved on to the Nepean Knights, the third place team in Ontario. The Knights started strong and kept Windsor on unsteady ground, winning 5-2.
Nepean received a single marker from Zach Thompson and pairs from Isaac Bennett and Isiah Moran-Weekes. Meanwhile, the Warlocks’ offense came from Dalpe and Kaden Brennan.
The loss relegated Windsor to another showdown with the Bulldogs, later that day, in what amounted to be a defensive showcase.
Scoreless into the late minutes of the second, Dalpe sniped the go-ahead goal with three and a half minutes left in the frame, on a pass from Jack Bulmer. Halton’s Sheldon Reid would knot it up early in the third and it would stay that way until the buzzer.
Early in extra time, Dalpe snapped home another shot, assisted by Brennan, to walk off with the W.
Salaris picked up his second win of the weekend and blank frames in three of his four periods.
Windsor moved on to the fourth ranked Peterborough Lakers and found themselves in a little too deep in their third game of the day.
Ryan Clark would score Windsor’s lone goal, as the Warlocks were thumped 8-1 by the Lakers. Scoring for Peterborough was Tommy Hopkinson with a hatty, Nolan Burke with a deuce, and single markers from Avery Cook, Kalvyn Watson, and Adam Thistlewaite.
The loss ended the weekend for Windsor, who are now taking a run at the OLA’s ‘A’ qualifiers.
The Warlocks continue their slate of qualifier games on the weekend of July 23 when they travel to Whitby. If successful, they will return to Whitby on July 31 for the provincial championship.