Sunday, October 9, 2011

Road Warriors finish preseason perfect.

The Greenville Road Warriors were able to get a win in both preseason games against the South Carolina Stingrays . Friday night at the Bilo Center the Road Warriors took a 3-2 contest in a shootout. Saturday night they Warriors won 2-1 in Charleston. Friday night Jerry Kuhn started the game and the Warriors took the lead early just 1:34 into the contest. When second year Warrior Justin Bowers jumped on a botched breakout and netted it past Darren Machesney. The rest of the 1st period was scoreless.

The Second period was an interesting one. Brandon Wong wearing a new number(10) was able to light the lamp at 8:41. Less than a minute later Corey Toy was tagged with a 5 minute boarding major. The Road Warriors Penalty Kill stood tall killing off the penalty. New York Rangers prospect 21 year old Jasson Missiaen took over at 35:03 and played in net for the rest of the game. The game got a little chippy after a whistle, Former Gwinnett Gladiator Danick Paquette made contact with Warriors Woody Klassen which started a big tussle in the corner. Justin Bowers and Garrett Mitchell dropped the gloves while Paquette and Vallerand picked up associated penalties.

The Third period would be a comeback period for the South Carolina Stingrays. South Carolina cashed in early with a Power Play tally from Danick Paquette. The Stingrays struck again to tie it up with a goal from Jerry Pollastrone. The game took a physical turn when Corey Toy and David de Kastrozza dropped the gloves with under 4 minutes left in the game. The game remained tied as the Sixty Minutes were up.

In Overtime the Road Warriors penalty kill stepped up again killing off a Tripping Call, that ended with just ten seconds to go in the overtime. The game did not get settled in overtime as it headed to a shootout. Brandon Wong and Marc Oliver Vallerand scored in a shootout as Missiaen stopped 4 out of 5 shooters to pick up the Shootout win.

In Saturdays game unfortunately coverage was limited due to the game being at the practice facility of the Stingrays. The Stingrays struck early with a Maxime Lacroix goal. The Road Warriors fought back with a power play goal from Brett Robinson in the 2nd frame. Peter Boyd would strike the Game Winner 48:45 into the game. The Road Warriors hold off the Stingrays to pick up the Win. Billy Sauer played in net stopping 20 of 21 shots.

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