Warriors defeat Faith Lutheran, 5-2 | Cedar Valley Preparations
DONALD A. PROMNITZ
The Waterloo Warriors defeated the Las Vegas Faith Lutheran Crusaders in the first round robin game of the USA Hockey Chipotle Division II National Championships at the McKinney Star Center in Dallas on Thursday.
The Warriors started off on the right foot and never looked back. Caden Pries scored twice in the first period, starting at 11:29 on a pass from Carter Frost and Justin Metcalf Jr. Pries’ second goal came with just 17 seconds left in the first intermission on a pass from Harrison Foss and Braydan . Kirchmann. This gave Waterloo a 2-0 lead over the Crusaders entering the second period.
The second period saw Waterloo increase the lead with a goal from Foss assisted by Kirchmann and Cale Neuendorf with 9:20 on the clock. The Warriors’ second goal of the period came unassisted from Metcalf with 4:23 left. Lutheran then hit back with his own goal with 21 seconds left to Ean Vitz of James Vogel and Zaden Hnidy. The penultimate period ended with Waterloo leading 4-1.
The last period saw the same point differential. The Warriors scored a goal from Andrew Bushbaum on a pass from Jayden White with 12:17 remaining in the period to make it 5-1. A final Crusaders goal came on the power play with 4:39 remaining in Brandon Lingo’s game on an assist from Koen Dudschus and Darren Lingo. It was far too little, far too late, however, as the contest ended in Waterloo’s favor with a final score of 5-2.
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Waterloo’s next game is Friday against South Dakota’s Rushmore High School Thunder. This game is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. and can be viewed on HockeyTV with a subscription.
After Friday’s game, the Warriors will face Northport Huntington (NY) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Waterloo will also play on Sunday with the opponent and time to be determined.