USA Warriors Sled into First Place

By Thom Hirsch

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Following the NJ Freeze’s suspenseful win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the first game in NJ on December 21st, the USA Warriors prevailed in its two games, with the Flyers and the Freeze, to move into first place. The Warriors started off their game looking rusty while the Flyers, still warmed up from the game against NJ, were sharp keeping the Warriors pinned in their own zone for most of the first period. The Warriors were lucky to be tied 1 to 1 at the end of the first period, on a goal by Josh Misiewicz. The Flyers then got the lead to 3 to 1 at the end of the second period and 4 to 2 in the third period. Scoring for the Flyers were Mike Hallman and Danny McDevitt with a hat trick. The Warriors began to wake up in the game and pour it on in the last half of the third period as the Flyers showed signs of tiring playing their second game in a row. The Warriors eventually scored 4 goals in the third, with Noah Grove and Josh Misiewicz alternating goals, with the tying goal coming with about 2 minutes remaining in the game and the final go-ahead goal by Misiewicz, for a hat trick, with about 40 seconds to play. Jack O’Grady of the Flyers had two assists in the game while Rob Easley had two assists for the Warriors.

2014 12 21 usa vs njIn the third game of the day, the USA Warriors defeated the NJ Freeze 4 to 0, with a well-deserved shutout for goalie Ben Harrow. In this game, which was closer than the scoreboard showed, Josh Misiewicz had another two goals, while Rob Easley had two as well. Kevin Gatson of the Warriors had an assist. NJ played their typical hard, physical game but could not overcome the effort of the Warriors.

With Northeast Passage Wildcats having defeated the New York Rangers the same day in Connecticut, the USA Warriors moved into first place with a 5-1-1 record at the end of the first half of the Northeast Sled Hockey League season. The second half of the season should be a good one with the Rangers, Wildcats and Flyers gunning for the Warriors and with NJ and Connecticut potentially playing spoiler roles.