Wolfpack goalie Dillon LaSalle pounces on a loose puck late in the game.
Editors Note: MHTS has learned that with yesterday’s tie Whitestown has qualified for the sectional tourney.
There’s been a buzz around the Whitestown Community Center all week about the Wolfpack’s Squirt Travel Team playing host to the Lysander Lightning this morning.
The reason for the anticipation was the fact that if the Wolfpack could knock off the Lightning today, they would secure a spot in the Tier II Central Section Tournament, which is ironically being hosted by Whitestown next month.
The Spartans, along with Camillus, are considered by many to be two of the toughest Squirt travel teams in the Central Section.
With much at stake this morning, the Wolfpack and the Lightning skated to a 2-2 tie, further complicating the sectional invitation situation.
It was pretty obvious from the get go that both groups of youngsters knew what was at stake, especially the Wolfpack who knew a win meant they were “in”.
It was Lysander who lit the lamp first, as center Parker Schroeder scored the game’s opening goal at the 6:57 mark of the first period, with an assist from Michael Carni.
Not to be outdone, the Wolfpack answered the bell just a couple of minutes later when winger Troy Chamberlain buried the biscuit, after a nifty pass from line mate Noah Scranton to make it 1-1 at the 4:50 mark of the opening stanza.
Chamberlain’s tally was met with a huge round of cheers from the crowd and got the home rink advantage back in full swing.
The Lightning had the last laugh in the first period however, as Cameron Sweeney sliced through the Wolfpack defense and beat a sprawling Dillon LaSalle with just 3:40 left, sending Lysander into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead on the road.
Both LaSalle and Lysander goaltender Tommy Blais collected 5 saves apiece in the opening period.
In the second period, with the Wolfpack on the outside looking in at the Central Section Tournament, centerman Noah Scranton made a very determined end to end rush and put a crisp shot to Lysander goalie Blais’ stick side, which Blais got a piece of.
Fortunately for Whitestown, Troy Chamberlain was right there to tap home the rebound for his second goal of the game, tying things up at 2-2, with 4:34 to go before the second intermission.
The teams played a fierce (as fierce as 9 and 10 year olds are capable of that is) back and forth third period.
The Wolfpack came closest to the game winner with less than 20 seconds to go, but Tommy Blais snagged a wrist shot of the stick of Bryce Gnatek from the blue line, to keep things tied up through the end of regulation time.
As this was a regular season game, there was no overtime and thus no winner or loser today as time expired with the score tied at 2-2.
Whitestown will now need a win against the Syracuse Blazers next weekend, and a little help to reach the Sectional Tourney.
The one point taken from today’s tie assures Lysander of a ticket to the Central Section dance in a few weeks.
Congrats to both clubs from MHTS and best of luck the rest of the season!
Whitestown 2 Lysander 2
1 2 3 Total
Lysander 2 1 0 2
Whitestown 1 1 0 2