Toronto Beaches vs. Whitby Warriors (May 20) HIGHLIGHTS (Click)

                           

          On Tuesday night (May 20) the Toronto Beaches Jr. A made their way down the 401 to Whitby to take on the defending champion Warriors. After a tough loss against Six Nations to start the season, a game in which the team was severely shorthanded, the Beach Boys looked to bounce back in an arena that is usually very tough to win in. But with the return of impact players Chad Levick, Anthony Joaquim and Alec Tulett from school, the team was confident that they could compete with Whitby.

          It was a close affair through the game as the Beaches never seemed to let the game get away from them playing a hard 60 minutes. After the first period the Beaches trailed 4-3 with two goals from newcomer Justin Huggins and one goal from Chad Levick. In the second frame, the Warriors were able to open their lead to 6-3 but after a surge of 4 unanswered goals in 4 minutes, the Beaches found themselves in an 8-8 tie game going into the second intermission. Goals in the period were from Tanner Thomson, Justin Huggins (3rd), Jake Wilkinson, John St. John and Cam Mancini. The third period was just a tight as the previous two as the Beaches and Warriors traded pairs of goals until Whitby took a 12-10 lead half way through the period. The Beaches made it a one goal game 1:37 later with Justin Huggins fifth goal of the game but that was as close as they would come dropping a very close game 12-11. Jake Cook added a goal in the third period for Toronto. Beaches goaltender Rance Vigneux was very good facing 47 shots and making 35 saves. Justin Huggins was tops on the Beaches finishing the game with 5 goals and 1 assists and now leads the team in scoring with 8 points through two games.

          The Beach Boys showed what they were made of against an always dangerous Whitby team. Aside from a very close game, the Beaches are also taking positives out of the fact they are still missing key player is Ryan Lee, who led the team in scoring in 2013, assistant captain Jackson Hulbert, Ryan MacSpadyen and Corey Ashmore. The team will try to build on the close game in Whitby this Friday at home against the Peterborough Lakers at 8pm and home against Kitchener shortly after on Sunday at 5pm.

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