WNS tops DePere 5-3
Milwaukee, WI - The annual Admirals Cup high school hockey tournament present by Bradley Corporation has showcased some fantastic high school match-ups in the past and Fridays noon game, a 5-3 win for the WNS Storm over the DePere Voyagers at the BMOH Bradley Center, did not disappoint.
WNS freshman Reed Falkner got the action started midway through the first period with a redirected shot from defensemen Ethan Long while on the power play. The hard shot from Long came while Falkner was well positioned in front of the net, giving him the opportunity to get his stick on the puck, executing the deflection past DePere goaltender Brett Guerts to take a 1-0 lead.
The Storm added to their lead at 7:59 of the second period with a beautiful goal from forward Nico Aruilar. Aruilar recieved a pass from Falkner, stormed into the DePere zone and fired a hard wrister over the left shoulder of DePere goaltender Geurts for a 2-0 lead. The lead was short lived however, as Matt Willems scored an unassisted poweplay goal for DePere after he was able to located a bouncing puck in the crease and bury it past WNS goalie Robert Ali. Soon after, Jake VanRens contributed to the DePere offense by scoring one of his own and sending both teams to the locker room tied at two a piece after two periods.
WNS was able to break the deadlock in the third period after a 5 minute major penalty was committed by DePere. Aguilar was able to take advantage of the power play, scoring his second of the game. Shortly after, WNS saw themselves with a 5 on 3 man advantage and Falkner netted his second of the game as well, giving the Storm a 4-2 lead midway through the third. The Voyagers would not go down quietly however. Forward Vojtech Outrataa cut the lead in half with a great individual effort, scoring an unassisted shorthanded goal for DePere to make it 4-3 with 9 minutes to play.
The Storm was able to hold on to their one goal lead throughout the period with much help from a great performance from goaltender Robert Ali. WNS tacked on an empty netter with seconds to play, sealing the deal and getting them the first win of the 2014 Admirals Cup presented by Bradley Corp.