Del Buono Blanks Breakers
By Mike Shalin February 22, 2005
DJ Del Buono pitched a 26-save shutout in goal and Mark Roebothan continued his hot scoring with two goals Sunday as the Warriors beat the Bay State Breakers, 4-0, at the Valley Forum.
With several college scouts in town, VJW hoped to make it a two-day EJHL sweep with a win over the NE Falcons Monday, but snow got in the way and the second game was postponed. The teams were still talking about a makeup date.
?It would have been nice to have that second gamed because there were scouts here to see our players,? said Warrior coach/general manager Andy Heinze. ?But the snow hit out (western Mass) just at the wrong time and we had to make a decision.?
The previous day, Heinze?s team raised its record to 24-13-2-2. The Warriors are actually now in fourth place in the overall league standings, falling a point behind Apple Core, but the locals have five games in hand on the New York team.
?Everything is tightening up in the middle of the standings,? Heinze said. ?You look and you see there are only 11 points between the third- and ninth-place teams. It?ll be interesting.?
Dan Rossman and Joe Cucci, who join Roebothan among the league?s top eight scorers, had two assists, as did Phil Pinter as the Warriors overcame a slow start and scored two goals in both the second and third periods. ?We really picked it up in the second,? said Heinze. ?That?s really where we won the game. Basically, we wore them down a little bit.?
But the win didn?t come easily. Defenseman Will Schaetzl and forward J.C. Valesaquez (after scoring a goal) went down with injuries. Both suffered shoulder injuries, Velasquez also getting hit with a minor concussion. Schaetzl is expected to be out awhile, while Velasquez might play in the second of two games this weekend.
The Warriors visit the Bridgewater Bandits Saturday (and again next Wednesday) and then host the Jr. Bruins Sunday at 11:50.