Dragons blank Oil City
Warren got one extra home game to close the regular season and they made the most of it.
Bryce McCracken scored a pair of goals as the Dragons easily beat Oil City 6-0 at War Memorial Field.
“One more home game,” said Warren coach Denny Flatt. “All-in-all it was a fun game.”
Alex Nebinski made his first varsity start in net and he combined with Ian Darling on the shutout.
Connor Guiffre and Tyler Gustafson got the scoring going right away for the Dragons (11-7)
Guiffre fired a shot that deflected of an Oil City defender an into the net at the 31:19 mark, while Gustafson played a pass from Jimmy Lobdell and scored just three minutes later.
Despite applying constant pressure, those were the only two goals the Dragons managed in the first half.
“We still have to work on our finishing,” Flatt said.
Things opened up a little bit for the Dragons in the final 40 minutes.
McCracken got the scoring going right away less than three minutes into the half and six minutes later, Harrington played a pass from Kays, fired a deep shot and beat the keeper.
Kays, playing up from his usual defensive position, found the back of the net himself off a pretty pass from Harrington to make it 5-0.
McCracken struck again with just over 20 minutes remaining, making the score 6-0 and allowing the Dragons to utilize their full roster.
“All 31 players played,” noted Flatt. “I constantly reminded the kids that some of this stuff isn’t going to work against other teams.”
Up next for the Dragons is a date in the District 10 playoffs. And while official brackets haven’t yet been released, signs point toward to a potential rematch against Cathedral Prep, who handed the Dragons a 3-0 setback on Sept. 2
“We’re looking forward to the postseason,” said assistant coach Chris Darling. “We have a big challenge ahead of us, but we’re excited to give it a go.”