Michigan Warriors moving on
April 12, 2014
Hail to the Warriors.
Colin Larkin scored a pair of goals — including the game winner with less than three minutes to play — and Trevor Gorsuch made 31 saves as Michigan Warriors completed a three-game, opening-round, playoff sweep of Janesville Jets on Friday with a 3-2 road win.
With the victory, the Warriors advance to the finals of the North Division of the North American Hockey League against Port Huron Fighting Falcons.
Port Huron fashioned a sweep of its own on Friday with a 4-3 triumph over Johnstown Tomahawks.
Thus, it will be top-seeded Port Huron and second-ranked Michigan meeting in the North Division finals with the eventual winner advancing to the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Tournament along with whoever emerges from the Central, Midwest and South playoff rounds.
In its Friday win over Janesville, Jon Farkas added the other goal for coach Moe Mantha’s hard-charging Warriors.
Meanwhile, in a strong playoff between the pipes, Gorsuch stopped 89 of 94 shots in the Warriors three-game sweep for a .947 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average.
Janesville had entered the playoffs on a high, having posted a 10-1-1 record down the stretch — including a 3-1-1 mark against Michigan — to vault from last place to third in the North Division standings
But the Jets simply came up short in the playoffs with the Warriors scoring 4-2 and 5-1 wins on home ice and then completing the sweep with Friday’s 3-2 road triumph.
PHOTO: Michigan Warriors forward Colin Larkin. (NAHL photo.)
What you think about “Michigan Warriors moving on”
Grreat win by Moe’s boys last night! Tough barn to win in fans can be rude and ignorent but hey the Warriors did it in hostile Janesville!
Now its Port Huron next keep it going boys!
great coverage of the Warriors Mr. Russon you cover the team better than the Flint Media … by far!
Congrads. Coach Moe! your teaching them right. I love the team more than anything. my dad is the equipment manager and I took some time to bond with the boys. they know what their doing when it comes to hockey. even though a lot of the members are leaving it doesn’t mean we’ll forget how awesome you were. no matter were you are or go you will always be WARRIORS! lets show Port Huron that we don’t get underestimated.
Watched the Game last nite and give credit to the Warriors game tied late in 3rd and Larkin score’s a beauty to win it.
I agree 100 % – great coverage of the Warriors by you Randy. #1!
Friggin Michigan Team got lucky last nite imo. This was our game that got ruined by a couple a fluke goals by Michigan. Oh well thats the way it goes one Team gets all the bounces and lucks out a Win. Your favorite Team got lucky last nite Randy oh well just saying.
You certtanly are a POOR LOSER Lady Jane!
Give the Warriors some credit as they battled hard to beat your Jets!
Series was about who got “luckiest” 3 times – and I guess it was the Warriors! Looks like the Jets used up all their “luck” going 10-1-1 to just get in.
Good one Huggy!
Cry me a river, Lady Jane.
You sure a poor LOSER Lady Jane (your no lady). Learn some sportsmanship. Face it- your Jets stunk it up (sweep), no wonder, with fans like you.
Rock on Warriors. Give Port Huron all thay can take. Rock on TJ Stuntz from all your family , friends and fans in Austin!!! I smell another Robertson Cup for the Stuntzman!! Give em hell! We cant wait!
— Dave and Sophia
Big Wave Dave: TJ is playing reely well on a line with Lyons and Hofner. Good chemistrey.
We will see if the mitey Warriors can beat Port Huron. That is not gonna happen. The luck has ran out on Randy’s favorite team from Michigan.
Hey Lady Jane why dont you go suck on a Lemon !
GO WARRIORS GO!
Proud of Coach Mantha and the Boys!
Well, the Warriors might end up losing to Port Huron, but at least us Warrior and Falcon fans will be watching our teams play the next two week-ends. What do you have planned Lady Jane?
Many of us in the “Soo” are rooting for Michigan to win cause of Connor Lyons who was an Eagle 2 yrs ago when we were in the NOJHL.
Lady Jane: Not to speak for RR .. but while I sure he likes the Michigan Warriors I highly doubt that they are his “favorite” hockey team as you seem to think.
Get over it Lady Jane your team got swept like a dirty floor!
the falcons will win series vs michigan.
Let me start with a “Congrats” to the Jets. They played with tremendous heart and showed great character every game we played them this year. The players and the parents are the true winners for the JET boys who signed D1 commitments and will continue their careers in College next season.
The Warriors are skating like a team that is coming together at the right time of year. SPOILER ALERT to the D1 scouts & coaches get to the games the Warriors have plenty of boys with the skill sets to play at the D1 level. Ask the teams we’ve beaten all year long.
The line of Lyons / Hopfner & our (#10 STUNTZ) ARE SKATING WELL BUT ALL OUR LINES CAN BE DANGEROUS IN THE SCORING ZONE. The special teams are our secret weapon and with forwards who play both sides of the ice….
Well let me close with the Falcons better have an ice machine that works and ICE UP BABY the bruises are coming starting this Friday….
TJ Stuntz is a great player and will give the Port Huron Falcons and fans something they will never forget. lets go get-um boys!