Vancouver, BC (December 14, 2019) – Connor Kelly had six points on two goals and four assists and three players picked up their first goals in a Riptide uniform but it was not enough as the team fell to the Vancouver Warriors 14-10 on Saturday evening.
The Warriors (1-1) got the scoring started 1:23 into play on a goal by Keegan Bal before Kieran McArdle found the back of the net for New York’s (0-2) first of the night. Vancouver scored again before Kelly picked up two goals in three minutes to put the Riptide up 3-2. Kelly’s first of the night was on the power play and was the first man-up goal for the franchise. However, Vancouver scored with 1:05 to go in the first to tie the game at 3-3 to close out the frame.
After two more Warriors goals to open the second, Travis Longboat scored his first career goal 6:07 into the quarter. Vancouver scored twice more before Tyler Digby took a pass from Dan Lomas to cut the Vancouver advantage to 7-5. The Warriors would answer, but Gale Thorpe answered back with the first of his career on a rebound. The Riptide would get no closer than two for the rest of the game. Additional goals came from Jean-Luc Chetner, his first as a member of the franchise, Lomas and another each from Digby and Longboat to wrap up the scoring for New York.
In addition to Kelly’s six points, Lomas added five on his goal and four assists. Digby and Longboat each had two helpers as well to finish with four points apiece. In net, Alex Buque had 32 saves in the loss for New York. Mitch Jones led Vancouver with nine points on four goals and five assists while Bal added eight on two goals and six assists.
The Riptide return to action on Friday, December 27 when they travel to Connecticut to take on the New England Black Wolves. Season tickets, groups, holiday packs and individual tickets are available now at www.NewYorkRiptide.com or by speaking to a customer service representative at 516-402-3006.