NEW HARTFORD - Junior defenseman Bryce Gnatek broke a 1-1 tie when he scored on a slapshot from the blueline with 9:17 left in regulation and Whitesboro's Warriors held on for a 2-1 victory over Section III rival New Hartford in an American Conference Division II hockey game Wednesday night at the New Hartford Recreation Center.

Senior Declan Simmons had a goal and an assist and senior goaltender Jakob Domagal made 23 saves for coach Todd Manley's Warriors, the 12th-ranked Division II team in the state.

Whitesboro is now 5-1-1 in the league and 8-2-1 overall in a season that started back on No.v 24, when the Warriors lost to New Hartford 3-1 in the first round of Rome Free Academy's Bobby Ciccotti Tournament at the Kennedy Arena. Whitesboro then went on an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) before a 4-2 home-ice loss to state-ranked No. 11 Skaneateles last week.

New Hartford is 1-3 in the league and 4-5 overall, but coach Carson Cunningham's Spartans took a 1-0 lead Wednesday night when sophomore Aidan Joy scored his third goal of the season with 1:31 left in the second period. Ed Rayhill and Mike Fiorentino got the assists.

Simmons, however, tied it up just 12 seconds later. The unassisted score was his fourth goal of the season.

"They were shooting the puck all night," Cunningham said. "It was only a matter of time before it clicked for them."

Thanks to the goaltending of New Hartford junior Juliano Macera, it remained 1-1 until early in the third period. After the teams traded power-play chances, Gnatek scored his second goal of the season - off assists from Simmons and James Kraeger - and Domagal played well the rest of the way.

Macera finished with 33 saves for the Spartans.

Whitesboro now will prepare to host state-ranked No. 6 Cortland-Homer at 7 p.m. Friday at the Whitestown Community Center.