Niagara Wheatfield 3, Lancaster 1 – View Game Report
Senior goaltender Kevin Bainbridge made 28 saves in Niagara Wheatfield’s (1-1-0) 3-1 win over Lancaster (0-2-0) on Monday night at Hyde Park. After surrendering two quick goals in mop up duty the night before, Bainbridge rose to the challenge to help the Falcons secure their first league win of the season.
Ben Foster, Cam King and Chris Caccitore scored for Niagara Wheatfield in the win.
Foster’s 2nd period tally tied the game 1-1 just seven minutes after the Legends Max Richter broke open the scoring. King outmuscled a couple of Lancaster defenders to give the Falcons their first lead of the game late in the second period.
“That goal was huge for us and for Cam,” Falcons head coach Rick Wrazin said after the game. “He really battled, worked hard to beat two guys off the puck. He put a lot of effort into it and that’s the type of player he is.”
Wrazin likened this year’s squad to that of a lunch pail gang, noting that they’ll have to win a lot of games just by outworking their opponents.
Lancaster peppered Bainbridge throughout the game and at times looked like the more physical team. A style Niagara Wheatfield has been known for. After scoring the go-ahead goal the Falcons tightened their play up specifically in their own end.
Lancaster had no luck with the man advantage going 0-4 but that is more of a testament to the Falcons special teams play.
Dean Hahn stopped 15 Falcons shots in the loss.
“Our goalie was really good tonight for us, he kept us in it,” Lancaster head coach Kevin Miller said.
Next up for the Legends is a Sunday night game against St. Mary’s and Niagara Wheatfield has a Friday night game against Orchard Park.
Grand Island 7, Lew-Port 1 – View Game Report
Josh Conta (‘18) scored five goals in the Vikings 7-1 win over the Lancers Monday evening at Hyde Park in Section VI boys federation hockey action. Grand Island (1-0-0) outshot Lew-Port (0-1-0) 46-9.
Despite the lopsided score the Lancers only trailed by one goal after the first period. Tyler Stevenson started the game in goal for Lew-Port and stopped 17 of the first 18 shots he faced. The second period however was a different story.
“I thought there were spurts where we created opportunities,” Lancers head coach Kevin Kirsch said after the loss. “But there were also spurts where we weren’t moving our feet and against a good team like Grand Island, it’s tough to win.”
The Vikings played well in all three periods, particularly the Conta, Dylan Russo and Tyler Hunt line.
The trio accounted for six of the 7 Grand Island goals. Hunt picked up four helpers while Russo had a goal and three assists.
“We were ready to go tonight,” Russo said after the win. “I thought we were really buzzing around, cycling the puck well and getting shots to the net. Our line came together in training camp and I thought we did well in the outdoor carnival and scrimmage Saturday, it showed today.”
Indeed it did.
“We liked what we saw out of that line, something we noticed early on,” head coach Don Pray said. “I thought after we scored that first goal our guys really took control of the game. We told them during the first intermission that they were playing well, they just weren’t getting to the dirty areas.”
Conta’s first goal came late in the first period. His wrister from just inside the blue line beat Stevenson low, breaking a scoreless tie. The senior scored just three goals all of last season.
“I knew my senior year I was going to have to change some things to get better. I worked out every day to get stronger,” Conta said.
The Vikings lost 10 players at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season including All-WNY players Jason Lupp (goalie) and Parker Morrow (defenseman) as well as sniper Thomas Cecere.
Heading into the season Pray knew that Conta, Russo and Hunt would have to step up their game in order to make up for the 10 seniors they lost to graduation. Monday was an early indicator that the three amigos received the message loud and clear.
Grand Island will be in action Saturday night when they take on the Lockport-Niagara Falls (1-0-0) conjoined team. Lew-Port is off until Sunday, they’ll play St. Francis at the HarborCenter.
Timon 10, Kenmore West 2 – View Game Report
Timon didn’t waste any time in bringing it to Kenmore West during the Blue Devils’ Fed debut; Ben Juliano scored 31 seconds into the game (assisted by Hayden Sawynsky). Timon’s speed and breakaway ability was on full display throughout the game as they netted ten goals before the game would come to a close.
Timon goals were scored by John Glascoe (2), Michael Sands (2), Fergus Gould (1), Ben Juliano (1), Sean McCarthy (1), Mike Neenan (1) and Hayden Sawynsky (1). Cam Velasquez led the team in assists with 3.
Ethan Yotter and Michael Barker scored for Kenmore West.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday; Timon will square off with West Seneca East in the Trojans’ Fed debut, Ken West will take on Hamburg (0-1, 0-0).
St. Francis 6, Amherst 2 – View Game Report
The Red Raiders came out firing on all cylinders and peppered Amherst goaltender Evan Czora with 23 shots through two periods, many being quality scoring chances that Czora was barely able to turn away at the last moment.
The Tigers maintained a 1-1 tie up until the final two minutes of the second period when the Red Raiders’ Aiden Roberts and Connor Yuhas were both able to tally a goal before heading into the second intermission. The momentum stayed with St. Francis coming out of the break, ultimately ending in a 6-2 win for the Red Raiders.
St. Francis goals were scored by Aiden Roberts, Ryan Fitch, Connor Yuhas, Chase Judkiewicz, Pierce Greene and Matt Bowen.
Andrew Fortune and Charles Sinagra scored for Amherst.
St. Francis is off until Sunday, December 2nd when they’ll take on Lew-Port; Amherst will go head-to-head with Williamsville South on Friday.