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Fed Hockey Roundup -Tuesday, December 10th

Recapping Yesterday’s Games

West Seneca West 11, Lewiston-Porter 2

It’s no secret that the West Seneca West Indians still have a sour taste in their mouths after falling in the state championship game last season.

This season they’re planning on using that heartbreak as motivation.

“It was tough,” senior Chase Chodkowski said. “No one likes to lose that. It gives us an edge to get back there and if we do, we’re going to bring (a state title) home this time.”

So far, that edge has been working for the Indians (4-1, 2-0) who reeled off their fourth-straight win Monday night, an 11-2 wallop of Lew-Port.

One thing the defending Section VI champs have going in their favor is what’s coming back and who’s coming up.

Despite losing their top two scorers from a year ago, the Indians have plenty of guys who have been able to put the puck in the net.

During the win streak, West Seneca West’s offense has shined having scored no less than six goals a game.

Chodkowski has already passed his point total of last year (14) with eight goals and nine assists through five games.

Behind him are Kyle Haettich, who leads the Indians in goals with nine, and junior Billy Coughlin, who has a team-best 14 helpers so far this season.

But the production doesn’t stop there. Mike Velasquez has eight points and Mike Glinski has seven assists. Michael Flury has scored three goals along with two assists. A total of 16 Indians have either scored or knotted an assist.

“Every team has a line or two,” West Seneca West coach Kevin Rozo said. “We have three or four.”

Noah Sobczyk returned in net after a strong postseason last year.

The dominating play on the offensive side means his nights have been admittingly uneventful at times, facing only 47 shots in four games. But as long as they keep winning Sobczyk won’t complain too much.

“It’s been fun to watch, but at the same time it’s kind of boring,” Sobczyk said. “It’s good to see my team put the puck in the net.”

As eager as they are to right the wrong of last year, West Seneca West knows that they have a long road ahead of them.

“Last year is last year,” Rozo said, “but we have a lot of talent from that team coming back and some new guys that are filling some spots nicely. We have to take it one game at a time. We have to build for February. We want to make a deep run and maybe go one further.”

Bishop Timon 8, North Tonawanda 0

The Bishop Timon Tigers remain unbeaten after thrashing the Lumberjacks. John Glascoe scored the game’s first two goals and his team never looked back. Sean McCarthy led the way with five points. A total of 14 Tigers participated in the eight goals.

Trai Jenkins stopped 16 shots in two periods between the pipes. Timon gave Cole Berhalter some time in net making five saves in the third period.

“The kids are working hard,” said Timon coach Matty English. “They’re executing our systems. They come to practice, they’re focused. We changed a lot of things and the kids are playing our game. I think we’re three lines deep.”

Canisius 3, Williamsville North 2

Canisius forward Tim Nettina’s late goal Monday night against Williamsville North proved to be the difference down at the HarborCenter in a clash of heavyweights in WNY Federation Hockey. The Crusaders took down the Spartans 3-2 in a Division I league match-up.

Spencer DiLeo scored the first two goals of the game for Canisius, the first came in period one and the next was just over 5 minutes into the 3rd while shorthanded. The Spartans would respond. Mac Ward scored on the power play and then again at even strength just over a minute later.

Each team had a shot with the man advantage down the stretch but were unable to take advantage of having the extra man.

Canisius, however, caught a break as they were returning to full strength. Nettina scored the game winner just after the Crusaders killed off a penalty.

Alex Sabuda turned in 26 saves for Canisius. Jaden Riley assisted on both DiLeo goals.

The Crusaders take on Orchard Park this Sunday at Buff State. North (0-1-0) face Niagara Wheatfield (4-2, 2-2) on Friday at the Northtown Center in Amherst.

Iroquois-Alden 4, Starpoint 0

Mitchell Carlson, Nicholas DiCristofaro, Zachery Mossman and Jason Krestic each scored for Iroquois-Alden in their big 4-0 win  over Starpoint Monday night at HarborCenter.

Nick Capozzi stopped all 39 shots the Trojans threw at him earning the shutout.

Starpoint was previously unbeaten before Monday night’s match-up.

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