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2009-12-23 / Sports

South buries scoring chances, blanks Lew-Port

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

The Williamsville South and Lewiston-Porter Federation hockey teams finished the game tied in shots but not on the scoreboard.

Both teams had 27 shots on goal but it was the Billies that capitalized on its scoring chances, winning, 5-0, Saturday night at Niagara University.

Steve Ferry started South’s scoring 17 seconds into the game on assists from Mike Mangone and Justin Dipasquale.

“That was huge for us because one area we had been stressing was coming out with a fast start,” said South coach Sean Green. “It was great to score on the first shift of the game.”

Leo Schultz made it 2-0 with 6:50 remaining in the first period from Daren Powers and Jared Shatkin.

The Billies added the rest of its scoring in the second period.

Mangone took a pass in the high slot from Trevor Clark and went top shelf on the goalie for a power play goal with 11:45 remaining.

“That was huge for us because in some other games this season we got leads on teams and did not put them away,” said Green. “Going up 3-0 was big.”

Shatkin made it 4-0 from Clark and Powers with 9:06 remaining.

“It was the prettiest goal of the night,” said Green. “It was a great three-way passing play where Daren passed to Jared and Jared passed to Trevor, and he one-timed it back to Jared and he put it into the empty net. It was great puck movement.”

Matt Berke scored a short-handed goal with 5:15 remaining. Trevor Simonick and Leo Schultz assisted.

“Matt broke through on two defensemen and Leo made a great indirect pass off the boards and Matt came in on an individual breakaway and beat the goalie,” said Green.

Matt Weinberg recorded the shutout for the Billies.

South was coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to Kenmore East Dec. 13.

The Billies (2-3, 2-1) begin a four-game stretch over six games beginning with Sweet Home at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Pepsi Center Feature Rink. They face Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 5 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Arena. They also play St. Francis at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Nichols and Amherst at 11 a.m. Thursday on the Pepsi Center Olympic Rink.

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