Weekly Feature

2008-01-02 / Sports

North finishes third in Morrisville

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Williamsville North's Federation hockey team had won the Morrisville IcePlex Tournament three out of the last four years, but not this season.

The Spartans fell to Whitesporo, 5-2, on Thursday night then bounced back with an 8-5 victory over Clinton on Friday night to finish third.

North coach Bob Rosen said one of his team's problems as of late has been getting off to a slow start and that's what happened against Whitesporo, 9-1-1 and in first place in Division II-East in Section III.

North, on the power play, turned it over in its own zone in the first period and Whitesporo's David Abdou scored a short-handed goal.

"You can't win hockey games if you don't come ready to play at the beginning of a game," said Rosen. "They had most of the shots in the first period - 10.)

Pat Dundon (Jim Engler) gave Whitesporo a 2-0 lead after two periods.

North cut its deficit to 2-1 and 3-2 on goals by seniors Nick Angelo (Cam Sroda) and Matt Battista (Chris Marsack) but Dave Husnay and Chris Flynn scored goals for Whitesporo.

North outshot Whitesporo, 20-19.

The Spartans bounced back early against Clinton, also of Section III, outshooting them, 14-4 in the first period and leading 3-1.

The Spartans' Marc Kadish (Stephen Pizzuto) scored 1:22 into the period. Sophomores Ian Moskal (Collin Schreiner, Kyle Agius) and Joe Johnson (Pizzutto) added their first goals at 5:51 and 4:14, respectively.

Senior Josh Liddle (Angelo) and Johnson (Pizzutto) scored in the second period and Angelo (Liddle, Mark Smith), Kadish (Johnson) and Liddle (empty-net goal) tallied in the third.

North outshot Clinton, 39-25. Branden Komm, who also played against Whitesporo, tended net for the first two periods against Clinton. Parker Gahagen played the third period.

"I was happy with how we were able to bounce back," said Rosen. "The kids had a team meeting on Friday morning and talked about what they needed to do. It was nice to see them go out and do it in the game."

North (10-2) plays Orchard Park at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Kenmore West at 3 p.m. on Saturday on the Amherst Pepsi Center Feature Rink. Both are Division I state qualifying games. The following Thursday, they have a showdown with St. Joe's.

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