Weekly Feature



2014-01-15 / Sports

Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey records victories

Despite not playing in three weeks because of weather-related cancellations, the Amherst/Sweet Home Federation girls ice hockey team defeated Nichols, 5-2, Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst and West Seneca, 5-2, Friday at the West Seneca Ice Rink.

The game started off slow for Amherst/Sweet Home as Nichols scored the first goal to take a 1-0 lead.

Amherst/Sweet Home’s McKenna Rushford took advantage of a power play early in the second period to tie the game and Julia Mings (Missy Mallon) took the lead in the second period.

Rushford scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to give Amherst/Sweet Home a 3-1 lead.

The advantage was short-lived as Nichols scored a power-play goal a minute later.

Amherst/Sweet Home kept playing hard and goalie Maddie Aston made several great saves to keep the team ahead.

Rushford scored the team’s fourth goal — completing her hat trick — halfway through the third.

Maddie Grisko (Melissa Goodman) closed out the scoring on an end-to-end rush.

Mings recorded two assists and Casey Adimey had one assist on Rushford’s goals.

West Seneca’s Jordan Weisenburg (Molly Sikorski) scored in the second period followed by another goal by Mings (Charleigh Rondeau, Koester) giving Amherst/Sweet Home a two-goal lead. The two-goal lead did not last long as West Seneca’s Angela Johnson (Erin Gehen) scored to make it a 3-2 game going into the third period.

Mings completed her hat trick on the second shift of the third period, assisted by Mallon and Rushford.

Aston made great saves throughout the game, the last one in the final seconds, to preserve the win.

Amherst/Sweet Home (4-2) plays the Monsignor Martin Association Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst and Orchard Park/Frontier Friday at Leisure Rinks.

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