Weekly Feature

2014-01-22 / Sports

Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey knocks off unbeaten Lancaster/Iroquois

Maddie Grisko’s third goal of the season with 4.7 seconds remaining lifted the Amherst/Sweet Home Federation girls ice hockey team to a 5-4 victory over previously unbeaten Lancaster/Iroquois Wednesday at the Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora.

Amherst/Sweet Home’s Julia Mings started the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period.

Lancaster/Iroquois responded in the first period with three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.

McKenna Rushford and Mings scored in the second period to even things up at 3-3 after two.

Missy Mallon scored the go-ahead goal for Amherst/Sweet Home, but the lead was short-lived as Lancaster/Iroquois tied it at 4-4 at the 10-minute mark.

Amherst/Sweet Home kept the pressure up for the remainder of the game before Grisko scored on a slap shot with just under five seconds remaining.

Amherst/Sweet Home split its other two games last week, losing to the Monsignor Martin Association, 4-2, Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst and beating Orchard Park/Frontier, 6-2, Friday at Leisure Rinks.

Amherst/Sweet Home led the Monsignor Martin 2-0 with a goal in the first period by Mallon and a tally early in the second period by Rushford.

Just as it looked as if Amherst/Sweet Home was about to take command, Monsignor Martin scored on a rebound to get within one and tied the game shortly thereafter on a breakaway.

Monsignor Martin added two goals within the last ten minutes of the game.

Amherst/Sweet Home came into the Orchard Park/Frontier game motivated to make up for the loss against Monsignor Martin the night before, putting pressure on right away and Mallon scoring after 23 seconds, assisted by Melissa Goodman.

OP caught up two minutes later and tied it 1-1.

Amherst kept putting on the pressure and took the lead with another goal by Mallon (Rushford), ending the first period with Amherst/Sweet Home ahead 2-1.

OP tied the game in the second period before Rushford (Grisko, Mallon) scored a power-play goal to give Amherst/Sweet Home a 3-2 lead.

The team kept playing strong and the hard work paid off with two more goals by Mallon (Grisko and Rushford with assists) and one by Brianna Stressinger (Renee Lauer).

Amherst/Sweet Home (6-3) faced Kenmore Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before press time.

They face Williamsville Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Northtown Center at Amherst and OP/Frontier at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

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