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2017-02-08 / Sports

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence’s Mings scores 100th career goal in playoff win

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Julia Mings of the Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls hockey team skates down the ice during the team’s 10-4 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew in the Section VI quarterfinals Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. Mings scored five times in the victory, including her 100th career goal. Julia Mings of the Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls hockey team skates down the ice during the team’s 10-4 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew in the Section VI quarterfinals Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. Mings scored five times in the victory, including her 100th career goal. A few days prior to Thursday’s Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls hockey team’s Section VI quarterfinal game against Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew, Julia Mings received a text message from her coach, Nicola Adimey, that she had 95 career Federation goals.

Mings, a senior left winger at Sweet Home, was able to achieve the milestone in the team’s 10-4 win on the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. She scored her 100th career goal with about 1:26 left off an assist from Amherst junior Casey Adimey.

“I took it to the net, shot it and luckily, it went in,” Mings said. “The win made it better. If we would have lost, it would not have been as nice.”

“The whole bench cleared and surrounded Julia to celebrate,” coach Adimey said. “It couldn’t have happened to a better person. Julia’s been a team leader for the past few seasons, works hard, and is always positive and looking to make the team better.”

It was Mings’ third goal of the third period. She scored her third goal at 5:26 and her fourth goal from teammate Emma Faso, a sophomore at Clarence, with 3:19 left.

Mings joins 2014 West Seneca graduate Erin Gehen as the only players in Federation history to score 100 goals. Gehen scored 112 career goals.

“The girls were really pumped before the game,” coach Adimey said. “They all knew how close Julia was to the milestone. I kept it quiet outside the locker room because scoring five goals is not easy to do, and I really didn’t want to jinx it. Our focus was to come out strong, and set the tone and speed of the game and hopefully that would help Julia achieve her goal. On a side note, when Erin Gehen scored her 100th goal it was against us and I remember how excited and proud I was not only for Erin but for girls hockey altogether.”

After the game, Mings said the team gave her a birthday card for someone turning 100-years-old and they scratched out the year and wrote goals.

Mings, a six-year varsity player, leads the league with 29 goals and 20 assists for 49 points. Faso centers the line and is second in the league with 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points.

“This year we started to gel on and off the ice,” Mings said. “When you do well on the ice, it has a lot to do with how you do off the ice.”

“She has found the perfect partner in Emma Faso,” coach Adimey said. “The two of them are by far the most dangerous offense in the league, and with our defense supporting, we were able to make it happen as a team.”

Clarence senior Stephanie Toole plays right wing on the line.

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence led Lancaster/ Iroquois/Depew 3-1 after one.

Mings’ first goal came in the second minute of play on the power play, assisted by Faso and Sweet Home senior Courtney Cavarello.

Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew tied the game a few minutes later, but once again Mings scored after a rush down the ice off a pass from Sweet Home junior Renee Lauer.

Another rush by Lauer and a pass to Amherst sophomore Charleigh Rondeau gave the squad a two-goal lead heading into the second.

In the second period, a back-handed goal by Clarence junior Jaime King, assisted by Amherst sophomore Samantha Czora; a tally by Clarence Middle School eighth-grader Paige Gross, assisted by Faso and Mings; and Faso on a short-handed tally, assisted by Mings, built the lead to 6-1 after two.

Casey Adimey started the scoring in the third period, assisted by Amherst sophomore Kylie Nelson, to give Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence a 7-2 lead.

Unfortunately, Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence lost to Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore, 4-1, in Monday’s section semifinals. More information about the game will appear in next week’s Bee.

They face Kenmore/Grand Island in the quarterfinals of the Federation Tournament at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink.

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