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2014-01-09 / Sports

St. Mary’s hockey splits pair of games

BRANDON KILIJANSKI
Sports Reporter


Lancers junior Mike Wierzbicki controls the puck against West Seneca West last Sunday. St. Mary’s ended up losing the game 8-0. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Lancers junior Mike Wierzbicki controls the puck against West Seneca West last Sunday. St. Mary’s ended up losing the game 8-0. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Lancers were on both sides of the spectrum after its last two games as they defeated Lockport 2-1 but lost to West Seneca West 8-0.

St. Mary’s – a Federation Division III team – is required to play two games against Division II opponents, and West Seneca West was one of those games on

Sunday.

“They are a good team in Division II,” head coach Rich Ineson said. “We were outmatched against them, and it was an all around bad game for us. I don’t think we were ready to play.”

Last season, St. Mary’s lost just 2-1 to West, who went on to win the section. But this time around, the Lancers only mustered 12 shots in the game.

West scored a couple quick early goals, which immediately changed the complexion of the game, and led to the Lancers facing a 4-0 deficit at the end of the second period.

The closest St. Mary’s came to scoring was in the last two minutes of the game as they had a flurry on the power play, but just could not find the back of the net.

“We did not get many pucks to net overall,” said Ineson. “We had some perimeter shots, but did not get the net presence that we need. They were big and fast and are playing tougher teams than us right now.”

Goalie Mason Smith did his best to keep the game close and made 47 saves.

“We give up a lot of shots to the bigger teams, so we put a lot of weight on him to keep us in the game,” said Ineson. “He works hard, but we couldn’t help him out on offensive side. We have to get better and get back to the drawing board as our schedule gets tougher the next five games.”

The loss dropped St. Mary’s to 3-4-1-1 overall on the season. Their other game against a Division II opponent will be against West Seneca East

Last Friday, the Lancers played a solid game against Lockport and won 2-1

David Filion opened the scoring for St. Mary's, and the game was tied 1-1 entering the third period. Halfway through the final period, Zach Ineson scored the game winner off assists from Brett Helmbrecht and Billy Good.

“We didn't play well the first two periods, but at the intermission I had a talk with players and we regrouped to come out and get the win,” said coach Ineson. “Zach was a rock on defense and played an important role in the win.”

Mason Smith had another good game as he finished with 30 saves.

This year, St. Mary’s has three league wins which has already tied the school record.

“I like where we are at so far,” said coach Ineson. “We already have three league wins, and we can certainly break that school record by the end of the season. Our next three games are tough, but after that our schedule is against teams we have either beat or tied.”

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