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Ice hockey has a productive weekend

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
 
The top-ranked Erie Community College ice hockey team took advantage of the long weekend and came away with three wins.

The top-ranked Erie Community College ice hockey team took advantage of the long weekend and came away with three wins. The Kats hit the road Friday and Saturday and picked up a 5-3 win over Saint John Fisher and a 7-3 win over Broome Community College. The Kats then returned home and picked up a 10-1 win over Canisius’ ACHA program Monday.

Trailing 2-1 early in the second period against Saint John Fisher, Erie received a pair of goals from Todd Lyness and a goal from Andrew Yelich over a three minute span to take a 4-2 lead with 11:15 remaining in the second period.

Saint John Fisher would cut the lead to within a goal a minute later but it was as close as the Cardinals would get. Sophomore Dan Wendt’s power play goal gave the Kats a 5-3 lead midway through the third and Erie held on for the win. Sophomore defenseman Mike Krywcum had three assists in the game and Phil DiFrancisco added a goal and an assist.

Needing a win to keep its regional championship hopes alive, Erie came out flat against Broome. Erie was outshot 17-5 during the opening period and was lucky to be trailing by only a goal, 2-1, heading into the first intermission. After that period, the game belonged to the Kats. Erie scored three goals in the second period and the first three goals in the third period to take a commanding lead and pull away from the Hornets.

Freshman Ryan Vertino had two goals. Jayson Selbert, P.J. Brown, DiFrancisco, Yelich, and Wendt also scored for the Kats. Lyness contributed three assists.

Erie stepped back out of conference play for a President’s Day matinee and cruised to a win over Canisius. Wendt had three goals and three assists. Brown had two goals and four assists. Lyness and sophomore Tom Smith also had two goals.

Erie, which has improved its record to 18-4 on the season, will host Hudson Valley Community College at 3:15 p.m. this Saturday, February 20 and at 11:55 a.m., Sunday, February 21, in what will be a pair of key Region III games. Erie must win both games to retain its Region III crown.

 
 
 
 
 

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