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
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