Local Middle Schoolers excelling on the ice, include from left, Harrison Rosen (Frontier), Nick Hornquist (Eden), Ryan Chwojdak (Frontier), Josh Kacalski (Frontier) and Jonah Kozak (Frontier) get together after Caz’s 9-2 win over the Leafs. Kozak would then notch a hat trick in the Chiefs’ next win.
Local youth hockey team met on Feb. 2 at the Town of Hamburg Ice Arena, and the Cazenovia Chiefs came out victorious, defeating the Hamburg Maple Leafs in Pee Wee Hockey action. The Chiefs parlayed an early lead into a 9-2 victory in a battle of local middle school schoolmates.
Caz’s Dylan Schiffhauer recorded a hat trick, scoring twice in the second period to give his team a 5-1 lead and then opening the third with a goal. Modzelewski scored twice in first to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead at the end of the period.
Caz’s leading-scorer Josh Kacalski of Hamburg opened the scoring in the first period with his 28th marker of the season. Kacalski, who added four assists, upped his season totals to 28 goals and 23 helpers. Chiefs’ defenseman Tim Tyszko scored his first career goal and teammates Jackson Soto and Ryan Creek finished off the game’s scoring.
Lake View’s Jonah Kozak and Kacalski each added three assists; Abby Tyszko added two; and Harrison Rosen of Hamburg, Tim Tyszko, Modzelewski and Creek also notched one helper each.
Hamburg got on the board with a nice goal from Eden’s Nick Hornquist at the 1:36 mark. Anthony Obrochta earned the assist for the Leafs. Lake View’s Ryan Chwojdak cut the Cazenovia lead to 7-2 with a “spinnerama” goal off an assist from Austin Woods.
In the next game, Kozak scored three times to help the Cazenovia Pee Wee Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Southtowns Stars on Feb. 8, at Timothy J. Burvid Rink in South Buffalo. The victory helped avenge a 7-4 loss to the Stars earlier in the season at Leisure Rinks.
The Stars opened the scoring only 20 seconds into the game as Jimmy Desiderio capitalized on a defensive miscommunication for a quick 1-0 lead. The Chiefs needed only two and a half minutes to tie the contest and then got out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the period.
Kacalski picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and slid a perfect pass to Kozak on the left side. Kozak ripped a shot past the Southtowns’ keeper for a the 1-1 tie. Ninety seconds later, the Chiefs took the lead when Rosen won a battle in the corner and passed the puck to a waiting Schiffhauer who found the cage. Two minutes later, Kozak and Schiffhauer combined to return the favor to Rosen who put in his 6th goal of the season. Kozak scored his second of the contest with only 27 seconds remaining in the period on assists from Rosen and Schiffhauer.
The progress of goaltender Antonio Torres was helped by the fine defensive play of Tim Tyszko, David Kovacs, and Nick Kujawa. Torres turned aside 22 of 24 shots in the contest. Abby Tyszko’s aggressive play thwarted the Stars’ attack time after time. The Stars scored only one goal for the remainder of the contest courtesy of John Spadone off a helper from Ryan Krum at the 4:34 mark of the second period. Kozak finished the scoring with 28 ticks left in the second period. Caz’s Ryan Creek played defense down the stretch.