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Caz Chiefs get first win of season

The Cazenovia Chiefs Bantam travel hockey team may have just turned around a 2013 – 14 campaign on Dec. 15 in Scottville, N.Y. in defeating the first-place Monroe County Eagles 6 – 4 for the team’s first league win of the season.

The Chiefs showed signs of improvement early on in the first, as Jack McCarthy scored on a breakaway at the 10:40 mark of the period on a feed from defenseman Derek Missel. The Chiefs would add another tally late in the first period, courtesy of a goal by Alex Kimball. McCarthy and Carl Rolston added the assists as the Chiefs took a 2 – 1 lead, after the first stanza.

The game became a seesaw affair, but the Chiefs seemed to gain a spark, after captain and leading scorer McCarthy was sent to the penalty box for a hit from behind and spent a combined 12 minutes of the second period in the sin bin. McCarthy’s absence from the lineup provided opportunity to other forwards, who exploded for three goals in the second period.

Ryan Galley scored at the 8:48 mark of the second on assists from Josh Kacalski and Jonah Kozak, both of the Frontier school district. After Kozak won a puck along the boards in the Monroe County end, he fed the puck to Kacalski, who ripped a shot on the Eagles’ keeper. Galley was in perfect position to tap in the rebound and up the Cazenovia lead.

Twenty-five seconds later, Rolston scored on an unassisted highlight-reel goal. The talented Rolston beat two opposing defenders, moved to the right of the Monroe County keeper and tucked into the net a backhand shot. Before the second period ended, Missel recorded a tally of his own from the point off a pass from Kimball to give the Chiefs the lead heading into the third period.

Six times this season, the Chiefs have held a third period lead, only to see the advantage disappear in the game’s waning moments. This time, the Chiefs’ defense was determined to alter the team’s fate. Defensive play by Tim Tyszko, Brandon Schott (Lake Shore), Tim Darling and Evan Rabent provided goaltender Trey Spahn the room to make save after save.

The Eagles closed the gap to 5 – 4 late in the third period, but Rolston deposited the puck into the empty Monroe County cage, to finish off the Cazenovia victory with 42 seconds remaining in the game.

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