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Third-period surge helps St. Joe’s even the score with Lancaster

AMHERST - The St. Joseph’s Marauders erased a 4-1 third-period deficit Thursday evening en route to a 5-5 tie with the Lancaster Redskins at the Northtowns Center at Amherst.

Marauders defenseman Kyle Klawon’s one-timer shot from the top of the zone – fed by John Schmitt – made its way through heavy traffic and to the back of the net, evening the score at 5-5, 12 minutes and 44 seconds into the third period.

The Marauders outshot the Redskins, 44-28, including a 21-7 advantage in the third period.

“I was curious to see how they’d respond,” said Marauders coach Richard Crozier, referring to being on the wrong end of a 4-1 third-period score. “We knew, because it was such a wide-open game, that we’d get the chances. And I think that was the key in the third period, believing that we were going to get the chances. I said to the guys, ‘I think we’re going to get 10 chances; we need to capitalize.’”

The Marauders (1-0-1) opened the game’s scoring eight minutes and 42 seconds into the first period, when forward James Deakin back-handed a pass from Kyle Moslow – the first of his two points – past Redskins goaltender Justin DiChristopher, who finished with 39 saves. Less than a minute later, Redskins forward Manny Manns evened the score, splitting a pair of defenders on the way to flipping the puck past Marauders goaltender Matthew Gross, who made 23 stops on the night.

Five minutes and 21 seconds into the second period, Manns snatched a loose puck from center ice and coasted in alone, sliding the puck between Gross’ pads to give the Redskins (0-1) a 2-1 lead.

“Manny is one of our stronger players, offensively,” said Redskins coach Kevin Miller. “He knows how to put the puck in the net. It’s certainly a true credit to him.”

But it wasn’t just the Manns’ show; Travis Valvo and William Delano each scored a second-period goal to give the Redskins a 4-1 advantage, heading into the would-be final period.

And that’s when the one-sided affair flip-flopped.

Two minutes and 20 seconds into the third period, Marauders forward Zachary Klapp tipped in a shot from defenseman Michael Iannello – making it 4-2. Less than three minutes later, forward Nicholas Zenger followed up a loose rebound and slapped it past DiChristopher, bringing the Marauders within a goal of evening the score. Thirty-three seconds later, Marauders forward Dominic Perna did just that – stuffing the game-tying goal into the net while being dragged to the ice.

Nine minutes and nine seconds into the third period, Manns was up to his old tricks – gliding into the offensive zone with the puck as part of a two-on-one advantage. When the defender broke toward Manns, he slid the puck to Valvo, who had little trouble lighting the goal lamp again – shifting the lead back to the Redskins, 5-4, for a little more than three minutes.

The Marauders outshot the Redskins, 6-5, in the five-minute overtime session.

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Freelance sportswriter Charles Roberts covers the WNY Varsity Hockey Federation for MetroWNY.com. Reach him at CharlesHRoberts@yahoo.com | twitter.com/cHartleyRoberts


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