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Youth Hockey Weekend in America celebrated, Kacalski with hat trick

Pictured from left: Nick Hornquist, Grant Zell, Jared Milley, David Lauria, Ryan Chwojdak all participated in “Hockey Weekend Across America” activities with the Hamburg Hockey Association.

The Cazenovia Chiefs Pee Wee team celebrated “Hockey Weekend in America” with a very physical 6-1 win over the visiting Depew Saints on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Timothy J. Burvid Rink in South Buffalo. Hamburg’s Josh Kacalski scored three goals for the hat trick, but the Chiefs’ defensive corps were certainly a treat in limiting the Depew team to only 10 shots on the afternoon. Kacalski now has 31 tallies on the season.

The second period reflected the Caz Crew’s defensive dominance as Tim Tyszko and Ryan Creek formed an almost impervious wall at the blue line. Andrew Lopez’s return to the lineup after a shoulder injury bolstered the team’s confidence as well in its transition game. Tyszko added an assist.

Sam Modzelewski finished with one goal and one assist, while Hamburg’s Harrison Rosen and Dylan Schiffhauer each added a goal. Lake View’s Jonah Kozak added three assists and Jackson Soto had one.

The Saints tried to create some traffic around the Chiefs’ keeper, Antonio Torres, but the combined muscle of David Kovacs and Nick Kujawa made it an easy afternoon for their goalie. After penalties shortened both benches, Abby Tyszko’s versatility made huge contributions for the Tribe.

The Hamburg Hawks Hockey Association got an early start on “Hockey Weekend in America” celebrations with an exciting contest between the Pee Wee Maple Leafs and Sabres on Feb. 10 at the Hamburg Nike Base Arena. The game showcased the talents of local skaters and fittingly ended in an exciting last minute goal that earned a 3-3 tie for both teams.

Maple Leafs goalie Grant Zell and his counterpart on the Sabres, David Lauria, frustrated would be scorers. Finally, at the 2:30 mark of the first period, Colton Randon set up Jared Milley for a 1-0 Sabres’ lead.

The Leafs would answer a little over a minute later as Austen Woods scored on assists by Victoria Fadeley and Nathan Sylvester. Only 19 seconds later, the Sabres struck again on an unassisted goal by Milley for a 2-1 lead after the first period.

In a scoreless second, the Sabres Anthony Ferro and Michael Willard played strong defensively, while the Maple Leafs’ Ben McEwen, Travis Balog, and Nick McCullogh pestered their opponents.

The Maple Leafs’ Ryan Chwojdak put in a set up from McCullogh and Jordan Rusin for a 2-2 tie with 4:50 remaining in the third. Once again, the Sabres silenced the Leafs’ hopes courtesy of Milley who recorded his hat trick 48 seconds later to give the Sabres the lead back at 3-2.

Seth Heeter and Danny Newton put pressure on for the Sabres only to be equaled by the efforts of Anthony Obrochta, Christian Meader, and Tyler Kowalski of the Leafs. In the game’s final moments, the Maple Leafs pulled Zell in favor of the extra attacker.

Rusin’s work along the boards got the puck to Chwojdak, who fought through the crowd to find an open Nick Hornquist. Hornquist roofed a shot under the crossbar in dramatic fashion for the tying goal.


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