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Youth Hockey: Caz Chiefs stampede Bisons, tie Hamburg Selects

Pictured from left, Dylan Schiffhauer, David Kovacs and Sam Modzelewski made big contributions in a 7-4 Chiefs’ victory over the North Buffalo Bisons.
On Sunday (Feb. 24), the Cazenovia Pee Wee Chiefs defeated host North Buffalo Bisons 7-4 thanks to Caz’s own one-man wrecking crew, Sam Modzelewski, and his three goal performance. Dyan Schiffhauer also scored three times for the Chiefs.

Down 1-0, a second period five-goal outburst sealed the Tribe’s victory. Dylan Schiffhauer tied the game at 1-1 only twenty seconds into the second stanza and then answered another Bisons’ goal to tie the score again. Modzelewski gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead courtesy of assists by Harrison Rosen and Josh Kacalski.

Rosen made it 4-2 on a nice assist by Jonah Kozak while Modzelewski notched another only 18 seconds later off assists by Kacalski and Jordan Sypniewski giving the Chiefs a 5-2 advantage at the completion of two periods. Both Modzelewski and Schiffhauer earned unassisted tallies to counter two Bisons’ goals in the third.

Later that evening, the Chiefs traveled to Leisure Rinks where they earned a 2-2 tie with the vaunted Hamburg Select Pee Wee Team.

The Selects opened the scoring at the 8:45 mark of the first period as Colton Randon found an opening off a pass from Nathan Sylvester and Anthony Obrochta. The Chiefs tied the game early in the second period, as Kozak’s pass beat the Selects’ defense and sent Kacalski in for a goal. Modzelewski’s aggressive play opened space for Kacalski’s tally.

Five minutes later, Jordan Rusin put the Selects back in front, 2-1, with an end to end rush. The Chiefs tied the game early in the final period, when Hakan Logan scored with the help of playmaking by Blake Taylor and Domenic Gallo. Hamburg’s David Lauria turned aside every Cazenovia foray into his crease for the remainder of the game, while his counterpart, Liam Scheur, returned the favor.

The Chiefs’ Ryan Crapo played a solid game on the defensive side, while heavy forechecking from Adam Vullo and Connor Cavanaugh pestered the Hawks especially in the third period. With only eight seconds remaining on the clock, Kozak was sent on a breakaway but Lauria thwarted him with a nifty glove-hand save to preserve the tie.

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