Weekly Feature

2011-12-08 / Sports

West hockey downs East to even record at 2-2


Three different players scored second-period goals for West Seneca West’s hockey team Monday to break open what had been a 1-1 game and propel the Indians to a 6-1 conquest of crosstown rival West Seneca East.

After James Milley knotted the game for East with his power-play goal late in the first period — equalizing West’s early 1-0 lead off sophomore forward Brendan Dunning’s power-play goal — West responded with goals by sophomore forward Brandon Bork, sophomore forward Brendan Ebert and junior forward Tyler Chodkowski in the second to put the game away.

Senior defenseman Cody Dynarski and Chodkowski added goals in the third period to ice the game for the victors.

Senior forwards Pat Ryan and Brendan Barren each had two assists for the Indians, while senior goalie Matt Peccia made 22 stops to earn the win between the pipes.

“We were focused Monday and it showed,” coach Kevin Rozo said. “The East-West game is a game that, no matter the records, no matter what point in the season it is, it’s always a battle. We hope we can use it as a springboard to bigger and better things this season.”

West entered the East game 1-2 in its first three contests of the season, including a pair of losses to Lancaster. In Saturday’s most recent Federation crossover meeting with the large-school Redskins, West battled Lancaster to a 2-2 tie through the second period, only to see the Redskins explode for three third-period goals to secure the 5-2 victory.

Barren had a goal and an assist for West that day, while junior forward/defenseman Matt Barth also added a goal.

“The wheels just fell off after the second period,” Rozo said. “They got a couple of goals early in the third period, and that was all it took to send us on our way.”

West’s other meeting with Lancaster came Nov. 24 in the first round of Timon-St. Jude’s tournament. In that 3-2 loss, West actually outshot the Redskins by a 37-28 margin, but a 5-on-3 goal early in the third period provided Lancaster with the final margin of victory in what was a very tight game. Sophomore center Pat Ciancio and Dunning each had a goal for West, while junior winger John Danovskis assisted on both goals.

“Their goalie played really well and definitely stole the show,” Rozo said. “We just couldn’t finish them off after playing them to a 2-2 tie through the second period.”

In between the Lancaster games, West was able to defeat Hamburg, 3-1, in Nov. 25’s second round of the Timon Tournament. Dunning scored two goals to pace West, while Danovskis had the other tally. Peccia stopped 19 shots to earn the victory in net.

“We got into some penalty trouble early in the second period, and it killed the flow of the game a little bit,” Rozo said. “I really thought Dunning was going to play Junior hockey this year, so it was a pretty big gift when he fell into our lap. Peccia’s doing really well for us so far in net, and Barren’s just a real solid all-around player. He’s a hard worker and he just does a little bit of everything, as you would expect a four-year player and team captain to do.”

West (2-2, 1-0 league) closes out its week by playing Sweet Home Saturday at Holiday, and North Tonawanda Sunday at Buffalo State College. The Indians won’t play again after that until next Thursday, Dec. 15, when they face St. Mary’s at the West Seneca Town Rink.

“If our defense can come together, we’ll be fine,” Rozo said. “We’ve been our biggest enemy so far. We just need to stay positive — giving up goals isn’t the end of the world. If we can stay disciplined and out of penalty trouble, and also believe in our system, we should do okay. Our league is pretty evenly matched this year. We’re just going to need our young defense to step up and contribute, because we should be fine both in net and up front with four pretty full lines.” email: jnadolinski@beenews.com



Date Opponent Time
12-10 atSweetHome1 8p.m.
12-11 atNorthTonawanda2 5p.m.
12-15 St. Mary’s 3 4:20 p.m.
12-19 at St. Francis 3 4:30 p.m.
12-29 Rye 3 11:30 a.m.
1-1-2012 at Orchard Park 1 2:30 p.m.
1-2 Lew-Port 3 5:30 p.m.
1-8 atHamburg1 6p.m.
1-9 Kenmore East 3 5:30 p.m.
1-14 at Timon 1 7:15 p.m.
1-16 Williamsville South 3 5:30 p.m.
1-19 atAmherst4 9p.m.
1-23 Kenmore West 3 7:30 p.m.
1-28 atMcQuaid5 7p.m.
1-30 Grand Island 3 5:30 p.m.
2-10 atWilliamsvilleEast4 9p.m.
1 = Holiday Ice Rink
2 = Buffalo State College
3 = WS Town Ice Rink
4 = Northtown Center
5 = Thomas Creek Ice Rink
** Schedule subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For
up-to-the-minute information, call 652-3000 ext. 7881 or visit

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