Lockport Express tried to dig itself out of a four-goal hole, but Roc City Royals held on for a 6-5 victory.
Roc City Royals got the win on the strength of a great game by Kessler, who had one goal and two assists. Kessler scored 4:28 into the third period to make the score 6-2 Roc City Royals. John Melcher picked up the assist.
Roc City Royals stifled Lockport Express\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Lockport Express was unable to stop Roc City Royals from sending pucks towards the net, and Roc City Royals eventually piled up 39 shots on goal. Roc City Royals bested its season scoring average. Roc City Royals averages 3.9 goals per game.
Roc City Royals additionally got points from Melcher, who also racked up two goals and one assist to lead the team in points and Anthony DePetres, who also registered one goal and one assist. James Lockamyeir also scored for Roc City Royals. Other players who recorded assists for Roc City Royals were Wesley Austin and Benjamin Myles, who each chipped in one and John Wise and Connor Guay, who contributed two each.
Lockport Express forced Roc City Royals goalie George Collins to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots.
Lockport Express also got points from Nicholas Siracuse, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Lockport Express also got a goal from Mark Friol as well. In addition, Lockport Express received assists from Jacob Burford, Jordan Pocobello, Daniel Golba, and Anthony Merante, who each chipped in one.
Roc City Royals\’ Collins stopped 28 shots out of the 33 that he faced. Roc City Royals incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors. Gian Carlo Muglia made 33 saves for Lockport Express on 39 shots. Lockport Express incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.