Lockport Express had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 9-3 win over Roc City Royals.
Lockport Express got the win with help from a great game by Nicholas Siracuse, who had one goal and two assists. Siracuse scored 6:05 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Lockport Express. Anthony Merante picked up the assist.
Lockport Express was often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and two majors for 50 minutes in penalty time. Lockport Express surpassed its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game. Lockport Express forced Roc City Royals\’ goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, taking 54 shots and forcing 45 saves. Brennon Wachter made 24 stops and Justin Nevinger made 21. Lockport Express\’ goal total was higher than its season average. Lockport Express averages 4.8 goals per game. Lockport Express\’ defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
Lockport Express additionally got points from Alex Bottenfield, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Justin Durkee, who also registered one goal and two assists, Merante, who also had one goal and two assists, Peter Guido, who also tallied one goal and two assists, and Christopher Gasiewicz, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Lockport Express included Jordan Pocobello, Mark Friol, and Ryan Logar, who each put in one. More assists for Lockport Express came via Christian Whitcomb, who had two and Jacob Burford and Michael Crissy, who each chipped in one.
Roc City Royals\’ penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 16 minors and two majors for 92 minutes in penalty time. Roc City Royals had been averaging 29.0 minutes in penalties per game. Roc City Royals forced Lockport Express goalie Tyler Shotwell to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.
Roc City Royals was led by Reece Tucker, who registered one goal and one assist. Tucker scored on the power play 19:55 into the second period to make the score 7-2 Lockport Express. A too many men penalty on Friol had put Roc City Royals on the power play. Tyler Kessler provided the assist. Roc City Royals also had goals scored by Wesley Austin and Benjamin Myles, who scored one goal each.
Shotwell recorded 28 saves for Lockport Express. Lockport Express registered three goals on 12 power play opportunities. Roc City Royals registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For Roc City Royals, Anthony DePetres was ejected from the game.