Weekly Feature

2012-02-23 / Sports

Iroquois/Alden club hockey to play for fourth straight Super Sunday title

The Iroquois/Alden club hockey team will be playing for a fourth consecutive Super Sunday title this weekend at the First Niagara Center after defeating Olean in a best-of-three series this past weekend.

Iroquois/Alden, which will play City Honors/O’Hara at 9 a.m. Sunday for the Western New York Club Hockey Mixed Schools Championship, opened its series with Olean on the road Friday, when it defeated Olean with ease, 6-3.

Iroquois/Alden started off the scoring with a goal from Steve Kaufmann with an assist from Blake Germony. However, Olean was able to answer back to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period. Iroquois/Alden was able to quickly respond in the second period on a goal by Germony, assisted by Zach Wydysh and Matt Fischer.

Olean once again responded in short order to knot the game at 2-2, but with 2:52 remaining in the period, Steve Astyk once again gave Iroquois/Alden the lead — this time for good — with his goal off Germony’s pass.

Iroquois/Alden closed out the game with three goals in the third, with tallies by Ryan Kaufmann, Astyk and Steve Kaufmann. Assists on the goals went to Fischer, Steve Kaufmann and Dan Stenzel.

Jordan Meyer earned the victory in net for Iroquois/Alden, which came back to blast Olean two nights later at Leisure Rinks, 10-3. Iroquois/Alden got off to a quick start in the second game, scoring three goals — behind Germony, Fischer and Steve Kaufmann — to jump out to a 3-0 lead heading into the second page. Assists on the first-period goals were recorded by Steve Kaufmann, Ryan Kaufmann and Germony.

Olean scored a quick goal in the beginning of the second, but Iroquois/ Alden answered right back with a goal by Astyk to give the team its three-goal lead once again. Olean managed two additional goals before the end of the period to put the score at 4-3 going into the final frame.

A strong third period, however, showed that Iroquois/Alden was in no mood for a decisive mini game — the team put up six goals to clinch the game and the series. Third-period goals were scored by Joe Hoppy, Peter Guido, Josh Marin, Astyk and Ryan Kaufmann (two). Guido and Steve Kaufmann also earned two assists each, while Fischer, Astyk, Hoppy and Peter Pinelli also earned assists.

Billy Held picked up the victory between the pipes.

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