John Jay 3, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt 2
The Indians hadn’t played a game in a week, so head coach Alex Smith wasn’t sure how they would respond getting off the bus. He saw nothing but positives. John Tobin scored off a rebound with 3:46 left in the opening period, and Shawn Smith added a power-play goal in the next minute. CBA-JD came back onto the ice with a little more fire and outshot John Jay 12-3 in the second. “Matt Lanza stood tall and we survived a couple of power plays against us,” Alex Smith said. “We went into the locker room still leading 2-0 and feeling like we had escaped.” Braedon Doust made it 2-1 with 6:30 to play, but Tobin got his second on a scramble in front to seal the win. “They’ve had another tough start,” Alex Smith said. “They missed some passes and had a couple of really good chances that came apart in front of Matt. I’d say the puck bounced our way. … We have a bunch of younger guys and there’s really nothing else to do on a trip like this except be together. Then we ended up having a good game, so it was a real confidence-builder.”
Mount Pleasant 6, Greeley 5
The Quakers were sitting on a 3-2 lead after two periods, but spent a total of 16 minutes in the penalty box in a bumpy third period. Giancarlo Romano and Ryan Smedley netted power-play goals to get the Ice Cats on top 4-3 before Sam Mishkind evened the score with a short-handed effort. Joe Mastro had Mount Pleasant in front with 5:28 to go, but Matt Zandi answered with another short-handed goal. It was his third of the evening. Justin Slotnik got the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining to cap an eye-opening week and help the Ice Cats go to 1-1-1. Matthew Klarnet had 29 saves for Mount Pleasant.
(Photo: Shawn Smith/Journal News file)