Throughout the season Iroquois has had their share of ups and downs. Consistency has been a struggle which is normal for a young team. On this night however all systems were firing. The 7-1 beating of the Tonawanda Jacks was the game where everything clicked. Scoring his first of the year was defensemen Tyler Kaplewicz with assists from Bryce Yorke (1g/1a) and Tyler ODonnell (2a). The second goal was a beauty by Paul Fitzgerald off a feed from Lackawanna’s Matthew Matte (1g/1a). Scoring the third and fifth goals were Mitchell Carlson with some help from Shane Gusterferro. Finally, with only seconds remaining Josh Glenn hustled and was rewarded with his first of the year. While not on the score sheet the grinder line of Ryan Kingston, Zack Murphy and Austin Baker played solid defense and outworked the opposition all night. Ian Schrader was also lock down in the Iroquois zone on this night. While the score might indicate an easy night Zack Vitez nonetheless played great and kept the game out of reach.
In the final game of the season the junior Chiefs played their best hockey against one the of leagues best teams. Hosting the Lewport Lancers the Iroquois Chiefs played a complete game filled with hustle, effort and determination. With the playoffs approaching this is something the coaching staff was hoping for. In the previous two meetings Lewport had outscored 12-2 but on this night there was a different story to be told. Iroquois dominated the game from start to finish…controlling the puck for most of the game. Leading the way was Mitchell Carlson with a one goal and two assists. Scoring the leadoff goal was Lackawanna’s Matthew Matte. Finally, the third goal was a blistering slapshot to the top right corner of the net from Tyler ODonnell. Defensively, Patrick Moran and Jack Zienski had particular strong night. In goal was the always stellar Alex Musielak.
The Iroquois JV Chiefs finished the year with an 8-9-1 record with 52 goals for and 55 against and finishing in fifth place out of nine teams.
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