Iroquois JV – 4
Kenmore East/Sweethome – 3
The first game of the year is always filled with anticipation,excitement and some nerves. The junior chiefs overcame all the pregame jitters and off season uncertainty in their victory over KES team. In a total team effort the 12 Iroquois players were a pleasure to watch.
Playing a disciplined and smart game Iroquois relied on every player to reach the ever difficult first win. The Iroquois was dominating the play throughout the game but ended up facing a hot goalie. Going into the third period the game was 1-1 but the Chiefs were confident and calm under the pressure.
In the final minutes sophomore veteran Aaron Wojkowiak slid a pass from Billy Froman over to goalie turned player Zac Vitez for the game winner. This was Zac Vitez first career goal as throughout his playing time he has been a goalie.
The goal couldnt have come at a bigger time. Newcomer and eighth grader Braden Axelson scored two goals while assisting on another in an impressive deput. Freshman Camden Czajka contributed a goal and assist while Billy Froman contributed two assists in a solid offensive debut.
Defensively, Iroquois rolled with only four defensemen all of which played terrific. Ethan Iozzia, Christan Kehoe, Colin Sulkowski and Sophomore Dustin Mazurek were stout all night long clearing the puck and keeping Kenmore on the outside.
In goal was rookie freshman Derek Hirsch. who backstopped the Chiefs all night was a strong game and presence. It was a complete game for Iroquois and the boys should really be proud of themselves. Despite the low numbers all the players ignored their fatigue and rose to the occasion.
The next game is Monday night at Cazenovia Park at 7:00 pm against West Seneca. It should be a great test.