Niagara Gazette


December 29, 2013

Lew-Port loses lead but wins in shootout

Niagara Gazette — NIAGARA FALLS — Lew-Port goaltender Ryan Lasky stopped both shots he faced against Sweet Home in the shootout. However, it was his performance in overtime that was perhaps more important in the Lancers’ 3-2 win over the Panthers.

The Lancers squandered a 2-0 lead late in the third period and then put themselves into a shorthanded situation in overtime. Lasky, who finished the game with 38 saves, withstood all pressure put on him by the Panthers and kept his team alive.

His teammates rewarded him by scoring twice in three attempts during the shootout. After Joseph DeMunda gave Lew-Port the 1-0 advantage in the second round of shooting, Evan Korpolinski clinched the win with a goal on the next turn.

It was a hard-fought win against a Sweet Home squad that very patiently fought their way back from a 2-0 deficit.

“Sweet Home plays the type of game where they wait for you to make your mistakes,” said L-P coach Kevin Kirsch. “Our boys for the most part, they were very disciplined. We did make a couple of mistakes and it cost us the lead. We buckled down with overtime and were able to get into the shootout. It was worth it.”

Scott Meogrossi put the Lancers ahead with his first period goal, assisted by Joseph Laurendi and Christopher Harvey. That’s how the game remained until just over a minute into the third period, when DeMunda put Lew-Port ahead 2-0. Although Joseph Langer was given credit for the goal with DeMunda assisting, Kirsch and other witnesses stated that the official scoring should be reversed.

Sweet Home got on the scoreboard with 4:11 remaining on Connor Beaudet’s goal. Then, with 1:01 remaining in regulation and the Sweet Home goal emptied in favor of an extra attacker, Jason Raimondi tied the game with his goal.

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