Sunday will be a special day for the Lewiston-Porter club hockey team.

For the first time in the history of the program, the Lancers will play in the annual Super Sunday event at HSBC Arena for the Western New York Club Hockey small schools championship. While there’s no denying the team wants the win, what could come along with it could be even more special.

Most of the Lew-Port players, coaches, parents and supporters are hoping that with the success of this team, including a return trip to the state tournament next weekend, could come an extreme push toward the program’s goal of becoming a member of the Federation ranks. The topic has been discussed extensively at recent school board meetings.

“It’s an extra incentive,” Lew-Port coach Ken Browning said. “The boys figure as a group if they play well enough it’ll help push the Federation issue. They’re hoping to impress enough people.”

One person they won’t have to impress is Browning himself. He already knows that the horses are there for the Lancers to compete at the highest level of high school hockey in Western New York.

“These guys are as good as anyone in the Federation,” the coach said with confidence.

On Sunday, they’ll certainly have as good a chance as ever when the Lancers faceoff against Depew. The second-seeded Lancers are looking to turn the tables on the Wildcats, who had a 1-0-2 record against Lew-Port this season.

“They’re a very good team,” senior Tom Mooradian said. “They move the puck real well and seem to find their big guys a lot.”

The best way to combat the Wildcats dangerous offense, led by Chris Kendall, is to be aggressive.

“Our forecheck will be important because we’ve got to put some pressure on them,” senior Dave Snell said. “Checking is going to be a huge part of this game.”

Browning agreed.

“We need to hit them,” he said. “Just keep checking them and get them frustrated.”

At the same time, though, the Lancers need to be careful to stay out of the penalty box. In their 9-4 loss to Depew earlier in the year, Lew-Port was whistled for 20 penalties.

“They were on the power play for pretty much the whole game,” Browning said. “That can’t happen again. If we keep the penalties down, we’ll beat them.”

Contact reporter Nate Beutel at 282-2311, ext. 2262.



SUPER SUNDAY

• WHO: Lewiston-Porter vs. Depew

• WHAT: Western New York Club Hockey small schools championship

• WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

• WHERE: HSBC Arena

• TV: Time Warner Cable (tape delay TBA)

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