The Lockport Express are back at Cornerstone Ice Arena for a pair a games this weekend before they head out to Blaine, Minnesota for the holiday showcase. The Express will face off against the Jersey Shore Wildcats Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s game time is 8:00pm, and Sunday’s match will get underway at 2:00pm.
Lockport is currently in a 17-game winless streak, but has seen a change in the style of play in the four games since Frank Vecchio resumed duties behind the bench. Breaking the streak against the defending champions may seem like a tall task, however, the Wildcats have not had the same level of success this year as they had the past two seasons. While still a formidable opponent, they currently sit in second place at 17-10-1-0 for 35 points.
Jersey Shore had a 3-game series last weekend. They visited the Skylands Kings Friday night, resulting in a 6-2 victory for the Wildcats. Saturday and Sunday, they hosted the Roc City Royals, and came away with a split in those games. Jersey Shore was victorious in the first game, 7-2. Roc City handed the Wildcats a defeat Sunday with a 6-5 decision. Jersey Shore will be playing Syracuse Friday night at Morrisville State before arriving in Lockport for the two games.
The Express are coming off a single game from last weekend, where they dropped a decision to the Southern Tier Xpress, 4-3. Next weekend, the team will be in Blaine for the showcase, where they will face teams from the Frontier and South Divisions.
Friday night, December 16th, the Express will take on the Glacier Nationals from the Frontier Division. Saturday will play the College Station Spirit from the South Division. The Helena Bighorns will be the final game for the Express before the holiday break. The Express will be on a 6-game road trip when they return in January. The next home game will be January 21st against the Roc City Royals.
Northeast Division Standings (as of December 7, 2016)
Binghamton Junior Senators
Jersey Shore Wildcats
Roc City Royals
Lockport Express Jersey Shore Wildcats
Andrew Logar 11g,17a,28pts David Vaysburg 7g,24a,31pts
Dominic Senese 10g,10a,20pts Travis Nemeth 14g,15a,29pts
Brandon Schweickert 7g,6a,13pts Frederick Schaljo 12g,12a,24pts
Luca Mazzo 4g,9a,13pts
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