Monday, October 16, 2017

PowerHawks Take Down Stampede 5-2 Sunday

The Niagara Falls PowerHawks capped off a long weekend of hockey with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Oswego Stampede on Sunday afternoon at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. The PowerHawks will have a lengthy break before they are back in action. Their next games will be November 11th and 12th in Niagara Falls, as they take on the Skylands Kings.

Tommy Kilway opened the scoring at 14:28 to give the visiting Stampede an early lead. He was assisted by Eddie Cannon and Marcos Zarragoitia. The PowerHawks answered quickly with a goal only two minutes later, off the stick of Branden Tripi, with assists coming from Andrew Logar and Stephen Minichiello. It was a powerplay goal for Niagara Falls. The teams would remain tied 1-1 through the end of the first period.

Jared Berry once again gave Oswego the lead just 22 seconds into the first period. The powerplay marker came with an assist by team captain, Rich Hart. Evan Korpolinski knotted the score 2-2 for the Falls team at 3:14 of the second. Spencer Hrynczak was credited with the assist.

The PowerHawks took the lead for the first time at 6:11 when MIchael Olszewski feathered a pass across the crease to a patient Frankie Bodami, who buried the puck in the wide open net. Niagara Falls struck again on the powerplay with a goal by Stephen Minichiello at 8:13. Nathan Walerowicz and Branden Tripi assisted.

The PowerHawks led 4-2 as the teams headed into the third period. Only 39 seconds in, and once again on the powerplay, Niagara Falls scored again. Walerowicz extended the home team lead, with an assist from Stephen Minichiello.

Kris Augustine made 27 saves on 29 shots in his start for the PowerHawks. Meanwhile, Ben White turned away 46 of 51 shots for the Stampede. The Niagara Falls PowerHawks continue to have success on the powerplay. They are near the top of the league with a scoring percentage of over 50%.

The next action for the PowerHawks will be a pair of home games against the Skylands Kings on November 11th and 12th.