Returning to game action for the first time in a month, the Jamestown Lakers Squirt A hockey team took a period to get their legs going, but emerged with a 4-2 victory in Rochester against the Americans.
After wintery weather and the holiday season forced an unusually long layoff, the Lakers took to the ice against an up-and-coming Rochester team. Rochester jumped out to an early lead when the Lakers allowed Tyler Splain to one-time a puck past goalie Stathi Theofilactidis from directly in front of the net. Parker Norlander answered with his 14th tally of the season just a minute later when he rocketed an untouchable wrister to the top corner.
The Lakers began to shake off the rust in the second, striking for goals twice. Nash Luther cleaned up a rebound from an Owen Copeland offering in exactly the kind of goal the Lakers pride themselves on — hard work in front. Copeland then got his first of the night when his blistering shot went crossbar and down from the hashmarks. The team defense of the Lakers stepped it up during the second stanza as well. Anchored by Donavin Brown, Cole Mazzurco and Kyler Wojotowicz, the Lakers permitted just two shots on net.
An excellent Dominic Weber pass sent Copeland in alone for his 24th of the season and second of the game at the outset of the third. The Amerks tried furiously to try get back in the game and scored on a scramble in front that saw Theofilactidis battle to make three saves in succession, but a forth shot found the net for a 4-2 score. Brown crushed any further dreams of a comeback in the waning moments with a tremendous poke check, halting a Rochester breakaway.
After pushing their record to 9-3 overall, the Lakers will face a daunting challenge next weekend, playing in the highest division in their age bracket at the Rock’n Roll Classic tournament in Cleveland.