Jamestown Lakers goaltender Collin Norlander recorded three shutout wins as the team clinched first place in the Western New York Amateur Hockey League mixed division.
In a 6-0 win over East Aurora, the Lakers took a 1-0 lead in the first period as Jameson Walsh scored on a pass from Griffin Bogdanowicz. The score remained intact until Bogdanowicz found the back of the net unassisted later in the second period. Faced with only a 2-0 lead at the end of two periods the Lakers’ offense went to work. Zachary Rhodes scored twice with assists from Coleson Barber and Aiden Finnerty. Carson Olson finished the game with two goals later in third period. The first was assisted by Mason Lobb and the second was unassisted.
Norlander’s second shutout came against the Southtown Stars. The Lakers came out strong, scoring three goals in the first period. Bogdanowicz led the scoring with an unassisted goal. Spencer Bell followed with an assist from Rhodes and Lucas Gilbert finished off the period with an unassisted goal. Bogdanowicz scored two more times on the day. He picked up his second tally with assists from Walsh and Olson. To complete his hat trick, Bogdanowicz put his third puck past Southtown’s goalie on a pass from Walsh and Cameron Lemk. Walsh netted two goals in the game. One was unassisted and the other came with assists from Bell and Payton Dustin. Olson added one more goal to give the Lakers an 8-0 win. Bogdanowicz and Lemk assisted on the score.
A big second period in the third game against Batavia locked up first place for the Lakers. Bell scored unassisted to put the Lakers up 1-0 at the end of the first period. However, three goals in the second gave the Lakers a commanding lead. Gilbert scored with assists from Bogdanowicz and Walsh. Lemk, a defenseman, had an unassisted goal and Walsh scored with assists from Bell and Lemk. One more goal by Bogdanowicz in third gave the Lakers a 5-0 win.
The Lakers will finish off their regular season with a doubleheader against Lockport today as they look forward to a No. 1 seed for the West Section in the New York State playoffs coming up in March.