In a solid team effort, the Jamestown Lakers controlled the game en route to a 9-1 win over the Hamburg Hawks, securing a spot in Saturday’s league championship game.
The Lakers came out firing on all cylinders, with Stathi Theofilactidis getting the first goal on an Owen Copeland rebound. Copeland followed that up with a lovely top-shelf wrister that befuddled the Hamburg netminder after taking a pass from Dominic Weber. Copeland struck again with another top corns effort from Donavin Brown.
With a 3-0 deficit entering the second, the Hawks came out with a sense of urgency. They took the first eight shots of the second stanza but were held at bay by the athleticism of Logan Degan, who ended the game with 18 saves on 19 shots. The Lakers repaid Degnan’s efforts by netting four goals in the final five minutes of the period. Jackson Kresge drove the net, fired a wrister that found the goalie’s leg pad. Parker Norlander took the pass-by-pad and slammed home his first. Norlander struck again moments later with a shot off the back of the goalie from behind the net that found paydirt. Nash Luther netted a Copeland pass and then Norlander completed the hat trick from Carson Winsor.
Hamburg broke up the shutout at the start of the third period, but the Lakers did not skip a beat. Weber fired crossbar and down for a goal on another Winsor apple. To cap the scoring, Nash Luther created the highlight of the day when he threw a behind-the-back pass to a wide-open Canyon Johnson in front.
The Lakers, who controlled special-teams play killing all four of their penalties while going 2 of 3 on the power play, will play for the league championship at 12:30 p.m. in Cheektowaga.