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Sunday, October 19, 2014

ROCHSTER — The Lockport Express, denied their first true home game Saturday night due to issues with the ice at Cornerstone Arena, hoped to have a victory to celebrate this afternoon in Rochester against the Roc City Royals. Despite a third-period comeback, they fell short by a goal.

Rochester was up 3-0 before the Express offense got into the game. Roc City goals by James Lockamyeir from John Wise at 11:46 of the first period, Anthony DePetres from Wesley Austin and Benjamin Myles at 1:39 of the second period, and John Melcher from Connor Guay and Tyler Kessler at 6:12 of the second gave Lockport's Junior A hockey club a deep hole to climb out of. But they certainly tried.

Frank Vecchio Jr. got the Express on the board with help from Jordan Pocobello and Daniel Golba at 12:08 of the second period. The Royals countered with a power play goal by James Lockamyeir from DePetres three minutes later at 15:04. Nicholas Siracuse made it 4-2 with an unassisted goal 17:49 of the second. And Roc City countered once again with a goal by Melcher with just nine seconds to go in the period. Kessler and Guay got the assists.

When Kessler scored at 4:28 of the third period with assists from Melcher and Wise, things looked grim for Lockport, down 6-2 with just over 15 minutes to play. But Lockport mounted a valiant comeback attempt started by Mark Friol scoring unassisted at 9:11. Vecchio notched another from Merante and Siracuse at 16:07 and then scored the game's final goal at 19:42 — assisted by Jacob Burford.

The final score was 6-5 Rochester. With the loss, the Express are 5-5. The next scheduled game is Saturday in Lockport vs. the Syracuse Stampede. It is not known, however, if the arena's condenser issue will be fixed by that time.

Express goaltender Giancarlo Muglia was named the North American Hockey League defensive player of the week. He joins Anthony Merante and Nick Siracuse in the distinguished honor, the pair having been named co-offensive players of the week two weeks ago.

COMING LATER: The Lockport Express' North American Hockey League is now part of something bigger. Read about it later tonight. 

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