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Sunday, November 2, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Lockport Express went 1-1 on a weekend road trip against the Wilkes-Barre Miners, besting the Miners 7-2 on Saturday before falling 7-4 this morning against the same team.

Lockport's Junior A hockey club continued its season long tradition of getting pucks to the net, blasting 95 shots at the opposing goaltender between the two games.

Saturday's game was wholly lopsided with the Express outshooting, outscoring, and outplaying their Western Division NA3EHL rivals.

Mark Friol started the scoring off for the Express with a power play goal at 3:54 of the first period — with an assist by Christopher Gasiewicz. Nicholas Siracuse put the visiting team up 2-0 at 9:47, with help from Jacob Burford. Just 16 seconds later, Siracuse helped on an Anthony Merante goal, as did Frank Vecchio, Jr. Ryan Logar made it 4-0 Express at 13:21 with an assist by Friol. And less than a minute later, it was 5-0 Lockport as Syracuse netted his second goal of the afternoon with Vecchio and Merante helping — and chasing Miners goaltender Lucas Paulson out of the net in favor of Zack Bouve. Wilkes-Barre finally got on the board at 15:32 with a goal by Lewis Hackling. Michael Tugo recorded an assist.

After a scoreless second period, Austin Bandura made it 5-2 with a power play goal against the Express and goaltender Tyler Shotwell, who was awarded the first star of the game after brushing away 25 of the 27 shots he faced. Gasiewicz made it 6-2 at 13:06 with help from Friol and Logar. Jordan Pocobello wrapped up the scoring at 18:59, giving the Express a 7-2 final. Michael Crissy and Daniel Golba netting the assists.

Following the game, Siracuse was awarded the second star and Gasiewicz got the third.

Less than 24 hours later, the two teams were at it again with Lockport coming in second despite outshooting Wilkes-Barre 44-29.

Miners' Jonathan Wisten netted the first goal at 11:28 of the first period, assisted by Mordy Munichman. Zoltan Eross made it 2-0 Miners at 15:32 with help from Logan Obes.

In the second, Johannes Leitner put the Miners up 3-0 with help from Zoltan Eross at 5:44 before Vecchio got the Express on the board at 6:12, unassisted. Jonathan Wisten scored a powe play goal for Wilkes-Barre with help from Derek Bureau at 7:45. Siracuse made it 4-2, scoring at 9:19 unassisted. The Miners bounced back two and a half minutes later with Kenny Myers scoring an unassisted goal of his own. Austin Bandura made it 6-2 Miners with 11 seconds remaining in the second. Hunter Hackling and Derek Bureau got assists on the Miners' sixth goal, which effectively chased Shotwell out of the net.

When Lockport returned for the third period, Ian Stahl was the teams new netminder. Lockport tried to climb back into the game with a goal at 2:33 from Merante — assisted by Siracuse and Gasiewicz, and another at 11:58 by Christian Whitcomb on which Siracuse got an assist. Miners' Arturs Bush capped off the scoring at 15:54, however, with Myers getting an assist. Final score: 7-4 Miners.

With the split, the Express are now 8-5 on the season for 16 points, putting them in second place in the division — but far behind first-place Jersey Shore Wildcats, undefeated in 14 games.

The Express have a three-game weekend coming up at Nashua, New Hampsire's Conway Arena. They play the Maine Wild Friday night, the New England Stars on Saturday and the Cap Cod Islanders Sunday morning.

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