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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Christopher Gasiewicz carries it through the neutral zone this afternoon in the Lockport Express game against the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Wildcats won by a score of 9-2. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)

By +Scott Leffler

Going into the third period, the Lockport Express were fired up and looked poised to tie the game against the Jersey Shore Wildcats at Cornerstone CFCU Arena.

Lockport Express Head Coach Frank Vecchio talks to his
team on the bench. 
But the Wildcats took the momentum on a goal at 1:11 and never looked back. By the time it was all over, the Express was handed a 9-2 loss, the worst of the team's young season.

Jersey Shore started the scoring with a Frederic Ampleman goal at 11:26. Travis Valvo and JaColbie McGowan assisted. At 16:36, Dylan Plsek made it 2-0 with the held of Jared Karas and Scott Hansen.

In the second period, Freddie Schaljo put the Wildcats up 3-0. Scott Hansen assisted at 14:06. Kurt Villani got the Express back into the game at 14:38, assisted by Ryan Logar and Dylan Jenkins. Nicholas Wilcox made it 3-2 at 16:58, assisted by Frank Vecchio Jr. and Anthony Tomassi.

In the third, it was all Jersey Shore. The Wildcats scored goals at 1:11 (Bogdan Khvatov), 6:27 (Khvatov), 7:28 (Marcus McCall), 11:58 (Alexander Tan), 12:43 (Valvo), and 14:53 (Jared Karas). The 'Cats eighth goal chased Lockport netminder Tim Schiess from the game.

At the end of the game, both teams got chippy towards one another. That's sure to be revisited when the Express next meets Jersey Shore for a three-game stand in November in New Jersey.

The Express, who now have a record of 4-4, travel to New York next weekend to take on the New York Aviators, the league's first-place team.


  • Jersey Shore had 51 minutes in penalties on 16 infractions 
  • Lockport had 20 minutes on 10 infractions
  • Paid attendance was 214

Former Express player Alex Bottenfield reacts to the news that he got the Howell Motors Ford trivia question of the night wrong. Bottenfield joined the East Niagara Radio broadcast team on-air during the second intermission. 

East Niagara Post is the official media partner of the Lockport Express.


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