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Sunday, October 25, 2015
New Express player Bendan McFall waits for the puck in the Syracuse Stampede zone. Lockport fell to Syracuse 3-2. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)

By +Scott Leffler

Gibson Stuart watches at Jordan Pocobello takes a faceoff in the Syracuse end
on Saturday. 
The Lockport Express dropped a close decision Saturday night to the Syracuse Stampede, falling 3-2 in front of the home crowd at Cornerstone CFCU Arena.

The Express, which seems to be an offensive juggernaut on the road, once again had trouble scoring at home.

It didn't look like that would be the case when Frank Vecchio Jr. scored a goal 1:48 into the first period. Vecchio was assisted by new acquisition Brendan McFall -- who the Express recently picked up from the Niagara Falls Canucks -- and Devin Kasperek. But it would be nearly 30 minutes before the home team would find the back of the net again.

Syracuse tied the game at 13:08 of the first on a power play goal by Raymond Falso, assisted by Hunter Soden and Tucker Bartenslager. They then took the lead at 8:38 of the second period when Nicholas Sanborn got the puck past Express netminder Tim Schiess. Sanborn was assisted by Nate Walker and Rocco DeRollo.

The Express celebrate after McFall ties the game in the second period.
Just shy of a minute after Syracuse took the 2-1 lead, McFall scored his first goal as a member of the Express, assisted by Vecchio Jr. and Devin Kasperek at 9:30 of the second period.

The back-and-forth game was scoreless for more than a period before Kelsey Head put the Stampede up 3-2 at 14:22, assisted by Walker and Jag Masters.

The Express attempted a comeback with time waning and a man-advantage, but simply couldn't solve Syracuse goaltender Kyle VanWagner.

The same two teams play at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone CFCU arena. The game will be broadcast on East Niagara Radio, but attendance is suggested as it's Halloween costume day for the Express and ENP will be giving out a prize for the best costume.


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