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Friday, January 29, 2016
By +Scott Leffler 
scott.leffler@eastniagarapost.com


Tate Petrillo drops the puck for a ceremonial faceoff to start Thursday night's
game between the Lockport Express and the Skylands Kings. (PHOTOS BY
SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)
The Lockport Express fell behind 3-0 to the Skylands Kings early in the second period of Friday night's NA3EHL showcase contest. It was just too deep a hole to climb out of.

Skylands first goal came just 2:04 into the first period when Cole Skelly scored unassisted on the power play.

Cory Decosta started the second period with a short-handed unassisted goal for the Kings just 15 seconds after the first faceoff. And Tim Vant made it 3-0 less than two minutes later, assted by Mike King and Skelly.

Lockport got on the board at 6:08 with a Kurt Villani goal, assisted by Brendan McFall and Jordan Pocobello. Mark Friol pulled the Express to within one on the power play at 13:07. Ryan Logar and Christopher Gasiewicz assisted.

Despite getting 13 shots on net in the third period, the Express couldn't crack Skylands goaltender Mathias Yttereng, who stopped 37 shots on the night. Then with Express netminder Sal Stalteri pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Skylands scored an empty-net goal at 19:54. Matt Sinatra assisted the Ernest Komarnitskii goal.

ENR's Voice of the Express, Howie Balaban, left, talks with Express Head 
Coach Frank Vecchio after the game.
Express Head Coach Frank Vecchio said after the game that he was hoping the team would retain six out of a possible eight points in their four games this weekend. Thursday's loss means they'll have to win the rest to be able to do that.

The Express takes on Cape Cod at 6:30 p.m., East Coast at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and the New York Aviators at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All Express home games are broadcast live on East Niagara Radio.

Despite Thursday's late 9:30 p.m. scheduled start, the official attendance is listed by the NA3EHL as 150.

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