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Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Lockport Express celebrate following an 8-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Miners Saturday night. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)

By +Scott Leffler 
scott.leffler@eastniagarapost.com


The Lockport Express dominated the score board Saturday night, netting eight goals and shutting out the Wilkes-Barre Miners at Cornerstone CFCU Arena.

Matthew Emerick of the Wilkes-Barre Miners takes a shot on Lockport
Express goaltender Sam Fitzpatrick. 
Seven different players scored for Lockport, now 17-16-6 and 3 points up on the Syracuse Stampede for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NA3EHL West. Syracuse, which has one game in hand, fell to the Roc City Royals 5-1 Saturday evening.

Jordan Pocobello scored the first goal for Lockport at 15:21 of the first period. Gibson Stuart and Dylan Jenkins assisted on the power play. Mark Friol tallied another power play goal for Lockport at 18:11, unassisted.

In the second period. Christopher Gasiewicz scored a pair of goals -- first on the power play at 8:59, assisted by Erick Santiago and Ryan Logar, then at 18:11, assisted by Ryan Logar and Jake Andriaccio.

Kurt Villani made it 5-1 just 1:30 in the third period, assisted by Andrew Logar and Pocobello. Ryan Logar put Lockport up 6-0 at 11:06, assisted by Gasiewicz. Austin Kasperek scored another power play goal for Lockport at 16:10, assisted by Ryan Logar and Friol. Frank Vecchio Jr. finished the scoring at 18:27 with a short-handed breakaway goal, assited by Dylan Jenkins and Stuart.

Express goaltender Sam Fitzpatrick was perfect in net, stopping all 25 shots he faced,

A fundraiser will be held Sunday in honor or George Root, who is undergoing
treatment for kidney cancer. 
Lockport and Wilkes-Barre face off again at 1 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. Lockport Hockey Alumni game in honor of East Niagara Post's own George Root, who is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer. Tickets for the pair of games is $20 with the team graciously donating all ticket sales to Root to assist with medical expenses. Additionally, there will be basket raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50 with all proceeds going to Root. Cornerstone Arena donated the ice time for the 4 p.m. alumni game.

Anyone wishing to make a donation but unable to attend the game, can donate online at GoFundMe.com/LoveGeorge.

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