Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekend Recap

The Newtown Golden Eagles started their 2013 campaign with two games on the CanAm's opening weekend.

Friday night's matchup was an "away game" for the NGE as they met the Pinewoods Smoke on the floor at the Gil Lay Arena.  The fans were out in full force as the two teams from Cattaraugus were set to battle it out for the 1-0 start.  

The opening period saw the Golden Eagles find the net early and often, scoring five unanswered goals to end the period 5-0.

The second period was all Pinewoods as the NGE offense stalled while the defense managed to halt a strong run from the Smoke.  Newtown managed to hold onto the lead and finish the period 8-7.

The final period started with Newtown netting two quick goals to gain a little breathing room.  The defense held Pinewoods to a single tally in the third and the score was 11-8 with time running down.  After Pinewoods got called for a hand-ball in the crease, Drew Stevens sealed the game with a penalty shot goal. 

He would finish the game with 2 goals and 4 assists.  The other top scorers were lefty Preston Lay with 3g,1a and newcomer Tyler Strassburg with 1g,4a.

The second game of the weekend took place at the Cattaraugus Community Center as the Golden Eagles took on the Buffalo Creek Thunder (1-0) in a 3:00pm matinee game.

Shots were flying but goals were scarce as the NGE took a 2-1 lead in the first that would hold till the end of the period.  

After two quick goals by the Thunder in the second, the NGE found themselves trailing for the first time of the young season.  Head Coach Mike Stevens called a timeout and the Golden Eagles pulled it together after the break.  Second year defender CJ Stevens sparked the scoring with a breakaway goal.  Newtown finished the second period with 4 more unanswered and a 7-3 lead.

The third was controlled by Newtown as the defense, anchored by goaltender Clint Jones, held the Thunder to just one goal in the third and four in the game as the Golden Eagles took the 11-4 win.

Leading scorers for the NGE were Donald Stevens with 3 goals and 3 assists, Rudi George with 2g,2a,  Wes Jackson with 1g,4a, and Preston Lay added 3 helpers in the contest.

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