Cazenovia shuts out Clinton

By Sports WKTV

CLINTON (WKTV) – Patience can be more than just a virtue. It can be a weapon. The top rated Division II high school hockey team in the state used that tool against Clinton Sunday evening as Cazenovia shut out the Warriors 4-0 at the Clinton Arena.

Off the opening faceoff, Clinton was physically pressing the attack but the Lakers wouldn’t get drawn into banging back and forth. Clinton took a quick penalty, but before they could take control of the puck and force a stoppage Cazenovia cashed in. John Greacen scored on a shot from the top of the circle in the Clinton zone, just 17 seconds into the contest. Sean Cannizzaro assisted on the first goal of the game.

Being down 1-0 less that early into the game forced Clinton into a more frantic attack and, for a while in the first period, if looked like it might work. The Warriors had several good scoring chances, but Cazenovia goaltender Mason Powell handled it all. Clinton could not build up the kind of screening traffic in front of Powell needed to enhance their chances.

Early on in the second period Cazenovia caught Clinton in an error, chasing the puck in the Warrior’s end of the ice. Brian Gara picked up a rebound, with no one in position to defend him, and made it 2-0. Greacen had the lone assist on that goal. Mid-way through the second period, Sam Lewis bounced the puck off Clinton goalie Cory Harris’ glove and put the game away, giving the Lakers a 3-0 lead. Joe Nardello was the helper on his team’s third goal.

As Clinton sought to press the attack, they were stymied by their lack of crisp passing, which resulted in several opportunities killed before they could fully develop.

Sam Lewis put the icing on the game with the interception of a Clinton pass just inside the neutral zone. He made a nice deak move on a Clinton defender and scored his second of the game.
The Lakers outshot Clinton 27 – 18 for the game.

Cazenovia is ranked Number One in both the state sportswriter’s poll and the computer poll. The sportswriters had Clinton ranked fifth, while the computer rated the Warriors at Number Two.

Cazenovia is now 10-0 in Section III Division II play and 14-0 on the season. Clinton slips to 7-2 in league play and 10-2 overall. Both of Clinton’s losses have been to Cazenovia.

Cazenovia hosts Oswego at the Ice Plex in Morrisville on Tuesday. Clinton will travel to Oswego on Thursday.

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