14th-Ranked Bombers Upend Alfred in Empire 8 Opener

ITHACA, N.Y. 14th-ranked Ithaca (7-2, 1-0 Empire 8) upended visiting Alfred (6-2, 0-2 Empire 8), 12-2, Wednesday afternoon at Higgins Stadium in its Empire 8 opener.

Despite letting up the first goal, Ithaca rattled off nine straight to dominate the first three periods. Alfred added a second at 13:49 of the fourth, but Ithaca netted three more to finalize all scoring, 12-2.

Ithaca improved to 39-8 all-time against the Saxons in winning its 14th straight.

The Bombers outshot Alfred 46-28 and held a 39-25 gap in ground balls. Ithaca led the faceoff count, 13-5.

Junior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led the game with a hat trick, while senior Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle) added a career-best five points with career numbers of two goals and a trio of assists. Junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) chipped in two scores and sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) dished out a pair of assists.

Five Bombers scored one goal apiece: senior Connor Lowe (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), juniors Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) and Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) and rookies Eli Gobrecht (Dryden, N.Y./Ithaca) and Michael Walker (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial). Sophomore Jimmy Ryan (Chevy Chase, Md./The Hill School) had one assist.

Henne won a career-high 10 faceoffs. He and sophomore Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scooped up career-bests of five ground balls each to lead the game.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) secured the victory in goal having made 10 saves. Senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) was not forced to stop a shot in the final 4:30 of action.

The Bombers return to action on Friday, April 5 with a 5:00 p.m. game at Nazareth.


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