No. 17 Bombers Shut Down St. John Fisher

ITHACA, N.Y. 17th-ranked Ithaca (8-4, 2-1 Empire 8) trounced visiting St. John Fisher (8-4, 2-2 Empire 8), 11-3, Friday night at Higgins Stadium. Ithaca held the Cardinals to their fewest goals since falling 11-3 at Ithaca on March 21, 2007.

Ithaca scored the lone goal in the first period before Fisher opened the second quarter with a score to knot action, 1-1. The Bombers thrice found the back of the net for a 4-1 edge at the half. The Cardinals again netted the first score of the third, but Ithaca went on to record five straight and seven of the last eight for an 11-3 final.

Juniors Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) paced the Bomber offense. Slawta tallied a hat trick and added a pair of assists for five points, while Long found the back of the net four times. Classmate Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) scored twice and had one assist and junior Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) and sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) each had a two assists.

Senior Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle) and freshman Michael Walker (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) accounted for the Bombers' other two goals. Bruce, sophomore Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) dished out one assists each.

Freshman Eli Gobrecht (Dryden, N.Y./Ithaca) recorded a career-high seven ground balls and junior Andrew Kristy (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added five. Henne went 8 for 14 in faceoffs and sophomore Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) was a perfect 4 for 4 to help Ithaca to a 12-6 edge in the category.

Defensively, Kristy forced a career- and game-best four turnovers, while freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) claimed the win in goal with 11 saves. Senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) made one stop during the final 5:04 of play.

Ithaca owned the shot count 38-22 and held a 42-24 margin in ground balls.

The Bombers return to action Wednesday, April 17 at Utica at 4:00 p.m.

2013-04-12



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