No. 20 Bombers Strike for Victory at Utica

ITHACA, N.Y. 20th-ranked Ithaca (9-4, 3-1 Empire 8) defeated host Utica (7-5, 2-3 Empire 8), 15-4, Wednesday afternoon at Gaetano Stadium.

The Bombers blanked Utica 5-0 in the first period. Both squads netted one in the second for a 6-1 Ithaca edge at the half. Ithaca powered through the second half outscoring the Pioneers, 9-3, to improve to 3-1 in league play.

Sophomores Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied hat tricks to lead the Bombers. Juniors Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) and Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) scored a pair each, while five others recorded one apiece.

Junior Pat Slatwa tied a career-high with four assists, while Long added two. Six others dished out one assist each.

Senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) and freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) scooped up five ground balls each, a career-high performance for Sidnam who finished the game with 12 stops in goal for the win. Senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) did not make a save in the final 2:47 of play. Wacenske forced a trio of turnovers on defense.

Junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) won four faceoffs for the Bombers and sophomore Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) had three.

Ithaca led the shot count, 38-32, and ground balls, 32-25. The Pioneers won 14 of 22 faceoffs.

The Bombers return to action Saturday, April 20 hosting Hartwick at noon for senior day.

2013-04-17



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