Ithaca Wins Fourth Straight with Trouncing of Elmira

ITHACA, N.Y. Ithaca (11-4, 5-1 Empire 8) upended visiting Elmira (1-11, 0-6 Empire 8), 22-2, Wednesday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Twelve Bombers tallied goals as Ithaca recorded its fourth consecutive victory to improve to 5-1 in league action. Ithaca powered to a 5-0 lead in the first and held a 10-0 margin at the half. Ithaca owned a 16-0 lead at 7:06 of the third. In the third, the Bombers scored nine goals, while the Soaring Eagles netted both of their scores. Ithaca added three in the final frame.

Sophomore Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied a career- and game-best four goals, while junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) and freshman David Grimaldi (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) collected hat tricks. Grimaldi's trio was served to be his first collegiate scores. Juniors Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) and Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) and sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) each scored twice.

Ten players were credited with assists. Manilla, junior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and senior Barry Beranek (Portage, Mich./Portage) dished out two each with Beranek's setting a career-high. Henne won 9 of 11 faceoffs and had a game-high six ground balls. Danylyshyn and Manilla each scooped up four.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made eight stops in 45 minutes in goal and senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) made three saves during the final 15.

Ithaca outshot Elmira, 41-27, held a 49-30 gap in ground balls and won 18 of 26 faceoffs.

The Bombers wrap up regular-season play Saturday, April 27 at Stevens at 2:00 p.m.


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