December 31, 2012Eastview Boys Hockey
Excerpts from the Rochester Post Bulletin, December 29, 2012:
"Nick Abbott accomplished what is possibly the rarest feat in hockey.
"But after the senior forward from Eastview collected a short-handed natural hat trick against Rochester Mayo on Saturday, he was happier that his teammates were able to lift the championship trophy at the Kiwanis/Think Mutual Bank Festival.
"Eastview rolled to a 7-2 victory against Mayo in the championship game. Three of the Lightning's goals — all by Abbott — came while on the penalty kill. All were set up by passes from his linemate, Ryan McNamara.
"We didn't want to take those penalties and we were just trying to kill them off," Abbott said. "Ryan gave me a nice feed on all of them. He gave me some Christmas presents."
"Abbott scored twice on the same penalty kill late in the second period, then again while on a kill 4:18 into the third. His first short-handed goal was the backbreaker. It gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead just 15 seconds after Will Holtan had scored Mayo's first goal on a power play.
"We were feeling good at that point," Abbott said. "We were buzzing and working together. It's huge to get the momentum back on the penalty kill."
"Eastview (7-5-0) outshot Mayo, 39-22, and also received goals from Kevin Wobschall, John Snodgrass, Jake McGlocklin and Keith Muehlbauer. Zach Driscoll made 20 saves to earn the victory.
"Ryan Martin scored the other goal for Mayo (9-2-0), which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped.
"It was Eastview's first appearance in the Festival championship game. Mayo was making its first appearance since 2007, when it lost to Buffalo, 6-5.
"We'll learn a lot from this one," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said. "You learn how tough your kids are. You find that out after a loss like this."
EASTVIEW 7, MAYO 2
Eastview: Nick Abbott 3 goals, 1 assist; Ryan McNamara 4 assists; Jake McGlocklin 1 goal; Keith Muehlbauer 1 goal; John Snodgrass 1 goal; Brendan Kukowski 1 assist; Kevin Wobschall 1 goal; Pierce Erickson 1 assist; Zach Driscoll 20 saves.
Rochester Mayo: Ryan Martin 1 goal; Will Holtan 1 goal; Adam Alcott 2 assists; Max Whitney 1 assist; Case Hansen 32 saves.
Eastview's JV team also won the Championship title continuing their winning tradition from last year.