Hockey: Lyons peppers Nazareth with goals early, often

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Nazareth's Matt Gale (21) carries the puck up ice during the game against Lyons on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
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Updated: November 10, 2012 8:46PM

Lyons hockey is beginning to run on all cylinders offensively as Nazareth found out in Darien on Saturday. Big games from forwards Charles Rocco and Nickolas Wink helped Lyons cruise past its rival 7-2.

“We’re starting to click offensively now,” said Rocco, who finished with two goals and two assists. “We see it in practice and we’re starting to see it during the games.”

Lyons (11-1) set the tone of the game from the drop of the puck. Wink opened up the scoring four and a half minutes into the first period off a second chance put back that fired up his teammates. A little over five minutes later, Cole Huneryager skated around the Nazareth goal before delivering a perfect center pass to Rocco who lifted the puck over the goalkeeper’s right shoulder to make it 2-0.

“We just came out strong. We hit them with a lot of quick shots out there,” said Rocco.

Nazareth (4-5-1) was able to pull a goal back when Matt Wojtynek intercepted the puck at mid ice and scored on the break away after placing the puck in the upper left corner of the net. But Lyons did not let up. Less than a minute into the second period, Rocco scored from an odd angle, about fifteen feet away from the goal but facing the side of the net. The puck deflected off the goalkeeper and went in to give Lyons the 3-1 lead.

The next goal was far more conventional as Rocco maneuvered around the opposing net and set up Randall Funk for an easy one-timer. A goal from Charlie Malay made it 5-1 before Nazareth’s Paul Jacobsen scored a power play goal.

Wink put the game out of reach with 9:34 left in the third with a break-away goal that saw him skate the length of the ice untouched. A slap shot goal from Joe Power a minute and a half later completed the route.

“We’ve been switching our lines to see what’s working. I think right now we have great chemistry,” said Wink. “Scoring seven goals helps us with our confidence moving forward. We see what we’re capable of.

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