SECOND-PERIOD SURGE LEADS BATAVIA NOTRE DAME TO DOMINATING WIN OVER WFLDec 16, 2021
Batavia Notre Dame United erupted for eight unanswered goals, including six in the second period, and never looked back on their way to a dominating 10-1 win over the WFL Panthers Tuesday at the Geneva Recreation Center.
Seven different Batavia players recorded multi-point efforts in the win and five different skaters had four-points night, but it was a hat trick from Vincent DiRisio that led the way for the United. It was the second time in three games this season Batavia scored 10 or more goals in a game following their 13-8 win over Potsdam on Dec. 4, and the nine-goal differential was their largest margin of victory since a 10-0 rout of Geneva back on Dec. 9, 2017.
DiRisio, whose posted multiple points in four of his first five games of the season, was joined by Zack Eschberger and Gavin Schrader, who each scored twice and assisted on two others, as well as Jameson Motyka and Ronin Hofmaster, who each found the back of the net and notched three assists. Brady Johnson rounded out the scoring with a goal and two assists while Courtney Schum was nearly perfect in stopping all but one of the 22 shots she faced.
WFL leading point-getter Lucas Springer netted the lone goal for the Panthers while Seth Taylor and Jace Ingram combined to make 39 saves on the night.
After Batavia took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Eschberger and Schrader, Springer made it a one-goal game 3:21 into the middle frame with his fourth goal of the season – and fourth in as many games.
It would be as close as the Panthers would get, however.
Minutes later, Hofmaster put Batavia back up by a pair, paving way to six straight goals – including three from DiRisio – in a span of 9:14. A Brady Johnson power-play goal at 10:35 nixed a potential natural hat trick for DiRisio, who would score twice in 24 seconds to give Batavia a 7-1 advantage.
Eschberger added his second of the game before the period expired followed by back-to-back goals from Schrader and Motyka in the first 22 seconds of the third period to put the finishing touches on the 10-1 win.
Batavia looks to improve to 4-2-0 on the season on Friday, Dec. 17 when they host Amherst in the first of a three-game homestand while WFL looks to snap out of a two-game skid in the first of back-to-back meetings with Aquinas.