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HOCKEY: Eisenhower rallies late to get past Rochester United, 4-2

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Hockey - Boys - 12/29/2012 

Rochester United 2
Utica Eisenhower 4
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ROCHESTER — The Utica Eisenhower Eagles staged a third-period comeback to defeat Rochester United, 4-2, in boys hockey Saturday night.

Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Eagles tied the game early in the period with a power-play goal by Stino Biondo, whose wrister from the top left circle snuck in off the under side of the cross bar after Rochester United was whistled for too many men on the ice.

Tyler Fletemier then got the game winner with 5:27 to play when his shot from the low right circle found its way through. Ryan Jaros sealed the game with an empty-net goal.

Rochester United started fast, taking a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game on goals by Kevin Kuzeja and Tony Nassar. At that point, Rochester had a 5-2 edge in shots and momentum as well. United very nearly made it 3-0 moments later when they hit the cross bar on a two-on-one break.

“We had all kinds of energy to start the game off,” Rochester head coach Craig Staskowski said.

“I don’t know why we come out so slow or hazy at first, but obviously they dug deep. They found it within themselves, came back, and pulled it off,” Eagles head coach Bob Hall said.

But the Eagles took over shortly after that, cranking up their fore check and pressuring the puck at every opportunity. Eisenhower would spend large amounts of the next 35 minutes of game time cycling in Rochester United’s end, out shooting Rochester United 34-11 from the middle of the first period until Fletemier gave Eisenhower the lead.

“That was one of the things we emphasized before the game, make sure we pressure the puck. Energy creates opportunities,” Hall said.

“They’re high energy. They have three lines of guys that come at you. We knew that coming in. We just didn’t match their energy,” Staskowski said.

Overall, Hall was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I think a lot of guys contributed. It was a well rounded effort from all the players,” he said.

It almost wasn’t enough though as Kyler Patenaude had an outstanding game in net for Rochester United, making 33 saves on the night, including 26 of 27 in the first two periods, as Rochester United tried to hold off the Eagles.

“Kyler played great,” Staskowski said.

In the end, both coaches were pleased to get a tough non-league game in over the holiday break.

“We have a really good rivalry going. It’s anyone’s game. You get out there and both teams are evenly matched. Both teams have really good hockey players on them. We just were fortunate today,” Hall said.

“It’s a big game against two teams that look at each other as kind of rivals, but it’s just a preview of what’s going to take place at the end of February or early March,” Staskowski said. The two teams have been drawn into the same pre-regional along with Macomb Dakota.

With the win, Eisenhower improves to 9-1-1 overall. Rochester United heads into the New Year with a record of 6-5.

Last Updated: 1/20/2013 9:37:48 PM EST

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