By Ruslan Crosby
Newton south took care of business against rival Weston on Friday night with a 5-3 win at home, bringing them one step closer to winning the DCL as they currently sit at 6-3-1.
The night of scoring started two minutes into the game when junior Andrew Pratt scored on a nice redirection shot to give the Lions and early 1-0 lead.
“[There was a] pass to the point from Baxter [Cardamone] and Andrew Hallion on the point shot the puck and it got through and it was just a rebound that I put home,” Pratt said.
South came out of the gates playing fast hockey that allowed them to jump off to an early lead.
“We came out really hard. That was one of the best first periods we played all season. We came out flying. We really took it to them [Weston] in the beginning and that let the momentum to be in our favor,” Pratt said.
Senior captain Cole Bovarnick agreed that South’s ability to be aggressive early in the game set the pace for the entire game.
“[We] had a lot of motivation coming into the game and what helped was putting pressure on from the start and setting the tone of the game with the first goal,” he said.
Senior captain and starting goalkeeper Arnon Goldberg kept the Weston offense frustrated with each save that he rallied off. The strong defensive line in front of him made it so that Weston would have difficult shots and minimal scoring chances.
In the second period, the Lions kept their foot on the gas and netted another goal to make the score 2-1 on senior Sergey Bezrukov’s laser of a goal while on a power play. Sophomore Johnny Baker scored on an impressive chip shot late in the 2nd period to make the score 3-1.
“[It] was on a penalty kill. And we had a faceoff in the offensive zone. Sergey [Bezrukov] took a shot and Baker put the rebound in,” Pratt said.
Weston would come out tough, and ready to mount a comeback in the 3rd period, but the Lions made sure that there would be no heroics from the opposition on this night. South would add two more goals, one each by Pratt and Baker, to make the final score 5-3.
South beat fellow DCL rival Bedford 5-0 earlier in the week which is putting them in a great position to win the DCL and make another tournament berth.
“We need to continue to show up every game. We can’t take teams lightly because that could result in key losses that we need [to win] and we need to really work as a team and not play an individual game and not worry about statistics because that doesn’t matter during the season all that matters is winning,” Pratt said.