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Team McClanahan captures inaugural All-American Prospects Game with decisive 5-2 win
BUFFALO, NY – Three goals in the second period proved to be the difference as Team McClanahan cruised to an easy 5-2 win over Team Housley in the inaugural USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, played before a crowd of 5,519 at First Niagara Center.
Forward Ryan Fitzgerald collected three assists to be named the game’s MVP. Team McClanahan received goals from five different players: Seth Jones, Dakota Mermis, Hudson Fasching, Jacob Montgomery and Quentin Shore. Defensemen Mermis and Gage Ausmus were both a game-high plus-four.
Evan Allen scored twice in the third to record both goals for Team Housley.
- Team McClanahan: Fasching (Fitzgerald), 15:54
- Fasching heads to the net and easily taps in Fitzgerald’s pass.
- Team Housley 6 – Team McClanahan 4
- Team McClanahan: Jones (Fitzgerald), 6:06
- After a clean faceoff win by Fitzgerald, Jones unleashes a point blast that eludes McAdam.
- Team McClanahan: Montgomery (Lodge), 8:17
- Montgomery takes Lodge’s pass in the slot, cuts to the net and lifts a quick backhand shot over McAdam’s glove.
- Team McClanahan: Shore (McCarron, Cammarata), 14:58
- Shore sneaks in down low to bury the loose puck sitting to Miska’s left.
- Team Housley: Motte (Tripping), 11:41
- Team McClanahan: Fitzgerald (Hooking), 17:21
- Team Housley 10 – Team McClanahan 20
- Team Housley: Allen (Vatrano), 6:08
- Vatrano’s wrist shot is kicked out by Cowley, but Allen crashes the net to bang home the rebound.
- Team McClanahan: Mermis (Fitzgerald, Lane), 10:50
- Mermis steps into the high slot and fires a wrist underneath the crossbar past a screened Miska.
- Team Housley: Allen (Santini), 13:50
- Allen corrals the carom off the end boards and slides the pack past an outstretched Cowley.
- Team McClanahan: Fitzgerald (Slashing), 7:20
- Team McClanahan: Johnson (Tripping), 12:37
- Team Housley: McCoshen (Slashing), 14:46
- Team Housley 24 – Team McClanahan 28
|Sean Malone (Photo: USA Hockey)|
West Seneca’s Sean Malone was well represented during the game. Everyone from his mom and dad, to his aunts, uncles, friends and even former teammates made sure the other 5,461 in attendance knew they were there to cheer on the hometown favorite.
Malone’s extended family occupied 58 seats in Section 105, each showing off jerseys from his playing days at Nichols School and the Buffalo Saints, or Team USA memorabilia, as they welcomed the 17-year-old home to a standing ovation.
Malone said having the opportunity to play in front of loved ones in his hometown was everything he imagined it would be and then some.
“This is a blast,” Malone said. “This is the ultimate. Playing travel hockey all through all the years and to be here today, it’s the ultimate. Playing in front of friends and family members, you can’t ask for a better stage.”
Malone’s father, Kevin, made sure his son would have a strong cheering section on hand.
“When I went to the ticket booth and told the girl I needed 58 tickets, she did a double take,” he said.
Malone didn’t find the score sheet, but a number of scoring chances likely helped him catch a few eyes.
“It would have been unreal,” Malone said of scoring a goal in front of the familiar faces in the stands. Winning a faceoff dropped by legendary coach Scotty Bowman was a nice consolation prize.
“I didn’t know I was taking the faceoff until it happened,” Malone said. “When coach (Phil Housley) told me I was going out there against Seth (Jones), that was something I’ll never forget.”
|Matt Lane (Photo: USA Hockey)|
Matt Lane earned an assist and had a plus-three rating for Team McClanahan in its 5-2 win over Team Housley in the All-American Prospects Game. The helper came in the third period for the team’s fifth goal of the night by Dakota Mermis.
Despite it being his first game since the U18 Men’s World Championship in April, Lane treated it like a routine game and was pleased with his play.
“Unfortunately it was my first game in about five months, and my first game this season before the college schedule gets going in October in a couple weeks but it’s just like any other game. You warm up just like any other game and you play to your strengths just like any other game.”
A Rochester, NY native, Lane got the chance to play in front of a lot of his family and friends for the first All-American Prospects Game.
“It was fun. I had a lot of friends and family here. I knew it was close to home so I figured I’d have a bunch of fans and it was just fun being close to home.”
With the college hockey season starting in less than a month, Lane took this as an opportunity to prepare for his upcoming season at Boston University.
“Obviously I’ve got the first game of the season under my belt, so hopefully that helps me legs, getting them going. Get an exhibition game before our first regular season...it’s good to get off to a start.”
A pair of youth hockey games preceded the main event during the afternoon, and both ended in shutouts. The Buffalo Saints 18U opened the day with a 6-0 win over the Amherst Knights 18U. Mike Ederer led the way with three goals, while John Kempson (1+2) and Nick Smith (0+3) each finished with three points. In the second game, Nathan Susese scored the only goal as the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U blanked the Boston Jr. Bruins 1-0.
- with files from Madison Brown and Brendon Schlager