Southern Tier Suffers Pair Of Road Setbacks Against West Michigan

The Southern Tier Xpress lost a pair of road decisions to West Michigan in the East Division of the NA3HL over the weekend at The Rink at Battle Creek.

First the Xpress (3-7-1) lost Friday night, 3-2, before being dealt a 6-4 defeat Saturday.

The Wolves scored the first two goals Friday and were never headed. Lucas Duckstein opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 6:52 before teammate Nicholas Guy took passes from Justin Bloomfield and Daniil Demidov at 8:39 of the opening period.

Arttu Rajamaki got the Xpress on the scoreboard from Ty Rickabaugh and Santeri Rajakallio at 3:52 of the second period.

However, West Michigan (12-7) restored the lead to two goals when Alex Lafrate scored from Thomas Harrison and Nathan Sudek at 5:53. Cameron Trejchel scored for the Xpress in the third period with assists from Matthew Crosby and Jacob St. Andre to close out the scoring.

Sam Woznicki made 37 saves for the winners while Harrison Vangellow made 17 stops for the Xpress.

On Saturday, Andrew Michalowski’s goal from Bloomfield at 4:50 of the third period proved to be the winner as the Wolves beat the Xpress by two.

Unlike Friday, the Xpress led 2-1 after the first period before West Michigan scored four straight goals to take the lead.

Bloomfield scored from Benito Posa and Michalowski; Blake Siewertsen scored from Sudek and Jacob Redman; and Ryan Weaver tallied from Redman and Duckstein in the second period before Michalowski’s opening goal of the third period.

Rajamaki scored from Rajakallio and Mock to end the Wolves’ run before Rajakallio tallied from Rajamaki and Mock 6:27 into the third period. But the Wolves put the game away at the 18:35 mark when Siewertsen scored from Redman and Bloomfield.

Southern Tier led early on Bradley Delenko’s goal from Grossman and Tommy Muecke before Bloomfield’s goal from Posa and Redman. The Xpress took a 2-1 lead late in the first on St. Andre’s goal from Trejchel and Crosby.

Pascarella and Vangellow combined for 41 saves for the Xpress while Brian Thomas made 24 saves for West Michigan.

The Xpress host Lockport on Friday and Roc City on Saturday at Northwest Arena. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Original article by The Post-Journal.