Dayton Destroys New York 12-3 in Federal Hockey League Play
By Robert Kirchner
(Dayton, Ohio) The 2nd half of the Federal Hockey season began tonight for the first place Dayton Demonz as they welcomed the New York Bluefins to Hara Arena for the first of two games (tonight and Saturday night). The Demonz proved why they are unbeaten at home with a crushing win over the Bluefins 12 to 3. The Demonz only blemish came in an overtime loss to the 1000 Islands Privateers on December 21st.
Dayton controlled the play throughout the game. The difference was Dayton's team speed and skill to play as a unit, controlling the puck in all three zones of play. With the Bluefins unable to skate with the Demonz, Dayton utilized a strong counter attack rarely providing New York much time and space to control the puck. When, and if, the Bluefins broke out of their zone, the Demonz answered with an intimidating transition game, which created many odd man rushes and quality scoring chances.
Dayton would lead at the end of the 1st period of play 5-0, outshooting the Bluefins 20-3. Goal scorers for Dayton were Mike Hoban, Seth Ronsberg (2 goals), Brian Marks and James Sanford.
Demonz coach Marc LeFebvre decided to make a goaltending change between the 1st and 2nd intermission and give back-up and for Wright State standout Tony Tabisz the opportunity to see some action, replacing All-Star Jeff Rose in the net. The Demonz play 4 games in the next 5 days here at Hara Arena.
Dayton came out in the 2nd period and put on an offensive clinic. Controlling the puck for extended periods of time in New York's zone, Seth Ronsberg's 3rd goal (hat trick) made it 6-0 Demonz. The Bluefins scored the next 2 goals, both by Pavol Bolibruch, one at even strength, and the other a short-hander, to cut the Demonz lead 6-2. This energized the Bluefins for a short time. Dayton responded with another offensive on-slaught, scoring the final 3 goals (Luke Flicek's 2 goals) and the other by Ahmed Mahfouz which made it 9-2 Demonz at the end of 2 periods of play.
Brayden Metz, Marcus Pryde and Peter Cintala increased the Demonz lead to 12-2, and New York's Matt Maglione would score his first goal on the season and make it final Dayton 12 and New York 3.
Dayton and New York play again tomorrow night, Saturday, 7:35 at Hara Arena. Please contact Hara Arena for tickets.