Weekly Feature



2017-12-06 / Sports

CASH girls hockey team returns talent

by PATRICK J. NAGY
Reporter

The top scorer in the history of the Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls hockey team graduated, but there are plenty of reasons the squad can have a successful 2017-18 season.

There are 24 players on the roster, a program record. They are also loaded with experienced players who have logged a lot of ice time in the Western New York Girls Ice Hockey Federation.

“We have a solid core of strong and experienced players, and a fresh new group of players who would like to make their own mark in the league,” coach Nicola Adimey said.

The team captain is senior Casey Adimey, a sixth-year defenseman from Amherst who is a returning First Team All-Bee and Second Team All-Western New York all-star.

The assistant captains are Emma Faso, a junior forward from Clarence, and Jaime King, a senior forward from Clarence. Both are three-year players.

Faso is a returning Second Team All-Bee all-star who was second in the Federation in scoring last year with 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points. Her 26 assists ranked first in the league.


Casey Adimey brings the puck up the ice in the Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls ice hockey team’s 3-1 win over Williamsville Nov. 21 at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. The six-year defenseman and returning First Team All-Bee all-star serves as the team captain. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Casey Adimey brings the puck up the ice in the Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence girls ice hockey team’s 3-1 win over Williamsville Nov. 21 at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. The six-year defenseman and returning First Team All-Bee all-star serves as the team captain. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Coach Adimey said the team has a lot of respect for the captains.

“Casey is a solid defenseman and regularly rushes the puck,” she said. “She is very competitive and will go strong to the very last second. Emma Faso is a highly skilled player who is very dangerous in front of the net but will always pass the puck to a teammate in a better position. Jaime King is one of the hardest workers on the team. No matter what line she plays on, she motivates her teammates and leads by example with her positive attitude.”

Other key returning players in addition to the captains are two six-year players, Sweet Home senior Renee Lauer, who played defense the past five seasons and is trying her skill set at forward, and Amherst senior defenseman Nicole Moore; and Amherst junior forwards Charleigh Rondeau, Kylie Nelson and Sam Czora, all five-year players.

Coach Adimey said Lauer is a fast skater with quick hands, and will be dangerous in front of the net.

Other returning players are junior forwards Chloe Esch (Clarence), Caroline Yoder (Amherst), and Amanda Freiheit (Sweet Home); and Amherst freshman defenseman Lilli Adimey.

Senior Gina DeNisco returns at goalie. Last year DeNisco played when it was clear there was not a single goalie in three school districts and has greatly improved since dressing as a goalie for the first time a little more than a year ago, coach Adimey said.

“It’s been great to see her improve,” she said. “She is very competitive and hates making mistakes.”

The team has also gotten a boost in net with the return of Sweet Home freshman Hannah Barrett, who played part of the 2015-16 season and was injured last season.

“It’s great to have Hannah back,” coach Adimey said. “She’s been playing in net for a few years and her experience will help us immensely.”

Coach Adimey said it is the first time the team has had two goalies on the roster in the four years she has been head coach.

New to the team this year are Sweet Home freshman defender Sara Barrett, Amherst freshman defenseman Emma Guzdek, Clarence freshman forward Lucy Grimaldi; and five Clarence eighth-graders Camryn Brownschidle (defense/ forward), Maddison Achtyl (forward), Madison Leeper (defense), Allison Greene (forward), and Isabella Clary (defense).

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence won its opening games, beating Williamsville, 3-1, Nov. 21 at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink and Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew, 5-4, Nov. 28 at Holiday Twin Rinks.

The win over Williamsville avenged a loss to them in the Federation semifinals.

“They ended our previous season knocking us out in overtime in the semifinals, so we were determined to start this season right,” coach Adimey said.

Faso scored all three goals. Her first two tallies were short-handed goals. Her first goal came on a pass from Casey Adimey in the first period. Her second goal came in the second period to break a 1-1 tie. Her third goal came in the third period when she took a pass from Lauer and scored.

Coach Adimey said Hannah Barrett made crucial saves.

Coach Adimey said her team started off slow against Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew, falling behind 1-0 in the tenth minute.

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence kept applying pressure and Lilli Adimey tied the score at 1-1 on a rush from the defensive end that she put under the crossbar.

Forty seconds later, Lauer, off a pass from Casey Adimey, made a quick deke on the goalie and put the team ahead 2-1.

“It was great to see Renee score,” coach Adimey said. “She’s been on defense her entire hockey career and I knew with her skill she would be adding to the scoreboard.”

Leeper broke a 2-2 four minutes into the third period with her first varsity goal, assisted by Rondeau and Brownschidle.

Lauer added her second of the night, assisted by Yoder and Esch.

Achtyl capped off the team’s scoring with her first varsity goal, on the power play. Casey Adimey recorded the assist.

“I’m happy with the effort,” coach Adimey said. “We were skating hard, fighting for the puck, battling in front of the net and used our power play to score goals. This is a great start to the season and we can build from here.”

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence played Kenmore/Grand Island Tuesday at Lincoln Arena, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press. Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence plays Frontier/ Lake Shore/Orchard Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

email: pnagy@beenews.com

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