Lefton scored a pair of first period goals and Maiocco added a goal as the Rams exploded for four first period tallies on the way to a 5-1 Mid-States Club Hockey Association win over Webster Groves Tuesday night at Queeny Ice Rink.
“Jacob Lefton and Tommaso Maiocco are some of our top goal scorers on the team,” MICDS coach John Mattingly. “When they get control early, we play well.”
Lefton, a junior defenseman, got the Rams going just 1-minute, 22 seconds into the action with quick goal that slipped past Webster senior goalie William Schiepeter. Matt Cowley assisted on the goal.
“I think it’s always positive to start out with the first goal, ” Lefton said. “It’s huge because you’re not playing from behind the whole game and it’s a lot easier to get things going when you’re not trying to climb out of the hole.”
Just over two minutes later, Maiocco fired in a shot for a goal off a great pass from Nick Mellanby and the Rams were up 2-0. Mellanby had a strong night as a playmaker with two assists.
“We got on them early and popped a few quickly and just kind of maintained control,” Mattingly said.
Lefton picked up his second goal of the night with just 1:20 left in the period and sophomore forward James Hereford Rams finished out the big first stanza with a goal pushing the Rams to a commanding 4-0 edge. Herefords’ goal was his first of the season.
“It’s always awesome when guys are getting first goals and they get the puck (to keep) after the game,” Lefton said.
That first period barrage was more than enough to allow MICDS standout goalie Jack Williams to have a relatively easy night in goal as the Rams defense kept workload down. Williams turned 12 shots in 45 minutes of work.
For the sophomore netminder, it was just another night at the office.
“It was a team effort, they (the guys) bring it every night and it makes my job a lot easier when they lay down and block the body (for shots),” Williams said.
“We don’t really rely on Jack to save game for us but if we have a three or four-goal lead then its game over most of the time,” Mattingly said.
Cowley struck for the Rams final goal with 1:13 left in the second period.
Webster’s Charlie Schiepeter broke the shutout with a goal with 4:56 left in the game, cutting the lead to 5-1.
William Giles, and Samer Hajji also contributed with assists.
The Rams outshot Webster 30-13.
MICDS (11-4) will go for its third straight win in a week on Monday when the Rams play Clayton in an 8:15 Central Conference contest at Queeny Park Rink.
Webster Groves slipped to 9-7 with the loss.