Batavia United got its season off to a fast start on Tuesday, scoring three goals in the first period on its way to a 6-1 win over the WFL-Geneva Panthers.
The first goal came at 2:02 on a power play with Jameson Motyka and Brady Johnson feeding Cooper Hamilton.
Later in the quarter, both Motyka and Ronin Hofmaster would score with assists from Hamilton and Jake Hutchins.
Brady Johnson, Motyka assist, scored in the second period.
Motyka scored on another power play in the third period with assists from Hofmaster and Johnson.
The Panthers scored their lone goal at 7:34 in the third period and Hofmaster capped off the scoring at 12:06 with an assist from Hutchins.
Goalie Thys Tanner blocked 15 of the 16 shots sent his way.
“All in all, not a bad effort from the squad,” said Head Coach Marc Staley. “It’s early in the season, so we are trying to gel as a team and get everybody on the same page. Not sure we have found our identity yet. We’ve only had 10 practices together due to the storm, and the Thanksgiving holiday. And only two times did we have all of our players on the ice together. We will learn from this game and get better. We have a rather large test in front of us this weekend with back-to-back games against Starpoint, and Hamburg, two very strong Section VI teams. We’re jumping right into the deep end.”
United plays Starpoint at the Northtowne Center in Buffalo on Friday at 5:30pm. The team faces Hamburg at home at 3 p.m. on Saturday.