continued Westhill took control of the game for the rest of the half, though not right away. The Warriors only managed one more goal from Suddaby for a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Then Zimmerman and Longo doubled the lead to 4-0 in the first two minutes of the second quarter. Suddaby held possession behind the net with a man-up advantage when his defender slipped, forcing a second defender to help. Suddaby found Zimmerman open for the easy score.
Longo’s tally came on a solid display of solo technique, muscling past long-stick midfielder Nick Nye before sidestepping Colin Cusick to wind up directly in front of Lilly.
The Mustangs struggled to muster much offensive pressure for the rest of the quarter, finally getting on the scoreboard after 16 minutes of play. Ross Filtch ended the drought with a whizzing shot from 15 yards out, vut Centore and Vadala scored back-to-back goals and Zimmerman put in his second with nine seconds left in the half for a 7-2 lead.
Marcellus coach Leo McInerney would have liked those first 24 minutes back. “We came slow out of the gate and these guys jumped all over us,” he said.
Vadala helped Westhill continue in the third quarter where it left off before the break. The face-off specialist won the opening bout cleanly and with downhill momentum. No Mustangs defender got in his way and Vadala slotted home a shot eight seconds into the half. Purcell followed with his first of the game four minutes later for a 9-2 advantage.
Marcellus got goals from Kevin Hutchings and Ben Powers on either side of Zimmerman’s final tally to put the score at 10-4 heading into the final period.
Mustangs point leader Tom McNaney got a difficult shot past Sweeney one minute into the period for his only goal of the contest, but Suddaby responded two and a half minutes later to restore a six-goal lead.