What it got was, in its own way, unexpected – but pleasant, too, as J-D tore up the Warriors’ defense in the first quarter and, guided by Evans, prevailed by a 20-4 margin.
Nothing Whitesboro tried in the first quarter worked against Evans, who kept feeding teammates for goals or, on occasion, found the net himself.
It added up to a 12-2 margin, an average of one goal per minute. With that lead, the Rams could afford to ease up the rest of the way, allowing much of the roster to see playing time and resting for the tougher test against Homer.
Before leaving, though, Evans had put up 10 assists and four goals. Combined with what he did against Homer, that leaves Evans with 14 goals and 11 assists through one week, a good season’s work for many other players.
At Whitesboro, Many of Evans’ passes went to Griffin Feiner, who scored five times and added two assists. Durkin, who like Firman was fresh off leading CBA/J-D’s combined hockey team to an unlikely state Division II title earlier in the month, had a three-goal hat trick.
Diamond and Ryan Wright each found the net twice, while Engstrom, Perkins, McKee and Griffin Johnson got one goal apiece. Edwards, Lucas Johnson and Colin Stone added assists.
The 2-0 Red Rams would have its home opener Tuesday against East Syracuse-Minoa before a Friday-night visit to CBA, at which time Durkin, Firman and other CBA/J-D hockey players would be honored for their state title performance.
ESM, who went 11-7 a season ago and lost to J-D in the sectional Class B quarterfinal, rolled through its opener last Thursday against that same Whitesboro team, bashing the Warriors 17-4.
Unlike with J-D, the Spartans took a bit more time building its big margin, gaining a 7-1 edge by halftime and then doubling its output in the third quarter to secure the win.
Nolan Garris, with four goals and two assists, and Corey Haynes, with three goals and three assists, led the way.
Andrew Rosso chimed in with three goals and two assists as Joe Rosachi and Kollin Diedrickson each scored twice. Tom VanDeusen had a goal and two assists, while Dan MacDougall and Colton Webb notched single goals.