BY J. PATRICK EAKEN | MIRROR SPORTS — Last Friday night at Bowling Green State University’s Slater Family Ice Arena, Anthony Wayne cruised to a 10-1 victory over Northwest Hockey Confer-ence rival Maumee.
AW outshot Maumee 56-3, as the Generals scored three goals in the first period, added four in the second and scored three more in the third. They were led by junior defenseman Logan Schuster, who recorded a hat trick.
“We were able to run all of our guys,” said AW coach Steve Boehme. “We were able to pull some of our players up and get them some varsity experience.
“Brandon King, a senior, had two goals for us and was able to skate a bunch. I think just getting that ice time and being able to work through some of that stuff that we’ve done all week helps us.”
Anthony Wayne junior Zach Knapp started the scoring off on assists by junior Drew Seals and sophomore Jason Utterback midway through the first period and then Schuster scored the next two goals for AW.
Schuster’s first came off assists from Utterback and sophomore Ethan Gaylord with 2:17 remaining and then from juniors Joel Semancik and Jesse Rose with 1:15 left in the first.
Gaylord opened the second-half scoring on an assist from Schuster just 1:37 into the second, giving AW a 4-0 lead.
Seals would score goal No. 5, even though the Generals were short-handed due to a penalty, finding the net at the 5:30 mark.
Senior Brandon King got into the action, scoring on assists from sophomores Cole Dorner and Mason Brown with 3:09 left and King scored again 31 seconds later on assists from sophomore Jacob Kane and freshman Colin DiMario.
Schuster completed his hat trick to open the third, scoring unassisted with 11:54 remaining in the game and giving the Generals an 8-0 lead.
Freshman Derek Marvin finally got the Panthers on the board, however, when he scored on an assist from junior center Zach Marvin just 33 seconds after Schuster’s third goal.
Seals scored AW’s ninth goal with help from Zach Zielinski and DiMario just 51 seconds after Maumee’s Marvin brothers teamed up. On Seals’ score, the Generals had a 5-on-4 advantage thanks to a Maumee penalty.
Semancik added a late power play goal on assists from Rose and Schuster to end the scoring.
Maumee, which fell to 0-5-2, got 46 saves from junior goalkeeper Roby Fairchild.
“Maumee is tough. They have a couple good guys who can skate,” Boehme said. “I’d just love to see them get a few more people in the program.”
Freshman Jacob Lucente was in goal for AW, and even though the Generals needed just two saves to preserve a nine-goal win, senior starter Sam Thomas was impressed with Lucente’s play.
“He played really well. He played really well in the (junior varsity) game before and our coach just kept him in and he should be a good backup this year,” Thomas said.