Lima Senior got hat tricks from Aaron Bowsher, Josh Keys and Andrew Zell to propel the Spartans to a 12-4 victory over Oregon Clay and to the team’s first win of the season Friday night.
Zell and Keys combined for six goals in the first two quarters to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead at halftime and Bowsher collected all his scores in the third period to give Lima Senior an 11-1 advantage going into the final quarter.
Other Spartan goals were by Keanen Grundisch, Davion Browning and Collin Bocian.
Lima Senior improves to 1-2 on the year and Oregon Clay goes to 0-1.
Spartan head coach Nathan Garlock said it was nice to pick up the win after dropping its first two contest. Lima Senior opened the year with a 7-6 loss in overtime to Newark and then were beaten by Jonathan Alder, 17-1.
“We had a little bit of a rough start last week,” Garlock said. “We lost a close one in overtime and then we took one on the chin Saturday night so we wanted to come out this week and we put a lot of work into it and these guys did. We got back down to some basics and just worked hard and started building that foundation again and we had a really good week of practice.”
Garlock added that he was pleased with the defensive effort. Clay did not seriously threatened scoring in the first half with zero shots on goal and did not enter the Spartan end of the field until the seven minute mark of the second quarter.
“We were letting some of the guys who don’t get much run on defense in towards the end but we had a first half shutout and our guys were involved,” Garlock said. “We were getting back quickly and so defensively I was happy. We were quick with the rotations and when it came down there they shut down things pretty quickly.”
Lima Senior came out and dominated from the opening face-off and within the first two minutes scored when Keys stuck one in the back of the net. In a little more than two minutes later, the Spartan senior was celebrating his second goal of the game.
A Zell goal followed two minutes later and after the first quarter, Lima Senior led 3-0.
Two more Zell goals followed by a Keys’ goal in the last 20 seconds of the first half, upped the lead to 6-0.
A Grundisch goal within the first 20 seconds of the second half followed by three straight scores from Bowsher gave Lima Senior a commanding 11-0 advantage. Browning added another goal in the third quarter.
Clay got its first score with two and a half minutes left in the third quarter.
With the 10-goal advantage and the majority of the Spartan starters on the bench, Oregon Clay added the last three goals of the game. Lima Senior’s Bocian scored in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously losing a year last year hurt us,” Garlock said. “We graduated a ton two years ago and pretty much the remaining offense graduated last year so we had to have some guys step up this year and in the first two games it was like chaos out there. We weren’t settling in and we weren’t moving the ball too well and those are some of the things we really focused on this week and you can see it tonight and the guys really bought in to tonight what we were doing.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.