Tonawanda News —
Both players have matured into key leaders for the Marauders and are aware of their impact on the rest of the team. Iannello and Klapp both lead by example and let others take the lead in terms of being vocal on and off the ice. They both try to show others, especially underclassmen, what it takes to be a good hockey player every day — in practice and in games.
"As a captain you have to lead by example," Klapp said. "We have some vocal guys on the team but I like to lead more by example and I feel that has a bigger impact, especially on the younger guys. As seniors you have to try and motivate the younger guys and get them active in the lineup."
Iannello said the players have developed a system of leadership that's generated positive results.
"We have our top two lines that go out and get the goals, but our next two lines go out and they know their job is to generate a good forecheck and gain momentum for the next line to come out and put the puck in the net," he said. "We've all accepted our role on the team, and we know what we need to do as a line or a person to get out there and get the job done."
Crozier said Klapp and Iannello have played fantastic all season and he's been pleased with their development and how they've matured, both on and off the ice. Along with Ben Higgins, Mike Crawford and Alec Basehart — who are also from Tonawanda — Crozier said the group of Tonawanda players represent St. Joe's well.
Tonight is round two of the St. Joe's-Canisius rivalry and it promises to be an exciting and energetic contest.