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January 16, 2014

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Senior goalie Guetti hoping to lead Blue Devils to first playoff win in six years

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Sean Guetti has a lot of responsibility when he takes his position between the pipes on the ice for the Kenmore West boys hockey team. 

He has to fight through opposing teams’ screens to follow the puck, track his opponents, and with each blistering shot that screams past a defender and stares him in the face, he knows that the split-second he has to react to the puck to make a save is the difference between his hockey team winning and losing. 

“You just have to think about what you’re playing for and the guys around you and the team on the front of your jersey,” Guetti said. “You can’t really play because you want to get better for yourself. It’s got to be for the people around you. … It just puts a little bit more pressure (on me), but nothing I can’t handle.”

The senior net minder is an assistant captain and a key component to the Blue Devils’ (9-5, 8-3 WNY Hockey Federation) success this season, as they sit two points back of Lew-Port battling for the regular season title.

When he isn’t focused on the task at hand out on the ice, you might find him staying loose during practice and joking around with teammates. 

According to Kenmore West coach Tim Knight, Guetti likes to keep it light and fun during practice. 

“He’s a goofball but he’s a goaltender. That’s to be expected,”  Knight said. “He’ll be making snow angels sometimes in the corner of the ice.”

But when it is time to compete, Guetti knows exactly where to harness all of his energy and focus: between the pipes. 

Hockey was embedded in Guetti’s DNA at a very young age. His father Marty grew up playing the sport and was an avid hockey fan.

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