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December 20, 2012

2012-13 Federation Hockey League Preview

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Tonawanda News — Ken East

The Bulldogs (3-0-1, 2-0-1 Federation) are coming off the most successful season in program history after winning a State Championship last year.

The hard part began several weeks ago when this year’s Kenmore East squad began the 2012-13 campaign minus 14 players from that state championship team.

Bulldogs coach Kyle Pray knew going into the season that it would be an uphill battle getting back to the top.

“I’ve been really proud of this group so far because they have listened pretty well and bought into the system that we’ve developed for them,” he said. “The past couple of years we have had some pretty skilled offensive players. This year we have more of a gritty, grind-it-out type team on offense. We’re a team that tries to get pucks to the net a lot and we try to get goals — we call it — in the house, in the slot area.”

Ken East will depend heavily on senior captain Anthony Amoia, who Pray called a strong two-way player.

“I think he represents what our team is about this year,” Pray said. “He’s a gritty, two-way forward. He works hard for the goals and points he gets. But at the same time he does a good job taking care of our own end as well.”

Mike Davern and Trevor Taggert return between the pipes for the Bulldogs. Defensemen Steve Schultz is in his first season with Ken East and, at 6-foot-1, Pray has been impressed with his physical presence. He’s strong and he plays in all situations.

He’ll log a lot of ice time this season and be the main anchor on defense, according to Pray.

Pray expects his team to compete in the league and be a factor come sectionals later this season despite the team’s inexperience.

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