Tonawanda News


February 8, 2014

North Tonawanda trio has become top line for Jacks

North Tonawanda's Clarke, Rydzewski and Vivian have become top line for Lumberjacks


Tonawanda News — Clarke added that it's nice to be on a line where everyone knows where they are supposed to be at all times. 

So far this season the line has combined for 33 of NT’s 48 goals. Statistically, Rydzewski leads the team in points with 25, followed by Clarke with 22 and Vivian with 19. 

Vivian leads the team with 15 goals and has lived up to the sniper roll, putting away setup passes from assist leader Clarke, who has 15 on the season. 

"We've talked about before how (our goalie) is the backbone of this team," Zybtek said. "He keeps the games close and these guys, I always try to challenge them and talk to them before games saying 'we need you guys to finish and get those goals so we can ride the saves that Kyle Painter is making in these tight games" 

Painter also agreed with Zybtek about the production of the line and making his job easier this season.  

"It's a lot better than last year definitely," Painter said. "From last year passing was rough and there wasn't a lot of flow. But this season, now when you've got a line like that, you can kind of count on them winning a faceoff or getting the puck up and down the ice quicker and getting it out of the zone better. All in all the flow of the passing is a lot better."

The Jacks continue their season today against St. Mary's at the Hockey Outlet in North Tonawanda. Puck drop is set for 8:35 p.m.

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