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February 14, 2013

Ken West hockey begins playoffs tonight

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Tonawanda News — Ryan, a three-sport varsity starter his entire four-year career (baseball, hockey and soccer), is also quite the academic. He’s a part of the International Baccalaureate Program at Kenmore West, and Knight said he is one of the top students in his class. He has applied to the U.S. Naval Academy and hopes to study either electrical or nuclear engineering.

His high I.Q. helps the senior out on the ice, Knight said.

“He’s focused, not like most kids that aren’t sure what they want to do, he’s pretty clear cut on where he wants to go and that’s how he approaches hockey,” Knight said. “He works hard but likes to have fun at the same time. When he steps on the ice he’s all business. He plays power play, penalty kill, I’ll double shift him back there and I’ll put our sixth or seventh defenseman out there with him because I know they won’t hurt us if he’s out there with them.”

Ryan is trying to enjoy the few remaining games in his hockey career.

“Being here four years you kind of put things in perspective and try and go out there and have a good time,” Ryan said. “The two other seniors are out so it’s just me out there trying to lead this team. It’s a fun time.”

Between the pipes, Guetti has been rock solid all season. With only three seniors on the team, he has mostly inexperienced players in front of him, but on most nights it hasn’t mattered much.

At the start of the year, Guetti was dealing with some confidence issues, but has returned to top form. He credits his teammates for staying behind him.

“I’ve been getting some confidence back after last year not winning a game,” Guetti said. “It’s been a more positive environment to be around. My defense has been playing really strong in front of me, so I have to give credit to them. … There’s been a lot of ups and downs with this team but staying positive is the most important thing.”

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