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January 29, 2013

St. Joe's posts another perfect weekend

Tonawanda News — The St. Joe's hockey doesn't take many days off. In fact, coach Rick Crozier has his team "going" at every opportunity.

The Marauders (16-2-1, 12-0-1 Federation) are on the ice, in a practice or a game, six out of seven days during the week, and Crozier said the most important thing he tries to teach his players is work ethic — a concept he learned as a student at the school in the early 90s.

That mentality has led the Marauders to an unbeaten season in the Federation through 13 games, including a pair of victories over the weekend over Niagara Falls and Niagara-Wheatfield. They beat the Falcons 5-1 on Sunday at Buffalo State's Ice Arena, and Crozier said hard work was the reason.

"I tell the boys all the time and this is what we live by: No one outworks us, no one," he said. "Most important thing we have to ask ourself at the end of every game is: Were we the hardest working team? No offense to Niagara-Wheatfield, they're a very skilled team, but we outworked them (Sunday)."

The Sunday matinee between teams likely determined the regular season league champion, and it didn't take the Marauders long to get on the scoreboard.

Just under two minutes in, Kyle Moslow stuffed a loose puck home to give the Marauders a 1-0 lead. 

St. Joe's continued to build momentum by dominating in the second period, scoring three goals — all by the team's No. 2 line — to put the game out of reach. 

Crozier said the second period was huge.

"We had it 15 shots to four in our favor," he said. "Any time you outshoot a good team — I mean (Niagara-Wheatfield) very much could represent our section in the public school championship in Utica in March. Any time you outshoot a team 15-4 you're doing something right."

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