December 22, 2014
Sports

Lancaster/Iroquois Norton on fire but still cooled off by relentless Monsignor Martin squad

Lancaster senior net-minder Madeline Norton saved 47 of 49 shots on net on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the North Buffalo Ice Rink. Her squad, though, still lost 2-1 to Monsignor Martin. Photo by William 'Ski' Wilczewski.

You don’t get much busier than Lancaster-Iroquois goalkeeper Madeline Norton did on Thursday, Dec. 18.

You also may not get more disappointed than she likely was after 45 minutes of grueling hockey.

That’s because—despite saving an amazing 47 of 49 shots on goal—the senior net-minder still took a 2-1 loss to Monsignor Martin at the North Buffalo Ice Rink that night.

“Maddie Norton is a phenomenal athlete. She just showed it again today,” Lancaster skipper David Santoro said. “Without her in the net, they’re going to score more goals. There’s no question about it.”

“Maddie always plays well,” added Monsignor Martin head coach Linda Mroz. “She always comes up big for their team. She’s a great kid and a great hockey player, but we just couldn’t find the holes. It was ridiculous.”

When they did in the second and third periods—on netters from Maeve Christ and Kayla Blas, respectively—it was also Lancaster’s second loss to Monsignor Martin in a little more than a week, and the second in two days for the club, which got clobbered 5-0 by Monsignor Martin on Dec. 10 and fell 3-1 with a late empty-net goal to Orchard Park-Frontier on Dec. 17.

“Yesterday I attribute some of what happened to the girls being sick,” Santoro said. “Today, after the way Monsignor Martin beat us last time, our girls stepped their game up and played a great game against a very good team. So, to lose in the last couple minutes to a team that’s as good as Monsignor Martin, I’m very proud of the effort they put out today.”

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