Boys Fed Hockey Roundup – Friday, February 15th
SMALL SCHOOL PRE-QUARTERFINALS
No. 3 West Seneca West 8, No. 14 Amherst 1
The Indians regrouped after giving up the game’s first goal answering back with eight straight of their own to advance to the Small School quarterfinals.
Mike Velasquez led the way with two goals and two assists. Brian Gorman had a pair of goals.
Chase Chodkowski, Griffin Finnegan, Ethan Parsons, and Billy Coughlin also scored for West Seneca West.
Matthew Croll had the lone Tiger goal just over three minutes into the game.
The Indians outshot Amherst 44-11.
No. 11 Sweet Home 4, No. 6 West Seneca East 2
The defending State champions are still alive after upsetting the Trojans in a back-and-forth affair.
Blake Russo scored the game winner on the power play with 10:22 left in the third period.
Collin Coogan netted a pair of goals, including the game-sealing goal with just over a minute left.
West Seneca East’s Connor Mentel opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the second period. Coogan responded less than a minute later. However, Mentel and the Trojans retook their lead only 47 seconds afterward.
Connor Weiskerger tied the game at two with 10:14 left in the second.
Goalie Michael Lisman made 38 saves in net for the Panthers.
No. 13 Kenmore East 5, No. 4 Starpoint 3
The Bulldogs jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on to upset the Spartans.
They’ll face top-seed Grand Island in the quarterfinals. Faceoff is at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at HarborCenter.
Ken-East’s Dominic Cassillo scored two goals while teammate Aidan Bova had three points.
Tyler LaPorta opened the scoring halfway through the first period. Cassillo and Alex Ghosen found the back of the net as well to give Ken-East the 3-0 lead going into the second.
Starpoint responded in the second period cutting the deficit to one. Chuck Schmidl started things off three and a half minutes in. Joe LoBrutto scored on the power play a few minutes later.
The Bulldogs quickly bounced back in the third with Bova scoring just 20 seconds into the period.
Spencer Slote found the back of the net for Starpoint with 5:42 left.
Cassillo’s second goal, which came with 45 seconds left, sealed the win for Ken-East.
Bulldogs netminder Anthony Kowalski made 21 saves.
No. 7 Williamsville East 5, No. 10 Iroquois-Alden 0
Liam Wojciechowski had the 17-save shutout as the Flames brought the first season of the Iroquois-Alden team to a close.
Mike Wolf, Ryan Mitchell, Nick LaFornara, Brennan McCarthy, and Jason Melanson all scored for Will-East.
Wolf, Mitchell, and Melanson each had a pair of assists.
SMALL SCHOOL PRE-QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Hamburg vs. No. 12 North Tonawanda 6 p.m. Northtown Center
The Bulldogs enter the playoffs winning four of their last six, including a tie. The Lumberjacks had lost five-straight before beat they Amherst, 6-1, in their regular season finale. NT beat Hamburg, 2-0, in a meeting on Jan. 6.
No. 8 Williamsville South vs. No. 9 Lewiston-Porter 8:15 p.m. Northtown Center
The Billies have found some success winning three their last five games before the post season. The Lancers lost their previous three games. Lew-Port beat Will South, 4-2, on Jan. 12.