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Boys Fed Hockey Roundup – Saturday, December 22nd

Recapping Yesterday’s Games

Niagara Wheatfield 3, Frontier 0

Niagara Wheatfield picked up its second-straight win handing Frontier its fifth loss of the season.

Ben Shapiro, Cam King and Caleb Lee all scored for N-W.

St. Joe’s 6, Orchard Park 2

The Marauders came back from a 2-1 first period deficit to win their fifth game in a row.

St. Joe’s Matthew Barrali scored his first of two goals with seven-and-a-half minutes left in the second period to tie it. Tristan Weigand gave the Marauders the lead for good heading into the second intermission.

Kellen Pulera, William Redding and Jayden Baldinelli also scored for St. Joe’s while Mitch Floccare added three assists.

Kyle Flynn and Aidan Jones netted the two Quaker goals.

West Seneca West 8, Iroquois-Alden 2

The Indians, who thanks in part to Hamburg’s loss, take sole control of second place in Division II as Chase Chodkowski, Mike Velasquez and Kyle Haettich all scored a pair of goals.

West Seneca West jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the end of the first.

Iroquois-Alden got on the board early in the second with a goal from Ty Moran, but the Indians answered back a few minutes later.

Michael Flury and Billy Coughlin, who also had four assists, scored the other two West Seneca West goals.

Collin Harrington netted the other Iroquois-Alden goal.

Kenmore East 7, Williamsville South 6 (OT)

Growing up Aidan Bova has dreamed of being the captain of his hockey team.

As the only senior forward on the Kenmore East Bulldogs, Bova got his chance to be a leader on his team.

“I’ve dreamed of being a captain my whole life,” Bova said. “I love taking leadership and pushing guys to their best.”

Friday night, it was the senior’s actions that led the Bulldogs to victory at the Northtown Center.

Bova netted two goals and an assist, including the game-winner in overtime.

“He’s a north-south forward,” Ken-East coach Kyle Pray said of Bova. “He’s a grinder. He gets in front of the net and gets those kinds of goals. He’s a good character guy who works hard in practice and game situations. Hopefully, it’s rubbing off on the younger guys.”

The senior’s goal was made possible after teammate Mike Greiner fired home a shot to tie the game with less than a second left in regulation. Both goals came on the man-advantage, where the Bulldogs have been very comfortable this season, after Williamsville South took a five-minute major penalty with 1:44 left in the third period.

Kenmore East has found the back of the net eight times on the power play this season, including three Friday.

“I’ve been really pleased with our offensive production,” Pray said. “Our power play has been really good. We’re still not taking care of our defensive zone; making mental mistakes and taking penalties at the wrong time. I’m glad we were able to overcome that tonight.”

The ending was indicative of the fight the Bulldogs had throughout coming back from two-goal deficits on two separate occasions.

“After the last couple of games we’ve had, this was a good team win,” Bova said. “We fought to the very end. Something clicked and hopefully, we can keep this going.”

Danny Berke scored his first of two goals just 32 seconds into the game for the Billies. Kenmore East answered back with a goal from Dominic Cassillo a few minutes later. Will South took a 2-1 lead in the first intermission after Marcus Bratton’s power play goal.

The Billies extended their lead to two goals as Ryan McDonald scored early in the second.

Alex Ghosen and Bova both netted goals to tie the game up at three, only to have Will South retake the lead with goals from Kevin McGraw and Mitchell Kiebala.

Kenmore East tied the game again, courtesy of goals from Tyler LaPorta and Ghosen early in the third period.

Berke got his second goal to give his team the 6-5 lead with 5:23 left in the third.

Williamsville East 9, Lew-Port 3

The Flames followed up an 11-2 rout of Iroquois-Alden Thursday night with another blowout Friday.

Jason Melanson had three assists to go along with a hat-trick.

Will East jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than four minutes into the game before the Lancers made a change at goalie.

Lew-Port fought back in the second period, cutting the deficit to 4-2 at the intermission.

The Flames power play was red hot as they scored five goals with the man-advantage.

Mike Wolf had two goals and an assist for Will East while teammates Ryan Mitchell, Ryan Meade, Brennan McCarthy and Gunar Weppner also scored.

Jack Evert, Joey Zachary and Nate Gworek netted the Lancer goals.

Starpoint 2, Hamburg 1

The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 defeat at the hands of Kenmore West and snapped Hamburg’s four-game win streak.

Ryan Kelly gave Starpoint the one-goal lead early in the second period. Brenden Dewey added the insurance goal with six minutes left in the third.

Jacob O’Donnell scored the lone Bulldog goal with 36 seconds left in the game.

West Seneca East 4, North Tonawanda 3 (OT)

The Trojans came away with their second win of the season courtesy of a Connor Mentel goal with 24 seconds left in overtime.

West Seneca East took a 3-1 lead with 5:34 left in the third with back-to-back goals from Michael Borowiak.

Today’s Games

Frontier vs. Clarence 1 p.m. Northtown Center

The Red Devils will be looking to complete the sweep over the Falcons after beating them 5-2 on Sunday. Trevor Arno and Nicholas Messuro have been leading the way for Clarence with five points each. Frontier is coming off a loss to Niagara Wheatfield Friday night.

Williamsville North vs. Niagara Wheatfield 6 p.m. Niagara University

Division I perennial powers and large school sectional finalists meet for the second time this season. Will North won the first meeting last Friday 5-3. The Spartans fell to rival St. Joe’s 5-1 on Thursday night. Niagara Wheatfield comes into the matchup with two wins in a row.

Orchard Park vs. Lancaster 8 p.m. Holiday Twin Rinks

The Legends will be looking to snap their three-game losing streak after falling to St. Joe’s and Williamsville North last week. Anthony Scoma leads Lancaster with six points this season.

West Seneca West vs. Sweet Home 5:30 p.m. Northtown Center

The Indians will be looking for revenge in a rematch of last year’s Division II State Championship game. Sweet Home is coming off winning the Cataract Classic last weekend with wins over Starpoint and Lew-Port. West Seneca West has outscored their last two opponents 12-3.

Lockport-Niagara Falls vs. Kenmore West 7:30 p.m. HarborCenter

The Division II-leading Blue Devils have the Fed’s top three point-leaders in Ethan Yotter, Michael Barker and Cam Crosier.

Kenmore East vs. Lew-Port 8:15 p.m. Niagara University

These two teams meet after both playing at the Northtown Center Friday night where the Bulldogs picked up their second league win of the season. Lew-Port’s Peter Spameni has seven points on the season.

St. Francis vs. Williamsville South 3:15 p.m. Northtown Center

After tying Canisius on Thursday, the Red Raiders remain one of two unbeaten teams in the Fed. St. Francis is led by Pierce Greene, who has four goals and six assists this season.

St. Mary’s vs. Timon 3:15 p.m. Cazenovia Park

The Tigers, who are coming off tough losses to Pittsford and McQuaid Jesuit last weekend, will look to return to their winning ways as they take on Division I’s St. Mary’s in a Monsignor Martin matchup. John Glascoe leads Bishop Timon with 12 points through four league games. The Lancers are coming off their first league win of the season, a 4-1 victory over Orchard Park last Friday.

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