CASH goes Greene in playoff win
Photo courtesy of Janet Schultz, NYHockeyOnline.com
Current senior Emma Faso joined alumni Julia Mings and McKenna Rushford on the WNY Girls Federation’s all-time scoring list making it fair to say the CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home) program is known for their prolific scorers.
With Faso graduating at the end of the season, the CASH faithful are wondering who will carry the torch next year.
It appears that could be Allison Greene.
Greene was clutch in netting both goals for No. 4 CASH in their 2-1 win over No. 5 HEWS (Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca East/West) in the Section VI Girls Hockey quarterfinals Monday at HarborCenter.
CASH coach Nicola Adimey is already convinced that Greene will be the next big scorer to don the yellow, black, and red.
“She will be,” Adimey said about Greene having similar success as the aforementioned players. “She’s only a freshman but she plays with experienced players that put pressure on her and she steps up. She’s goes out there and does her thing. She scores goals.”
This season, Greene took the tall order of playing on her team’s top line with Faso and Charleigh Rondeau. The freshman forward has answered the call with 17 points while helping her teammates climb to the top of the league in scoring this season.
“We dominated in shots and it just didn’t translate into goals,” Adimey said. “I told them ‘stick with what you’re doing’ because they were doing the right thing. We played hard and it all worked out.”
Greene knocked in the game-winning goal with 4:12 left in the third period.
“We had to play as a team,” Greene said. “Our passing was pretty good. Their goalie (HEWS’ Sissy Harman) was really good so we had to just keep getting shots to the net.”
Even though CASH was controlling the game in the first period, it was HEWS who found the back of the net first.
Oliva Wade sent the puck across the goal crease where Carleigh Sutfin threw the puck into the open net with 6:25 left in the period.
Faso nearly scored just two and a half minutes into the second, but the goal was disallowed due to a high-stick.
A few minutes later CASH finally got what was due. Greene knocked in a loose puck to tie the game at one going into the third period.
After Greene gave her team the lead in the third period, CASH didn’t slow down. In the final two minutes, CASH offensive pressure was so great that HEWS never had the opportunity to pull the goalie for an extra attacker.
CASH outshot HEWS 34-17.
CASH will take on No. 1 FLOP (Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park) at the Hamburg Nike Base at 3 p.m. in the semifinals on Tuesday, February 5th.
In the other quarterfinal games, No. 3 LID (Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew) took down No. 6 Ken-GI (Kenmore East/West and Grand Island) 3-1 and No. 2 Williamsville beat No. 7 Niagara Country (Niagara Wheatfield/Starpoint) 7-1.
LID and Williamsville will faceoff at 4:30 p.m. at the Northtown Center in the other semifinal Tuesday.