Two Buffalo Hornets teams went undefeated last week to remain high in the divisional standings of the Western New York Amateur Hockey League.
The Hornets' Pee Wee Tier III improved their first-place record to 5-1-1, earning three points. Nick Stefaniak scored with less than a minute to play in the third period to lift the Hornets to a 2-2 tie Wednesday with Batavia. Craig Pfeifer scored earlier for Buffalo.
Kirk Graham recorded a shutout, his first of the league season, and lowered his goals-against average to a 1.85 as the Hornets blanked Brockport, 7-0, Saturday. Joe Merrill scored twice and George Barker, Chris McDonald, Dan Dyson, Mark Botticello and Pfeifer once each.
The Hornets' Bantam Tier III team posted back-to-back triumphs to move into second place in its WNYAHL division. With a 4-1-1 record, the Hornets are only two points behind division-leading Jamestown (5-0-1).
The Hornets edged Batavia, 2-1, Friday as Jordon Cross and Jerry Wojcik each had a goal and assist. Wojcik's was the winning goal. Keith Hoffman scored for Batavia.
Dennis Wright got the only goal Ron Waskow needed as the Hornets' goaltender blanked South Buffalo, 1-0, Saturday. Walt Kamad and Wojcik each had an assist.
The Bantam Tier III race is tight, as Cheektowaga (3-1-2) is one point behind the Hornets and is followed, another point back, by Grand Niagara (3-1) and Brockport (2-2-2). Grouped with five points each are Cazenovia (2-1-1), Hamburg (2-1-1), South Buffalo (2-2-1) and Geneseo (2-2-1). Olean (2-6), Bud Bakewell (1-4) and Batavia (0-7) complete the standing.
Geneseo's Kevin Armbruster leads the Bantam Tier III scoring with 10 points (nine goals, one assist), one more than Cheektowaga's Craig Kwiatkowski (6-3) and Jamestown's David Gibbs (4-5).
Tied with eight points each are Olean's Chris Grant (6-2), Cheektowaga's Keith Hansen (6-2), the Hornets' Jeff Patronic (2-6) and Cheektowaga's Jacob Brozyna (4-4).
The Hamburg Hawks (3-2) lead the Bantam Tier II standing with six points, one ahead of Pittsburgh (2-1-1). Cheektowaga is 1-0-1 and Batavia 0-3.
Hamburg also claims three of the division's top six scorers, headed by Brandon Presto with seven points (five goals, two assists). Teammates Bob Kalenik and Mike Szarowicz each have five (2-3).
The Rochester Monarchs, with 12 victories in as many starts for 24 points, are running away with the Northeastern Junior B League. A distant second with 14 points are the Wheatfield Blades (6-1-2), followed by Syracuse (6-7-1), Pittsburgh (5-7), Niagara Falls (4-6-1), Cleveland (2-7-2) and the Rochester Junior Americans (1-6-2).
The Niagara Scenics (6-9-4) stand third in the North American Junior A League with 16 points.