FLOP, Williamsville win
Regular season champion FLOP (Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park) and Williamsville will play for the Section VI Girls Ice Hockey championship Wednesday night at Amherst Northtown Center.
Led by Jessica Peters’ two goals, FLOP defeated LID (Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew), 5-1, on Monday in the first game of the semifinal doubleheader at Northtown. Williamsville scored four unanswered goals after a first-period tie to defeat CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home), 6-2.
Tori Fadeley scored the first goal at 8:15 of the opening period and FLOP which took 3-0 lead into the first break.
"We had kind of a slow start but once we got the first one id it kind of broke the ice," said FLOP said coach Bob Klimowicz.
Peters’ first goal came next and before Mary Kromer took a breakaway pass from Emery Fitzery to scored short-handed. Peters scored again in the second period and Emily Kromer tallied in the third for the winners.
Jersey Phillips scored on the power play in the second period for the LID goal.
FLOP goalies Maggie Spyche, a junior at Orchard Park, made 20 saves. FLOP had a 36-21 shots advantage.
Holly Schmelzer had a natural hat trick after an earlier assist in the Williamsville victory.
Kelly Dormer and Rachel Juneau (short-handed) scored in the opening period for Williamsville. Charleigh Rondeau and Emma Faso had tallies for CASH.
Amanda Gaffney’s goal broke the tie in the second period before Schmelzer got the first of her three in a row then scored twice more in the third period.
Hannah Barrett had 16 saves in goal for CASH. Jenna Lukomski had 20 stops for Williamsville.
The championship game will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Northtown.
Holland girls clinch division
Holland (12-0) clinched first place in ECIC IV girls basketball with a 55-37 victory at Eden behind a powerful performance by senior Cassidy Slocum. Eden, 8-2 in the division mathematically could equal the Dutchwomen's record but Holland has the tiebreaker with a sweep of the season series.
Slocum had 30 points and 22 rebounds for Holland.
Eagles need OT at Maryvale
Lake Shore needed overtime but the Eagles had Shawni Cornfield on their side in their 65-61 ECIC III girls basketball victory at Maryvale.
Cornfield scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven steals in leading the third-place Eagles to their seventh win in nine division games. Second-place Iroquois (7-1) will face first-place East Aurora (6-0) tonight.
O’Hara wins wild one
Cardinal O’Hara, which last defeated St. Joe’s in a Monsignor Martin game in 2009, outgunned the Marauders, 95-85, Monday night.
Sophomore Justin Hemphill scored 29 points and another soph, Jermaine Haynes, had 28 points for the Hawks. Jack Capen led St. Joe’s with 31 points and Keith Norward had 26. The Hawks won a nonleague game over St. Joe’s earlier in the season.
Health Sciences, ranked No. 1 among small schools in boys basketball, had to rally in the fourth quarter for a 64-58 win over No. 9 Tapestry Charter. Kameron Briggs had 23 points for the Falcons. Davonte Gaines had only 12 points for the winners but took down 11 rebounds. Dorian Plummer led Tapestry with 22 points.
Two Crusaders to sign
Two Canisius High senior football players will be among the Western New York scholastic athletes who will sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday at the Kennedy Field House on the Delaware Avenue campus.
R.J. Brandon will commit to Dartmouth of the Ivy league. Jayce Johnson will sign with Wagner College, located on Staten Island. Wagner competes in the Northeast Conference on the NCAA Division I Bowl Championship Subdivision (BCS) level.