The West Seneca Wings Pee Wee Minors learned the true meaning of the words "heartbreaking defeat" at the Ottawa District Pee Wee Championship Tournament.
The Wings made it to the title match of the Ottawa, Ont., tournament on Jan. 14 before losing to the Ottawa Rideau, 2-1, in triple overtime. Ottawa scored with just nine seconds remaining in the third overtime to win it.
Under the overtime format in the Ottawa tournament, each extra period is two minutes long, and the teams each use only three skating players and a goaltender. The players must remain on the ice for the entire two-minute period except in the case of injury or penalty trouble. It is not a sudden-death overtime. If the score is tied at the end of the extra period, another is played.
In the Ottawa title game, neither team scored in the first two extra periods.
The Wings' Pete Ratchuk tied it to set up the overtime, and Wings goalie Matt DiCarlo stopped three overtime breakaways to keep his team in the contest.
The Wings began the tournament with a 4-2 triumph over Sudbury, Ont., as Ratchuk scored two goals.
DiCarlo earned a shutout Saturday as West Seneca blanked Nepean, Ont., 4-0. Ratchuk, Pat Hall, Chris Ciamaga and Andy Bukaty scored. DiCarlo again held the opposition scoreless as the Wings topped Mississauga, Ont., 3-0, Sunday morning, prior to the championship match. Ciamaga scored all three Wings goals.
Jim Reaume, coach of the West Seneca Pee Wee Minors, said relentless forechecking and backchecking plus good defensive play from his entire team were the prime reasons for the Wings' strong showing.
The Amherst Junior B Knights notched two wins last weekend. Amherst traveled to Rochester to face the Junior Americans Saturday and won, 5-2. Todd Marchant (one goal, three assists) and Paul Sullivan (two goals, one assist) led the way.
At the Audubon Rink in Amherst Sunday, the Rochester Monarchs came to town in second place, three points behind Amherst in the Northeast Junior B League standings, and left town five points back after the Knights won, 8-4. Dave Goegan had the hat trick and Dave Kaplan two goals for Amherst, which improved to 23-1-1.
If Amherst defeats the Monarchs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Audubon Rink, it will clinch first place in the Northeast League and gain an automatic berth in the National Junior B Championships, March 29, in Detroit. Amherst is defending national champion.
The Bud Bakewell Midget Major Bruins are 6-0-1 in their last seven Western New York Amateur Hockey League outings after their two games last week.
Saturday, the Bruins bested Batavia, 8-3, at the Riverside Rink. Bob Hudson, Dave Economou and Wesley Dragoo each scored twice for the Bruins.
Sunday at Riverside, the Bruins erased a 4-1 third period deficit to tie the Hamburg Midget Major Hawks, 5-5. Hamburg is undefeated. Hudson again scored twice for Bud Blakewell.
The Bruins and Hawks stage a rematch at the Riverside Rink at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
The Hamburg Pee Wee Major Tier II team continues to roll. Joe DiFrancisco and Scott Vogl had two goals each and paced Hamburg to a 4-2 win over visiting Brockport Saturday.
Joel Wind gained a shutout Sunday as visiting Hamburg flattened Jamestown, 8-0.
The South Buffalo Four Seasons Midgets got a hat trick from Pat Fisher and routed Cazenovia, 11-1, Thursday at the Cazenovia Rink.