and many players -- changed, but Amherst's Knights had considerable success in the National Junior B Championships in the 1980s and they're heading back to start the 1990s.
The Knights assured their seventh trip to the nationals in nine years by defeating the Rochester Monarchs, 7-6, last Thursday towrap up the Northeast Junior B League title.
John Duke scored two goals. Paul Sullivan, Marc Batterson, Dave Costantini, Anton Wopperer and Chris Butts added one each.
The Knights (24-1-1) will defend their title in the National Junior B Championships, to be held in Detroit in late March.
Coach Bob Rosen will be making his seventh trip with Amherst, which has won its division's national title a record four times.
"We started this success back in 1981," said Rosen. "For the first few years, we went at the Junior C level when our league was a Junior C group. I was an assistant to former coach Heinz Maier. We won it once as a Junior C. The other three national championships have come since our league was elevated to Junior B status and we also moved up."
Last year's was Rosen's first championship as head coach. He took over following Maier's retirement three years ago.
Amherst's fine play has attractleague, seek fifth national crown
ed the attention of college recruiters. Nine of 11 Knights moved on to college hockey last year.
Hamburg's Major Tier II Hawks remain undefeated after handing the Bud Bakewell Bruins their first loss in eight games, 6-1. Gary Masocco led the Hawks with two goals.
Doug Willard, Lou Alming, Joe Barbic and Brandon Burgasser added one each. Mike Regan scored for the Bruins.
The Cheektowaga Warriors (12-1-2), Tier I leaders in the Niagara District Girls Hockey League, defeated runner-up St. Catharines, 5-2, last week, as Kim Eisenried had the hat trick and Shawnee Oberholtzer scored twice. Julie Handzel was in goal as the Warriors blanked Oakville, 3-0.
Cheektowaga's Pee Wee Tier III team improved to 11-0 in the Western New York Amateur Hockey League last week.
Cheektowaga blasted Cazenovia B, 10-0, as Scott Bartkowiak and Tom Kinzie each had the hat trick. Brian Malcolm had five assists and Brian Kaczmerk was in goal.
Shawn Paa had two goals as Cheektowaga then beat the Bud Bakewell Pee Wee Bruins, 4-2.
Andy Orlowski was in goal as Hamburg's Bantam Hawks, 7-0-1 in their last eight WNYAHL games, beat first-place Cheektowaga, 3-0. Hamburg then routed Batavia, 16-2, led by Cort Knodel (three goals, one assist), Joel Morrison (one goal, five assists) and Troy (two goals, three assists).