St. Joe's, Sweet Home skate to 5-0
St. Joe's and Sweet Home took similar paths to victory on Thursday night in Federation hockey. Both teams moved to 5-0 in the league after winning by 4-2 scores.
St. Joe's Anthony Carusco scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 3:15 left to beat Williamsville North before an estimated 900 at the Amherst Pepsi Center. Sweet Home's Alex Esposito scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 9:59 left to beat Williamsville East before 600.
Kris Raepple had one goal and two assists and Ron Femia added three assists for the Marauders (7-0). Goalie Brandon Komm had 39 stops, 15 in the third period, for North, which suffered its first league loss.
Ryan Marko had one goal and two assists for Sweet Home (7-1). Panthers goalie Derek Mohney ran his record to 5-0 with 21 saves.
Scott Moser had two assists as Kenmore West edged Canisius, 4-3. Tony Farah scored West's fourth goal to make it 4-2. Paul Steng scored with 6:30 left as Canisius rallied to within a goal.
Freeman nets 29 in Amherst win
Cordell Freeman (29 points) shot 10 of 12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help the Amherst boys basketball team earn a 76-70 win at nonleague host Newfane.
The Tigers withstood a furious rally by Newfane in the second half, as the Panthers pulled within 73-68 with less than a minute left after trailing by 26 at halftime.
Nick Hesson had 18 points as Riverside, tied at the half with St. Mary's, beat the Lancers, 64-61, in a nonleaguer. The Frontiers outscored St. Mary's, 23-14, in the third quarter. Nick Wheeler paced St. Mary's with 18 points.
Olean continues to live up to its No. 1 ranking in the New York State Sportswriter's poll in Class B. Zach Moore scored 13 of his 25 points in the first quarter as the Huskies (7-0, 3-0) coasted, 67-40, over Gowanda in CCIAC I.
It took Akron the entire first half to figure out Pembroke, but once the Tigers did they rallied to win, 71-50, in the Alden Tournament. After trailing by five points at the half, the Tigers outscored Pembroke, 20-4, in the third quarter. J.C. Tretter led Akron with 22 points.
Justin McKay's big overtime period enabled North Tonawanda to advance to the final of the Maryvale McDonald's Tournament with a 59-52 win over Lancaster. McKay scored seven of his nine points during the extra session.
Lancaster girls hold off Clarence
The Lancaster girls basketball team knew it was in for a battle with Clarence despite winning the first meeting, in the Alden Tournament, by 20 points.
Danielle Martzolf's putback basket with 1:08 left gave the Redskins a three-point cushion and a 44-41 win in ECIC I. Martzolf (13 points) scored four of Lancaster's nine points in the fourth quarter while teammate Melysa Markut (13 points) nailed three three-pointers. Clarence (5-2, 4-1) misfired on its final two possessions.
Yvette Hunter had 10 offensive rebounds as Jamestown moved to 9-0 overall with a 62-43 win over West Seneca West. Nikki Frederickson led the Red Raiders with 20 points, six rebounds and six steals.
Nardin remained undefeated in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 51-38 win over Mount St. Mary. Kendra Brim had 23 points and Caroline Hourihan added 11 with seven assists.