Williamsville East is looking at the Western New York Federation Small School Tournament as the beginning of a new hockey season. That season started off with a bang Saturday as they knocked off Hamburg, 4-3, in double overtime.
Sean Mahon had the winning goal 1:15 into the second overtime on an assist from Simon Fedak. Dick Bordonaro scored two goals for Williamsville East, the tournament's sixth seed, while Jacob Lewis had 17 saves.
No. 3 Hamburg got solid play from goalie Ryan Tilley with 24 saves. Williamsville had a 3-1 lead in regulation but Hamburg came back to tie the game with goals by Steve Milley (power play) and John Crean to send it into the extra periods.
Williamsville East will play top-seeded Kenmore East Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Pepsi Center.
Adam Titanic scored the game-winner 41 seconds into the third period lifting 5-Sweet Home over 4-West Seneca East, 5-2.
Titanic's goal was on the rebound to lift Sweet Home into the semifinals Thursday against 2-Williamsville South at 9 p.m.
Ryan Gutt scored two goals and an assist, Chris Covel added twice and Dominick Puntillo had two assists for the winners.
Justin DiPasquale, Greg Potter and Darren Powers all scored and Eric Winnert had 20 saves on 21 shots as Williamsville South defeated Amherst, 3-1.
At Lancaster Field House, Dunkirk's Zach Sliwa (1000m, 4x800 relay) and Mike Waclawski (600, 4x800 relay) were double winners in boys action. Lancaster's Melissa Kurzdorfer (weight throw, shot put) and Jackie Hoffman (50m and 4x200) were standouts.
Junior Kristen Hall hit a three-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer giving Holy Angels a dramatic 55-54 nonleague victory over visiting Fredonia. Hall had tied the game with a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left before Mary Kate Bongiovanni hit a 14-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds left. After a timeout, the Angels worked the ball up the sideline and swung a pass across to Hall for the game winner. Hall, a junior who has scored 25, 25, 18 and 19 points in her previous four games, also had five assists and eight rebounds. Grace Moore led Fredonia with 16 points.
Chelsea Rogowski scored seven points but the biggest ones were the game-winners from the free-throw line as Immaculata defeated Western Reserve (Ohio), 43-41 in nonleague action. Tara Quinn was the leading scorer for Immaculata (14-5) with 16 points.
In the Kiwanis Tournament, Nichols and Lockport took wins.
It only took one half for Nichols to do what it needed. Kaitlin Donahoe had 11 points and nine assists to lift Nichols to a 63-44 victory over North Tonawanda. Moriah Camp added 14 points and nine rebounds for Nichols (17-5), which held a comfortable lead for the entire game. North Tonawanda fell to 2-18.
Karen Randall and Lindsey Burke hit back-to-back field goals early in overtime, then Lockport made them count at the free throw line to down Pioneer, 59-54.
Burke finished the game with 32 points (including scoring eight of Lockport's 12 overtime points) to pace the Lions (17-3). Ashley Flannery led Pioneer (18-2) with 26 points.
Forty-eight athletes from the West Side Rowing Club will participate today in the Crash-B Springs World Indoor Rowing Championships at Harry Agganis Arena in Boston.
Among the local entrants are Allan Amico of Canisius High, who won the junior lightweight men's competition last year. This year Amico is entered in the lightweight men's division. Another WSRC entrant is Monica Klenk, who was fourth last year in the women's coxswain event. Klenk will row in the junior women's lightweight class.
Rowers compete on machines in simulated 2,000-meter races.