Hockey games can be pretty unpredictable, except when Williamsville East and St. Francis meet. They are almost always guaranteed to be close.
Saturday was no exception as the Flames pulled out a 2-1 win in a Section VI Federation game played between division leaders.
"I was talking to the St. Francis coach [Craig Fattey] and we were like, 'Here we go again,' " said Williamsville East coach Mike Torrillo. "The last three years we played each other it's always 2-2, 2-1. The games are always real competitive."
John Bielinski got the game winner with six minutes left in the third period when he took a puck from his own zone, created a 2-on-1 break, and scored.
Williamsville East entered the game in first place in Division IV while St. Francis was on top in Division III.
St. Francis opened the scoring with a goal in the first period. The Flames answered on the power play in the second period when Nick Metcalf scored on assists from Ben Sharf and Brendan Chambers. "I don't think their goalie ever saw the shot there was so much traffic in front of the net," said Torrillo.
Not only was the final score close, the shots were 20-20.
Keith Haseley, Ryan Logar and Mike Parisi had two goals and one assist each as Niagara-Wheatfield handled Lancaster, 8-3. Anthony Vekich had four assists and a goal as the Falcons moved to 7-3.
Justin Nelson had three goals and Quinn Danahy added two as Bishop Timon-St. Jude beat Sweet Home, 9-1, before a Senior Night crowd at Cazenovia. The team's 14 seniors were recognized before the game. The Tigers (8-9-2) have won four of their last five.
Lockport edged Lew-Port, 181-179.5, to capture the Lew-Port Tournament, bettering a field of 13 teams.
Dan Reagan of Lew-Port was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after he won the 138-pound class with a 2-1 decision over Mike Feeney of Lockport. The winning Lions took three first places: Anthony Orefice at 106, Brad Feeney at 126 and Marshall Taylor at 195.
Jason Kromer's pin of Josh Bennett of Hamburg at 160 highlighted Lew-Port's four victories. Winning by decision for the Lancers were: Ryan Kromer (113), Brandon Dallavia (132) and Reagan (138).
Clarence won three weight classes and was runner up in two more on its way to winning the Ken-Ton Tournament. Twenty teams competed for the title at Kenmore West.
Jake Weber of the Red Devils won by pin at 160 over Preston Smith of Kenmore East at 3:07. Earning wins by decision were Conor Fitzhenry at 145 and Travis Griner at 170.
Stephanie Izard of Sweet Home cleared 5-foot-7 to win the high jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational. More than 200 schools from across the country were represented. The height not only broke the school record, but is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 9 in the country.
The Panthers' boys 4x200 relay of Tevon Rivers, Wayne Gordon, Jordan Johnson and Jeff Hart went 1:33.72 to take over the top spot in Western New York.
Meanwhile in the Lancaster Fieldhouse, St. Francis won four events, including two relays with eight different runners. Derrick Weyrough won the 300 meters in 40.6 and was on the winning 4x400 relay. Bill Fitzgerald was on the winning 4x200 relay and placed first in the long jump at 36 feet, 10 inches.
Lancaster had three winners: Alex Colarte in the 600, Jake Schmitz in the 1,600 and Jordan Kihl in the shot put.
Amherst had a pair of wins as Brandon Borden won the 50 hurdles in 6.9 and the Tigers' 4x800 crossed in 9:06.4. Lockport's two wins came courtesy of Alex Reid in the 50 (6.1) and Robert Ralyea in the pole vault (13-0).
For the girls, Jennifer Thill of Lancaster cleared 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to move into No. 2 in the state. McKenzie Kuehlewind of the Redskins covered 41 feet in the shot put to climb into No. 3 in the state.
Frontier had a hand in four victories. Katelyn Buck won the 50 hurdles, Emily Krasinski won the 3,000 meters and Shannon Dalton took the 1,000. McKyla Brooks tied with Ashley Grazen of Lancaster for first place in the 50 dash at 6.8.
Holy Angels outscored Olean, 16-5, in the fourth quarter of a 57-42 win. The game was close through three quarters before the Angels' pressure wore down the Huskies. The game was tied, 13-13, after the first quarter. Holy Angels led by one point at halftime and four points after three. Clarisa Matias led the Angels (13-3) with 22 points and Awilda Murphy had six assists. Emily Bantelman's 12 points paced the Huskies (6-5).