Clarence to face N-Wheatfield
No. 5 seed Clarence took the lead with a pair of first-period goals and held on for a 2-1 victory over Lancaster in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 (large schools) Section VI boys hockey playoffs on Saturday at Amherst Northtown Center.
Lancaster struck first on a goal by Mathieu Rachiele, but nine seconds later Nick Lunetta tied it for the Red Devils. Near the end of the period Josh Slowinski scored what turned out to be the winning goal.
Clarence held off the Redskins thanks to 36 saves by Jack Niesypy.
Clarence will face No. 1 seed and three-time defending sectional champion Niagara-Wheatfield in one semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Amherst Northtown.
Four assists for OP’s Streety
Williamsville North and Orchard Park will play in Tuesday’s other semi, at 8:30 p.m.
North advanced with a 9-0 romp over Niagara Falls, winner of the WNY Federation Division 2 but classified as Division 1 for the sectionals.
Matt Noe and Brendan Cunningham each scored a pair of goals for North. Adam Batz, Tanner Juul, Daniel Mosier and Josh Surwiec had single tallies for the Spartans. Nick Stafford and Jordan Scinta split the shutout for North.
Cole Schiffman and Troy Banks scored third-period goals after Frontier had twice tied the game and Orchard Park went on to a 4-2 victory over the Falcons. Arthur Owens and Zach Biasillo had tallied earlier for the Quakers. Mitchell Streety assisted on all four Orchard Park goals while Kyle Fallon made 20 stops in goal for the Quakers.
Four quarterfinal games are scheduled today in the Section VI Division 2 playoffs. Top-seeded Williamsville East will take on Williamsville South at 1 p.m., followed by Kenmore East versus West Seneca West at 3, West Seneca East versus Grand Island at 5 and North Tonawanda versus Hamburg at 7.
North girls top Sharks
Sacred Heart edged Williamsville North, 38-37, when they met in the Rose Pastor Tournament at Daemen College in early December. Saturday, the No. 5-ranked Spartans returned the favor, pinning a 66-54 defeat on the No. 2 ranked Sharks as both teams prepared for the coming playoffs.
Coach Bill Shaw’s North Spartans (14-3) led by five at the half and by 51-34 in the third quarter.
“We played very well on defense and we got a lot of steals,” Shaw said of his team’s third-period explosion. “We pressed them a lot and that created a lot buckets for us.:”
All-Western New York player Erica Taplin led North with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Anne Principe and Natalie Hazzan had 12 points each for the Spartans.
Junior Kathleen Ryan of Sacred Heart (17-4) was high scorer in the game with 27 points.
South wins Lockport title
Williamsville South capped an unbeaten regular season with an emphatic 74-45 victory over the host Lockport Lions in the Lockport Kiwanis Tournament. Coach Kristen Dolan’s deep and balanced team had 10 players in the scoring column, four in double figures. Grace Licata and Emily Smith led with 16 points each; Brianna Neely had 12 to go with 11 rebounds and Erin Egan 11 points and seven boards.
“One of the goals the girls set at the beginning of the year was to go undefeated in their league and battle in our nonleague games,” Dolan said. “I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished but, like I said to the team, we’ve got a long road ahead and plenty of things to work on.
“We have a number of girls who have accepted their roles coming off the bench when they could be starting on another team.”
Chautauqua Lake, which was undefeated before losing to South on Friday, overwhelmed Nardin, 63-40, in the third place game. Jenna Einink scored 33 to lead winning Thunderbirds.
Tournament MVP Ashley Kabza led the way with 18 points as Hamburg doubled the score on Lancaster, 56-28, to win the Falcon Invitational at Frontier. Jordan Heinold scored 15 points to lead Immaculata over Frontier, 38-29, in the third-place game.