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High School Extra (April 8): Timon replaces hockey coach; Eden, North work OT for wins

Timon hockey replaces coach

Bishop Timon-St. Jude has relieved Gene Overdorf of his duties as hockey coach and replaced him with Timon graduate and respected youth/junior level coach Matt English.

Among the players English has coached during his more than 20 years behind the bench include Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta and current Boston Bruins forward Lee Stempniak.

Timon athletic director Charlie Comerford said the school made the change in an attempt to attract more hockey players to the school, and English is well-known in youth hockey circles.

“We think he can get some kids who play hockey into the school,” Comerford said. “Gene was a great ambassador for Timon, and did a fantastic job with our hockey program. … We’ve been competitive. … I just think we needed a change to bring some new kids in.”

“I didn’t understand it completely but it was the AD’s call,” Overdorf said.

Overdorf, 62, went 78-53-9 in six seasons with Timon, guiding the Tigers to two Niagara Cup playoff finals – where they lost to eventual state Catholic champion St. Joe’s. Timon finished one point out of first place in Division II last season, behind eventual state champion Kenmore East.

Besides coaching with the West Seneca Youth Hockey Association, English guided the Niagara Scenics/Buffalo Lightning Junior A team before it resumed being called Buffalo Junior Sabres.

Overdorf thanked the parents and wishes the best to the incoming coaching staff.

Eden, North work overtime

Dan Cuddihy’s goal with less than a minute left propelled Eden to a 10-9 triumph over Medina in Class B boys lacrosse action. The Raiders forced overtime with 30 seconds left on Josh Plarr’s goal. Goalie Patrick Cuddihy made three of his 15 saves in overtime.

Jake Cotter scored five times for Medina.

In another overtime thriller, Nick Maranto’s third goal of the game lifted Williamsville North to an 11-10 triumph over West Seneca East. Joel Giambra scored four times for the winners.

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