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Skate fits: West Seneca East completes run to first Section VI title

The glass-skate fits perfectly, as West Seneca East's Cinderella postseason run is heading to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association hockey tournament.

The seventh-seeded Trojans secured the program's first Section VI Division II championship Monday night by defeating fourth-seeded Kenmore

For the first time in program history, West Seneca East captured a Section VI hockey title. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

West, 3-1, before an estimated 1,500 at KeyBank Center.

Tyler Arndt scored twice in the final 6 minutes, 19 seconds to secure a historic moment for West Seneca East, as it will return to action in the state quarterfinals Saturday night in Rochester against the Section V champion.

"I think that it's crazy that it's our first time and that I am part of the team that did that," said Arndt, a sophomore. "I think it's just crazy that it happened."

Something that's not crazy: good things happen when a player goes to the net. Arndt once again proved the theory correct.

His reward for crashing the net was the clinching goal that broke a 1-1 tie. He deposited the rebound of Drew Werner's low shot off a rush to stun a Kenmore West team looking to win its first hockey championship since 2006 and keep the title in its school district. Ken East won the championship last season.

Arndt's empty-net goal with 16 seconds left completed a run in which the Trojans knocked off No. 1 seed Williamsville East, No. 3 Grand Island and No. 4 Ken West. Goalie Jagger Maving made 27 saves, while Cameron Bauer's goal late in the first period tied it after the Blue Devils' Ben Serrano scored just 68 seconds into the game.

"If you want to be the champion, you have to go through the best, it doesn't matter what order you do it in," WSE coach Phil Prynn said. "We've peaked at the right time."

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