Buffalo’s team was too good for Rochester’s squad, as the “home team” captured the Scotty Bowman Cup with a 5-1 win at the KeyBank Center on Wednesday night.
“It was a great night for Buffalo hockey,” said St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier, one of the three coaches behind the Buffalo bench who led the area’s best seniors. “I thought our overall team speed was the difference. And Scotty came in the locker room before the game and shared a great message with the boys. He talked about being appreciative to all the people who helped get you to this point.”
Buffalo wasted little time in taking charge as five different players scored goals in the game. Chris Blachowski (Lancaster) and Jason Delmont (Hamburg) scored the first two goals of the game. Rochester’s Alec DeYoung got one of those goals back, but Buffalo got the next three goals. Shawn Kross (Lancaster), Mike Stefan (Williamsville East) and Zach Biasillo (Orchard Park) finished up the scoring.
Jack Lalley of St. Joe’s finished with a pair of assists for Buffalo. Also earning assists were Stefan, Blachkowski, Kross, Dominic Khoury (West Seneca East) and Tyler Bienias (Orchard Park).
The event is in its 13th year.
In the first game of the night, Rochester’s juniors defeated their counterparts from Buffalo, 3-1, for the Tim Horton Memorial Cup.
Rochester never trailed in this game. They scored twice in the first seven minutes to take the lead. Mitch Rydzynski and David Regan had the goals.
Buffalo got one of them back when Brett Sardina (Williamsville North) scored on the power play early in the second half. Andrew Bruno (Williamsville North) and Anthony Trigilio (Williamsville North) had the assists. But that’s the way the scoring stayed until the last two minutes, when Carson Fotheringham wrapped up the game with an empty-netter for Rochester.
In the third game of the night, which was played for the Rick Martin Memorial Cup, Team Hasek knocked off Team Perreault, 5-0. The rosters consisted of players who had been on prep school teams or who played junior hockey.