The Grand Island boys hockey team moved into a tie for the top spot in Division II in dramatic fashion.
West Seneca East scored twice within the game’s first four minutes before the Vikings scored five unanswered goals for a 5-2 win at West Seneca Ice Rink.
Anthony Leone scored what proved to be the game-winner during a four-goal second period for Grand Island.
Thomas Cecere had two goals for the Vikings (7-2). Parker Morrow had three assists.
Spartans control play
Williamsville North remained unbeaten in boys hockey with a 3-1 win over St. Joe’s in a battle of defending state champions at Northtown Center.
Brett Sardinia and Andrew Bruno each had a goal and an assist to help the Spartans improve to 13-0-2 overall and 9-0-2 in the Federation. Reily Moyer made 27 saves to earn the win in net.
North’s Matt Bielinski opened the scoring with 32 second left in the first period, and Anthony Trigilio put the Spartans up two with 3:51 left in the second.
St. Joe’s got on the board with 3:10 to go in the third on a short-handed goal from Ethan Louisos.
Sardinia added the insurance marker with an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left.
North has a quick turnaround with a 3 p.m. game Saturday against Canisius back at Northtown Center. The Crusaders lost to the Spartans on Dec. 3, 5-2, and beat St. Joe’s on Monday, 4-2.
“They’re playing extremely well right now,” Rosen said of the Crusaders. “It’ll be interesting. It should be a good test coming off an emotional game tonight against another good opponent tomorrow.”
All-State boys soccer honors
East Aurora’s Bryce Schiltz and I-Prep/Grover’s Abdullahi Hussein were two of nine Section VI boys soccer players named to a 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-State Team.
Schiltz, this year’s Section VI Player of the Year and the all-time leading scorer in program history, was a first-team selection among large schools. The senior is being formally acknowledged Saturday for his USC All-America Team selection from early December at the All-America Luncheon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Hussein was a first-team small schools selection by USC after scoring (31 goals) or assisting (seven assists) on 70 percent of I-Prep’s 54 goals during his senior season.
Other local members recognized among large schools were Williamsville North senior Justin Bonetto on the second team, McKinley senior Zakaria Shaibi on the third team and Grand Island senior Steven Pufpaff on the fourth team.
Small school selections include Newfane senior Trevor Moreland on the second team, Allegany-Limestone senior Dylan Talbot on the third team, Lackawanna senior Abdulhamid Albaneh on the fourth team and Lafayette senior Hassan Saddiq on the fifth team.
Frannies grapplers top St. Joe’s
St. Francis took sole possession of first place in the Monsignor Martin Association wrestling standings with an intense 37-29 win over rival St. Joe’s.
The Red Radiers got out to a 24-6 start after pins by Nolan Thomas (195 pounds), Mark Lanning (99) and Logan Lauck (106) and decisions by Jack Lauer (220) and Zach Miller (113).
The Marauders pulled within four, 27-23, after Chris Werts beat Dan Browning via decision at 145. A major by St. Francis’ Connor Miller (152) and a pin by Dominik Thomas (170) put the match out of reach.
The teams split two matchups between wrestlers who have spent time in the rankings this year. St. Francis’ Slade Merk (132) defeated Ben Parish, 5-2, and St. Joe’s Ty Slaugenhaupt (160) avenged a loss from earlier in the season to Marcus Muffoletto, winning on a late escape, 6-5.
300 for Rzepka
Alden junior Alex Rzepka bowled his first career 300 game during a 741 set in a league match at Cleveland Hill.