Girls varsity hockey teams from Monsignor Martin and the FLOP (Frontier/ Lake Shore/ Orchard Park) found themselves in a fog, literally, in their outdoor game on Monday at Riverworks.
Because of the conditions and with no scoring, play was called after about 10 minutes of play in the much-anticipated game between two of the best teams in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation because of the conditions.
It was reminiscent of the famous Fog Game betweem the Buffalo Sabres and Philadephia Flyers in the 1975 Stanley Cup finals at Memorial Auditorium.
Officials stopped play twice to allow the teams to try to get the fog to lift by skating around. It worked only briefly each time before visibility became limited again. It got to the point where the players could not see the puck, or even each other at close range.
"You hate to have someone get hurt or have a good game between two good teams decided because one of the goalies couldn’t see the puck," said FLOP coach Bob Klimowicz.
It was to have been the third meeting between the top two teams in the Federation. Monsignor Martin handed FLOP its only loss, 4-3 on Nov. 30. The teams played to a 3-3 tie on Jan. 11.
FLOP is in first place with a 10-1-3 record. Monsignor Martin is second at 9-1-2 with two games in hand.
No makeup date has been set for the game.
Crosier’s goal wins for KW
Cameron Crosier scored with a minute left in overtime for Kenmore West in a 3-2 victory over Williamsville East in the WNY Hockey Federation Division 2 game at Harbor Center.
Ryan Chambers scored with 3:27 left in regulation to tie it for East. It was the only goal of the third period.
Eric Metz scored for the Flames but Matt Stewart and Tim Seyfang answered for Kenmore West which took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Kenmore West goalie Chris Cairns had 33 saves. The Blue Devils (7-4-1 Fed) put 25 shots on the East goaltender.
Niagara Falls goalie Austin Bailor made 42 saves as the Wolverines won for the first time in Fed play, edging North Tonawanda, 4-3, at Hyde Park Rink. Michael Ranieri scored twice for Niagara Falls.
Lake Shore wins squeaker
First place Lake Shore (7-1) survived missed free throws and turnovers in the final minute for a 55-54 win over visiting Cheektowaga in their ECIC III boys basketball game.
The losing Warriors had one last chance to win it, gaining possession with 2 seconds left, but they failed to get off a shot.
Jon Park, Lake Shore’s 6-foot-7 senior center had 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Senior point guard Jay Brueckl also had 15 points.
The shooting of Rudy Bragg, who had 13 points including four three-point baskets, kept Cheektowaga in the game.
Freshman Xavier Laverty of Archbishop Walsh scored 38 of his team’s 46 points in a 70-46 loss to Nichols in Olean.
Mercy turns on the "D"
Mount Mercy’s intense defense limited Nardin to single digit scoring in each quarter in a 45-21 victory over the Vikings in Monsignor Martin girls basketball Monday night.
Junior Josslyn Strang had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Mercy, which has lost only once in league play.
"She’s a forward, but she’s not hat big," said Mount Mercy coach John Glose. "She tough inside and plays with a lot of heart. She’s hasn’t been our high scorer all season, but lately she’s been coming on."