The Williamsville North boys hockey team secured the Division 1 regular season title and the top seed in the Section VI playoffs with a 4-3 win over Lancaster at Buffalo State Sunday afternoon.
North’s David O’Donoghue scored his second goal of the game with 1:33 left in the middle frame to break a 3-3 tie. Spartans goalie Reily Moyer made 27 saves in the win.
“It’s nice to win a divisional championship, but now we start all over again,” North coach Bob Rosen said. “It’s one-game elimination from here on out, so we have to be ready.”
Andrew Bruno and Brett Sardina also had multiple points for the Spartans.
Bruno’s three assists gives him 31, which ties the school and single-season Federation records for assists in a season set by Jake Rosen, coach Bob Rosen’s son, in 2010-11. Bruno’s 42 points are the fifth most in a single season in Federation history.
Sardina now sits at 25 goals, which is one shy of St. Joe’s Cole Schneider’s 26 from 2007-08.
The Federation record for points in a season is 49, held by Jake Rosen and North teammate Scott Sims in 2010-11.
The Spartans begin their state-title defense Saturday in the sectional quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m.
In the first game at Buffalo State, St. Francis clinched the Division 3 title with a 6-1 win against Lockport.
Jack Kernitz scored twice, Ben Kyte and Gavin Krawiec each had a goal and an assist, while Erik Pawelski added two assists.
Thomas a state champion
St. Francis wrestler Dominik Thomas won a Catholic state title for the second straight year, as the junior pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 36 seconds in the 170-pound final at Sunday’s CHSAA Championships held at Monsignor Farrell. He placed first at 145 pounds as a sophomore.
St. Joe’s Ty Slaugenhoupt (160 pounds) and St. Francis’ Nolan Thomas (195) lost in the championship matches of their respective classes.
St. Joe’s Ben Parish (132) and Sullivan Walsh (170), Canisius’ Matt Baldwin (152) and St. Francis’ Marcus Muffoletto (160) each won their consolation finals to place third. St. Francis’ Logan Lauck (106), St. Joe’s Samuel Baker (120) and Canisius’ Justin Gill (145) and Tom Blackwell (170) lost in the consolation finals.
St. Anthony’s won the team title with 369.5 points, while St. Francis finished fourth with 164 and St. Joe’s sixth with 145.5.
Williamsville East, Panama crowned
Panama repeated in Class C and Williamsville East won Class A at Saturday’s Section VI Class Championships in boys swimming at Maryvale. East Aurora won Class B on Friday.
Complete individual results can be found below.
Lackawanna eighth-grader Mohamed Alshawai scored a 9-2 win over Lake Shore’s Julian Martin in the 113-pound final of the Section VI Division II wrestling championships Saturday at Lake Shore.