The defending champions bring on the newcomers in the final girls hockey game of the season.
Top-seeded Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park looks to cap its championship 2017-18 campaign against No. 3 Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home at HarborCenter Sunday when the two teams face off at 6 p.m. for the Western New York Federation championship.
FLOP has been focused all year on completing the hat trick of a sectional title, a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association title and a WNY Federation title.
Check. Check. To be determined.
Coach Bob Klimowicz’s crew followed up Section VI’s first-ever state title on Feb. 11 by holding off No. 4 Williamsville, 4-3, in the Feb. 15 semifinals, for FLOP’s fifth win in an 11-day span.
“It’s nice to be in Super Sunday,” Klimowicz said after the game. “It’s a great atmosphere, more attention for the girls. For all the hard work they put in all year, they deserve that recognition.”
CASH has also had a week and a half to prepare following its 4-3 overtime victory over No. 2 Monsignor Martin in the second game of the doubleheader.
For some players on the team, this has been a moment six years in the making.
“They deserve it,” CASH coach Nicola Adimey said after the semifinals. “My daughter, Casey, and Renee Lauer, they’ve been on the team since seventh grade. They’ve worked through not having goalies. They worked through only having 12 players on the team, so this is a great reward for their senior year.”
The addition of freshman netminder Hannah Barrett has made a huge difference for CASH, which is 1-1-1 against FLOP this season.
FLOP won the first matchup, 6-1, on Dec. 15; the teams tied on Dec. 19, 4-4; and CASH won a 3-2 finale on Jan. 29.
Round four is just days away.
“We know their strengths, we just have to be ready to stop them where they’re strong,” Nicola Adimey said. “We need to bring that same intensity.”