Senior William Redding scored the winning goal on his own rebound with 5:32 left in the third period Monday night, giving first-place St. Joe’s a 2-1 victory over Canisius in their WNY Boys Hockey Federation Division I game at HarborCenter.
Senior forward Kyle Schneider and senior defenseman Tristan Weigand assisted on the winner which allowed the Marauders (10-0-2 Fed) to widen their lead over second-place Canisius (8-3-0) to six points.
Weigand shot intentionally wide of the net, banked it off the back wall and between goaltender’s pads to Redding in front of goal. Redding’s first shot was stopped, but he scored on second.
"It wasn’t a pretty goal, but it was a smart goal. And that’s what we are about at St. Joe’s," coach Rich Crozier said. "We were preaching for the longest time about just winning a battle for a loose puck in front. Will Redding has been great for us and he found it and put it in the back of the net."
The teams will play again on Sunday at Buffalo State. That game will count towards Monsignor Martin seeding.
"This game was really good to see how they play and how we can play against them," Redding said. "Now we know what we need to work on so we can bring it again Sunday."
Connor MacDonald scored with Connor McKendry assisting to give St. Joe’s a 1-0 lead with 8:05 to go in the second period. Junior Spencer DiLeo tied it for Canisius with 4:17 left in the second. Jaden Riley and Dan Sippel assisted.
Senior Trevor Galante made 21 saves in goal for St. Joe’s. Alex Sabuda had 25 saves for Canisius.
The game was one of five on the docket at HarborCenter on the Martin Luther King holiday.
Kenmore East tops West
Division III Kenmore East scored three times in the last 3:46 to upset Kenmore West, the first-place team in Division II, 4-1, at HarborCenter.
Goals by Aidan Bova (power play), Dominic Cassella and Gavin Smyth, the last with 9 seconds left, gave the Bulldogs the victory over the crosstown rival. Kenmore West had a 27-22 advantage in shots, but East goalie Seamus McPhee had 26 saves.
"All year long we've known we are able to compete with everyone, but we've lost five or six one-goal games, said Kenmore East coach Kyle Pray. "So that's what we talked about we talked about after the second period, trying to get over the hump here and try to maintain our mental composure. We gained a little adrenaline when we got our power play goal."
"We put the challenge to him a little bit=," Pray said of McPhee. "He's had a couple games where he's struggled a little bit so it was good to see him get this tonight. He's a goaltender that can steal a game when he's at his best."
In Division I, Kyle Flynn scored four goals and Bryson Miller had a goal and three assists as Orchard Park defeated Frontier, 7-0. The Quakers had a 34-25 advantage in shots. Ryan Albert made 21 saves and Tobias Bell four in splitting the shutout for OP.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster got 17 saves from Kyle Karoleski in shutting out Lancaster, 6-0, in Division I at HarborCenter. Daniel Rief had two goals and Zach Micholas had a goal and two assists for the winners.
Clarence scored three times in the third period for a 5-2 Division I win over Niagara Wheatfield at Amherst Northtown Center. Nicholas Messuro scored twice and Trevor Arno, who assisted on both Messuro goals, had the third goal in the period.
Sweet Home was outshot, 35-27, by Hamburg but goalie Michael Lisman stopped them all in the Panthers’ 2-0 victory at Northtown. Eric Abbate and Connor Weiskerger had the goals for Sweet Home.
Billy Coughlin scored with 2:31 left with an assist from Chase Chodkowski to give West Seneca West a 6-5 victory over West Seneca East.
Pierce Greene scored twice and Ryan Fitch and Zach Lewis had two assists each for St. Francis in a 5-2 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Sean McCarthy scored both Timon goals with Jake Blidy assisting on each.
Nichols loses at Lake Placid
Dominic Derenda, Dawson Mazur and Alex Kompson had the goals for Nichols in a 6-3 loss to Stanstead College (Que.) Monday as the Vikings wrapped up play in the 40th Northwood Invitational in Lake Placid.