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FLOP captures top seed, Becker gets milestone

Senior night at Hamburg Town Ice Rink went according to script as far as Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park is concerned.

Longtime contributors to the program were honored, including a post-game reception. FLOP junior Brooke Becker attained a historic milestone. Most importantly, the defending state champions earned the No. 1 seed for the coming Section VI Tournament.

FLOP closed its regular season with a 4-1 win over Williamsville on Thursday afternoon in Western New York Federation girls hockey. Becker recorded two assists to become the first defenseman in Federation history to record 100 career points. She earned the milestone with 1 minute, 18 seconds left on an empty-net goal by Jessica Peters.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Becker, an All-USA Preseason First Team selection. “To be able to get the 100 and contribute to our senior night is a great feeling.”

Becker is the 10th player in Fed history to reach 100 career points and the second active leading scorer in the league. Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home senior Emma Faso has 146 career points — third most in Fed history.

FLOP (12-1-1) never trailed in this matchup, whose regulation winner would be the top seed in sectionals, which begin Tuesday.  Jenna Dickson scored in the first for FLOP. Keegan Shanahan made it 2-0 in the second period off a Becker assist.

Williamsville (11-3-0) pulled within one on Emma Roland’s program-record 27th goal with 2:34 left in the second. Senior Abby Lillis quelled the momentum by scoring short-handed for FLOP with 6 seconds left in the period.

FLOP receives a bye into the sectional semifinals and faces the lowest remaining seed in the tournament following Tuesday’s quarterfinal action.

Last season FLOP became the first to win the Section VI, New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association and Federation playoff titles in the same season.

“The goal from here now is to win everything,” said Becker, who has 19 goals and 11 assists this season. “We want to come into that game the way we did today which was really aggressive, play really strong, come out really strong and just bury the puck as much as we can.”

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