Junior forward Frank Attea scored the winning goal and assisted on two others as No. 1 seed St. Joe’s defeated No. 4 St. Francis, 5-3, in their Niagara Cup semifinal playoff game at Harborcenter.
Attea’s short-handed goal gave the Marauders a 4-1 lead at 8:09 of the final period before the Red Raiders struck for two goals to take the game down to the final minute.
William Redding scored into an empty net with 38 seconds to ice it for St. Joe’s (20-2-2), with Attea getting his second assist on the play.
St. Joe’s took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mitch Floccare and Kyle Schneider, with Connor McKendry assisting each time. The second frame was scoreless, but sophomore Sam Cichowski scored on a power play for St. Francis at 6:12 of the third, with junior Alec Dobinski assisting, to make it 2-1.
The Marauders then struck for two goals, one by Matthew Orlowski and Attea’s short-handed tally. Sean Deakin had the assist on Attea’s goal with 8:51 left.
Power-play goals by Shane Hobot and Pierce Greene made it 4-3 with 3:38 left before Redding clinched it.
Senior goalie Trevor Galante made 28 saves for St. Joe’s. Mitch Taylor had 41 saves for St. Francis.
Junior Jared Mangan scored his second goal of the game at 0:38 of the third overtime to give St. Mary’s a 3-2 triumph over Canisius in the second Niagara Cup semifinal at Harborcenter.
The Lancers broke in on a 3-on-2 rush for the winning goal after 51 minutes of regulation hockey and two scoreless 7-minute overtime sessions.
Junior forward Robert Stoklosa had given St. Mary’s a 2-1 lead at 4:33 of the third period, but Canisius senior Will Conmy scored with 4:51 left with senior Jack Cleary getting the assist. Senior defenseman Alex Bialkowski assisted on Stoklosa’s goal for the Lancers.
Each side scored in the first period. Canisius junior defenseman Colin Brown opened the scoring at 3:58 with junior forward Dan Sippel getting the assist. The Lancers tied it at 8:24 when Jared Mangan scored with senior Daniel Pfalzer getting the assist.
Senior Kyle Karoleski made 36 saves for St. Mary’s. Senior Alex Sabuda had 33 stops for Canisius.
St. Mary’s is 15-4-3. Canisius ended its season at 17-8-2.
St. Joe’s will meet St. Mary’s for the Niagara Cup championship at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Harborcenter. That game will be followed the the Section VI small schools championship game at 4:45 and the Section VI large school championship game at 7 p.m.
Section VI large school semifinals will be held Tuesday night at Harborcenter. No. 1 seed Lancaster will face No. 4 Niagara Wheatfield at 6 p.m. and No. 2 Orchard Park will take on No. 3 Williamsville North at 8:15 p.m.
The sectional small school semi-
finals will be Wednesday at Harborcenter. No. 1 Grand Island will take on No. 4 Williamsville East at 6 p.m. followed by No. 2 Kenmore West and No. 3 West Seneca West at 8:15.
Sharks win on Senior Night
Junior Siobhan Ryan, who had a career-high 35 points in her last game, scored 26 for Sacred Heart in a 61-47 Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball victory over Nardin. Morgan Giancaterino had 11 points for the winners.
Judy Spira (17) and Ainsley Boras (16) led the scoring for Nardin.
It was Senior Night at Sacred Heart and Sharks team members Erin Hardick and Josh-Lynne Jenifer were honored.