Grand Island's Brian O'Neill scored his second goal of the game with 4:30 left in the third period, shutting off a Williamsville East comeback and giving the Vikings a 4-2 victory in a Section VI boys hockey small school semifinal at Harborcenter Wednesday night.
O'Neill scored unassisted after the Flames had closed the deficit to one goal on third period tallies by Nick LaFornara at 1:21 and Brennan McCarthy at 8:55. But the rally ended there.
O'Neill, a junior, opened the scoring at 7:20 of the first period with Josh Conta assisting. Conta, a senior, tipped in a shot by Dylan Russo to make it 2-0 with just 4 seconds to go in the period.
Tyler Hunt's goal, his 17th of the season, made it 3-0 for the Vikings at 1:17 of the second period. Dylan Bush and Mitchell Fucillo assisted.
Grand Island will face West Seneca West game in the small school championship game at 7 p.m. on Sunday at KeyBank Center.
Senior forward Mike Velasquez assisted on the first two West Seneca West goals, then scored on the power play himself to lead the Indians to a 5-1 victory over Kenmore West in the other semifinal at Harborcenter.
Velasquez, who has 25 goals and 26 assists for WSW this season, assisted on a first period tally by Grady O'Hara which put the Indians in front at 7:35.
In the second he had the assist on a power-play goal by West Seneca West team scoring leader Chase Chodkowski at 2:56. Chodkowski, a senior, has 26 goals and 34 assists for 59 points this season.
Chodkowski and Kyle Haettich assisted on Velasquez's goal at 10:53 of the second period.
Chodkowski and Billy Coughlin added to the West Seneca West lead with third-period goals before Sean Cranston scored for Kenmore West with 1:11 left.
Griffin McAndrews made 26 saves for West Seneca West. Chris Cairns had 18 stops for Kenmore West.
WSW hoops barely gets by without Baugh
Defending Class A champion West Seneca West barely survived its first test in the Section VI boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night. Facing a Kenmore East team that had won only three of its 20 games in the regular season, the Indians escaped with a 64-63 win over the Bulldogs. The Indians played without injured Adrian Baugh and Nate Ryniec, another of their scoring leaders, did not play in the first half. Dillon Weir had 17 points while Rynieck and Maurice Robertson finished with 13 each for West Seneca West. Sophomore Marcus Diaz led Kenmore East with 20 points.
Meanwhile, South Park, which lost to WSW in last year's Class A crossover final, stayed alive with a 64-52 win over Starpoint. Anthony Mack led the Sparks with 24 points. Adam Rankie had 21 for Starpoint.
Health Sciences, last year's sectional Class B champion, won its prequarterfinal as a Class A-2 team Wednesday. The talented Falcons routed Pioneer, 87-43, asa 12 different players contributed to the scoring. JaVaughnn Jones led the way with 18 points while Tysheen Lott had 14.
Lancers tie O'Hara for title
In Monsignor Martin girls basketball, St. Mary's of Lancaster won at Nardin, 63-31, to finish regular season league play at 11-1. Freshman Shay Ciezki had 19 points for the Lancers and Myla Kline had 12.
With the win St. Mary's (11-1) tied Cardinal O'Hara for the Monsignor Martin League A championship. As of Wednesday, it hadn't been determined how the tie would be broken to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seed for the playoffs.