Junior Jacob Penetrante scored with 2:14 left in the third 7.5 minute overtime to give Williamsville North a 3-2 upset win over No. 1 seed Lancaster Wednesday night in the semifinals of the WNY Boys Hockey Federation Division I playoffs at LECOM Harborcenter.
Orchard Park had to go to overtime, too, to defeat Clarence, 2-1, on Bryson Miller’s goal with 3:20 left in the first overtime and gain the other berth in Sunday’s Division I championship game.
North tied its game on a power-play goal by Tyler Turner with 9:16 left in the third period. Bryan Adudle and Jacob Okulewicz assisted.
Lancaster had a power-play opportunity when Penetrante went off on a minor penalty (1:30) with 1:47 left in regulation, but the Spartans killed it off.
The first period was scoreless. Williamsville North got on the board first when Mason Meggo scored with 5:43 left in the second period. Mac Ward assisted. Meggo had the assist on the overtime winner by Penetrante.
Lancaster got the next two scores. Eric Stearns scored with 1:03 left in the second with an assist by Tyler Smith. David Blachowski gave the Legends their only lead of the game with a goal with 10:18 to go in the third. Jonah Ahrens and Daniel Zaccarine had the assists.
North goalie Henry Braun had 18 saves. Joshua Ruffner for Lancaster was much busier in the net. He had 44 saves.
In the second semifinal, Ethan Bishara scored a short-handed goal unassisted to give No. 3 seed Clarence a 1-0 lead with 4:51 left in the second period.
Michael Robertson tied it for the Quakers, the No. 2 seed, with a power-play goal with 2:09 left in the second. Aiden Jones and Owen Hughes assisted on the goal.
Hutch-Tech, Hamburg among upset winners
The higher-seeded home teams prevailed in all but four Section VI prequarterfinal boys basketball games Wednesday night.
Hutch-Tech, No. 11 in Class A-1, upset No. 6 International Prep at Grover, 80-70, as Kenneth Jacobs had 26 points and Martin Espinal 23 to lead the Engineers. Nolan Shephard had 20 for the Presidents.
Nathan Severson scored 20 points and Maxwell Haney had 18 for Hamburg in a 68-51 win over Niagara Wheatfield in their Class A-1 game. T.J. Robinson had 28 to lead the Falcons.
Rhett Goodwin scored 21 to lead Roy-Hart to a 67-57 win at Cleveland Hill in Class B-2. Jaylen Krueger had 13 for the losing Golden Eagles.
West Seneca East rolled to a 52-31 lead after three quarters and went on to win, 62-49, at Lake Shore in Class A-2. Trent Cordone had 19 points for the Trojans.
WNY Maritime triumphed 64-39 over visiting Southwestern. Jaylen Hearon had 19 points for Maritime.
Wahcovi James scored 22 to lead Olean over visiting Springville, 72-34, in Class B-1 and set up a Saturday meeting at No. 2 Iroquois.