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11-Day Power Play Wrap


Last July Mike and Amy Lesakowski founded The 11 Day Power Play featuring 1,500 hockey players of all ages, genders and levels of play. The event was an effort to fight cancer and was made possible by generous, hard-working people all wanting to help in the fight against cancer.

This season a group of WNY women decided to take on the challenge and formed two teams. The players came from various organizations around WNY, and were the only girl’s teams to play.

Coordinating the effort was Taylor Pietrowski. The girls not only played hockey but they had to raise money for the effort. They did it.

Buffalo Girls Hockey, with two teams, took to the ice Wednesday, July 11 at 6 a.m. and played until 9:50 a.m. in shift #34. They played four periods of hockey.

The Blue played the White with a final score of Buffalo Girls Hockey 24 and Buffalo Girls Hockey White 23. In goal were Ellie Simmons and Adriana Harman.

While the score was the most important thing in this game, it certainly was interesting. Both teams were evenly matched; and with knowing each other, playing with and against each other in travel and high school; it was very exciting.

Some of the top scorers included Catie Martinez, Katy Knoll, Olivia Zafuto, Lara Beetcher and Shelley Looney.

These girls showed a lot of skill, passion and strength during this game. Congratulations on a job well done.

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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!