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Buffalo Stars Girls 19 clinch first seed for State Tournament


On Sunday February 17th the Buffalo Stars Girls 19U faced theWest Seneca Wings in a winner take all final match of season for the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League and place 1st in the West for the New York State Championships being held in Chazy, NY March 8th -10th.  

Bernadette O’Connell of Stars scored her 1st of the game just 1:23 into the game.  West Seneca came back and tied the game up 4 minutes later.  The score remained tied at 1 until mid way through the 2nd when O’Connell gave the Stars the lead, 14 seconds later the Stars were up by 2 when Marissa Janiga netted a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. 

Once again the Wings would come back hard and put Buffalo on their heels when the Wings scored just a minute after Janiga’s goal. Buffalo continued to work hard and the effort paid off when O’Connell scored her 3rd of the game with 1:06 left in the 2nd Buffalo added another 10 seconds later when Lindsey Shubbuck found the back of the net.   Shubbuck found the net again 3 minutes into the 3rd

With the 6-2 win Buffalo won the league by 2 points and secured 1st place in the West for the State Championship.  Buffalo heads to Brantford, Ontario this coming weekend for the 32nd Walter Gretzky Tournament.

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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!