A very exciting Tuesday night at the Buffalo State College Ice Arena and three teams come away to play in the Semi-Finals of the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation Section VI Championship.
Number two seed KenGIPort posted a 8-1 victory over #9 seed Williamsville. KGIP’s Ava Pasceri dropped in the first goal of the night and it stayed 1-0 KenGiPort until the second period. KenGiPort then dropped in three more goals by Izzy Bourgeault, Madelyn Jagow and Madeline Marzec before late in the second Williamsville’s Allison Besancon scored the only goal for Williamsville. In the third it was KenGIPort all the way with two goals by Bourgeault for her hattrick; one by Jagow and the final by Alyse Alberalla. Samantha Horne stopped all eight shots by Williamsville for the “W.” Williamsville’s Olivia Lookman stopped 32 of 40 shots. Assists for KenGiPort Tuesday night were by Juliet Chadima, Isabella Burt, Isabella Shaft, Isabella Jayme, Savannah Shaft, Natalie Kopf and Jagow. For Williamsville it was Addison Stachura. KenGiPort moves on to the Semi-finals.
Game two had CASH facing off against HHEWS with HHEWS taking a 3-0 shutout win. Goaltender Ella Bucznski gets the shutout with 12 saves. Scoring for HHEWS were Liliann Drzazgowski, assisted by Meghan Waszkielewicz and Kylie Wegrzynowski; the game-winner in the first period. Sophia Phillips opened the scoring in the second period, assisted by Kelsey Barrett and the second ends 2-0 HHEWS. Brynn Holland scored the final goal of the night, assisted by Waskielewicz and Hailey Cooper. CASH’s Ella Celej faced 22 shots. HHEWS moves on to the semi-finals.
Although the scoreboard didn’t show it, the third game of the night, LIDA vs FFLOP, had a lot of action up and down the ice. LIDA gets on the board just over two minutes into the game when Brynn Cafferty scores, assisted by Leah Dowling and Emily Rodriguez. That proves to be the only goal of the night and LIDA moves on to the semi-finals. LIDA Goalie Cary Irzycki stopped 35 shots for the shut-out win. In goal for FFLOP Kerrigan McCarthy stopped 12 of 13, in that is her final game in the WNYGVIH Federation.
The Semi-Final match will be held Thursday night at the Buffalo State College Ice Arena. The Niagara County Lady Warriors will take on LIDA at 4:30 p.m. and KenGiPort will face HHEWS at 6:30 p.m. The winners of those matches will face-off in the Championships on Monday, February 12 at 8 p.m. at Buffalo State College. These games are open free of charge. They will also be streamed by the NFHS Network with broadcasting by WNY Athletics including Randy Schultz of NYHOL as the color commentator. For streaming go to: nfhsnetwork.com.
Prior to that game the Private School Championship will begin at 6 p.m. with St. Mary’s of Lancaster facing off against Monsignor Martin.
In other area news the Oswego Lady Lakers will take on Skaneateles for the Section III Championship Wednesday night (Feb. 7), the winner of that game goes to the NYSPHAA State Tournament (NYS Championship). In Section I the Rockland Rockies Girls Varsity team has advanced to their Sectional finals after defeating the East Green Wave. They will be facing the North Avalanche. Beekmantown has won the Section VII Title and will head to the States. Potsdam will take on top-seeded Canton the Section X semi-finals tonight (Wednesday, Feb 7)