By Janet Schultz, NYHOL
After losing a week’s worth of games due to weather, it was a very busy week making up games, playing regularly scheduled games and conducting senior nights. Rescheduling was hard but our Coaches did it by thinking creatively. Thank you to them for their hard work.
The news as we head into week 7 is that mathematically anything can happen to the standings. I learned about “mathematically” because everyone the Buffalo Bills or Sabres get into trouble someone says “mathematically” they can still make it.
So thanks to our statistician Matt Miller, we know that NICO is in the lead, and solidly; but depending on who plays who, who wins, who loses and who ties, things could change.
HHEWS and KenGiPort are neck and neck for second so if someone beats NICO one of them could challenge for the top spot. FFLOP needs a win to close the gap with KenGiPort. LIDA could catch St. Mary’s of Lancaster. CASH and Williamsville could jump to sixth. So it’s all up-in-the air once again in the WNYGVIH as it is every season prior. Monsignor Martin is solid in their spot as they will be the “away” team for the first time ever as St. Mary’s of Lancaster top them and will be the “home” team in the Private School Championship.
Now here’s how this past week ended.
NYHOL headed to the CASH at LIDA game on Monday at Cornerstone. Felt good to be out of the house and into a hockey arena, one close to home. This game was rescheduled from January 9. LIDA beat CASH in a 2-0 shutout with Irzycki stopping 21 shots on goal for the win. Scoring were Hauser with the game-winner and Miller. CASH’s Celej stopped 32 of 34 shots on goal.
St. Mary’s upended Monsignor Martin 4-0 in what might look like the Private School Championship in a couple weeks. Accurso stopped all 13 shots for the win. Putting St. Mary’s on the scoreboard were Szczerek with two, Pagano and Donnelly. Monsignor Martin’s Kelley faced 33 shots and stopped 29.
HHEWS beat Williamsville but not without a close one. It was 3-2 at the end with M. Cooper scoring an unassisted goal for HHEWS followed by Reiford and Hodil with the game-winner. In goal Rakoski stopped 11 of 13 for the win. For Williamsville it was Meyer and Besancon, both with unassisted goals and Lookman stopping 23 of 26 shots.
It was Senior Night on Tuesday for KenGiPort and they took the win. It was 3-1 over St. Mary’s with goals for KenGiPort coming from Shaft, Jayme (GWG) and Bourgeault. Horne stopped 15 of 16 sog. St Mary’s Gall scored the lone goal for St. Mary’s while Hall stopped 25 of 27 sog.
Not only did KenGiPort celebrate Senior Night but Jayme and Bourgeault had their 100th career point night with Jayme doing it on an assist on the first goal and then she jumped to 101 with the game-winner in the second period. Bourgeault his 99 with an assist but then had the empty net goal in the third for her 100th. Congratulations to Isabella and Isabelle.
Webster paid a visit to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena to play CASH in a non-league game. They took home their first win ever in a 1-0 victory. Scoring was Sami Cullen, assisted by Ella Buss. In goal Madison Strelick made history by stopping 14 shots for the first win, a shutout. Celej stopped 33 of 34 for CASH.
NICO lost 3-2 to LIDA with Sinclair, Lysiak and Muff scoring for LIDA; Muff with the game-winner. For NICO is was Zimmerman and Mainstone. Irzycki took the win after topping 27 shots and Ruest stopped 17 of 20 for NICO. This was NICO’s first loss.
FFLOP beat Williamsville 6-2. FFLOP’s scoring came from Patton (2), Lestingi, Dalton (2), Patton and Griffin. The FFLOP Goalies split the evening with Fix in for 30 minutes garnering the sin stopping all 5 shots and Keaton played 15 minutes stopping 2 of 4. Both Williamsville’s goals came from Stachura and Lookman stopping 23 of 29.
NICO was back on the ice Wednesday night as they played Williamsville at Cornerstone arena (a home game for Williamsville due to rescheduling). NICO’s Sam Latini had a three-point night on two goals and an assist; Mansfield had a goal and assist; Lawrence had a goal and assist; Zimmerman had a goal. Guest sopped 17 of 18 for the win. For Williamsville it was Besancon with the goal, assisted by Stachura. Lookman stopped 27/32 sog.
CASH headed to Monsignor Martin and beat them 4-2 with DeSantis scoring two goals; Stremiakova with the game winner and a goal by Wild to secure the win. Celej stopped 18/20. For MonMar it was goals by Sander and Franke and Kelley in goal stopping 32 of 36.
On Thursday FFLOP celebrated Senior Night and took a 5-2 loss to NICO. Zimmerman had a hand in every goal scored assisting on three, scoring two, including the game-winner, for a 5-Point night. Latini came up with two goals and Mansfield scored the game-winner. Ruest was in goal stopping 30 of 32 sog. For FFLOP it was Seniors Patton and Draszkiewicz scoring and McCarthy stopping 27/32.
A busy Thursday night with KenGiPort at Monsignor Martin and MonMar’s Senior Night. KengiPort took the 4-3 victory with Burt, Pasceri, Bourgeault and Alberalla scoring. Horne in the net stopping 8 of 11 for the win. All three Mon Mar goals came from the skillful hands of Senior Alex Franke and gave her the hattrick. Kelley stopped 32 of 36.
Williamsville traveled down the I90 for a game against Webster and Webster wins their second game 4-1. This was also Webster’s Senior Night and we congratulate Madison Strelick, Nina Oki and Olivia Lucanio on their graduation and thank them for playing in the Inaugural Season of the team. Webster’s 4 goals came from Meyer, Blakley with the game-winner, Buss and Cresicimanni, an unassisted goal. Goaltender Strelick stopped 13/14 for the win. Williamsville’s lone goal was scored by Besancon, unassisted. Lookman stopped 22 of 26.
Senior Night at HHEWS with them taking a 3-0 shutout over LIDA. Scoring were Reiford, Phillips on the powerplay, and Holland with Buczczynski stopping all 17 shots. LIDA’s Irzycki stopped 14 of 17. Ella Buczczynski has five shutouts this season, the Best in the League.
In a rare Friday night game, due to rescheduling, we conclude the week with a 1-1 overtime tie between CASH and LIDA. CASH’s Wild scored on the power play, assisted by Stremiakova and Dowling scored for LIDA, assisted by Lawrence. Goalies Celej for CASH stopped 28 of 29 and Irzycki stopped 26/27 for LIDA.
The upcoming week will find MonMar at LIDA, CASH at St. Mary’s, HHEWS at KenGiPort and FFLOP at NICO on Monday. On Tuesday it will be Williamsville at LIDA KenGiPort at NICO (Dwyer Arena) and Webster at FFLOP (Brighton Arena).
Four on tap for Wednesday with Williamsville at Mon Mar, NICO at HHEWS, KenGiPort at CASH and FFLOP at St. Mary’s.
Thursday night the WNYGVIH Federation will close out regular season play with FFLOP at Mon Mar and CASH at Williamsville.
Section VI Quarterfinals will be played February 6 and Semifinals February 8, all games at Buffalo StateCollege.