Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca returned to the ice in full swing this week, after being off on Protocol. They ended the season with three games in a row against some very worthy opponents, and a chance to throw the seeding for the playoffs into a whirl.
Let’s see how that shaped up.
First up they were defeated 3-1 by Monsignor Martin on the WNYGVIH’s first-ever Sunday night game. It was originally scheduled for the morning at Cornerstone in Lockport, but due to a conflict it returned to MM home ice in North Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Riley Andzel had the only goal for HEWS with Lara Beecher, Cam Brownschidle and Erin Prendergast scoring for Monsignor Martin. Alena Desiderio held HEWS off for all three periods and Lauryn Brown was in goal for HEWS.
Monday night the game was on Rink 1 at Northtowns with HEWS facing CASH. A scoreless first and second period made for an anxious third as CASH opened the scoring at 2:54 with Sydney Spear scoring first and then CASH’s Isabella Zivis and Lucy Grimaldi put in empty netters. Kylie Paige had the shut out win stopping all 8 SOG. Brown faced 25 sog for HEWS.
That left a few questions in seeding for Tuesday night. Kenmore/Grand Island took care of that but without some nail biting. KGI’s Carissa Buyea scored the first goal of the evening and the first period ends 1-0. Kenmore/Grand Island comes back in the second with Molly Leggett scoring the only goal in the second period. Its 2-0 KGI going into the third, and a seeming win. But HEWS quickly ties it up with Carys Popat getting two goals, one on the power play and the third ends in a tie. A Five-Minute OverTime begins and Isabella Jayme scores ending KGI dry streak with the 3-2 win and seeding them #7. In net for KGI with the winner was C. Bourgeault stopping 27 of 29 SOG and for HEWS, Brown, stopping 17/20.
A look at the leader board has Lara Beecher with 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) followed by Morganne Dee 6/12 for 18 points; Natalie O’Brien 9/7 for 16 points.
So here’s where we are for Thursday, March 18 at Northtowns for the Section VI Playoffs.
4:30 p.m. #7 Kenmore/Grand Island vs #2 CASH
6:00 p.m. #6 HEWS vs #3 Niagara County
7:30 p.m. #5 FLOP vs #4 LID
#1 Williamsville has the bye and #1 Monsignor Martin is not eligible for Section VI play; but they did take the Federation Championship.
And as we all know, there still is no clear-cut winner in WNYGVIH Section VI.