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NYS hockey: Final Four

by Isaac Cass on
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 6:29 PM

Updated Mon, Mar 12, 2012 12:55 AM
NYS hockey: Final Four
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March 10 and 11 at Utica Memorial Auditorium


Sunday, March 11

Suffern 3, Pittsford 2

Suffern scored three unanswered goals — two in the third period — and defeated Section 5 champion Pittsford, 3-2, in the New York State Division 1 hockey championship game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Sunday.

Pittsford took a 2-1 lead into the third period before the Mounties rallied back. Steve Scholer tied the game 2-2 with 14:28 remaining on an assist from Mike Redgate. Scholer had two goals in the game.

Willie Sanchez then scored what proved to be the winning goal on a breakaway less than two minutes later for Suffern (21-2-3).

The title is the first for a Section 1 team since Suffern claimed a championship in 1992, which is the section's lone title all-time.

Saturday, March 10

Suffern 2, West Genesee 2 (Suffern wins 2-0 in a shootout)

Ian Adler's clutch goal gave Suffern a 2-0 shootout victory over Section 3's West Genesee. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw through four overtime periods. Leading scorer Willie Sanchez also scored in the shootout. Mounties goalie Tyler Stark, who stopped all three of West Genesee's shootout attempts, made 40 saves to preserve the victory. With the victory, Suffern avenged a heartbreaking 4-3 (OT) loss to the Wildcats back in the 2009-10 state semis.

West Genesee's Erik Kurz tied the game at 2-2 with 23.4 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. Teammate Jimmy Sauda notched the Wildcats' other goal, giving them a 1-0 lead with 11:56 left in the first period.

Suffern senior forward John Redgate buried the equalizer on a power play with 7:40 left in the opening period. He scored it off an assist from senior defenseman Adam Brenner. Sanchez then scored the go-ahead goal just 39 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play. Ian Adler and Steve Scholer were credited with assists.

The Wildcats, who entered the matchup undefeated, finished the year at 24-0-1. The Mounties (20-2-3) will play the winner of Saratoga (Section 2) and Pittsford (Section 5) in the championship tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Suffern won Section 1's first and only NYS title back in 1992.

Pittsford 3, Saratoga 2 (OT)


Sunday, March 11

Kenmore East 6, Oswego 3

Saturday, March 10

Kenmore East 3, Pelham 2 (OT)

Dan Giliforte scored the game-winning goal with 6:16 left in the first overtime to lift Section 6's Kenmore East (21-2-1) into Sunday's championship game against the winner of Saranac Lake (Section 7) and Oswego (Section 3) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Anthony Amoia and Austin Ford rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with one goal apiece. Goalie Mike Davern stopped 16 shots. For Pelham (16-6-2), Andrew Dzenis and Colin Reilly each tallied a goal. Graham Lambdin added an assist. Goalie Josh Borofsky made 18 saves. Dzenis gave the Pelicans an early 1-0 lead with five minutes left in the opening period. Kenmore East's Amoia evened it up at 1-1 with 10:12 left in the second period, but Reilly scored on the power play to five Pelham a 2-1 lead with 4:48 left in the period. Ford then buried the equalizer a little over three minutes later. It marked Pelham's second straight overtime loss in the NYS D2 semis.

Oswego 6, Saranac Lake 4


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