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2014-02-12 / Sports

Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey downs Williamsville in playoffs

Fifth-seeded Amherst/Sweet Home advanced in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation playoffs after beating fourth-seeded Williamsville, 3-2, in Monday’s quarterfinal at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink.

Both teams split the regular season meetings.

“I’m very proud of all my players,” Amherst/Sweet Home coach Nicola Adimey said. “This win was a great team effort.”

Amherst/Sweet Home (9-6) plays top-seeded Kenmore at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals. The winner plays third-seed Monsignor Martin Association or second seed Lancaster/Iroquois in the final at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

Amherst/Sweet Home’s Julia Mings broke a scoreless tie at 8:06 of the second period, assisted by Maddie Grisko.

“I told them they need to shot more and crash the net and they finally did,” Adimey said.

Amherst/Sweet Home increased its lead to 2-0 four minutes later when Missy Mallon received a perfect pass from Renee Lauer and scored.

Not taking a break, McKenna Rushford tallied 38 seconds later from Missy Mallon, extending Amherst/Sweet Home’s lead to 3-0 at the end of the second period.

Williamsville rallied in the third period for two goals. A shot from the blue line by Jordan Roetzer cut the deficit to 3-1 at 7:23. Thirty seconds later, Lexi Skibitsky scored.

Williamsville pulled goalie Theresa Meosky for an extra skater but the Amherst/Sweet Home defense held up for the win.

Amherst/Sweet Home dropped its regular-season finale against Orchard Park/Frontier, 3-2, Thursday at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

Amherst/Sweet Home scored first at 8:33 with a beautiful pass from Mings to Mallon.

OP/Frontier tied it up four minutes later on a goal by Meghan Roche (Frangelica Bautz).

In the second period, the game was going back and forth, until OP/Frontier’s Taylor Gehen scored at 4:39. They scored again three minutes later on a goal by Tatum Walber (Grace Page) to increase the lead to 3:1.

Amherst/Sweet Home tried everything to catch up in the third period. Grisko scored with a shot from the blue line with 10 seconds remaining. Amherst/Sweet Home pulled its goalie and were not able to tie the game.

Williamsville closed out the regular season with a 4-3 win over West Seneca Feb. 4.

Williamsville won despite not having an answer for West Seneca’s Erin Gehen, who recorded a hat trick. She scored a goal in each period.

Her first goal came with 5:27 remaining in the first period.

Williamsville’s Olivia Rutkowski tied the game at 1-1 at 1:06 into the second period off a faceoff win by Amanda Gaffney.

Gehen’s second goal of the game put West Seneca ahead 2-1 with 2:53 remaining in the second period.

Williamsville’s Sam Gaffney tied the game 1:38 into the third period, assisted by Amanda Gaffney and Rutkowski.

Leah Czerwinski gave Williamsville its first lead two minutes later, assisted by Roetzer.

After Gehen tied the game with 5:28 remaining, Czerwinski scored the game-winning goal 40 seconds later on a scramble in front of the net, assisted by Roetzer and Skibitsky.

Meosky recorded 14 saves. Williamsville recorded 21 shots on goal.

Williamsville honored its five seniors before the game – Meosky, Rachel Grampp, Emily Burow, Laura Finley and Sam Paralato.

Grampp is the team captain. Meosky and Burow are assistant captains.

Williamsville finished 7-5-2-1.

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