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2014-02-19 / Sports

Amherst/Sweet Home girls ice hockey falls in Fed quarterfinal


Amherst/Sweet Home’s McKenna Rushford eyes up a shot against Kenmore goalie Lauren Pray while Kenmore defender Kaeli Mathias looks for the steal in Amherst/Sweet Home’s 4-0 loss in the Federation girls hockey semifinals Wednesday at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst/Sweet Home’s McKenna Rushford eyes up a shot against Kenmore goalie Lauren Pray while Kenmore defender Kaeli Mathias looks for the steal in Amherst/Sweet Home’s 4-0 loss in the Federation girls hockey semifinals Wednesday at the Northtown Center at Amherst Feature Rink. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Amherst/Sweet Home Federation girls ice hockey team, seeded fifth in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation, peppered Kenmore goalie Lauren Pray with 29 saves but could not find the back of the net, losing 4-0 to top-seeded Kenmore in Wednesday’s Federation semifinal.

“To say that Lauren Pray saved the game for Kenmore is an understatement,” coach Nicola Adimey said. “We put so much pressure on them and she saved them all.”

Kenmore scored twice in the first period. Lina Mirabella scored on a tip-in, and Olivia Smith tallied the second goal on a crossing pass in front of the Amherst/Sweet Home crease that was redirected off the foot of an Amherst/Sweet Home player.

Smith scored Kenmore’s next two goals. Her next goal came five minutes into the second period on a tip-in from a one-time pass as Amherst/Sweet Home had gotten one player back from the penalty box on a Kenmore 5-on-3 power play.

Smith added an empty-net goal with one minute remaining.

It was the last game for Amherst/Sweet Home co-captains Missy Mallon and Maddie Grisko, who will both play hockey in college. Mallon (13 goals, eight assists), McKenna Rushford (11 goals, 12 assists) and Mings (13 goals, five assists) finished as three of the league’s top five scorers.

“I’m very proud of how all these girls came together this season, 12 to 18 years old, house players to experienced travel players,” Adimey said.

Other seniors on the team are Katelyn Koester, Jenna Battaglia, Brianna Stressinger, Rachel Rubach, Melissa Goodman and Emily Bitka.

Amherst/Sweet Home finished 9-7.

In the other Federation semifinal Wednesday, the fourth-seeded Monsignor Martin Association lost 4-1 to second-seed Lancaster/Iroquois.

Sacred Heart junior Amelia Gajewski assisted on the Monsignor Martin Association’s lone goal scored by Mount St. Mary’s Marielle Buffamonte.

The MMA finished 9-5-2.

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