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Mercy Hockey: Monsignor Martin, Kenmore Icers Win

by Buffalo News

Monsignor Martin and Kenmore, who split their two regular season games in the Western New York Girls Ice Hockey Federation and were 1-2 in the standings, will meet for the Fed playoff championship at 5 p.m. on Friday at Amherst Northtown Center.

Monsignor Martin built a three-goal lead then held off Lancaster/Iroquois, 4-2, in the first semifinal Wednesday night at Northtown.

Kenmore, the defending Fed champion, edged Williamsville, 1-0, on a second period goal by Taylor Story and the goaltending of senior Lauren Pray, who had 28 saves.

"It was a barnburner," said Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski. "Lauren Pray stood on her head. She's determined to win it all."

Story converted a pass from behind the net by Emily King with 10:29 left in the second period. Story was camped about a foot off the crease and buried her shot pass goalie Jenna Lukomski, who had 17 saves.

"Williamsville dominated us down low," Orlowski said. "Sara Scolnick and Jordan Roetzer played great for them. I put Grace Simmons and Kailyn Burke out on defense against their top line all night, and they did a good job."

Monsignor Martin, the regular season federation champions, reversed the result of last year's semifinal in its victory over Lancaster/Iroquois.

The winners led all the way, taking a 3-0 lead on a goal by Kayla Blas with assists from Maeve Christ and Kaitlin Drew-Mead with 4:08 left.

Lancaster/Iroquois, however, struck for two quick goals by Megan Reukamp then pulled the goalie, trying to tie.

"The first goal was a screened shot, but the second was a beautiful goal in the upper left corner," MM coach Linda Mroz said. "I called a time out and told the girls to just chip the puck out of the zone and be careful not to ice it."

Finally Drew-Mead went in for an empty-netter with an assist from Christ.

Allison Attea (Sacred Heart) scored unassisted to put Monsignor Martin on top in the first period. Kathrine Lauber made it 2-0 with 1:11 left in the second period with assists by Richmond and Attea.

Monsignor Martin goalie Brianna Gawronski (Mount Mercy) made 17 saves.

Amherst clinches title tie

Amherst wrapped up at least a tie for the ECIC III boys basketball championship with a 57-31 victory over Maryvale. The Tigers finished with a 20-3 run to win their 10th without a loss in the division. TC Brown stood out with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six steals.

Naseer Jackson's 15-footer with 7.7 seconds left gave St. Joe's a 51-49 victory over visiting Bishop Kearney of Rochester.

Mount Mercy completed a successful regular season in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 36-28 victory over Nardin at Villa Maria. The Magic (20-3, 8-2 MMA) led only 23-20 entering the final period. Senior Emily Sheehan led the Magic with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

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