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St. Joe’s skates to 4-1 win

The St. Joe’s special teams were just that as the Marauders skated to a 4-1 Western New York Hockey Federation victory over Clarence Thursday evening at the Northtown Center.

The Marauders (4-0-1) scored three power play goals and killed all seven of the Red Devils’ power-play opportunities.

“Tonight’s game came down to special teams,” St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier said. “Our penalty killing was excellent, our power play was excellent and that was the difference in the game.”

James Deakin opened the scoring midway through the first period before St. Joe’s took over in the second. Dimitri Gogos scored 1:20 into the period, Zach Klapp scored with three minutes left, and, after a Clarence goal, Alec Basehart scored with one minute left for the 4-1 lead.

The Marauders play St. Mary’s on Sunday before their annual December showdown with Williamsville North, which will be next Thursday at 7 at the Northtown Center.

Duquette, Msgr. Martin still on top

Julia Duquette seems to have picked up where she left off. The Mount St. Mary senior had a hat trick as the combined Monsignor Martin team cruised to a 9-1 victory over West Seneca in Western New York Varsity Federation girls hockey action. In last year’s Federation final, Duquette had two goals in the third period to give the Monsignor Martin a 2-1 victory over West Seneca. The Monsignor Martin is 4-0 this season while West Seneca dropped to 1-3.

Oursler scores 34 for GI

Senior Cassie Oursler scored 34 points as Grand Island’s girls basketball team rebounded from an 0-2 start with a Niagara Frontier League-opening, 51-32 victory over visiting Kenmore West. Oursler added 11 rebounds for the Vikings (1-2), who began their season with losses to Monsignor Martin powers Cardinal O’Hara (76-34) and Sacred Heart (61-41). Senior Marylouise Lindner had 34 for West (0-2, 0-1).

In boys basketball, Lenny Dowell had a big triple-double — 32 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists — as Emerson moved to 3-0 with a 73-25 rout of daVinci.

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• Additional details on Thursday’s action are available at the High School Sports Scoreboard page, which is updated throughout each evening as scores are reported to The News.