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St. Joe’s hockey downs North

Eric Paradowski’s goal just two minutes into the game did a lot more than give the St. Joe’s hockey team an early lead against Federation rival Williamsville North.

“That was a big play, to get on the board early,” St. Joe’s coach Rick Crozier said. “It was a huge goal. In a big emotional game like that, it was so critical for us to strike first and get some confidence.”

The Marauders rode that confidence to a 3-1 win over the Spartans. North tied the game four minutes later on a goal by Jared Cummins.

St. Joe’s took the lead for good in the first when Kyle Moslow connected. The game stayed 2-1 until three minutes were left when Mike Iannello added an insurance goal on a slap shot from the point that found the top corner.

Goalie Nick George had 21 saves as St. Joe’s outshot North, 27-22. North went 0 for 7 on the power play.

The Marauders won’t be celebrating this one for long. They take the ice tonight against Niagara-Wheatfield at 7:30 at Dwyer Arena in the game that will determine first place in the division.

Elsewhere, senior goaltender Dalton Kruger had 21 saves to earn his first shutout as West Seneca West moved to 4-0-1 with a 1-0 victory over Lew-Port at Hyde Park.

Kruger had seven saves in the third period, including a nice stop on a semi-breakaway with about two minutes left. He also emerged unscathed after a scramble in front of the net with just seconds left.

The only goal of the game came off the stick of Pat Ciancio in the second period on an assist from John Danovskis.

Marauders move to 5-1

The St. Joe’s basketball team put together its best game of the year, according to its coach and came away with a 77-54 victory over Middle Early College.

The game was close for the first 12 minutes before St. Joe’s went to a 2-3 zone. “That changed the tempo of the game,” coach Mark Simon said. “They struggled to score and we were able to run some offensive sets. It was our best effort to date. A lot of guys contributed.”

Justin Hollins had 19 points and Jaylen Morris added 18 as the Marauders improved to 5-1.