Just 19 seconds into overtime, Dimitri Gogos scored on a quick wrist shot to give St. Joe’s a 4-3 win over Canisius in WNY Boys Federation Hockey.
The Mauraders (13-2-1) had taken a 3-1 lead, but then took penalties and Canisius capitalized on its power play opportunities to tie the game with about six minutes left in regulation.
“When they tied it up, 3-3, we had a conversation about being more disciplined and getting back to playing our game for the last six minutes,” St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier said. “We played well. It was pretty even. It wasn’t all Canisius like it was for the majority of the third.”
Then came overtime. After winning the opening faceoff and getting the puck deep in the Crusaders’ zone, Mike Ianello picked up the puck and took a shot. It was blocked, but landed on the stick of Gogos, who quickly snapped a wrister that hit the post and went in the net.
Dom Perna added a goal and an assist while Kyle Moslow had a key power play goal for St. Joe’s in the second period.
The win gives St. Joe’s the regular season sweep of Canisius.
McKinley closes out win
The last time it was in a close game, McKinley couldn’t find a way to finish out the win.
This time, the Macks paid attention to the details in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 63-59 win over Middle Early College in a Yale Cup Division I bsaketball game.
McKinley used an 18-15 fourth quarter advantage to earn the win, keyed by six points in the final two minutes from Lovell Smith and a 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line by Reyjzon Jordan.
Also key were the outlet passes from Marcus Morris, who had six assists.
“They paid attention to the preparation in doing the little things when a game is close,” McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey said. “It’s a testament to guys coming in early in the morning or staying after practice, working on little things.”
Smith finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six steals while Morris had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Macks (9-1, 6-0).
Keppel scores 1,000
Jared Keppel became the second player for North Collins to reach the 1,000-point plateau when he scored 15 points in the Eagles’ 58-43 loss to Clymer in CCAA IV boys basketball.
Keppel, who averages 26.9 points a game, also added 10 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Connor Johnson hit a jumper with 45 seconds left in the overtime to give Pioneer a 58-57 victory over Springville in ECIC III. Terik Lewis paced the Panthers (4-7) with 18 points.