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St. Joe’s skates past Canisius

Sophomore Dominic Perna had the hat trick while senior Dimitrios Gogos had two goals as St. Joe’s got off to a great start on its way to a rout of rival Canisius, 5-2, in Western New York Varsity Federation Hockey action at a packed Northtown Center rink.

St. Joe’s (10-2-1, 5-0-1) took a 3-0 lead after two periods and was up 4-0 on the Crusaders (11-1) early in the third.

“We really just focused on getting the puck deep and working the corners and we did a good job of winning those battles, in the corners, on the boards and in the neutral zone,” said St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier. “That was the difference. We really limited their chances by swarming them in their own zone and they weren’t able to bring the puck up.”

That territorial advantage led St. Joe’s to a 27-6 advantage in shots through two periods.

Crozier credited seniors Zack Klapp and Eric Paradowski for being a part of winning those physical battles.

The rivals will meet again rather quickly as they face off again at the Northtown Center next Thursday at 7.

“While we’re excited,” Crozier said, “we realize it’s only Round One.”

• West Seneca West improved to 7-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 in Federation play with a 6-1 victory over Williamsville South. Senior John Danovskis and junior Brandon Bork each had two goals while senior Dalton Kruger had 23 saves.

• A video wrapup of the St. Joe’s hockey victory can be seen at buffalonews.com.

Marauders basketball rolls

It is rivalry week for St. Joe’s and Canisius on the basketball court as well, and the Marauders prepared for Saturday’s showdown with Canisius with a big Monsignor Martin Association victory Thursday night. Senior Jaylen Morris scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and added five assists and three steals as St. Joe’s used a 28-12 third quarter to help it to an 81-44 home victory over St. Francis.

St. Joe’s (10-1, 2-0), ranked third among large schools, will face No. 2 Canisius at 2 p.m. Saturday at Canisius College. Tickets are available at both schools: $6 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission.

Eckstrom back for Olean

Junior 6-foot-7 standout Sam Eckstrom returned to action for Olean in a big way, contributing 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks off the bench as the No. 1 small school Huskies went on to a 72-34 rout at Allegany-Limestone. Olean (9-1 overall and 5-0 in CCAA I) suffered its only loss Dec. 27 to Nichols, one of two games Eckstrom missed with a shoulder injury.

Senior Zed Williams had 25 points and seven assists to help Silver Creek win an 86-79 shootout as the Black Knights overcame Randolph and junior Bryce Morrison, who scored 39 points and had nine three-pointers.

• In girls action, Iroquois senior Lauren Jensen, who was hampered by foul trouble for much of the game, made a major impact in the final minutes to help No. 9 large school Iroquois earn a key ECIC II victory over visiting Starpoint, 63-53. Jensen had 10 of her 18 points in the final five minutes to help the Chiefs to a 17-7 game-ending run.

Junior Sarah Saba (15 points, seven rebounds, six blocks) and senior Kim Siresi (13 points) combined for all of Lancaster’s points during a 5-0 overtime period as the Redskins won at Frontier, 41-36.

At buffalonews.com

• Additional details from Thursday night’s action are available at the High School Sports Scoreboard page, which is updated throughout each evening as The News receives score reports from coaches.