Tigers tame McQuaid
Pick a poll, any poll and McQuaid hockey is ranked high by the pollsters.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude is not impressed.
The Tigers led 4-0 after one period, coasting to a 5-2 victory over their Rochester-area Section V guest Thursday night at Cazenovia Park.
Connor Fields had a goal and two assists, Joe Piegay a goal and an assist, while Joe Panek, Mike Faliero and Alex Corbett also scored for Timon (17-3). Bob Milewski made 30 saves.
McQuaid is ranked sixth in the state in the New York State Sportswriters’ poll but is ranked as high as No. 3 in the state in the myhockeyrankings.com poll.
In Federation play, Clarence beat Frontier, 4-1, receiving power-play goals by Matt Colicchia, Frank Willhauck, Brian Ruff and Mike Santa Maria. The Red Devils are 11-5, 7-4 in the league. Frontier fell to 7-5 in Fed.
A crowd of 1,500 showed up at the Northtown Center at Amherst to see St. Joe’s beat Williamsville North, 5-2, in a showdown between Original Eight members of the Fed. James Deakin scored twice for the Marauders (17-2-1), who outshot North 37-15.
St. Joe’s escapes Nichols
St. Joe’s overcame a seven-point third-quarter deficit and pulled away during the final three minutes to beat host Nichols, 56-48, in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball.
Louis Oliveri scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Marauders, who outscored Nichols 20-12 during the final eight minutes. The key to victory: St. Joe’s did a better job rebounding and getting in transition against Nichols’ tall forwards.
St. Joe’s (15-4, 7-1) survived a 25-percent shooting effort during the first half to go into halftime down only 22-21. The game was tied 36-36 after three quarters.
In ECIC II, Nathan Wilkinson tied his career high with 34 points, while Zach Emer had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds as Iroquois beat Williamsville East, 75-67.
Jared Watkins scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, as Cleveland Hill improved to 9-0 in ECIC IV with a 74-68 comeback win at Lackawanna. The Eagles trailed by five at halftime, but came back in part to success at the free-throw line as they canned 15 of 21 from the stripe. Richie Sotero went 6 for 6 from the line during a 16-point effort.
Horning clutch again
Newfane’s Brooke Horning delivered a clutch trey again against Medina, enabling the visiting Panthers to escape with a 57-53 overtime win in Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball.
Horning drilled a contested three from the right corner in transition with seven seconds left to break a 53-53 tie. Horning, who finished with 15 points, canned a game-deciding trey in an earlier meeting with Medina..
Elsewhere, Kendra Quinn-Moultrie had 13 points to lead three Hamburg players in double figures as the Bulldogs beat Sweet Home, 49-34, to remain perfect in ECIC II.
Girls hockey final set
Rachel Grampp’s goal with 4:15 left in the second period proved to be the game-winner as Williamsville advanced to Wednesday’s Section VI girls hockey final with a 2-1 win over West Seneca. Williamsville will play Kenmore, which beat Amherst/Sweet Home 2-1 on Alyssa Eollendorf’s goal.