Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s hockey team is used to tight games. Tuesday night, the Tigers got a clutch goal by Joe Piegay with 4:09 left to edge Canisius, 4-3, in the Western New York Federation Catholic playoff semifinal at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. It was the fourth victory in six games with one-goal margins for Timon.
Piegay’s goal, with Connor Fields assisting, came just 28 seconds after the Crusaders had tied the game on a goal by Craig Marsh. Canisius had overcome deficits of 2-0 and 3-1.
“We’ve talking to the team about overcoming adversity and it happened tonight,” said Timon coach Gene Overdorf. “The kids stayed calm and it paid off.”
Bishop Timon will face St. Joe’s in the championship game Monday night at First Niagara Center. They teams met once in the regular season with the Marauders handing Timon one of its three losses, 3-1.
Trey McGee scored twice and Matt Crowley had the other goal for Timon while Bob Milewski had 26 saves. Paul Kucinski and Patrick Mitchell had other goals for Canisius.
St. Joe’s advanced with a 7-3 win over St. Francis as Dom Perna scored twice and Eric Paradowski had a goal and two assists.|
It will be No. 1 seed West Seneca West versus No. 2 Williamsville East for the Federation Small School league championship at 6 p.m. on Monday at First Niagara Center.
Adam Dentico turned back 29 shots while Austin Bianchi, Jason Cohen and Matt Aichinger took care of the scoring in Williamsville East’s 4-0 win over Hamburg.
West Seneca West defeated Sweet Home, 3-1, in the other semifinal at Northtown Center. West Seneca West defeated the Flames, 4-1, in their regular-season meeting.
St. Francis trailed Cardinal O’Hara by 10 points with 3:30 to go, but roared from behind on the strength of its long-range shooting for a 57-55 victory over the Hawks in the play-in game for the final spot in the Monsignor Martin Association Manhattan Cup playoffs.
The Red Raiders hit their last five three-point attempts in the rally. Treyvon Holness made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to break a 55-all tie and give St. Francis its only lead of the fourth quarter.
St. Francis will face No. 1 seed Canisius on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Aurelio Ayala of Bennett put on an offensive show with 32 points in the Tigers’ 71-53 triumph over Albion in a Section VI Class B-1 first-round game at Albion. Ayala scored 15 of his points from beyond the three-point arc. Freddie Koester had 24 points for Albion. Bennett outscored Albion, 30-9, on three-pointers. Bennett will play at No. 5 Newfane at 7 this evening.
Four Cleveland Hill players scored in double figures to lead the Golden Eagles over JFK, 64-36, in a Class B-2 prequarterfinal. Aviance Clark topped the scoring with 15 points while Diamond Newsome had 10 points, 13 rebounds and nine steals. Sydney Turley contributed 14 points and 10 boards.