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Clarence wins in OT

It took seven seasons to break through, but Clarence finally got its signature hockey victory over St. Joe’s.

The Red Devils’ Andrew Kempton scored the winner 51 seconds into overtime to secure a 1-0 shutout over St. Joe’s on Thursday. Not only was it Clarence’s first victory over the Marauders since joining the WNY Federation, but its first win of the season as well.

“It’s very gratifying for me and the players to do something no other team has done, but it also got the monkey off our backs,” Red Devils coach Rich Brooks said.

Clarence dropped its first three games of the season before finally climbing into the win column Thursday.

“We have some really talented players but perhaps not as talented as in the past but they play hard and work well together,” Brooks said. “It also helps to have good goaltending which is always a plus.”

Elsewhere, Lockport kept Sean Guetti quite busy but the Kenmore West goalie managed to register 26 saves in a 6-0 shutout of the Lions in WNY Federation boys hockey.

Cole Donhauser and Chris Selak each scored two goals while Donhauser added an assist for West.

Williamsville East’s Michael Steffan scored a pair of goals, helping the Flames to a 4-3 win over Sweet Home. Connor Zak scored twice for the Panthers.

Meanwhile in WNY Federation girls hockey, Kenmore and Monsignor Martin skated to a 2-all tie as Kenmore’s Lauren Pray recorded 26 saves while Monsignor Martin’s Brianna Gawronski had 18.

Behr closes in on NFL mark

Kyle Behr of North Tonawanda continued his assault on the Niagara Frontier League bowling record with a 299 game and 845 series in a 7-0 win over Lockport. Behr’s 845 is two pins shy of the NFL record of 847 by Lockport’s Brandon Kipp in 2005.