We’re coming to you from the Buffalo State Ice Arena, the site of this year’s New York State Catholic hockey championship game between Western New York Federation Catholic champion Canisius and New York City Diocese champion Monsignor Farrell.
Canisius leads 2-0 after the first period on a pair of wicked wrist shots as Brendon Sorrento scored off a short-handed two-on-one at 8:07 high glove side. Joe Mitchell went to the same spot except from just below the goal crease for the Crusaders’ second goal with 1:31 left in the period. Farrell hasn’t generated much on offense even though it’s had three power plays.
Second period: It took a bit but the dam finally broke late in the second period as Canisius scored twice in the final 3:57 to take a 4-0 lead into the intermission. Ryan Wagner banged in a rebound to make it 3-0. At the moment, Max Hyland has received credit for the Crusaders’ fourth goal for tipping in a screen shot from the point by Sorrento. Shots after two periods in favor of Canisius, 25-6.
Third period: Farrell’s David Defranco had chance to break shutout inside first 2:30 of period but rifled a shot off the post from the right circle.
Farrell had a couple of other shots a minute after that as it is showing a decent burst of energy here in the early going. Farrell goalie Ian McBride robbed Sorrento of a goal on doorstep with Derek Jeter-like diving backhanded glove stop with 10:42 left. With 9:02 left, Farrell’s Nick Thorgersen scores a slam-dunk type of power-play goal on a backdoor play in the crease off a pass by Defranco.
That should pretty much do it. Senior John Brownschidle’s scores off a Ryan Wagner assist with 2:31 left to make it 5-1.
It’s over. Canisius wins its first state hockey title, 5-1, making the Monsignor Martin schools a perfect 8-0 in the state Catholic title game since its advent in 2002.
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