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Live from the Federation hockey Division II semifinals: Amherst stuns way into Super Sunday vs. Sweet Home

We're finally up and running. Some technically difficulties here tonight in the Amherst Center.

The first of two Small School semifinals features top seed and defending champion Kenmore East against first-time semifinalist and original eight Fed member Amherst, the No. 7 seed.

First Period

Scoreless through one although Amherst will be on the power play for 53 seconds when the second period begins.

Amherst goalie Sean Smith made some nice saves, especially late with the Bulldogs buzzing during back-to-back power plays. Tigers had a couple decent shots on Mike Davern but Ken East ended period with 9-4 edge in shots.

Until those late penalties, Amherst did good job slowing down Ken East before Bulldogs skaters reached neutral zone. Tigers basically playing version of left-wing lock and standing up Ken East players in neutral zone.

Second Period

Kenmore East scored first just after a power play had expired. Steve Genter's screen shot from the point beat Amherst goalie Sean Smith between the arm and body with 8:53 left.

Amherst tied it with 2:06 left in the period on Christopher Farmelo's power-play goal off assists by T.J. Kaszubski and Kyle Dains. Kaszubski made the cross-ice pass to Farmelo camped out on the backdoor. Fired in rebound of own fanned shot.

Tied 1-1 heading into the third period. Shots in favor of Ken East, 17-12.

Will provide another update soon so long as the wireless cooperates.

Overtime

Amherst is no long a floundering member of the Fed as the Tigers, a founding member of the 20-year league, have reached their first championship game. Chris Farmelo's breakaway goal off a nice long pass from Alex May 53 seconds into sudden death was the history-making tally for the program that's been the butt of jokes for years.

Amherst will play the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 5 Sweet Home and No. 6 West Seneca West at 4 p.m. Sunday at HSBC Arena during the seven-game Super Sunday extravaganza.


Sweet Home vs. West Seneca West

Sweet Home has 2-1 lead with under five minutes to go in third period. Adam Titantic's short-handed goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and highlighted a two-goal middle frame for the Panthers in a very physical contest.

We've got some more overtime drama here at the Amherst Center. Mark Kwietniewski tied it up on the power play off a Jeff Szewczyk assist with 39.1 seconds left.

Sweet Home wins it in OT as Titanic scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 38.1 seconds left during a goal-mouth scramble.

That means it'll be an all Town of Amherst final Sunday with the Panthers (10-8-4), a past champion, facing first-time finalist Amherst (11-9-2). Time to do the post-game show.

---Miguel Rodriguez

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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