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Live from Federation Hockey Small School Final

OK. Busy, busy, busy. Second Fed game between Kenmore East-Williamsville East has begun. Long post-game show following the Catholics means we're really behind.

First period

8:57 left: Dan Giliforte scores for Ken East off assists by Andy Robinson and Don Battista. Ken East leads, 1-0.

End of 1st: Ken East leads 1-0. Playing catchup, so I can't tell you much more. Sorry. We'll pick it up in the second period.

Second period

7:30 p.m.: The puck is dropped.

14:41 left: That was fast. Williamsville East ties the game as Mike Sarcinelli flips in a rebound past Mike Davern. Assist given to Marc Bezbatchenko but it looked like Billy Gaffney took the initial shot from the point that was stopped. Either way it's tied. Tied, 1-1.

12:04: Matt Territo snaps a wrist shot from the right circle through a mild screen to give Williamsville East another goal. Will East leads, 2-1.

 6:48: Will East fans chanting "He's a freshman!" and with good reason as goalie Tucker WEppner made a spectacular glove save, doing the splits to stop a rebound chance by Ken East's Steve Gentner during a power-play. Gentner led the Small Schools in scoring during the regular season with 18 goals and 36 points. Earlier in the period Weppner also stopped him during a 2-on-1 rush.

6:34: Andy Robinson hits the post on nice low shot stick side from right circle.

21.8: Big stop on Sarcinelli's blast by Ken East's Davern to keep it a one-goal game.

End of 2nd: Williamsville East leads 2-1. Nice action in that period by both teams.

Third period

8:07 p.m.: The puck is dropped.

12:30 left: Ken East goes on power play.

9:47: Not much offense in this period, although Will East will go on the power-play now as Colin Farrell goes to box for roughing after taking umbridge with a Flames player poking at his goalie after a stop.

8:05: Power play is over. Ken East's Davern made a few saves to keep it a one-goal deficit.

6:22: Davern makes fine right pad save on Matt Notaro and freezes (although, he looked behind to make sure it was under him) to deny Flames.

4:23: Hooking penalty to Will East's Sarcinelli. Power play for Ken East.

3:35: Ken East's Brad DeLand hits inside of post and during scramble in front Weppner does the snow-angel stop of rebound chance by Don Battista to keep it 2-1 game for Will East. That's the second post the Bulldogs have hit in this one.

1:57: Penalty against Ken East Eric Gardner for cross check. Timeout Will East before it goes on the power play.

15.1: What a defensive play by Will East's Matt Notaro as he deflects shot by seemingly wide-open Battista on a 2-on-1 over the glass. Faceoff to left of Flames net with Flames ahead by one.

End of 3rd: Williamsville East is now a first-time Federation playoff champion as it hangs on for the 2-1 triumph. Goalie Tucker Weppner was outstanding with several big saves and also received assists - twice from his best friend the goal post - and once there at the end from Notaro.

Got to run. Maybe dicey blogging last game with deadline for first edition so close but we'll give it the college try.

---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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