Clarence meets defending Federation (Section VI) Large School hockey champion Niagara-Wheatfield in the first of three games here today at First Niagara Center.
The Federation Small School Final is supposed to start at 6 p.m. and feature West Seneca West against Williamsville East. The Niagara Cup Final, formerly known as Federation Catholic Playoff final, starts at 8 p.m. or so featuring Bishop Timon against St. Joe's.
CLARENCE vs. NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD
N-W needs just 51 seconds to take 1-0 lead. Frank Vecchio II knocks in own rebound following a transition rush off Red Devils' neutral zone turnover.
On power play, Clarence ties it at 1 with 8:11 left on goal by Matt Colicchia.
Just 31 seconds later, N-W strikes again. Justin Durkee's change up from slot slips past Clarence goalie Devin Paluh. N-W leads, 2-1.
This incident is absolutely unbelievable and it is basically the absolute opposite of what -- cliche alert -- high school sports should be all about. According to the @FollowThePuck timeline, apparently the goalie, who is a senior, planned this whatever-you-want-to-call-it because of issues involving playing time.
And it was planned right down to the best -- make that worst -- part of the game to do it. The "own goal" tied the game at 2-2 late in the third period, and the goalie's team, Farmington, lost to Chaska, 3-2, on a goal scored soon after.
We're at the Northtown Center for Kenmore vs. Williamsville Section VI girls hockey final. Check for updates throughout and also look for updates on twitter @miggyrod33 during the night.
Game started 15 minutes late but Kenmore is defending Section champ while Williamsville won inaugural sectional title in 2011. This year, however, is first time the champ will participate in a state tournament against the other three sections that offer hockey -- Sections III, VII and X. States begin Friday in Canton and the final is at noon Saturday.
We are scoreless through one period of play. Not too many chances for either team but Kenmore had a few more than Williamsville, although both teams had one good chance to score. Williamsville goalie Theresa Meosky made an early save against a Kenmore player on her doorstep. Kenmore goalie Lauren Pray made a stop on a power-play chance with 2:32 left when Jordan Roetzer skated out front from below the goal line uncontested but her backhand chance was denied.
For this week's PrepTalkTV Weekly -- which you can see right here tonight at 9 -- we'll welcome in a Hall of Famer in what we think is a loaded episode.
Legendary Sacred Heart girls basketball coach Sister Maria Pares, along with senior standouts La'Trice Hall and Hannah Rehbaum, will be our in-studio guests (the Sharks are coming straight from their game tonight with St. Mary's).
It's a pretty nice lineup of high school action tonight. Lauren Mariacher and I will be hitting at least a few stops tonight.
We'll both be starting our night at the 6 p.m. girls basketball game as No. 1 small school Cardinal O'Hara takes on No. 6 large school Nardin at Canisius High School.
Other possible stops on a busy night: Also at 6, McKinley hosts Middle Early College in a boys basketball matchup of ranked schools; at 7, the St. Joe's and Canisius hockey teams go at it at Northtown Center; at 8 p.m., St. Joe's basketball hosts Bishop Kearney of Rochester. There are also some key ECIC II boys hoops games as Hamburg heads to Sweet Home and Williamsville South plays at Iroquois.
I'll have updates from games in the live blog below either directly in the blog or by using #preptalkscores updates on Twitter that will appear in the blog.
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.