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Video: Monsignor Martin wins Federation girls hockey title with 3-2 win over Williamsville

Monsignor Martin girls hockey coach Chris Malicki, standout Julia Duquette and game-winning goal-scorer Brigid Keane talk about how they came from behind to beat Williamsville.

Read all about the championship game in our story in Saturday's News.

Minnesota HS goalie scores on his own team, 'salutes' coaches & skates off

By Keith McShea

This next item happened in Minnesota, not New York (and thank goodness, many here might say).

But it has to be seen to be believed.

A high school hockey goalie purposely scored on his own team by tucking the puck into his own goal, then fired what appears to be a single-fingered salute to his own bench before leaving the ice. 

The incident blew up on Twitter with this summary of the event reaching more than 1,000 retweets in the hours after the game.

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.

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Live from Section VI girls hockey final: Kenmore beats Williamsville in 2OT

By Miguel Rodriguez

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.

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PrepTalkTV Weekly has great visit from Sister Maria & Sacred Heart; chat has #preptalkalumni updates

By Keith McShea

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).

We'll also have a look back at some major wrestling and boys basketball action from the past week, more highlights in PrepTalkTV Rewind, our weekly look at the boys basketball polls and a look ahead to this weekend and beyond. Lauren and I will also likely talk about my Prep Talk column today pushing for a special kickoff event for the 2014 football season.

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Video: Boys Hockey: St Joe's 4, Canisius 3 (OT)

St. Joe's coach talks about his team's win over Canisius after rivals tied the score in the third period.

Thursday Night Live with your #preptalkscores: Big wins for O'Hara girls, McKinley boys, St. Joe's hockey

By Keith McShea

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. 

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PrepTalkTV (Feb. 9): Big night for St. Joe's on court & ice, plus more highlights & a look at hoops' final week

PrepTalkTV was on the court and the ice Thursday night -- and that's where St. Joe's won a pair of big games.

Check out highlights, interviews and analysis as well as coverage of big wins for MST Seneca and Frontier -- plus a lookahead to the season's final week:

Our previous videos from the 2012 basketball season: Jamestown wins in final seconds at Will North (Feb. 3), St. Joe's beats Timon in OT (Jan. 30), St. Joe's beats No. 1 Canisius (Jan. 27), Six stops, including Tim Nobles' 500th win for the Pine Valley girls (Jan. 20), a big win for Williamsville East (our debut on Jan. 17).

Our weekly football episodes from the fall are available here, while you can watch additional videos at Prep Talk Live

More sports and seasons are documented in PrepTalkTV episodes are on our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

St. Joe's hockey honored with state title page in Wednesday's News

In Wednesday's paper, the St. Joe's hockey team's state Catholic title is honored with a state championship poster page.

It includes a huge team celebration photo, the team's roster, game-by-game results and the highlights of their run to the championship.

The page will be available for purchase online at

The Williamsville North hockey team's state title page, which was published Monday, can be found by clicking here.

The All-Western New York basketball issue will be published Saturday, April 9.  

---Keith McShea

Will North hockey wins state title; Will East falls

A report from the state hockey championships in Utica from correspondent A.J. O'Hagen:

Williamsville North defeats Saratoga, 3-2, to win the Division I state championship. Brad Ferrel scores the game winner 2:30 into the third period. Parker Gahagen stopped 22 shots.

The Cazenovia Lakers defeated the Williamsville East Flames by the score of 6-2 in the Division II (small school) final. Mike Sarcinelli scored both goals for the Flames. Tucker Weppner stopped 28 shots for East.

Here's the story from Monday's newspaper.

Orchard Park/Frontier, Williamsville advance to girls Fed hockey finals

What a day at Northtown Center for the WNY girls hockey Federation semifinals. If there was any question about whether this whole experiment would work out, it was put to rest today. Two thrilling, down-to-the-wire games kept an estimated 100 fans on their feet throughout.

Orchard Park/Frontier upset the Monsignor Martin Association, 2-1. And then, Williamsville topped West Seneca in overtime, 2-1.

MMA's path to the finals seemed like a foregone conclusion. OP/F (10-9) hadn't beaten MMA (17-1) in three tries during the regular season, including an ugly 8-0 loss. But with a 30-save day from eighth-grader Mikaela Ditonto and a stingy overall defensive approach, OP/F pulled the shocker. Bernadette O'Connell scored the game-winner on a mad scramble in front of the net with 1:50 to go.

“Yesterday in practice, we had an in-depth conversation with the girls," OP/F coach Jim McCarthy said. "We lost to this team three times. Straight up, man to man, they’re tough to play against. So yesterday, we fixed our defensive zone coverage, tried to outman them down low, fix what we do in the neutral zone and we just really focused on smart plays.

“They played our system to a ‘T’ and our goaltender absolutely stood on her head. She was outstanding.”

Yet still, the individual performance of the day goes to West Seneca's Sydney Glynn. The freshmen goalie made 54 saves in her team's loss. West Seneca was outshot, 56-6, but somehow forced overtime thanks to Glynn. Blair Pembleton scored both goals for Williamsville, including the OT winner.

"We told the girls to just keep shooting and you'll be rewarded," Williamsville coach Rick Hopkins said. "Any time you're dominating a team (and not winning), it can be frustrating. But the girls weren't frustrated."

Check out Friday's paper for more on both games.

---Tyler Dunne

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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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