We are moments away from faceoff for the first of three Fed championship games which will conclude the seven-game Super Sunday extravaganza.
Larry Ott covered the four club games so don't forget to check out his story in Monday's paper.
The first Fed final will be the Small Schools championship between town rivals Amherst and Sweet Home. Defending Large Schools champion Niagara-Wheatfield plays Williamsville North in a rematch of last year's final at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., defending Catholic champion Canisius faces St. Francis.
Small school (Division II) final: No. 5 Sweet Home vs. No. 7 Amherst
In a bracket that many coaches said would be wide open, the Small Schools final involves No. 5 seed Sweet Home and seventh-seeded Amherst, which beat the top two seeds in the bracket, Kenmore East and Williamsville South -- both of whom played for the Fed title last year -- in overtime en route to its first title game in its 20 years in the Federation.
Sweet Home won the Small Schools title two years ago and is a two-time state tournament participant.
Interesting back story for this game, it wasn't too long ago where both programs' only chance of earning victories during the seasons came whenever they played each other.
"Everyone used to mop us up in the league," said Sweet Home coach Dave Gerspach, who took over the Panthers' program seven years ago. "I think about six years ago they had one win and a tie and we had a tie."
The teams are lining up for pre-game introductions. We'll be back with an update for the first period.
First period: Amherst scored the only goal of the period with 4:28 left off a faceoff to the right of Sweet Home goalie Chris Koester. Alex May stuffed in a loose puck near the crease after fanning on a shot. David Quigley and T.J. Kaszubski got the assists.
Amherst held 10-5 shots advantage although the play by each team was pretty even.
Second period: Amherst's Kaszubski made it 2-0 with a nice hustle play off a faceoff to left of Sweet Home net with 8:32 left. He fired a shot on goal off the draw and beat two Panthers to the loose puck and poked it in.