Maine-Endwell beats Vestal, forces final game in hockey championship round

Maine-Endwell beats Vestal, forces final game in hockey championship round

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Maine-Endwell beats Vestal, forces final game in hockey championship round

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Maine-Endwell edged Vestal 1-0 in a shootout to stay alive in the championship round of the Broome County High School Hockey Association playoffs on Thursday night at SUNY Broome.

The teams were scoreless after 53 minutes of three periods and overtime, and the Spartans won 4-3 in a shootout. With the shootout tied 3-3 in the fifth round, M-E goalie Chris McVannan stopped Andrew Wagner’s shot and M-E’s Nick Giordano responded by beating Vestal goalie Nick Nestlerode for the winner.

The Spartans (18-4-1) forced a winner-take-all rematch against the Golden Bears for the championship in the double-elimination tournament. The final is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Thursday at SUNY Broome.

“Both goalies were really phenomenal,” M-E coach Al Gorick said, “There were scoring opportunities for both teams but the goalies kept it scoreless.”

McVannan finished with 31 saves and Nestlerode made 29 for Vestal, which would have won the championship with a victory.

Jeremy Wilber, Colin Wenzel and Kyle Ballmer added shootout goals for the M-E, and Nick Barney, Ross Boots and Troy Harding tallied shootout goals for the Golden Bears. The teams have split their four meetings this season.

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