BUFFALO, N.Y.-Monday afternoon and evening at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo three WNY Federation Hockey championships will be decided.
Friday morning the six teams involved all gathered for a media briefing at the First Niagara Center.
The private school championship game between Canisius and St. Joe’s gets the day started with a 4-pm faceoff.
Marauders coach Rich Crozier, standing at the podium with his players behind him said “And I can honestly say I wouldn’t be standing at this podium if it wasn’t for these 11 gentlemen behind me that have dedicated and committed themselves to this season.” Crusaders coach Sam Belsito said We preach family and these guys have come together, they have played well all year, and right now is their opportunity to knock off St. Joe’s.”
The large school game between Niagara Wheatfield and Wiliamsville North is the second game of the day. It is scheduled to start at 6:15 pm. Falcons head coach Rick Wrazin said “Looking forward to a great game. We’ve had two good ones already this year with Will North so I’m sure this one stands to be a good one. Spartans coach Bob Rosen said “this year our team was led by our seniors as well and they did a wonderful job every day in practice, in the off season allowing us the opportunity to get back here.”
The final game of the night will be the small school game between Wiliamsville East and Kenmore East. Flames coach Mike Torillo said “With the 11 seniors I have here with me not only do I respect the effort they put in but they’ve done a great job with leadership and the things they’ve done for our team. Without them we wouldn’t be here today. Bulldogs coach Kyle Pray said “we’re looking forward to great matchup on Monday. Williamsville East congratulations on a great year. You guys have been on top of the league all year. We know we have a very tough opponent on Monday night. We’re looking forward to the challenge and a good hockey game.” Face off for the small school game, the final one of the night is scheduled for 8:30 pm.