In a tightly contested race for the Section V Class A ice hockey title, four of the five teams in the field finished with at least 12 wins during the regular season.
With a number of teams dropping down to Class B (Division II) due to dwindling enrollment numbers, McQuaid earned the top overall seed in the abbreviated five-team bracket.
The Knights finished the regular season at 17-2 and will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between fifth-seeded Brighton/East Rochester/Honeoye Falls-Lima (4-12-2) and fourth-seeded Pittsford (12-5-3).
With more teams than ever in Class B, the bracket has been split into Class B and BB. Just like Class A, parity reigns supreme.
Defending state Division II champ Webster Schroeder (7-13) is the seventh seed in BB and will meet second-seeded Victor (13-6-1) in the opening round.
Traditional power Greece Athena/Odyssey (13-5-1) is the top seed in Class BB. Each of the top five seeds in BB has at least 11 wins.
Unheralded Geneseo/Livonia/Dansville is the top seed in Class B. The Lakers finished the regular season at 13-6-1. Geneseo/Livonia/Dansville will face the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 9 Geneva/Waterloo/Romulus (1-16-1) and No. 8 Aquinas (5-14).
Canandaigua (10-8-2), Brockport (9-8-3) and Irondequoit (10-10) are the second, third, and fourth seeds in B respectively.
Sectionals begin on Tuesday.
All three sectional finals will be conducted on Sunday, March 1 at RIT’s Ritter Arena.
Section V Hockey
Saturday/Quarterfinal: No. 5 Brighton/ER/HF-L (4-14-2) vs. No. 4 Pittsford (12-5-3) at Ritter Arena, 5:15 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 26/Semifinals at Ritter Arena: No. 1 McQuaid (17-2) vs. No. 5 Brighton/ER/HF-L/No. 4 Pittsford winner, 5 p.m.; No. 3 Fairport (15-4-1) vs. No. 2 Rush-Henrietta (14-3-3), 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 1/Final: at Ritter Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday/First round: No. 9 Geneva/Waterloo/Romulus (1-16-1) vs. No. 8 Aquinas (5-14) at Lakeshore, 7 p.m.
Friday/Quarterfinals: No. 9 Geneva/Waterloo/Romulus/No. 8 Aquinas winner vs. No. 1 Geneseo/Livonia/Dansville (13-6-1) at SUNY Geneseo, No. 7 Batavia/Alexander (8-11-1) vs. No. 2 Canandaigua (10-8-2) at Canandaigua Civic Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday/Quarterfinals: No. 5 Batavia Notre Dame (9-11) vs. No. 4 Irondequoit (10-10) at Lakeshore, 4:30 p.m.; No. 6 Churchville-Chili (8-11-1) vs. No. 3 Brockport (9-8-3) at SUNY Brockport, 5 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 24/Semifinals: at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex: TBD, 5/7:30 p.m.T
Sun., March 1/Final: at Ritter Arena, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday/First round: No. 9 Greece Arcadia/Olympia (2-16-2) vs. No. 8 Penfield (6-12-2) at Webster Ice Arena, 5 p.m.
Saturday/Quarterfinals: No. 5 Webster Thomas (11-8-1) vs. No. 3 Gates Chili (12-8) at Genesee Valley, 2 p.m.; No. 9 Greece Arcadia/Olympia/No. 8 Penfield winner vs. 1 Greece Athena/Odyssey (13-5-1) at Lakeshore, 2:30 p.m.; No. 7 Webster Schroeder (7-13) vs. No. 2 Victor (13-6-1) at Thomas Creek, 6 p.m.; No. 6 Spenceport (8-12) vs. No. 3 Hilton (12-5-3) at Lakeshore, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., March 1/Final: at Ritter Arena, 5:15 p.m.
Wed., March 4/Class B/BB state qualifier at Ritter Arena: TBD, 7 p.m.