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2015-02-05 / Sports

OP/Frontier loses heartbreaker in OT

by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter


Orchard Park/Frontier’s Tatum Walber looks on at the net during Tuesday’s Section VI seminfal at Northtown Center. OP/Frontier lost to Williamsville, 4-3, in overtime. Walber scored two goals in the game, including the goal that sent the game to overtime. 
Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Orchard Park/Frontier’s Tatum Walber looks on at the net during Tuesday’s Section VI seminfal at Northtown Center. OP/Frontier lost to Williamsville, 4-3, in overtime. Walber scored two goals in the game, including the goal that sent the game to overtime. Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com After clawing back into the game with two late third period goals, the Orchard Park/Frontier girls hockey team lost in overtime to Williamsville in the Section VI girls hockey semifinal.

“You see 3-1 with less than half a period, it is easy to count us out. Never count us out because our team works extremely hard,” said OP/Frontier head coach Jim Mc- Carthy. “Williamsville is very talented. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re fast. You have to bring it.”

It was Williamsville’s Sarah Scolnick who got the game winning tally in the overtime period, boosting her team to the finals with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at Northtown Center.

“My coach called a timeout and he told me not to sit on the wall with the puck. If I had space I am supposed to go to the net,” said Scolnick about the moments leading to the game winning goal. “I got the puck on the boards, picked my head up. I was looking to make the pass, saw the opening and I just shot it.”

Williamsville, especially the coaching staff, knew it wouldn’t be an easy win as the top five teams in the federation this year are so close in talent level.

“Coach McCarthy gets the most out of his team. They play with a lot of heart,” said Williamsville coach Rick Hopkins. “We knew it was going to be a game. When they won their four overtime game last week I emailed him to congratulate him and I said, ‘let’s give them another overtime playoff classic.”


Orchard Park/Frontier’s Frangelica Bautz takes a shot on netduring the team’s Tuesday semifinal game against Williamsville at Northtown Center. Bautz scored a goal in the third period of the overtime loss. 
Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Orchard Park/Frontier’s Frangelica Bautz takes a shot on netduring the team’s Tuesday semifinal game against Williamsville at Northtown Center. Bautz scored a goal in the third period of the overtime loss. Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com

The other two times these two teams met in the playoffs the games went to overtime.

Tatum Walber scored twice for Orchard Park/Frontier including the very first tally of the game.

With the puck in the offensive zone, Walber was able to wrangle in a rebound right in front of the Williamsville goalie and fire it into the net with 7:32 remaining in the first period.

Walber also had an assist to give her a three-point game.

The teams traded possession through the rest of the first period but both goalies, Orchard Park/Frontier’s Mikaela DiTonto and Williamsville’s Jenna Lukomski, made some stunning saves to keep the score at 1-0 going into the second.

Williamsville would get a tally early in the second period. Amanda Gaffney found some space in front of the net off a pass from Holly Shmelzer, putting it past the OP goalie for the tying tally.

Williamsville would take the lead with three minutes left in the second period when Jordan Roetzer saw a rebound off the goalie fly just above crossbar height where she swatted the puck out of midair into the net for the goal. Leah Czerwinski was credited with the assist.

Both teams came out of the second period intermission with a lot of intensity.

It was Williamsville who got the first goal of the period, increasing their lead to two goals with 12 minutes left in the third.

Czerwinski was able to put the puck home with assists from Gaffney and Emma Hubert.

The teams battled back but Williamsville kept taking the zone and getting quality shots on net. however, DiTonto kept closing the door on those late scoring chances.

With 4:22 left in the third period, Frangelica Bautz found the back of the net on a shot from the slot, giving OP/Frontier a chance by decreasing the deficit to only one goal.

A minute later OP/Frontier would get the equalizer.

Walber would charge the front of the net and put home the goal to tie the game.

Emily Dellaneve was credited with the assist.

OP/Frontier would have some quality chances to get the win but Lukomski was able to shut them down and send it to overtime.

It didn’t take long into the extra period for Scolnick to get her game winner. With 3:14 remaining in the overtime period, Scolnick was able to get the puck, find an opening and fire the unassisted game winner.

Williamsville played Kenmore in the championship game Wednesday. results from that game were not available at press time.

Luckily for OP/Frontier the season is not over.

Starting Feb. 9, the WNY girls Federation playoffs begin which is the same teams as in the Section VI playoffs only Monsignor Martin will be added to the field.

OP/Frontier will play a tough Lancaster/Iroquois team Monday in the opening round of the playoffs.

Williamsville will play Amherst/Sweet Home.

“The beautiful thing about this league and what it’s turned into is there are no ‘gimme’ games,” said McCarthy. “You have to play each and every shift in every game. To me that makes girls hockey, this league, that much more exciting.”

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