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2015-02-12 / Sports

Lancaster/Iroquois defeats OP/Frontier in Fed playoff opener

by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter

After early exits from both teams in the Section VI girls hockey playoffs, Lancaster/ Iroquois and Orchard Park/Frontier ended up competing against one another in the opening round of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation playoffs.

It was Lancaster/Iroquois who emerged victorious, defeating OP/Frontier with a third period goal.

“It was a tight game and we knew we were going to be in a game like that with Lancaster,” said OP/Frontier head coach Jim McCarthy.

OP’s Ally Edwards scored both goals for her team but it was Jenelle Piatt for Lancaster/ Iroquois who ended up the hero, netting the game winner.

Edwards got OP off to an early 1-0 lead when she netted a goal early in the first period. Gabby Demeo was credited with the assist.

Lancaster tied the game up at the end of the first when Madeline Moran scored off a Renee Doherty pass. Megan Reukauf was credited with assist.

With the game tied at one, OP appeared to have gotten a lead goal but the officials decided it was not and took the goal off the board.

Later in the second, Doherty got a tally of her own to give Lancaster a lead. Reukauf was credited with her second assist of the game.

Piatt scored her game winner early in the third period off a pass from Brianna Kepner.

OP tried to come back, eventually pulling the goalie to gain the extra attacker advantage.

Edwards scored her second goal with around five minutes remaining. Frangelica Bautz was credited with the assist.

OP tried to claw back but Lancaster goalie Madeline Norton and her defense stopped them for the win.

It’s an exciting win for Lancaster and a tough loss for OP.

Lancaster went on to play top seed Monsignor Martin in the semifinals Wednesday. Results were not available at press time.

Orchard Park/Frontier will lose nine seniors form this squad, including starting goalie Mikaela DiTonto.

Luckily for OP they have a young core and a solid group of defenders. Edwards and Bautz, two of the teams top scorers, will return next season.

“Well I have to believe that Edwards, Bautz are going to be one year bigger, faster stronger and smarter,” said McCarthy. “I am expecting a lot out of them.”

email: ltrimble@beenews.com

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