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Sweet Home hockey wins NYS title for first time

Posted: 7:42 PM, Mar 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-11 19:42:57-04
Sweet Home hockey wins NYS title for first time

For the first time in school history, the Sweet Home Panthers are state champions. On Sunday the Panthers knocked off Section VI rival West Seneca West 7-5 in the Division 2 New York State title game. 

"It finally happened, to a great group of guys I've had for four years," Sweet Home coach Dave Gerspach said. "It couldn't happen to a better group." 

Senior captain Tyler Edholm led the way for the Panthers, scoring three goals and adding two assists in the win. Kyle Neudorf, Joseph Torrillo, Eric Abbate and Blake Russo also scored while Michael Lisman made 26 saves. 

West Seneca West jumped out to an early lead, only for the Panthers to swarm back and score the next six goals unanswered. Five of Sweet Home's seven goals came on the power play. 

"It means everything," Edholm said. "We lost first round each [of the last] three years and now we took a state title, it means everything."

"It's crazy, it's the best feeling in the world," assistant captain Joseph Torrillo screamed. "Everyone counted us out and we're here, we won it!" 

For the Panthers, this was about redemption after falling to West Seneca West in the Section VI championship game nearly two weeks ago. Despite the loss, Sweet Home was granted an at-large bid into the state tournament.

"We're a family," Torrillo added. "We go down 2-0, we bounce back, score six in a row, it's just a great feeling. There was no stopping us tonight." 

 

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