BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three Section VI hockey teams are still in the hunt for a state championship. Grand Island and Orchard Park won their section finals on Monday night to advance in the postseason. West Seneca West, although falling to Grand Island, will play in the regional round because the Section received an at-large bid. Each will play in their respective regional games on March 2nd.
That regional schedule is as follows:
West Seneca West at John Jay (Section I)
Grand Island at Skaneateles (Section III)
Orchard Park at TBD (Section IV)
Making their first appearance in the Section VI small school final since they joined the Fed, top seed Grand Island topped 3rd seed West Seneca West 3-2. Mitch Fusillo scored the game-winner with less than 30 seconds left in regulation. Nathan Stroh made 33 saves.
Also making their first appearance in the Section VI large school final, 3rd seed Orchard Park topped 4th seed Niagara Wheatfield 4-0.
Also played on Monday night was the Niagara Cup Final with top seed St. Joe's beating 2nd seed St. Mary's 4-1. They will play for a state championship this Saturday against the winner of the Xavier and Fordham Prep series.