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southemblemThe Williamsville South Boys hockey team enters this year with high hopes. They have a lot of talent with 6 experienced seniors. The seniors who will provide leadership to their younger teammates this season are Mason Cool, Brendan DesRosiers, Jeff Browne, Cam Osalkowski, and Jake Fuzak. Also a senior, goalie Cam Carney consistently does a solid job between the pipes. Adding some depth, are forwards junior Alex Fix and sophomore Jake Wehr. On the back end, junior Dylan Utz, junior Austin Martin, junior Travis Porterfield and sophomore Will Holyoke provide stability in front of Carney. Senior forward Jeff Browne says the Billes are excited for 2015, “coming into this year I am very optimistic….I think there is a lot of potential and underlying leadership on the team. I think we have the ability to go pretty far this year. All the guys on the team are willing to work hard and do what it takes to win and I think it will pay off throughout the season.” Senior forward Brendan DesRosiers expects his team to win big in his last season: “Every year our goal is to win section 6. I think with the team we have this year we have a great shot at it if we play smart, team hockey.”

The team started their regular season on December 3rd against West Seneca East after losing a few close games to highly talented large schools in the pre season. Penalties had a huge impact on this game, each team taking more than their coaches would have liked. The first goal came 10 minutes into the 1st period when Jeff Browne slammed a rebound past the West Seneca East goalie. Jake Wehr and Brady Homberger picked up assists on the goal. The Billies were able to hold this lead into the second period.

Just 38 seconds into the 2nd period, South defenseman Travis Porterfield took a 4 minute major penalty for a hit from behind. West Seneca East capitalized on the major penalty and put a shot past Carney with a minute remaining in the penalty and 3:36 into the period. The goal came from East’s Dominic Khoury assisted by Elijah Boccolucci and Ryan Krzykowski. This tied the game up at one. Nine minutes into the 2nd, Alex Fix scored what would be the game winning goal to give the Billies a 2-1 lead. Browne and DesRosiers were credited with the assists.

The third period was a quiet one, only one penalty was handed out and no goals were scored. The last minute of the game, West Seneca East pulled their goalie and South faced 3 straight face-offs deep in their own zone. South Heach Coach Sean Green had faith in his senior forward DesRosiers, who took all 3 draws and won every one of them preventing the Trojans from getting a shot on net. This sealed the game for the Billies making them 1-0 in division play.

DesRosiers said about his key face-off wins, “First of all, I am very honored that coach Green put me out there for the final minute and that he trusted me to take the face-offs. I was just thinking to myself that if I won them they wouldn’t be able to get a shot off. I was glad that I was able to help seal the win for the team because we played a hard game and we deserved to win.” Browne was very excited and pleased with his team “It felt awesome to score on opening night. The crowd was great and it really helped the energy on the bench. Scoring is awesome and all, but myself and our other leadership role players, whether its Carney making big saves when we need them; Mason, Al and Cam creating offense; or Fuzak and Brendan helping out defensively. We all just do what we can to contribute no matter what it is.”

The team recently lost a tough game, on Monday, December 7th, to West Seneca West by a score of 5-2 to make their divisional record 1-1. They play Sweet Home on Saturday, December 12th, at the Northtown center at 1 pm as the Billies look to improve their record to 2-1 this season

-Evan Manna
@mannacl