Just a little over a week remains in the WNY Federation hockey regular season. The cream is beginning to rise to the top as teams make their march towards sectionals.
Leading the pack are Coach Rich Crozier’s St. Joe’s Marauders who have a commanding lead in the Division 1 standings with a record of 12-1-1. Currently they hold a five point lead over Williamsville North, the only team in the Fed to defeat them (2-1 back on Dec 17th). Soon after the Will North defeat, the Marauders tied Kenmore East 2-2. Since then the Marauders have won 10 straight, piling up 45 goals while surrendering just 8 during the current winning streak. Perhaps the most telling sign that St. Joe’s is gearing up for a state title run was the way in which they have been steam rolling teams that aren’t ordinarily pushovers. St. Joe’s defeated Williamsville East 8-0, Lancaster 7-1 and Niagara Wheatfield 5-0. They also took down Orchard Park twice, Timon and Canisius during that stretch.
Sophmore goaltender Daniel Mikolajczak has been a brick wall, posting an 11-1-1 record and a 1.14 GAA and 4 shutouts. Straight up filthy. Jeremy Ienco and Mike Greco lead the way with goals, both sitting on 6 heading into the weekend while Trevor Conschafter has 12 points (5g, 7assists). Griffen LoVullo, Nick Carbone and Jack Attea all have 11 points each. Auggie Cudeck is having a great season in the back end along with Brad Herlan who has been producing offensively as well.
In Division 2 the Ken East Bulldogs are looking to reclaim the Section 6 small school championship they won back in 2012. Sitting atop the D2 standings at 8-4-1, they too have been on a hot streak winning 5 of their last 6 games. They suffered back-to-back losses at the beginning of the new year, a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Will North and then they were shut-out by Orchard Park a day later. They have since put together a solid month of play heading into Friday night’s match-up with Niagara-Wheatfield.
Trevor Pray has been a scoring machine with 25 points (12/13) while fellow senior AJ Marinelli has 24 (11/13). Chase Ford and Brad Herman have been very good between the pipes, one of the best goaltending tandems in all of WNY.
The Bulldogs have a 3 point lead over Timon and a 4 point lead over Clarence, whom they shutout Thursday night 4-0.
We will update you next week on Division 3 and 4 Sunday.