Fairport Beats Thomas in Semis


Fairport vs Thomas

In a game that was close throughout, Fairport held off the late advances from Webster Thomas to win 8-6. The Red Raider scored half their points in a four goal unanswered set from the first and second quarters. Thomas slowly tried to win back points in the second half, but never was able to tie the game after 1-1. Both teams finished with twenty-nine shots (17 on for Thomas and 16 on for Fairport). Senior goalie Joey Scalise stepped up big in the game and finished at 65%. He was the one of only two goalies to finish over 50% today and had the highest percentage of the day (excluding Jamie Cullen at Churchville-Chili who played two minutes with one save). In addition to Scalise, Fairport's close defense stepped up as well. Sam Dovan, Jake DeLorme and Allen Thibodeau all had big defensive games for the Red Raiders.Fairport vs Thomas

Face-off midfielder Shane Cronkwright finished at 50% (8/16) and added three ground balls for his team. Thibodeau, a sophomore, finished with team leading five ground balls and two takes. DeLorme also added two takes and midfielder Jahadi Prior added four ground balls.

For Thomas, Defenseman Ryan Nugent led with four ground balls and two takes. Cam Issac finished 7/14 at the draw and added three ground balls. Coz Fiore also added three ground balls for the Titans. In the cage, Davis Bird finished at 50% with 8 saves.

Thomas opened up the scoring with an outside shot from Mitch Hutteman (assisted by Travis Ford). Overall the game had 11/14 goals assisted (4/6 for Thomas and 7/8 for Fairport). Fairport scored the next four goals with two in the first quarter and two in the second quarter. Ryan Bowen scored with a feed from behind the cage from Dylan DeLorme with 8:06 remaining. Six minutes later with 2:01 remaining, Cameron Gebhardt scored on a similar feed form Kyle McAvoy.

Starting the second quarter, Fairport scored on a man-up goal with Bowen assisting Justin Kesselring halfway through the quarter. With 3:34 remaining McAvoy scored from a cross-crease feed from Gebhardt during a fast-break. Fairport vs ThomasFairport led 4-1 fifteen minutes into the contest. Thomas added two more goals to bring the game within a single goal in less than one minute. Nick Schuman scored unassisted with a drive from behind the cage. Seven seconds later Travis Ford scored with an assist from Issac. Issac won his own face off to get possession of the ball. Fairport scored the final goal of the half with an outside shot from Kesselring. The Red Raiders led 5-3 going into halftime.

Thomas defenseman Ryan Nugent scored the next goal from a fast break with Travis Ford assisting. Fairport`s lone goal of the quarter came with a feed from McAvoy to TJ Hendricks. Thomas scored again with 0:47 remaining with Hutteman feeding the ball across the crease to Christian Nairy. The third quarter ended with Fairport holding a one goal lead (7-6). The Red Raiders scored the first two goals of the final quarter to increase their lead to three. Ryan Crater scored with a pass from behind the cage from DeLorme with 5:05 remaining. The final two goals were scored with less than one minute to play. McAvoy scored the final Red Raider goal after a time out. Hendricks began with the ball and after driving to the double, found McAvoy open on the crease with Bird out of the cage. Thomas scored the final goal with an unassisted goal from Issac with 0:20 remaining.

With the win, Fairport returns to the finals after missing it last season. The Red Raiders have made the finals fifteen times and made it for four consecutive years (2009-2012) with two wins and two losses. Top seeded Fairport plays Pittsford (second seed) at 7:30 on Tuesday in a rematch of the 2011 and 2010 Class A Finals. The Red Raiders won in 2010 and lost in 2011.