Game Day Reports for
Tuesday June 15, 2021
|Fairport - 6||Pittsford - 5||REPORT|
|Canandaigua - 5||Thomas - 6||REPORT|
Fairport - 6
Pittsford - 5
Fairport Wins in Overtime
2021-06-15 - SPORTSFIVE REPORT: Fairport defeated Pittsford in overtime 6-5 tonight to secure their 10th Sectional Title and second consecutive title (2019 win over Hilton 9-4). This is the fourth straight tournament that have seen the Red Raiders in the finals. With tonight's win, the Red Raiders moved into third for the most titles by any program in Section Five. The game winning goal was scored off a face-off fast-break. Joey Giggie won the draw and raced up field, he offloaded the ball to Trey Terzo who fed inside to the crease and found Jackson Monte open for the goal.
In addition to the game winning overtime goal, Monte led his team in scoring (4g-2a) in the Semi-Final game vs. Hilton. As a result, he was named Class A Tournament MVP at the conclusion of the ceremony. At the final ceremony in Thomas' win over Canandaigua, the Section Five season awards were also revealed. Offensive Player of Year was presented to Victor face-off midfielder Logan Callahan. Defensive Player of the Year was presented to Thomas goalie Ethan Ruller and Sportsman of the Year was presented to Penfield's Will Hand.
The first half of the game saw a lot of slow back and forth between the two teams. Fairport scored the only goal of the first quarter with Brendan Riley driving inside and finding Trey Terzo open after the slide. The Red Raiders held the 1-0 lead into the quarter break. In the second quarter, Pittsford added three goals (one in man-up). Rex Kesselring scored with a feed from Quinn Whipple with 9:35 remaining to tie the game at 1-1. Whipple then added the first of his 2g-2a with a drive along the top of the restraining line. He also assisted the third goal to Shane Lenard. Pittsford led 3-1 going into the halftime break.
In the second half, the scoring kicked off with each team adding two in the third and Fairport adding two more in the fourth to force overtime. The Panthers were held scoreless in both the first and fourth quarters. Harrison Cross scored with a hard outside shot to put Pittsford up 4-1 (their largest lead of the game). Kole Stuver responded with back-to-back goals to put Fairport back within one. Both were hard midrange shots. The final Panther goal of the night was scored by Whipple with a feed from Cross. Whipple finished with a hand in four of the five Pittsford goals.
In the final quarter, Fairport scored both of their goals within the first four minutes. Rob Crowley scored the first and Terzo scored the second. Terzo's goal was scored during man-up after he grabbed the loose ball on the crease and finished into the back of the net. The game was back and forth in the final eight minutes with both teams having a shot at the goal; however, the game stayed tied into the end of regulation. [BOX SCORE] More images are available in the gallery.More information is available on the GAME REPORT page.
Canandaigua - 5
Thomas - 6
Thomas Tops Canandaigua for Class B Title
2021-06-15 - SPORTSFIVE REPORT: Webster Thomas never trailed in their 6-5 win over Canandaigua tonight to secure their fourth Sectional Championship and the first since 2016. In 2018, freshman Ethan Ruller started in the cage for Webster Thomas and helped take his team to the Sectional Finals. After a double overtime loss to Victor, the Titans have spent the last two seasons looking to get back into the Finals. Tonight, Ruller was the major factor in the victory and was named Class B Tournament MVP. In addition, during the award ceremony, he was also recognized as Section Five Defensive Player of the Year. Also recognized at that time were Offensive Player of the Year (Face off midfielder Logan Callahan from Victor) and Sportsman of the Year (Penfield’s Will Hand).
Ruller was one of the major reasons for Thomas’ victory. The senior goalie kept Canandaigua scoreless for three quarters. During the 36 minutes, he faced multiple shots and at times seemed to stand on his head to make the save. Although the Braves added five goals in the final quarter, it was not enough to force overtime. With time counting down, Ruller got control of the ball behind the cage. In the final seconds he threw the ball up field and gave the Titans the win.
Thomas opened the scoring with three goals in the first quarter. David Petz, Joe Russo and Nathan Hoban each scored one goal for the Titans. Hoban, Petz and Cade Spencer each recorded an assist. All six goals for the Titans were assisted. The 3-0 score at the end of the first quarter held into halftime. In the third quarter, Thomas added their fourth goal with a feed from behind the game from Ryan Prine to Evan Pashalidis. This came during an unsettled situations where Canandaigua’s Jack Faiola had just made back-to-back saves. The Titans held a 4-0 lead going into the final 12 minutes.
In the final quarter, Canandaigua’s offense was finally able to get past Ruller. They scored 0:32 into the quarter with Cam Tallman scoring with a feed from Sam Bennett. Three minutes Later Dom Comella scored, unassisted with an outside shot from the top left. Thomas’ final two goals of the game came from Anthony Shura and Pashalidis (assists to Spencer and Hoban). The Titans were up 6-2 with three minutes left on the clock.
The final three minutes of play were the most exciting. Canandaigua kept up their offense and scored three goals in the final three minutes. Jaxon Grant scored with a long range shot from the outside. Spin Blazak scored from the inside after a feed from behind by Tallman with 2:28 remaining. With 0:42 remaining, Tallman pulled the same trick, this time with Cormella scoring his second. Thomas won the last draw but lost the ball and gave Canandaigua one more shot at the cage. However, they could not capitalize on the chance. [BOX SCORE] More images are available in the gallery.
Note: During the half-time break, the team and coaches from Gates Chili were honored for sportsmanship by the GVLOA.More information is available on the GAME REPORT page.