Weekly Feature

2015-02-04 / Sports

Kenmore moves on to Section VI title game

by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter

A 2-0 shutout win over Lancaster/ Iroquois sealed the deal for the Kenmore Devil Dogs, earning them a trip to their fourth straight Section VI title game.

“It’s a great feeling (to reach the title game). You try every year for it,” said Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski.

It’s an honor to be in the game and to be back for the fourth time in a row. It is pretty impressive. The girls work hard.”

During the snowy afternoon at the Northtown Center of Amherst, Kenmore took on Lancaster/ Iroquois for their second straight game with them, only this one meant a little more.

Kenmore had the advantage all game, keeping the puck in the opponents zone and pelting Lancaster/ Iroquois goalie Madeline Norton.

“We outshot them 32-15. We dominated pretty well most of the game. But, those are the ones you lose,” said Orlowski. “Maddie Norton stood on her head. She played fantastic hockey. I can’t say enough about her. She kept Lancaster right in it. To have a goalie like that that holds you in the game is a precious thing.”

After a scoreless first period, Kenmore finally broke the Stalemate midway through the second period.

Emily King was able to get the puck and take it into the Lancaster/ Iroquois zone on a 1-on-1 opportunity.

Taylor Story flew down the ice to helo out her teammate on the break. King flung a shot at the net. Story was able to get her stick on the puck, deflecting it just enough to beat Norton for the goal.

The teams battled back and forth. The game stayed at 1-0 until the closing seconds of the third period. Norton was pulled for Lancaster to get the extra attacker in the attempt to tie the game. Defenseman Ana Orzechowski was able to control the puck and fired it into the empty net for the final goal.

Grace Simmons shined for Kenmore as she, along with Orzechowski, kept the blue line clear and kept the opponents out of the zone and away from star goaltender Lauren Pray to give Kenmore a much better chance for a win.

Pray, last year’s Federation most valuable player, made 15 saves in the shutout.

Olivia Smith, who has been one of the top scorers all season for the Devil Dogs, was held in check by the physicality of Lancaster.

“Smith got beat up (Monday),” said Orlowski. “They were all over her. But, she was skating as hard as she could.”

Over the last three games for Kenmore, Story and Smith have combined for 11 goals.

Kenmore will play the winner of Tuesday’s rescheduled game between Orchard Park/Frontier and Williamsville.

This allows Kenmore to have a day’s rest, something their opponents will not have.

It makes your life a little tough. Mother nature is on our side that our school stayed open. “I’m proud of the way the girls played. They played selfless hockey (Monday).”

The results for the other semifinal game were not available at press time.

email: ltrimble@beenews.com

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