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The Buffalo Seniors wouldn’t go away.
Despite leading three different times, the Rochester Seniors couldn’t put away their rivals to the west as Buffalo triumphed to claim their fourth title in the fifth annual Scotty Bowman Showcase.
Defeating Rochester 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night at HSBC Arena, the Buffalo Seniors won their second straight Bowman Cup in overtime.
The event, named after the legendary Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, showcases the best high school aged hockey players from Western New York.
Rochester’s Justin Scharfe (Maksymum Jr. B) scored the opening goal before Buffalo’s Chris Covel net a seeing-eye shot that found its way past netminder Richie Carlston (Fairport). Brett Barton (Maksymum Jr. B) helped regain the lead, capitalizing on an odd-man rush.
Ryan Wagner (Canisius) then recorded Buffalo’s second goal in the second frame from the high slot for a 2-2 score.
Patrick Sofia (Greece Athena) gave Rochester a 3-2 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the third period before a power play marker from Tyler Matecki (Buffalo Jr. Sabres) deflected in off a Rochester shin pad to tie the game at 3-3.
Solid goaltending remained the name of the game in the tiebreaker as Covel proved to be the only Buffalo shooter to score on Tyler Lariviere (Spencerport). Andy Olsen (Buffalo Regals) shut the door on Rochester, stopping all three shooters to preserve the come-from-behind victory for Buffalo.
Rochester did not go away empty handed as the junior squad won a hard-hitting battle earlier in the day.
Anthony Starnino (Aquinas Institute) opened the scoring for Rochester in the first period and Stu Wilson (Maksymum Jr. B) intercepted a clearing attempt in the second to give Rochester a 2-0 lead in a tightly played game.
Entering the third, Rochester had outshot Buffalo 25-17, but they would only test Scott Diebold (St. Francis) four times compared to the eight shots that Michael Catanzaro (Penfield) would face in the third.
Joey Cantafio (Williamsville East) knocked home a pass from Jarret McGraw (Lancaster) to close the margin to one in the third period. However, that would be the only goal Buffalo would get in the contest as Rochester triumphed 2-1.
The trio of Jason Carville (Gates Chili), Dan Hurlimann (Hilton) and Catanzaro turned away 24 shots on the night.