The Bowman Cup is heading to Rochester for the first time in the history of the three-year old showcase, as the Rochester Senior hockey team defeated the Buffalo Seniors by a score of 4-3 in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators at HSBC Arena on Sunday.
The game-winner came in an unconventional fashion. Brendon Rothfuss, a senior from Webster Thomas, was taken down on a breakaway attempt with just 1:56 left in the game. Awarded a penalty shot, the forward buried the opportunity into the back of the net to set off the celebration for the Rochester Seniors.
Rochester never trailed in the game as the line of Shayne Stockton, who played with the Jr. Amerks, Steven Wrobel from Gates Chili, and Rothfuss dominated the Buffalo seniors. The trio, led by Stockton's hat trick, had all four Rochester goals and added four assists on the day.
Buffalo had made a valiant comeback to tie the score, before Rothfuss' heroics. Down 3-1 late in the third, Williamsville North Senior, Ryan Geary rebounded a shot past Batavia senior, Mike Battaglia, with just 3:35 remaining. Nick Panepinto from Kenmore West then tied the game with 1:58 remaining.
In the earlier game, the Buffalo Juniors remained perfect, 3-0, against their Rochester counterparts with a 7-3 victory.
St. Francis Junior, Patrick Sullivan led Buffalo with two goals, while Jake Newton from Williamsville North, Brandon Broad from Nichols, and Kevin Ogiba from Niagara-Wheatfield each recorded two assists.