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Sunday, March 15, 2015: Baldwinsville advances with overtime goal

   Leading off today: Baldwinsville's Isaiah Pompo scored following a faceoff 33 seconds into overtime, powering the Bees past Saratoga 2-1 on Saturday and into the NYSPHSAA Division I hockey finals in Utica.

   On the faceoff in the Saratoga zone, Baldwinsville's Matt Monaco bull-rushed the Streaks center. Pompo skated onto the puck and fired.

   "It was a great faceoff by (Monaco)," Pompo told Syracuse.com. "I skated across the circle and he dropped it. I went low glove-side. It's great to be a Baldwinsville Bee."

   The goal in support of goalie Matt Sabourin (26 saves) advanced B'ville to the championship game vs. McQuaid a decade after the Knights beat the Bees for the 2005 title. McQuaid skated to an 8-2 win when the teams faced off against each other in mid-January, but Baldwinsville has gone 12-0 since.

   Saratoga outshot the Bees 27-17. Until Pompo's goal, B'ville's only tally, from Benjamin Dwyer in the first period, came on a routine dump in the zone from the blue line that eluded the goalie. With linemate Adam Tretowicz sidelined by a knee injury suffered last weekend in a non-scholastic game, scoring star Joe Glamos came up empty on a pair of two one-on-one breaks and a penalty shot.

   "We had no energy and no legs," Baldwinsville coach Mark Lloyd. "We were really struggling. So thank god (Sabourin) was back there. He's as good a goalie there is in the state."

   McQuaid advanced to its second New York State Public High School Athletic Association final in three years with a 4-2 triumph against Scarsdale. Michael Campbell's long wrist shot early in the third period broke a 2-2 tie, and Jack Dugan scored on a breakaway to complete the rally from a 2-0 deficit.

   "We showed a lot of character and maturity coming back after the first period," Dugan told the Democrat and Chronicle.

   Division II hockey: Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA was hit with a four-minute penalty at the close of the second period, and Skaneateles turned opportunity into victory.

   Raymond Falso scored on the power play 1:36 into the third period to tie the game at 2-2, and the Lakers scored twice more with goals 31 seconds apart from James Motyl and Reggie Buell with nine minutes to play and held on for a 4-3 win in an all-Section 3 semifinal.

   The Brothers were derailed by 17 penalty minutes, including a hit along the boards at the end of the second period that set up Falso's goal.

   In improving its record in the season series vs. J-D/CBA to 2-1-1, Skaneateles advanced to the state championship game against Williamsville East on Sunday.

   "You think you have them and they're such a quality team that they kept coming at us," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major told Syracuse.com. "It must have been a great game to watch."

   In the other semifinal, Williamsville East rallied past Lake Placid 3-2 on two third-period goals from Dylan Cicero, including the winner with 1:17 left.

    Williamsville East finished with a 35-30 edge in shots on goal against Lake Placid, which had earned its first Section 7 championship since 2002.

  
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