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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015: Cazenovia pulls off stunning hockey rally

   Leading off today: Trailing state-ranked Auburn by three goals with under six minutes to play, Cazenovia pulled off a stunning rally for a 5-4 boys hockey victory Friday at Casey Park Rink.

   Coming off a 7-0 loss to 12th-ranked New Hartford, Cazenovia fell behind 4-1 against the Maroons, ranked sixth in Division 2 by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Jake Lewis started the rally with 5:28 left on a shot from the point, and Nate Morgan knocked in a rebound less than a minute later to make it a one-goal game.

   Cazenovia tied the game when Brenden Whalen converted a chance with 2:31 left. Morgan then tipped in the game-winner 21 seconds later to cap a furious 3:18 span.

   More Division 2 hockey: Unranked Batavia Notre Dame reached 7-0 for the season with a 3-1 victory at eighth-ranked Lake Placid.

   Henrik Toiviainen scored three minutes into the game for the Fighting Irish. After Lake Placid tied, Ryan Webster scored with 2:50 to go in the second period and Reid Racemacker connected less than a minute later. Ethan Conrad made 22 saves for Notre Dame.

   Notre Dame has outscored the opposition 55-9 this season while tying the school record for the best start to a season.



   Cracking down: The Journal News reported this week that boarding and roughing majors are on the rise in high school hockey as the sport cracks down on needless contact.

   An explanation from Larry Scapperotti, rules interpreter for Section 1:

   "The NFHS has decided that injury potential plays would now become the point of emphasis for officials and players to eliminate form the sport. Guidelines for boarding and checking from behind were changed two years ago and there are only two options for officials, it's either a major penalty or a major and disqualification. Checking from behind into the boards or goal frame are considered flagrant and will be subject to the DQ. Boarding is a play where a player is thrown, pushed or checked violently into the boards with limited ways to protect himself.

   Remember this name: Freshman Aubrey Griffin scored 45 points through three quarters and 51 in the game as Ossining defeated Arlington 94-58 in girls basketball action.

   Shadeen Samuels added 21 points, seven assists and seven steals for the Pride.

  
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   The 5-foot-11 Griffin, who already holds an offer from Seton Hall, is the daughter of former NBA player Adrian Griffin, now an assistant with the Orlando Magic. She transferred to Ossining in the offseason.

   Oh, Canada: Ahmed Ali, a point guard at John Polanyi High in Toronto, made 22 3-pointers and scored 103 points Wednesday in his school's 111-76 win over C.W. Jefferson.

   Ali joined former NBA player Denham Brown as the only Canadian players to score over 100 points in a high school game. Brown scored 111 points in a game in 2002.

   Former CHSFL coach dies: John Joseph Dee, a fingerprint expert for the New York City Police Department who also coached St. John the Baptist football died last month in Florida at the age of 73, Newsday reported.

   Dee retired in 1982 from the Queens Detective Squad and became dean of students and an assistant coach at St. John the Baptist. In 1986, he became the head football coach, and the Cougars scored an 8-0 upset of Brockton, Mass., the top-ranked team in the country.

   The Navy veteran was buried with full military honors in Sarasota, Fla., on Dec. 12.


  
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