Leading off today:
Adam Batz's goal 46 seconds into overtime was the difference as Williamsville North
repeated as the Section 6 Division I hockey champion Monday with a 3-2 victory over Lancaster at KeyBank Center.
With the win, Williamsville North advances to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association quarterfinals Saturday at West Genesee. (See updated brackets here.)
Batz finished with two goals while repeating as the championship game most valuable player. Last season, he scored the goal in a 1-0 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield in the final.
Lancaster had knotted the score with :05.3 left in regulation on a goal by Shawn Kross.
Brett Sardina also scored for Williamsville North, which played in a Section 6 championship game for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons.
In Division II, West Seneca East earned its first championship by defeating fourth-seeded Kenmore West 3-1. Sophomore Tyler Arndt scored twice in the final 6:19 seconds for the winners, who got 27 saves from Jagger Maving.
Arndt's empty-net goal with :16 left completed a run in which the Trojans knocked off No. 1 seed Williamsville East, No. 3 Grand Island and No. 4 Kenmore West.
"I think that it's crazy that it's our first time and that I am part of the team that did that," Arndt told The Buffalo News. "I think it's just crazy that it happened."
In the Monsignor Martin final, St. Joe's won its fifth Niagara Cup in seven years by beating Canisius 4-0. Senior Jack Lalley's two power-play goals in the first period put the Marauders in command.
Goalie Donovan Boshier finished with 23 saves for the shutout.
The Marauders will seek to repeat as state CHSAA champions when they face St. Anthony's Sunday at HarborCenter in a rematch of last year's final.
Pittsford, Brockport advance: Pittsford broke to a three-goal lead early in the second period and held on to edge Fairport 4-2 in the Section 5 Class A title game.
Ryan Walpole scored twice and Connor Haims and Andy Bronstein had one each for the Panthers in their second straight title-game win over the Red Raiders.
"It's never an easy night against Fairport," Haims told the Democrat and Chronicle. "They're an excellent team and we knew we needed a big-time effort to get past them."
In Class B, Brockport skated past Webster Thomas 4-1. The Blue Devils got a pair of goals from leading scorer Maison Fadale and one each from Alec Rockow and Peyton Young. Goalie Liam Schreiner made 25 saves.
"Our goalie played fantastic, and we walled it in on defense, just locked it down defensively and got the job done," said defenseman Ben Leach.
Section 10 finals: Massena secured its sixth straight Division I crown with a 1-0 win over Canton. Junior Jack Loran scored off a deflection during a scramble midway through the second period.
"When you get to this point, it really is more of a chess match where things are happening with every shift," Massena coach Mike Trimboli said. "It's always a great game against Canton. I didn't really expect this to be a 1-0 game but we'll take it."
Junior Nate Moffitt turned aside 20 shots for the shutout in his postseason debut.
In Division II, St. Lawrence scored the first three goals and rolled past Norwood-Norfolk 7-2. Andrew Lantry started the onslaught with a goal just 48 seconds into the final.
"I think all year we've had really quick starts to our games," Larries coach Mickey Locke said. "We've scored the first goal in every game but maybe three all year. When we get the first goal we can kind of settle into our game."
Salmon River will be the at-large representative in the state quarterfinals by virtue of a second-place finish during the regular season.
Massive rallies: Two of the wildest comebacks of the Section 5 boys basketball season took place in Class C semifinals Monday.
Down by 17 early in the third quarter, Cuba-Rushford rallied to shock Clyde-Savannah 62-61 in Class C-3. Senior forward Evan Tucker scored the winning bucket on a sort jumper with :10 to play.
Cuba-Rushford went on an 8-for-11 binge from the field beginning early in the second half to swing from a 41-24 deficit to a seven-point lead.
Trevor Smith led C-R with 23 points.
Meanwhile, Enrique Mosman had 27 points and 15 rebounds as Gananda rallied from a 19-point deficit at halftime to defeat Vertus 52-48 in a Class C-1 semifinal.