Whitesboro Hockey Advances to Championship

By Sports WKTV

Wow. That just about sums up what happened at the Whitestown Arena on Wednesday night, as the Whitesboro hockey team edged Corcoran 2-1 in overtime in the Section III Division II semifinals to advance to the championship game.

Tied 1-1 after regulation, each team missed a solid scoring chance in the extra period thanks to the opposing goalies, which were excellent all game. But Whitesboro finally ended the game when Cooper Zielinski made the pass of his life to a streaking George Hajjar, who beat sophomore goalie Jason Frier for the game-winner with 2:05 remaining.

After a scoreless 1st period, the Warriors, the top seed from the East division, got on the board at 6:47 on a re-direct by Matt Brown. Corcoran, the No. 2 seed from the West, answered just 45 seconds later on a beautiful give-and-go goal by Derek Eccles.

From there, the teams traded missed opportunities. Eccles hit the crossbar late in the 2nd, then in the 3rd, Whitesboro was denied on several clear looks thanks to Frier's prowess between the pipes. Corcoran had the last chance to win the game in regulation, but Warriors goalie Jack Lambe trapped the puck with 8.8 seconds left to eventually send it to overtime.

Lambe finished with 22 saves while Frier had 25. Jimmy Engler assisted both goals for Whitesboro.

The Warriors, now 21-3-2, will face the top seed from the West division, Skaneateles, in the Section III Division II championship Saturday at the Utica Aud at 1:30. Skaneateles (20-4-2) knocked off three-time defending champ Clinton in the semifinals 3-2.

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