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High school hockey results, Feb. 17

Staff ReportPublished 10:00 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2017 | Updated 11:43 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2017

Class A Quarterfinals

No. 3 Victor 4, No. 7 Hilton 3 (OT)

Mitch Rydzynski scored the game-winning goal 2:30 into overtime to lift No. 3 Victor over No. 6 Hilton, 4-3, in the Class A hockey quarterfinals Friday.

Victor scored five minutes into the third before Hilton scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. But Victor’s Brendan Manning tied the game with 17 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Four of the seven total goals were scored in the third period.

Rydzynski finished with two goals for the Blue Devils.

Victor (16-5-1) leaders: Brendan Manning, tied game with 17 seconds remaining

Hilton (12-10) leaders: Ryan Mann, Brendan Howell, Ted Cessna 1 goal; Mason Burdick 26 saves.

HS Roundup: Sectional Hockey

Friday

Victor 4, Hilton 3 (OT)

Mitch Rydzynski scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, for Victor in their Class A sectional quarterfinal win over Hilton. 

Brendan Manning also recorded two goals, including the game-tying goal in 17 seconds left in regulation, for the Blue Devils as well. Victor will next play in the Class A semifinals on Thursday at RIT at 7:30 p.m against Pittsford.

Blue Devils are No. 3 seed in Class A and Braves are No. 2 in Class B as Section V tournaments get underway

This is what it's all about: Playoff hockey.

 

The Section V postseason kicks off this week and both Victor and Canandaigua Academy drew first-round byes in Class A and Class B, respectively. It all started 20 games ago for each team and now, it all comes down to one game.

That's because the season is one-and-done with each game played and there's no tomorrow following a loss. It's the ultimate pressure situation and the Blue Devils and Braves begin their pursuit of a Section V block with games on Friday night.

And the way Victor coach Mike Ferreri sees it, winning a third straight title won't be easy.

"There are so many solid teams," he said. "You're going to see a ton of close games."

In Class A, No. 3 Victor (14-5-1) will play the winner of Wednesday's game between No. 6 Hilton (11-9-0) and No. 11 Greece Arcadia/Olympia (3-17-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Rochester Ice Center.

The Blue Devils didn't play Arcadia/Olympia during the regular season, but they did lose to Hilton 1-0 on Dec. 9. But to Ferreri's point, Hilton also lost to Pittsford, and Pittsford lost to Victor.

"You can't just look at a team and say they're going to win the game," said Ferreri.

 

As it is, the Blue Devils have plenty of offensive muscle, led by Brendan Manning's 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists). Sam Lambert (13-20, 33) and Mitch Rydzysnki (12-18, 30) give the Blue Devils a trio with 30 or more points, and scoring depth comes with Andrew Crean (8-11, 19), Josh Albert (5 goals), Lukas Miller (4) and Ashton Collazo (3).

At the other end, Georgies Stathopoulos finished the regular season with a save percentage of .897 and a 2.43 goals-against, but the Blue Devils also have received quality keeping from Pieter Bartelse and Aidan Berdy.

"(Georgie's) done a good job," said Ferreri of the junior who stepped into the No. 1 role with the preseason injury to junior Chayse Ierlan. "He's always pushing himself and we preach to him what we tell the rest of the team: If you can do something that makes you a little better than you were yesterday, that's all we ask."

Victor's power play comes in at 18% (13-for-71) while the killers are at 81.82%, allowing 12 goals on 66 killing opportunities.

In Class B, the No. 2 Braves (14-5-1) play No. 7 Irondequoit (9-10-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. CA tied the Eagles 2-2 on Jan. 19 before closing the regular season with a 4-3 OT loss to the Eagles.

But it's a new season with new chances.

"We're just hoping to put the right combinations together," said coach Pat Wade. "The players have stepped into roles that are beneficial to the team and they're putting the team first."

 

CA has offensive leaders in Alex Burley (23-20, 43) and Joe Post (25-17, 42), but have depth with Carter McWilliams (9-14, 23), Jarrett McWilliams (2-13, 15) and Spencer Taft (3-11, 14).

In goal, Noah Schwartz has a .921 save percentage with a 2.23 goals-against average and is the anchor of a penalty killing unit that's among the best in Section V. The Braves have allowed just seven goals on 86 kills for a percentage of 91.86.

Conversely, the Braves would like to be better, much better, on the power play. They've converted just 11 times on 79 tries with the extra skater (14%).

As much as the stats convey, however, it's the heart and hustle that counts more and Wade is confident his team has turned that corner. There was a 0-3-1 stretch in late January that could have derailed the season but the Braves not only snapped the skid, they did it with a win over Webster Thomas, the No. 3 seed in Class B.

"It showed we can compete and it brought a lot of confidence to the locker room," said Wade.

If CA wins Friday, it will play in the Class B semifinals on Wednesday evening. A Victor win sends the Blue Devils to the Class A semifinals on Thursday evening. Both games are at RIT's Gene Polisseni Center.

Penfield, Pittsford and 3 other storylines in Section V hockey playoffs

James Johnson , @jjdandcPublished 6:42 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2017 | Updated 2 minutes ago

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When it comes to Section V Class A hockey champions, only three programs have names on the past five trophies.

But Fairport, McQuaid and Pittsford — the latter two twice champions in that span — might have make room in the club for Penfield.

The Patriots, after five wins in five games away from home ice at Webster Ice Arena, skated to a record of 17-1-2 in 20 games. That was more than enough to earn the No. 1 seed for the Section V Class A tournament, and the 17 wins are a school record for Penfield's 45-year-old program.

"There's a lot of history we really haven't made yet in this program, there's a lot of things to accomplish,'' senior forward Cooper Allen said. "We felt that going into this year that we definitely had the team to do that, to make history.''

Reigning and 2012 champion Pittsford (15-3-1) is on the other side of the bracket as a No. 2. Fairport (12-7-1), the 2014 champion, is a No. 5 seed in the quarterfinals. No. 8 McQuaid (9-10-1), the tournament winner in 2013 and 2015, plays a pre-quarterfinal Valentine's Day game against Rush-Henrietta.

Penfield's earned a first-round bye.

Penfield goalie Lindsay Browning tracks the puck over

Penfield goalie Lindsay Browning tracks the puck over her head. (Photo: Jamie Germano/@jgermano1/Staff Photographer)

 

A Patriots push: A second consecutive win against Fairport bridging the last two seasons — 2-0 at Thomas Creek Arena — stamped Penfield as a contender in December. A 3-3 tie with Pittsford at Webster Ice Arena on Feb. 7 clinched the top seed.

The Patriots closed that showdown in familiar fashion, by rallying. Junior defenseman Mike Nicosia scored a goal — his first at the varsity level —against Pittsford with 1:23 remaining, seconds before goalie Lindsay Browning was to leave the net and be replaced by an extra skater. It's been that kind of season for Penfield.

"I think it was great coming out with a 3-3 draw,'' Penfield's Allen said. "Obviously, you go into every game wanting a win, but we came into that game, did what we needed to do for the No. 1 spot.

"I think that was the first time in Penfield history we've had the No. 1 spot.''

Browning finished on top of the entire league in goals against average at 1.50 among the steady starters in net. A league-high five shutouts and 23 goals allowed in 15 games dropped that mark.

Penfield's 84 goals ranked second in Class A. Jack Schlifke, a sophomore, led this group with 19 goals, followed by senior defenseman Adam Witscheber (10).

"I think from just being an underdog in most games going into sectionals, I know we can't take any team lightly just because we have upset teams,'' Penfield senior forward Andrew Powlen said.

Pittsford poised to pounce? The Panthers also have a bye, and begin skating in the Class A tournament Feb. 17 at Rochester Institute of Technology's Frank Ritter Ice Arena.

"A lot of these guys have been there (in big games before),'' Pittsford coach Steve Thering said. "A lot of the guys were there, and we've put up some really good points this year.''

No Class A team in Section V scored more goals than the 95 in 19 games by Pittsford. The team's list of double-digit point producers this season is at nine. Two topped 15 goals alone, senior forwards Andy Bronstein (17) and Ryan Wampole (19).

"I like how our team is playing,'' Thering said. "We had three power play-goals (Saturday). We had a good game on Tuesday with Penfield, so we are right there.''

There is still a thought crossing Thering's mind, that the Class A sectional tournament is "wide open." Pittsford split two games during the regular season with Webster Schroeder, the Panthers' potential opponent in the quarterfinals. And what if Victor is sitting there in the semifinals?

Victor's Brendan Manning, right, avoids the pressure

Victor's Brendan Manning, right, avoids the pressure from Notre Dame's Bryan Moscicki during the Section 5 Class B State Qualifier played at RIT's Gene Polisseni Center on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Victor beat Notre Dame of Batavia 7-3. (Photo: ADRIAN KRAUS)

 

Rise of Victor: The 2016 Section V Class BB champion moved into Class A but discovered before the season opener that they'd have to take on that challenge without goalie Chayse Ierlan. Last season's team and sectional tournament MVP, a junior, tore the meniscus in his left knee.

The Blue Devils (14-5-1) responded by earning the No. 3 seed, closing their regular season by winning five consecutive games. Not only did the Blue Devils avoid losing back-to-back games this season, they defeated Pittsford twice and Penfield in overtime.

Brendan Manning (37 points), Sam Lambert (33 points) and Mitch Rydzinski (30) generate most of Victor's offense.

And stopping the puck?

That responsibility shifted to junior Georgies Stathopoulous, who had three shutouts among his nine wins with a 2.43 goals against and .897 save percentage.

Brockport's Walden Grady, second from right, celebrates

Brockport's Walden Grady, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates (from left) Ben Leach, Andrew Harley, Maison Fadale and Peyton Young during a regular season game at SUNY Brockport's Tuttle Ice Arena on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Brockport beat Webster Thomas 7-0. (Photo: ADRIAN KRAUS)

 

Brockport boom: The Blue Devils finished with the most sectional points and atop their division on the way to the No. 1 seed in the Class B Tournament. This is Brockport's first chance to start from the top of a sectional tournament in at least five years.

No team in Section V came close to the team-record 126 goals scored by the Blue Devils, who won 15 games and scored five or more in all of those victories.

"I don't think anybody has scored as many goals as we have in 10 seasons,'' Brockport coach Greg Stahl said. "(The 2015 sectional champion team at Brockport) only scored 76 goals, to put it into perspective.''

Three Blue Devils forwards made it to 20 goals: senior Maison Fadale (28), junior Andrew Harley (25) and senior Koby Dusett (20), plus two more seniors hit 10 goals, Alec Rockow (11) and Patrick Viscardi (12).

"That's the thing,'' Stahl said. "Without jinxing us, usually you have to keep the puck out of the net (during sectionals).''

Brockport lost five games, and among those Webster Thomas, Irondequoit and Bishop Timon each scored four or more goals.

There is a potential red flag for the Blue Devils, who open their tournament on home ice Feb. 18 at Tuttle Ice Arena. Greece Athena/Odyssey could be Brockport's opponent in the quarterfinals, after spending the regular season finding its way in Class A-heavy Division 2.

Canandaigua's Joe Post (16) checks Brockport's Ben

Canandaigua's Joe Post (16) checks Brockport's Ben Leach along the boards. (Photo: Jamie Germano/@jgermano1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

 

Canandaigua's different strokes: Canandaigua does not sound like a team's first choice of opponent in a playoff, and it may go beyond its No. 2 seed.

"It's a very difficult team to play,'' Stahl said. "They play hard and they are physical. We did beat them twice, but both were difficult games."

Team wins included 6-3 over Class A McQuaid, but Canandaigua did fall 4-3 to Irondequoit on Saturday. The Braves (14-5-1) certainly were tough on No. 3 seed Webster Thomas, shutting down the Titans with two goals allowed during the two-game sweep. Noah Schwartz, a junior at Canandaigua, has allowed 30 goals and has a goals against average of 2.33 and .921 save percentage.

Joe Post (25), a senior, and junior Alex Burley (23) are among the top 10 goal-scoring forwards in Section V.

 

 

Penfield replaces Pittsford atop hockey coaches rankings

Democrat and ChroniclePublished 8:25 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2017 | Updated 3:42 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017

 

D&C Section V Hockey     
Coaches' Poll 

1 – Penfield (12)      
Record:     16-1-2
Points:     155
Previous rank:     2

2 – Pittsford (4)      
Record:     14-3-1
Points:     147
Previous rank:     1

3 -  Victor
Record:     14-3-1
Points:     108
Previous rank:     6

4 – Brockport  
Record:     14-5-0
Points:     98
Previous rank:     5

5 – Canandaigua
Record:     14-4-1
Points:     77
Previous rank:     7

6 – Brighton/HF-L
Record:     11-6-1
Points:     72
Previous rank:     8

7 – Fairport
Record:     11-7-1
Points:     70
Previous rank:     4

8 – Webster Thomas
Record:     13-5-1
Points:     50
Previous rank:     3

9 –  Batavia Notre Dame
Record:     13-5-0
Points:     34
Previous rank:     NR

10 – Hilton
Record:     11-8-0
Points:     19
Previous rank:     10

Also received votes: McQuaid, Greece Athena/Odyssey, Webster Schroeder, Churchville-Chili,  Geneseo/Livonia/Avon.

 

 

High school hockey results, Feb. 10

Staff ReportPublished 11:03 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017 | Updated 11:40 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017

Victor 5, Bataiva-Notre Dame 0

Victor (14-5-1): Brendan Manning, Sam Lambert 2 goals, 1 assist; Mitch Rydzynski 1 goal, 1 assist; Georgies Stathopoulous 12 saves.

B-ND (13-6): Ethan Conrad 27 saves.

 

Mitch Rydzynski broke the Victor career scoring record with his 94th goal.

HS Roundup: Red Jacket tops SouthSeneca in OT affair

Wednesday

By Messenger Post Media sports@messengerpostmedia.com

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Victor 7, Gates-Chili 0

Mitch Rydzynski had two goals and two assists for Victor (13-5-1) in their win over Gates-Chili.

Brendan Manning had two goals and an assist for the Blue Devils. Cal Lambert, Pete Rydzynski, and Ryan McNamera all added goals for Victor.

Aidan Berdy recorded eight saves in net for the Blue Devils for his first varsity win and shutout. Victor will play its final game of the regular season on Friday at home against Batavia Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

High school hockey results, Feb. 7

Staff reportPublished 10:32 p.m. ET Feb. 7, 2017 | Updated 11:01 p.m. ET Feb. 7, 2017

Victor 7, Gates Chili/Wheatland-Chili 0

Victor (13-5-1): Mitch Rydzynski 2 goals, 2 assists; Brendan Manning 2 goals, 1 assist; Aidan Berdy 8 saves (first varsity win and shutout). 

GC/W-C: Sam Livecchi 50 saves.

High school boys results, Feb. 4

Staff report  Published 10:12 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2017 | Updated 11:30 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2017

Victor 4, Greece Athena/Odyssey 2

Victor (12-5-1): Josh Albert 2 goals; Brendan Manning, Alex Hernandez 1 goal; Pieter Bartelse 12 saves.

Thunder (8-9-1): Colin O’Leary 2 goals; Luke Green 12 saves.

 

Josh Albert scored two goals, including the game winner, in the third period to help Victor clinch the Division 2 league title.

HS Roundup: Victor clinches league title with win over Greece Thunder

Saturday

Posted Feb 4, 2017 at 11:51 PM

 

 

The Victor hockey team defeated Greece Thunder on Saturday, which leads off our roundup of local high school sports.

By Messenger Post Media sports@messengerpostmedia.com

It has been a pretty impressive season for the Victor hockey team. What has made the season incredibly impressive is the fact that they lost their starting goalie Chayse Ierlan prior to the season, and have had to rely on two backup goalies all year.

On Saturday, a significant marker was added on to Victor's impressive season, as the Blue Devils (12-5-1) clinched the Monroe County Division II regular season crown with a 4-2 victory over the Greece Thunder at Greece.

The top offensive performers for Victor in the game were Josh Albert, who scored two goals, all of which came in the third period, and Brendan Manning and Alex Hernandez, who each scored a goal.

Also for the Blue Devils, Sam Lambert recorded two assists, and Pieter Bartelse, Victor's third-string goalie, recorded 12 saves in net as well.

 

Victor will next play on Tuesday at home against Gates-Chili at 7:30 p.m.

High school boys results, Jan. 31

Staff ReportPublished 10:41 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 11:01 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017

Victor 4, Pittsford 3

Sam Lambert scored the game-winning goal off a rebound in front of the net with 5 seconds left in the third period to lift Victor, 4-3, over Pittsford in hockey at Thomas Creek Arena on Tuesday.

Following a goal with five minutes left in the third period, Victor looked as if it would skate to an easy two-goal victory but Pittsford (14-3) had other thoughts.

Zach Quinton scored for the Panthers (11-5-1) with 3:30 left in the third and a minute later Will Hernes recorded the equalizer.

Also scoring for Victor was Andrew Crean and Mitch Rydzynski and Brendan Manning chipped in with two assists.

 

Pieter Bartelse made 27 saves to help the Blue Devils improve to 6-0 in league play.

HS Roundup

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Wednesday

Posted Feb 1, 2017 at 1:28 AM

Victor 4, Penfield 3

Sam Lambert scored the game-winning goal with five seconds left for Victor (11-5-1) in their win over Penfield.

Andrew Crean and Mitch Rydzynski score goals for the Blue Devils as well. Lambert tallied two assists and Brendan Manning tallied three assists for Victor.

 

Also for Victor, Pieter Bartelse recorded 27 saves in net.

HS hockey: Victor skates past Canandaigua

By Bob Chavezrchavez@messengerpostmedia.com

Friday

Posted Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 PM  Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 PM

 

 

Blue Devils use fast start to defeat Braves, 4-1, in matchup of rivals at Canandaigua Civic Center

CANANDAIGUA .  Friday night was hockey night in Canandaigua.

It also was Victor's night.

From start to finish, the Blue Devils were in control of a 4-1 win over the Braves at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.

"It's a great rivalry in a great atmosphere," Victor junior Ashton Collazo said. "We took their philosophy against them. They're a hard-working team and tonight we out-worked them."

That much was evident from the opening faceoff. The Blue Devils were relentless on the forecheck and kept the puck in Canandaigua's zone at length. Goalie Noah Schwartz was on his toes for much of it, making some big saves.

But the Blue Devils finally cracked through with Andrew Crean's goal at 10:40 for a 1-0 lead. Crean was in the right spot at the right time to the left of Schwartz, who couldn't recover in time from a stop he made a second earlier, and Crean had an open look into the right side of the net.

That's obviously not where the Braves wanted to be, but it wasn't an insurmountable hole.

Neither is a 2-0 deficit, but when Brendan Manning converted on the power play with just 6 seconds left in the first, it was more than a two-goal lead for Victor.

"That was a big momentum changer," said Canandaigua coach Pat Wade.

Indeed, giving up goals when you're so close to intermission can deflate a bench, so the Braves went into a locker room with several issues to sort. Chief among them was defense and it wasn't the two-goal hole as much as it was the 17 saves the Schwartz (32 saves overall) made in the first period.

"You don't want to put that much pressure on your goalie that early," said Wade.

From Victor's perspective, though, Manning's goal was beautiful.

"That was a big power-play goal," Victor coach Mike Ferreri said. "We got a nice faceoff win and then Manning's one-timer there."

It all played right into the fast start Ferreri wanted from his team, which earlier this week discussed the way the Braves typically start games. So the Blue Devils figured if they could get the fast start, it would prevent the Braves from doing so.

"We just kept it simple," said Ferreri. "We moved our feet on offense and the forecheck was good."

After the Blue Devils took a 3-0 lead on a goal at 13:06 by Lukas Miller, the Blue Devils got away from that simplicity. The Braves picked up on it and started to skate with more confidence. Four Victor penalties also helped and the Braves ended up outshooting Victor 10-7 in the period, but all they had to show for it was a power-play goal from Alex Burley with 9:34 left.

"I thought we were going to bounce back after that," said Wade.

The Braves certainly had their chances and a power-play flurry early in the third period had a productive look. But it didn't have a productive outcome thanks to Victor goalie Georgie Stathopoulos (26 saves).

The junior made two key saves in that segment, then got help from his best friend, the post, on a screaming slapshot from Jarrett McWilliams.

"When we're short-handed, we get out of our rhythm," said Ferreri. "And that gave (Canandaigua) some life."

Ten minutes later, thought, that life was extinguished when junior Mitch Rydzynski served a power-play goal for the Blue Devils.

 

The victory gives the Blue Devils a 10-5-1 record, while Canandaigua falls to 11-4-1.

High school boys results, Jan. 27

Staff report  Published 10:51 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2017 | Updated 2:04 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2017

Victor 4, Canandaigua 1

Victor (10-5-1): Lukas Miller 1 goal, 2 assists,; Andrew Crean, Brendan Manning, Mitch Rydzynski 1 goal; Georgies Stathopoulos 19 saves.

Canandaigua (11-4-1): Alex Burley 1 goal; Noah Schwartz 32 saves.

 

 

HS hockey: Victor, Canandaigua set for new chapter

Blue Devils and Braves meet Friday night in Canandaigua and there is plenty of pride on the line

By Bob Chavezrchavez@messengerpostmedia.com

Thursday

Posted Jan 26, 2017 at 5:03 PMUpdated Jan 26, 2017 at 5:03 PM

 

 

Crunch the numbers all you want.

Victor has a 9-5-1 record. Canandaigua Academy is 11-3-1. Victor is ranked No. 13 in the state for Division I. CA is No. 7 in Division II. Brendan Manning has five goals to lead Victor and Alex Burley leads CA with seven.

But when it comes right down to it, none of this matters.

Because it's hockey, but most of all, because it's Victor and it's Canandaigua.

School size has tempered the rivalry in a lot of sports between these Ontario County neighbors, so perhaps this is what makes Friday's 7 p.m. game at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center so special. It's a rivalry that's become more about quality rather than quantity so when the Blue Devils and Braves have a chance to square up, it's time to pay attention.

You only need to rewind to last year's game at the Civic Center to know how much this game means. Victor led 2-1 in front of a packed house and appeared to be heading home the winner. But with 11 seconds left in regulation, CA's Burley found himself on the crease, with the puck, and plenty of room to tie the score.

The euphoric Braves celebrated as if they'd won. The somber Blue Devils trudged to their locker room as if they'd just lost. So maybe neither team won the game, but there's no doubt that from a fan's perspective, this game was a thriller.

Friday's matchup promises to be just as intense, even as both squads essentially limp into the game.

The Braves started this season with great promise, winning 11 of their first 12 and climbing as high as No. 3 in the state rankings. But a recent slide has seen CA go 0-2-1 in its last three games.

Victor, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games, so what's better than getting a win to correct a slump?

Getting that win against your rival.

As with any game, it comes down to defense and the dynamic is a bit different this season. Noah Schwartz, who was in goal and made 33 saves in the Jan. 27 2-2 tie last season, should be back in CA's goal on Friday. Schwartz has a 2.70 goals-against average but more important is his impressive save percentage of .910.

For Victor, though, it'll be junior Georgie Stathopoulos. A preseason injury to Chayse Ierlan sidelined Victor's starter, but Stathopoulos has fared quite well in Ierlan's stead. He's coming into the game with numbers similar to Schwartz: a 1.91 goals-against and .917 save percentage.

Bottom line: Both teams are allowing just more than two goals a game, which shows that each keeper is working well with the unit skating in front of them, and that the skaters are doing their jobs both physically and with communication.

So it doesn't really matter that the Braves bring an average of 4.5 goals a game into the contest, or that the Blue Devils are averaging 3.5. Because if the defense for each side holds to form, the game becomes a test of the minutiae.

Who executes on each shift? Who dogs it on a change? Who gets tied up in front of the net? Who maintains discipline to stay out of the box? 

These are but a few of the questions to consider heading into Friday's game, because their answers will likely play a role in determining who wins the newest chapter of this rivarly.

High school boys results, Jan. 20

Staff report  10:49 p.m. EST January 20, 2017

Webster Thomas 2, Victor 1

Webster Thomas (11-2-1): Colin Horan 1 goal, 1 assist; Spenser Nuccitelli 1 goal; Ryan Babineau 29 saves.

 

Victor (8-7): Sam Lambert 1 goal.

HS Roundup

By Posted Jan 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Victor 5, Webster Schroeder 4 (OT)

Mitch Rydzynski scored the game-winning goal 57 seconds into overtime for Victor (9-4-1) in their win over Webster Schroeder.

Brendan Manning had two goals and an assist, including the game-tying goal in the third period, and Rydzynski had two assists along with his OT goal for the Blue Devils as well.

Also for Victor, Sam Lambert had a goal and an assist, and Ashton Collazo scored a goal.

 

The Blue Devils will next play on Friday on the road against Webster Thomas at 6 p.m.

High school boys results, Jan. 17

Staff report  10:45 p.m. EST January 17, 2017

Victor 5, Webster Schroeder 4 (OT)

Victor (9-4-1): Mitch Rydzynski 1 goal, 2 assists; Brendan Manning 2 goals, 1 assist; Sam Lambert 1 goal, 1 assists.

Schroeder (6-7): Anthony Maio, Nick Obi, Matthew Higgs, Michael Leone 1 goal.

 

Brendan Manning scored a goal to force overtime and Mitch Bruzinski scored the game-winner.

HS Roundup

By Posted Jan 12, 2017 at 11:32 PM

Brockport 5, Victor 2

Tony Prem and Andrew Crean scored the only two goals for Victor (8-4-1) in their loss to Brockport.

The Blue Devils will next play on Tuesday on the road against Webster Schroeder at 7 p.m.

High school boys results, Jan. 12

Staff report  10:58 p.m. EST January 12, 2017

Brockport 5, Victor 2

Brockport: Andrew Harley 3 goals; Maison Fadale 1 goal, 3 assists; Alec Rockow 2 assists, Koby Dusett 1 goal; Liam Schreiner 23 saves. 

Victor: Sam Lambert, Tony Prem 1 goal.

Chavez: Hockey newbs getting in on the fun

Friday

Posted Jan 6, 2017 at 11:52 PM

Updated Jan 6, 2017 at 11:52 PM

  

Nine players scored their first varsity goals this week for teams at Victor and Canandaigua Academy, plus some hoops and wrestling thoughts

By Bob Chavez

Break is over, so it's time to get after it again.

And for a handful of area hockey players, that's just what they did this past week. While the usual suspects for the teams at Victor and Canandaigua Academy were lighting the lamps, they were joined by several newcomers to the scoring column.

In Victor's 8-0 win over Gates Chili on Tuesday, five players scored their first varsity goals. In CA's 9-2 win over Spencerport, four players scored their first varsity goals.

So congratulations are in order to Victor's Liam Moore, who scored twice against Gates Chili, Connor Gilbert, Jack McCandless, Ryan McNamara and Pete Rydzinski. For the Braves, Christian Cheney, Sam Burley, Ryan Pitka and Anthony Holtz scored their firsts.

Not to be outdone, Victor freshman goalie Pieter Bartelse carded a shutout of Gates Chili for his first varsity victory.

Sidenote: These rivals are heading toward at Jan. 27 showdown at the Civic Center in Canandaigua and today, both are state-ranked teams. Victor is No. 14 in the Division I poll and Canandaigua is No. 3 in the Division 2 poll.

 

 

High school boys results, Jan. 3

Staff report  10:57 p.m. EST January 3, 2017

 

Victor 8, Gates Chili/Wheatland-Chili 0

 

Victor: Brendan Manning 1 goal, 1 assist; Liam Moore 2 goals; Sam Lambert, Cal Lambert 2 assists.

GC/WC: Sam Livecchi 47 saves.

HS Roundup

By Posted Jan 3, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Victor 8, Gates-Chili 0

Liam Moore scored his first two varsity goals for Victor (7-3-1) in their win over Gates-Chili.  Also scoring for their first varsity goals for the Blue Devils were Connor Gilbert, Jack McCandless, Ryan McNamara, and Pete Rydzynski. Victor's other two goals were scored by Mitch Ryzynski and Brendan Manning.

In net, Petier Bartlett recorded his first varsity win and shutout for the Blue Devils. Victor will next play on Friday at home against Salmon River from Section X at 7:30 p.m.

High school boys results, Dec. 21

Staff report  12:15 a.m. EST December 22, 2016

Victor 6, Greece Thunder 2

Victor (6-2-1): Brendan Manning 2 goals, 1 assist; Sam Lambert 1 goal, 1 assist; Cal Lambert 1 goal (first varsity).

HS Roundup

By Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 1:47AM

Victor 6, Greece Thunder 2

Brendan Manning had two goals and an assist for Victor (6-2-1) in their win over Greece Thunder.

Ashton Collazo, Alex Hernandez, Sam Lambert, and Cal Lambert scored goals for the Blue Devils as well. Georgies Stathopoulous tallied 14 saves in net for Victor.

Victor will next play on Thursday at home against Fairport at 6:30 p.m.

HS Roundup

By Updated Dec 16, 2016 at 11:26PM

HOCKEY

Victor 3, Penfield 2 (OT)

Brendan Manning scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Victor (5-2-1) in their win over Penfield (7-1).

In total, Manning had 2 goals and an assist for the Blue Devils. Also for Victor, Sam Lambert recorded a goal and an assist, and Georgie Stathopoulos tallied 19 saves in net.

Victor will next play on Tuesday at home against the Greece Thunder at 7:30 p.m.

HS Roundup

By Updated Dec 13, 2016 at 11:16 PM

 

Victor 3, Pittsford 1

Lukas Miller, Mitch Rydzynski, and Andrew Crean scored all three goals for Victor (4-2-1) in their win over Pittsford (4-1).

Georgie Stathopoulos recorded 29 saves in net, and Sam Lambert had two assists for the Blue Devils as well. Victor will next play on Friday against Penfield at Webster Ice Arena at 5 p.m.

Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri is latest recipient of the Coaches Who Care award.

 

Video by Shawn Dowd

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Like a lot of coaches, Mike Ferreri preaches T-E-A-M to his hockey players.

"Throw talent aside, when you can get 20, 23, 25 guys pulling the rope in the same direction you can overcome mountains," says Ferreri, the 13th-year coach at Victor. "To me, when you’re willing to sacrifice your individual needs for the good of the team and the kids start to believe ... (they) start to see success."

His belief in that started with his original home team, his parents, Debbie and Ralph, who "preached team, team, team — it was never about myself," Ferreri says. And now he stresses that to his players along with the importance of working hard on and off the ice, especially in the classroom. The 38-year-old Farmington resident is the next winner of the Coaches Who Care Award, a joint initiative between the Democrat and Chronicle and Compeer Rochester  that recognizes area high school coaches who build more than just winners in games.

Through his own words and even others (more on that later), Ferreri stresses academics.

"Whether you’re a high 90s student or low 80s he wants you to go as hard as you can, as best as you can," sophomore goaltender Chayse Ierlan says. "As long as you’re giving the effort, he’s going to be supportive."

Ferreri is a little like Santa, too. He makes a list and checks it twice. He can view his players' grades on his smartphone (so can they).

"You have to, That’s what 90 percent of our kids are going to be doing after they graduate high school and graduate college — how are they going to make a living?" asks Ferreri, a native of Tonawanda, near Buffalo, who went to Kenmore East High. "Academics is the piece that’s going to get them there. It’s important that (players) know I’ll check up on them in case nobody else will."

A member of the State University College at Brockport's baseball Hall of Fame, Ferreri is also an assistant varsity baseball coach for one of Section V's perennial powers under head coach Sean Rucker. Last winter, his hockey Blue Devils won the Class BB title and reached the state tournament quarterfinals. This winter, they're 12-4-1. They're coming off a 4-1 upset loss on Tuesday against the combined team of Brighton/East Rochester/Honeoye Falls-Lima.

Coming back from a setback was a theme to the e-mail Victor players received Wednesday morning. Ferreri e-mails quotations daily during the season. They're motivational or inspirational. They focus on family and working together.

"It's to get guys thinking about life mainly, not just hockey," says Ferreri, who was named the Compeer Coach of the Year in 2013. "We'll discuss them on the bus (to practice or games)."

He and his wife, Carrie, have two children — Vincent, 4, and Mia, 18 months — and another due in May. Ferreri's own home team has made him a better coach, he says, because it keeps things in perspective. Even after a loss, he jokes, the sun is going to come up the next day. As a younger coach, he admits he took losses harder and over-analyzed them.

Now when he comes home he can "flush," away a bad day and enjoy his family.


 

Parents of players love Ferreri, a physical education teacher, because he builds strong relationships with their kids, Victor athletic director Ron Whitcomb says.

"That relationship piece, I think, he’s at the pinnacle and if you talk to our parents — and this sounds funny — it would be a love fest. They have so much respect for him. Why? Because how he treats (their children)," Whitcomb says.

But he can be tough on his players, too.

"He knows what we're capable of and when we're not performing the way we should be he gets on us to get us going," said Ben Cary, a senior defenseman.

And if your best isn't good enough, that's OK.

"It's OK to fail," Ferreri says. "Kids need to be able to problem-solve."

JDIVERON@Gannett.com