Pittsford wins title with double-OT thriller

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(5)Pittsford 3, (2)Fairport 2 F/2OT

Brian Judge scored on a one timer short side in the second overtime to give Pittsford it’s second upset win in less than a week and, more important, a Class A sectional title. 

Fairport had rallied from a 1-0 third period deficit on goals by Travis Knicley and Mitchell Zanon to take a 2-1 lead. 

Hayden Feck buried a one-timer on the power play for Pittsford to tie the game at two with seven minutes to play. 

Judge’s game winner was also a hammered one time shot. 

Pittsford upset top seeded McQuaid on Thursday in the semifinals. 

Now, the Panthers will go from out of nowhere to a the state tournament. Next up for Pittsford is a game against Corcoran from Section III in the state quarterfinals. Faceoff is 7:30pm on Saturday from Meachum Rink just south of Syracuse. 

(1)Webster Thomas 5, (2)Spencerport 2

Thomas built an early 3-0 lead and held on against a tough Ranger squad to win the Class B championship. 

Zack Wolfe scored 30 seconds into the game to give the Titans an early advantage. 

Spencer Nuccitelli and Cade Spencer added goals in the second to make it a 3-0 lead. Nuccitelli’s goal was his 100th in a Thomas uniform. 

Spencerport gave Thomas a scare in the third. Luc Fedele and AJ Giannavola scored two minutes apart and cut the lead to 3-2 with 12 minutes to play. 

However, Kevin Gabalski answered for the Titans three minutes later to create some cushion. Wolfe added his second goal with Thomas shorthanded to close the scoring. 

The Titans broke a three-game losing streak in sectional finals. Thomas made the sectional finals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but this was the first of the four that they won. 

 “They’ve been short for three years and they were able to battle and play for each other,” head coach Dave Evans said. “That’s a really cool thing as a coach to see.

“Last year was a heartbreaker. It did not feel good at all but we came back as a team in the beginning of the season,” Wolfe said. “Our goal was to win this and the road is unfinished right now.”

Webster improved to 17-4-2. They will next play in the north country of Section 10 against Norwood-Norfolk on Saturday in the state quarterfinals. 

Spencerport finished the season at 19-4. 

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