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PITTSFIELD -- Wahconah Regional may have won the game, but St. Joseph's goalie Andrew Leitch stole the show.
The senior netminder made highlight-reel saves time and again to keep his team in the game, and it nearly paid off. Derek Romejko brought the Crusaders within 3-2 on a power-play tally at 8 minutes, 33 seconds of the third period. St. Joe's earned another man-advantage with 3:50 left, by the Warriors put their best defensive performance together to preserve the win.
By the time Romejko brought the Crusaders within a goal, Leitch had already made four outstanding saves to keep it a two-goal game. He needed another three down the stretch to keep it a one-goal deficit.
Wahconah peppered him with 19 shots in the final period, and he stopped them all. He stuffed Ryan Ouimet with a left-pad save early in the period and with the glove with less than a minute to play. He stoned Nick Montferret twice in two seconds from in tight earlier in the period. He finished the night with 38 saves, according to St. Joseph's stats.
Montferret and Lane Grogan had second-period goals for Wahconah to take a 1-1 tie to a 3-1 lead. Grogan's, which came unassisted at the 7:54 mark, proved to be the game-winner.
Ryan Ouimet and Eric Leitch had first-period tallies for their respective teams.
Amherst 60, Hoosac 39
AMHERST -- Hoosac had a 9-6 lead after the first period, but went cold in the second, scoring only four points.
"The second quarter killed us," said Hurricane coach Bill Robinson. "we couldn't score, and they just got out and ran."
Justin Colwey led Amherst with 15 points. Trevor Alibozek and Matt Braman had 10 each for Hoosac.
Cathedral 75, PHS 73, OT
PITTSFIELD -- Evan Lanoue's 3-point basket saved the day for Pittsfield and sent Saturday's game with Cathedral into overtime.
Unfortunately for Lanoue and the Generals, Luis Garcia saved his team in overtime. Garcia went 6 for 6 from the free throw line in the extra period as the visiting Panthers edged PHS.
"There are no moral victories," PHS coach Steve Ray said. "Cathedral is one of the better teams in the Valley. We walked away with the confidence that we can play with the teams down there."
Amancho Adopo netted a game-high 31 points to lead the Generals (6-3), while Aaron Bradley added 14.
Derek Boyd had 24 for Cathedral (7-2), and Garcia had 21.
Hampden Charter 26
DALTON -- Wahconah coach Ed Ladley admitted he and his coaches didn't have a scouting report on the visitors from Springfield.
That's an understatement. Wahconah outscored Hampden Charter 15-2 after one quarter and pitched a 29-0 shutout in the second quarter.
Pat Culliton had a game-high 12 points for Wahconah (7-2), while Ethan Wells had 11. Every Wahconah player scored in the game.
Mount Everett goes 1-1
SHEFFIELD -- Mount Everett went 1-1 in a pair of dual meets, beating Northeastern Regional of Winsted, Conn., 30-16 and falling to Housatonic Valley regional 48-18.
Bradley Lupiani at 113 went 2-0 for the Eagles with two pins. Pat Fosty at 116, Pete Regan at 138 and Nick Turnberg at 170 each were 1-1 with a pin.
Monument is 1-3
BELCHERTOWN -- The Spartans picked up a 54-28 win over Gateway at the Belchertown Duals. The Spartans lost to Hampshire 45-26, to Putnam 54-15 and to Granby 45-30.Jordan Stuber at 132 and Mike Molina at 145 had three wins each, while Clayton Gaudette at 152, Jerome Powell at 170 and Mark Leon-Duque at 160 had two each. The Spartans were wrestling without four starters due to injury, according to coach Gordy Soule.