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2016-17 Season Updates and News
Congratulations to the Vestal Golden Bears for winning to 2016-2017 BCHSHA championship!
All-star rosters have been added for the 2016-2017 season.
This week's only game was the league championship played on Thursday between winner's bracket finalist Vestal (#2 seed from the regular season) and the elimination bracket finalist Elmira/Horseheads (#1 seed from the regular season). E/HH was the winner of 3 out of 4 match-ups between the two teams this season but Vestal won the last game between the teams in the winner's bracket championship. The Express started out quickly once again only 3 1/2 minutes into the first period when Dylan Gaylord scored assisted by Jack Peterson and Bobby McCarrick. With just under six minutes remaining Vestal tied the game on an Andrew Wagner goal assisted by Patrick Kelly. Three minutes later it was Patrick Kelly scoring on the powerplay (Wagner and Dougie Matthews assisting) giving Vestal their first lead of the night. Less than a minute later Christian Palmiter scored unassisted to give the Golden Bears a 3-1 lead after the first period. Six minutes into period two, Jack Peterson scored for E/HH (assist to McCarrick) and a minute later Tony Robinson's goal (assisted by Nate Gee and Sam Gee) tied the game at 3. Vestal once again took the lead on another Palmiter goal (assisted by Matthews and Derek Avery) with seven minutes remaining. On the powerplay, Vestal's Matthews scored (assists to James Morris and Wagner) to re-establish the two goal lead putting Vestal up 5-3 after two periods. Only a minute and a half into the third period, Vestal's Matthews netted his second goal of the game (assists to Connor Jurgensen and Derek Avery) putting the Golden Bears up by three and making things look bleak for E/HH. The Express refused to give up and their persistence paid off three minutes later with a powerplay goal by Matthew LaBadie assisted by Robinson and Sam Gee. Vestal held this 2-goal lead until two minutes remained in regulation when Robinson had his second goal of the game for E/HH (assists to Sam and Nate Gee) to cut the lead to a single goal. Things got extremely exciting when Vestal was called for a penalty with 1:02 remaining. The Express pulled their goalie to give then a 2-man advantage for the remainder of the game. E/HH had a couple of good scoring chances but Vestal fought off each and every one to hold on to the 6-5 victory and take their second consecutive (and fourth in five years) league championship. Matthew Prier made 20 saves getting his 4th win of the playoffs.
All-star game will be on Saturday, March 4th at 6:30 PM
League banquet will be Tuesday, March 7th at the Holiday Inn-Arena doors opening at 6:30 PM
Monday, April 3rd, 7:00 pm - Location: TBA


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