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Youth Hockey: Hamburg Pee Wees win St. Paddy’s tournament

The champion Hamburg Select team includes assistant coach Tom Ferro, Brian Cousins, Nathan Sylvester, Jordin Rusin, Ryan Coffman, Colton Randon, Nick Hornquist, Elliott Szabala, Jacob Schintzel, Mitchell Harman, Joe Argy, Dave Lauria, Ben Cousins, Brian Beck, head coach Ben Hornquist, Andrew Lazarus, Anthony Ferro, Brian Pienta and head coach Dave Lauria. Missing from photo: coach Mark Pienta.
The Hamburg Select Pee Wee team traveled to Fredonia and captured the Fredonia Select Hockey Tournament over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Hawks defeated the West Seneca Wings AA travel team 5-3 in the tournament final. After trailing early, Jordan Rusin scored to tie the game for the Hawks. Nathan Sylvester and Jarred Milley scored goals to give Hamburg a 3-1 leas that evaporated after two quick West Seneca goals. With the game tied at 3-3, Joe Argy intercepted a West Seneca pass in his own zone and traversed coast-to-coast for the eventual game-winner. Milley added an insurance goal later in the period en route to earning the tournament Most Valuable Player.

In other local youth hockey action, the Cazenovia Pee Wee Chiefs Team Gallo nipped the visiting Jamestown Lakers on March 16 at the Timothy J. Burvid Rink. Cazenovia’s Hakan Logan notched a hat trick for the Chiefs, while Domenic Gallo scored a single marker. Blake Taylor, Frano Rados and Hamburg’s Jonah Kozak picked up assists.

The Hamburg Pee Wee Maple Leafs will represent the Hamburg Hockey Association in the annual Cazenovia Founder’s Tournament the weekend of March 22-24 with games starting Friday at 5 p.m. at the Timothy J. Burvid Rink in South Buffalo. Also participating will be Caz Team Gallo and Caz Team Rosen, along with the Southtown Stars. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge. After two games Friday and four on Saturday, the semifinals will be played at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. the championship game at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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