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December 31, 2021 - 8:55am


Freshman forward Jameson Motyka recorded a hat trick Thursday afternoon as Batavia Notre Dame closed out the 2021 portion of its varsity hockey schedule with 5-5 tie against Frontier of Section VI at the LECOM HarborCenter in Buffalo.

It’s the second straight tie for BND United, which battled Hamburg to a 6-6 draw on Wednesday night at the HarborCenter.

United, 5-3-2, is off until Jan. 4 when it takes on Aquinas Institute at Lakeshore East in Rochester.

BND got on the board first when senior Gavin Schrader, one of Western New York’s most prolific goal scorers, found the back of the net at 11:04 of the first period. Assists went to Ronin Hofmaster and Brady Johnson.

Frontier pulled even with 3:20 left in the period on a goal by sophomore Tanner Smaczniak.

The Hamburg club struck twice in a minute’s time early in the second period on power play goals by junior Jake Losey and senior Matt McCarthy to take a 3-1 lead.

Motyka scored the first of his three goals at the 8:56 mark (assisted by Andrew Kasmarek and Vin DiRisio) before Frontier’s Max Conklin broke free for a shorthanded goal with 5:10 on the clock to make it 4-2.

United closed to within one at the end of the period as Motyka scored again, with Orion Lama picking up the assist with 1:37 remaining.

Schrader tied things up at 4 apiece just 29 seconds into the third period (assisted by Parker Corbelli).

A game misconduct penalty on Frontier coach Brian Dehlinger with a little over 10 minutes left for excessive arguing with referees gave BND the man advantage and it capitalized when Motyka scored again. Hofmaster picked up the assist.

BND held the lead until three minutes remained in regulation but a turnover in its own zone led to a goal by Frontier’s Nick Falcone.

Neither team scored in the five-minute overtime period although Frontier came close with only eight seconds to play. United outshot the Falcons 34-31.

Schrader now has 20 goals in United’s 10 games.

Photo at top: Jameson Motyka celebrates one of his three goals Thursday against Frontier.

Photos by Steve Ognibene

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United's Noah Whitcombe looks for an opening in the crease.


Gavin Schrader propels a slap shot at Frontier goaltender Kyle Kacmarski. Schrader recorded his 19th and 20th goals of the season.


Vin DiRisio looks to put a move on the Frontier defenseman.


BND's Zack Eschberger and Addison Warriner dig the puck out along the boards.

December 29, 2021 - 9:51pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Batavia Notre Dame United, High School Hockey.


Senior forward Gavin Schrader's third goal of the game -- coming just 21 seconds into the third period -- enabled Batavia Notre Dame United to gain a 6-6 tie against Hamburg in non-league varsity hockey tonight at the LECOM HarborCenter in Buffalo.

Trailing 6-5 after two periods, Schrader beat Hamburg goaltender Gavin Waite, with assists going to senior linemates Zack Eschberger and Vin DiRisio.

United, now 5-3-1, was unable to find the back of the net the rest of the way, however, despite outshooting the Bulldogs, a Section VI club, 15-1 in the third period. Both teams had four shots on goal in the five-minute overtime period.

Hamburg took a 3-2 lead after one period with senior forward Luke Stotz scoring twice around a power play goal by junior forward Josh Gregoire. BND's goals were by Schrader (from DiRisio and Eschberger) -- see photo above -- and DiRisio (from junior defenseman Noah Hudson and freshman forward Jameson Motyka).

The wide open play continued in the second period as both teams scored three goals. 

Schrader and Eschberger opened the scoring in the period, giving BND a 4-3 edge, before the Bulldogs countered with a goal by junior forward Braeden McGuire.

United took a 5-4 advantage on a goal by junior forward Ronin Hofmaster 10 minutes into the period before Hamburg rallied to take the lead on goals by senior forward Luke Nassoly and sophomore defenseman Matt Holst.

BND outshot Hamburg, 40-29. Senior Courtney Schum was in goal for United.

Schrader now has 18 goals and 16 assists, while DiRisio upped his goal and assist totals to 11 and 10, respectively. Hofmaster's goal was his seventh of the season to go along with his 14 assists.

United is back at the HarborCenter for a 4:15 p.m. game on Thursday against Frontier.

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Photos by Steve Ognibene


Vin DiRisio connects for a power play goal in the first period.


Brady Johnson looks to maneuver past Hamburg's Alex Wood (55).


Zack Eschberger (middle) gets some high-fives from DiRisio and Jameson Motyka after his power play goal in the second period.


Motyka seeks an opening in the Hamburg defense.


United's Ronin Hofmaster pokes the puck past Waite to tie the game at 5-5.

December 9, 2018 - 8:29am


Genesee Ice Devils visited Geneseo Ice Knights last evening at SUNY Geneseo State College. Both teams were exchanging possession but remained scoreless through the first period.

Senior Jackson Backus found the back of the net three minutes into the second period; assist by AJ Versage.

Both teams had a wide variety of penalties until eight minutes into the third period when Genesee's Evan Dusky tied the game 1-1 off a pass from Noah Martin that finished the game through regulation.

Genesee started the overtime down two players from penalties, but defense protected goalie Alexander Hunt who was a star saver for the Ice Devils that stopped 43 shots. Isaac Sweet made 25 saves.

Genesee Ice Devils Head Coach John Kirkwoods said following the game,  "I’m proud of our team tonight after dropping a tough game on Tuesday. This past week was a focus of a few tough practices.

"I preach to our guys all the time that we are a very hard working team, we don’t quit and we keep coming at you, no matter the score or the situation. Our squad is a coming together to be a very competitive team. 

"I am very proud of our guys. Tonight improved our abilities to overcome challenge teams like Geneseo. It was a step forward for us for our program."

Next game for Genesee is at home against Aquinas this Tuesday night, Dec 11th, at Falleti Ice Arena at 6 o'clock.

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February 16, 2018 - 10:00am


Canandaigua’s Evan Best scored late in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as Canandaigua defeated Batavia Notre Dame 5-2.

First period Ethan Hutchins scored first for the Irish assist from brother Max Hutchins. Minutes later the Knights' Sam Burley got a pass from Carter McWilliams to tie the game. 

The 1-1 score remained through the second and near the end of the third period. Both teams were evenly matched through the entire contest, had opportunities and came down to either a penalty or player out of position.   

Notre Dame’s Coach Marc Staley was very proud of his players and team this season and is looking forward to next year.

Canandaigua improves to 13-7-1. Batavia Notre Dame ends the season 12-8-1.

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October 4, 2011 - 1:34am


One year ago, then-Board of Education President Andy Pedro proposed a resolution creating a review committee for all city school field trips, with the hope of instating some sort of moratorium or strict criteria for all trips. Pedro was looking ahead to the dark days under a possible property tax cap, and thinking creatively on how to save money with cuts to non-mandated programs.

The resolution passed, and the committee was formed.

That committee has not met one time since. But its vision was realized Monday night, as the board voted 5-2 to deny the Batavia High School hockey team its annual trip to play in an out-of-area tournament.

“It’s got nothing to do with the hockey program, nothing personal against hockey,” Pedro said. “My opinion was no field trips, period.”

But what will make the ruling frustrating for players, parents and coaches is that the trip would not have cost the district a dime. All of the money was raised by the players and the Hockey Boosters club, to completely fund the cost of the tournament.

“If these organizations are raising this kind of money…our district is in a tough financial situation right now, and it’d be nice if that money could help alleviate the pain the district is feeling,” Pedro said.

In other words: have the sports teams at least partially pay for themselves.

Senior Board Member Patrick Burk echoed that sentiment.

“We’ve been given a directive to cut all of our interscholastic athletics, as well as clubs and activities for students, by a large amount,” Burk said. “When you’re looking at sports…in order for (them) to even be in the district next year, they may have to raise this amount of money just to save their program.”

Burk noted that imposing “pay-to-play” restrictions on high school athletes is illegal in New York. But, it’s not illegal to have a sports boosters' club raise the money to fund a program. Burk pointed to the Elba Central School District, which cut football out of its budget in the middle of the last decade. A football boosters club was able to adequately fundraise and save the program that year.

“At some point, somebody’s got to be the ‘bad guy,’” Burk told his colleagues, or all sports and other extracurriculars could suddenly disappear simply because they’re not mandated.

The two board members voting to approve the hockey team trip were Amy Barone and Steve Mountain. Mountain saw no reason to deny the kids a trip they’d worked toward throughout the year.

“To me, it’s giving the kids the opportunity to do what they want to do,” he said. “I think that they deserve the opportunity to go.” But he also expressed that he never hears much feedback from area parents, which may have skewed his decision.

Pedro says he does hear a lot of feedback from parents, who say enough is enough when it comes to fundraising.

“I had two kids who played sports all through high school, and the fundraising just gets out of control,” Pedro said. “I think (the hockey team) can accomplish what they need to accomplish by staying in our area, playing competitive teams.”

PHOTOS: inset top, Patrick Burk; inset bottom, Amy Barone, left, and Steve Mountain.

December 13, 2010 - 12:55pm
posted by Scott Grefrath in sports, high school sports, High School Hockey.

Polito makes a save

Photo: The defensive play of Blake Polito was the bright spot for Batavia as he helped out goaltender Brandon Corcoran by diving into the net and swatting away a goal with his hand in the first period.

The Ice Devils played well on Saturday but were outmuscled by the aggressive, physical style of play by the Spencerport Rangers (3-1) at the Faletti Ice Arena.

Spencerport lit the lamp first and then Josh Marr netted what would be Batavia’s only score of the day at 6:51 in the first period. Spencerport would get two more goals in the first period and their 4th and final goal in the second period. Both teams were scoreless in the 3rd period which showcased some nice defensive play from both teams and from the goaltenders, Brandon Corcoran (13 saves) and Tyler Fess (20 saves). Spencerport got two goals from Matt Corey and two assists from Scott Doud. Aiden Connolly and Anthony DePetres also scored for the Rangers.

Batavia falls to 1-3-1 and gets ready to host their Annual holiday tournament, The David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament, this weekend at the Faletti Ice Arena. The opening game at 5:00 on Friday features Churchville Chili and Sweet Home with Batavia taking on Frontier at 7:00 pm.The tourney concludes on Saturday with the consolation game at 1:00 and the championship at 3:00.

Notre Dame: 4  / Brighton:4 Notre Dame rallied from a two goal deficit on the road to tie Brighton/ER/HFL 4-4. This appears to have been a showcase between two of the best goaltenders in the area. Notre Dame’s Thomas Dehr made 29 saves while his counterpart, Bracket Bourne also made 29 saves for Brighton/ER/HFL. Notre Dame (2-0-2) travels to Geneva (1-5) Tuesday night and then to Wilson Ice Arena to face-off with winless Geneseo/Livonia on Saturday at 6:30 pm.

December 2, 2010 - 5:05pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, High School Hockey.

"Everyone picked up their intensity knowing the game was on the line" said Ice Devils senior captain Tim Finnell as Batavia who found themselves down 2-0 at the start of the third period and rallied to tie the game 2-2.

"We really came together in the third period and we were able to build a lot of momentum" he added.

Nate Palmer and Junior Josh Marr set up Blake Polito for a shot that put Bataiva on the board and within one goal early in the third period.

Sophomore Tommy Grammatico scored his first high school goal with under three minutes left in the game to even the score for the Ice Devils. Trevor Powers was credited with the assist.

"After tying it up we did everything we could to win it, but unfortunately we couldn't pull this one out" said Finnell. "It was a great team effort".

Nick Papas scored five seconds into the seconds into the second period and Kevin Moses added the other goal for Irondequoit (1-0-1).

Adam Kurek made 26 saves for Batavia (0-1-1).

November 30, 2010 - 11:44pm
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, High School Hockey.


Notre Dame goaltender Tom Dehr makes a save as defensment  Luke Calla battles with a Kenmore forward. Below: ND's Josh Halle lays a hit on Kenmore's Tommy Ryan.- Photos by Bare Antalos for TheBatavian

"We're going to be good this year" said Notre Dame head coach Marc Staley.

The player's supported his statement in the first game as Notre Dame lead 5-0 at one point and easily defeated the visiting Kenmore Devils from Section 6 by a final score of 5-2.ND_Hockey_321.JPG

Senior Dylan Versage recorded Notre Dame's first goal of the season off a pass from Zac Blew and Josh Johnston. Just a few minutes later Jack Nenni added their second goal off a nicely set up play by Tyler Kessler and Beau Richter.

Kenmore's top offensive line of Billy Moore, Rob Seiler and Mike Coyen responded with scoring chances but Notre Dame's goaltender Tom Dehr denied them the chance to capitalize.

Blew and Versage then helped put the team up by three as they set up Johnston for his first goal of the season.

The scoring didn't stop their as Luke Calla recorded the fourth score for the Irish off a deflection from Brennan Brown. Nenni then recorded his second goal of the night to cap off the scoring for the Irish. Defensemen Brett Perfitt and Richter were credited with the assists on the play.

Kenmore's top line finally was able to beat Dehr in the third period but it was too little too late. Coyne and Moore each had a goal and assist while Seiler added two assists.

The Irish (1-0) are scheduled to host Geneseo/ Livonia next Tuesday at the Falleti Ice Arena.

November 28, 2010 - 11:03pm
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, sports, High School Hockey.

Batavia opened their 2010-2011 season by facing off against the Churchville Saints at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester for the Section V Hockey Showcase. After two defensive lapses and two breakaway goals, Batavia found themselves down 3-0 early in the game, but wouldn't back off. Tim Finnell scored the Devils first goal of the season, as he deflected a shot by Josh Marr to put Batavia within two. Marr then rallied to close the lead to 3-2 as he snuck a puck under the pads of Churchville goaltender Dylan Niewiemski.

After the 2nd period intermission, the Devils came out down just one goal, but collapsed as Churchville added four more goals. Josh Marr scored his second goal in the third to end the score at 7-3.

Shawn Easton scored three goals for Churchville, while Tyler MacMillian added a pair and an assist. Anthony Bertolani also added a goal and assist for the Saints.

 Adam Kurek made the start for Batavia and recorded 15 saves. Niewiemski had 20 saves for Churchville (1-0). Batavia falls to 0-1 and will travel to face Aquinas on Wednesday.

January 12, 2010 - 8:39pm
posted by Timothy Walton in notre dame high school, sports, High School Hockey.

The Fighting Irish (11-3) came out with a plan to do what they have been doing best all season; win, and that's just what they did as they defeated Geneva 4-2.

Coming off a loss last game against Victor, the Irish wanted to get right back on track and Jason Harasimowicz lead the offense  early by putting them on the scoreboard just 1:38 into the game on a one timer off a pass from Ivan Madafferi and Phil Vigneri. Madaferri followed up on his own rebound to score the second goal. Harasimowicz was credited with the assist.

The Irish kept the pressure coming throughout the period and were able to force Geneva's Alex Fitzgerald to take a hooking penalty. Tyler Kessler and Kyle Gannon took advantage of the powerplay and set up Jack Nenni for their third goal with 4:13 remaining in the period.

The third period scoring didn't stop there as Sean Kota and Josh Halle set up Phil Vigneri to cap of the scoring for the Irish, all in the first period.

Geneva came out strong in the second period but only managed to get one goal on the board. Eirik Velta scored off an assist from Emil Siedberg for the Panthers' first goal.

The Panthers had a plan to engineer a comeback as they came out hard in the third and Emil Siedberg posted an early goal to close the gap to 4-2. Notre Dame goaltender Tom Dehr had planned to keep the win secure and he did just that as he finished the game by stopping 17 shots on the day. Zach Koczent made 28 saves for the Panthers (3-8-1).

December 19, 2009 - 8:48pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, Notre Dame, High School Hockey.


The Fighting Irish had their eyes set on claiming the championship win in the Ice Devils' David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament, but the Frontier Falcons had other plans, as they shutout Notre Dame 2-0.

The Irish came out flying and dominated most of the game by outshooting the Falcons 33-13. 

Falcon's senior forward Matt VanWagner scored the Falcon's first goal on the powerplay with about five minutes into the game. Matt Anticoli and Mike Dombrowski were credited with the assist. 

After many scoring chances for the Irish, they couldn't capitalize and the score remained 1-0 for the majority of the game. With 1:30 remaining in the game, Notre Dame pulled goalie Tom Dehr to add an extra skater onto the ice. With just 11 seconds remaining in the game, Falcon's forward  Josh Baker gave his team the insurance goal on the empty net to seal the tournament victory. 

Notre Dame is now 5-2.

December 18, 2009 - 11:26pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, Notre Dame, High School Hockey.


Photo: Batavia's Josh Marr (9), battles with ND's Beau Richter

It was a packed house for the Batavia Ice Devil's David M. McCarthy Memorial tournament at the Falleti Ice Arena Friday night, as Notre Dame came up victorious in one of the biggest cross-town games of the year.

The first period was full of hard hits and scoring chances for Batavia as they outshot Notre Dame 12-4, but the score remained as it started with neither team being able to capitalize on any chances. The second period was Notre Dame leading the shot board 8-7 and it looked as though the second period score would remain the same until Notre Dame was able to put the first score on the board. Forward Josh Johnson set up linemate Jack Nenni as he ripped the puck through the five-hole of Batavia goalie Adam Kurek with 1:50 remaining in the second period.

Notre Dame back out in the third period the same way they ended the second, with a goal, as Nenni and Tyler Kessler set up Brett Perfitt to give Notre Dame the 2-0 lead.

Batavia was not going to let down easy as forward Conor Holvey scored his second goal of the season off a Corey Kocent pass to put Batavia within a goal of ND with just over 8 minutes reamaining in the game but that would remain their only goal. "We came in knowing that one of the factors to beating Notre Dame is we had to beat their goalie (Tom Dehr)," says Holvey. He's a great goalie and contributes positively to his team every game.

Former Batavia forward, Dylan Versage gave Notre Dame the insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining. "It feels good to score against my old team. I am good friends with some of them and we have played together our whole careers so it was really fun," Versage says.

With about a minute left in the game, Batavia pulled their goalie in hopes to capitalize on the score board. Notre Dame forward Jason Harasimowicz had other plans as he scored from his own zone on a dump shot to secure the victory by the final score of 4-1.

"We came into this game the same as we always do and we look at this just like any other win," Versage says. "It definitely makes it more interesting being against our friends and rival but its still just another game and we have to play how we always do."

Notre Dame (5-1) will play against Fronteir in the Championship game tomorrow at 3:30pm at the Falleti Ice Arena, while Batavia (2-3) will play in the consolation game at 1pm against Oswego.

Fronteir (Section 6) beat Oswego (Section 3) to advance to the championship game by a score of 10-2.

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Photo: ND's Tom Dehr, stops a shot from Batavia's Will Mulcahy

 (Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)

December 15, 2009 - 2:01am
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, High School Hockey.


The Ice Devils came out strong on Monday night at the Falletti Ice Arena in Batavia, for a Monroe County High School Hockey matchup, but couldn't hold on, as Brighton/East/HFL came up victorious. Brighton forward Andrew Schwingel scored the game winner late in the game to spoil Batavia's early 2-0 lead and to give Brighton their first victory of the season.

After an extended warm up due to referees failing to initailly show, Batavia came out flying and lit the lamp early. Batavia freshman forward Conor Holvey set up senior Will Mulcahy for his third goal of the season. Keeping the pressure on throughout the period resulted in many scoring opportunities for the Ice Devils, and eventually lead to Holvey scoring his first career high school goal. Senior Rob Henning was credited with the assist.

After finding themselves behind 2-0 in the third period, Brighton came back with a fight as forward James Spencer put Brighton on the board. The pressure didn't stop there as Brighton forward Jack Beers, tied the game at 2-2, only to be followed by Schwingel's game winner, giving Brighton the 3-2 victory off a Kevin Holly pass. Holly finished with two assists for the Barons (1-4-0-1). Batavia falls to 2-2 and faces cross-town rival Notre Dame High School Friday at 5pm at the Falletti Ice Arena. The matchup is the first game of Batavia's annual David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament.


(Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)

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