Tonawanda News — AMHERST — To play Federation hockey at St. Joe’s typically means the success of your career will be determined in large part by one overshadowing criteria: How often did you beat Canisius?
The Marauder seniors delivered what will likely be their parting shots against their bitter rivals Thursday night at a packed Northtown center, and they made them count.
Senior forward Dimitrios Gogos scored the game-winning goal 20 seconds into overtime and St. Joe’s finished off a season sweep of Canisius, winning 4-3 to remain undefeated in Federation boys hockey this season.
Gogos was on the receiving end of an outlet pass from Tonawanda’s Michael Iannello just after the puck dropped for the final frame when he walked in past the defense and tucked a low wrist shot by the left pad of the Canisius goalie to give St. Joe’s its second win over the Crusaders in seven days.
“That’s basically what every St. Joe’s kid that plays hockey dreams about,” Gogos said. “Canisius, in overtime. It’s the perfect way to go out. We didn't play our best in the third but we turned it around. … We stepped up when adversity hit and I couldn't be happier.”
All but one of the Marauders’ four goals came off of a senior’s stick.
Iannello finished with two assists and Eric Paradowski and Kyle Moslow chipped in goals of their own. Sophomore Dominic Perna had a goal and an assist and Gogos also assisted on the game’s first two scores to compliment his game winner.
The Marauder veterans likely played in their final game in the rivalry of their careers, unless the two schools meet in the postseason, and it almost ended horribly.
Penalties plagued St. Joe’s all night long, especially in the third period with the Marauders protecting a 3-1 lead.