Red Raiders make early lead stand up against rival Pittsford
(February 19, 2007) — BRIGHTON — Only one Fairport hockey team knew the
joy of holding a SectionV trophy for keeps until Sunday night.
Fairport's 1999-2000 team will be joined by this year's club in the Monroe
County High School Hockey League Yearbook, which lists all sectional
The Red Raiders took a two-goal lead and
went on to hold off Pittsford 2-1 in the Section V Class AA final at ESL
Fairport goalie Eric Sorenson snagged Pittsford's final shot as time
expired and briefly held his glove over his head before teammates swarmed
over to him. Fairport defenseman and captain Tom Rynn was named the game's
Most Valuable Player.
"After everyone got off of me, I took
(the puck) out and held it in my hand," Sorenson said.
This is a Fairport team that at one point lost three consecutive games
this season. The Red Raiders played from Christmas until the start of
sectionals without winning back-to-back games.
Most dream seasons for teams don't
include mini-nightmares like those.
"We knew that we had the most talent out there," Fairport junior forward
Dave Richards said. "We just needed to use it.
"We didn't want to throw it all away."
A couple of team-bonding experiences helped set things straight among the
Red Raiders. So did a rah-rah type of talk from a member of Fairport's
first hockey sectional champion.
"It opened our eyes," Richards said.
"We came together, stuck with that the rest of the year and we rolled on
it," Rynn said. "I can't even explain how I feel.
"I'm so happy that we did it for the
team, the community and our coach (Bob Dill) because this is his last
Fairport didn't take long to score and get a jump on Pittsford.
Freshman Trevor Mingolia snapped a shot
that leaked through Pittsford goalie Aaron Frohm 1:38 after the opening
face-off. Then the Red Raiders began to hit.
"We had to prove something because we
lost to them twice during the season," Richards said. "We wanted to show
that we weren't a joke."
While Ethan Witkop received a game misconduct for a check from behind,
Fairport's rough- and-tumble strategy worked through the first period.
Fairport appeared to take a 2-0 lead late
in the period, but the goal was waved off because the puck was knocked in
with a high stick.
Richards put in a shot that counted when he whacked a puck into the net
2:25 into the second period. The Red Raiders had their two-goal lead after
the teams missed scoring chances during a flurry of action.
It was then noticeable that the Panthers
had more room to skate and do some good things with the puck.
"Once we sent Matt Stone, Colin Hogarth and Alex Garfield out we were able
to neutralize that," Pittsford coach Steve Parshall said about Fairport's
physical play. "Our Internet line got going, but we couldn't seem to
"We had our chances."
Pittsford co-captain Chase Collins made good on one and generated more
excitement when he scored with 8:23 remaining in the entertaining period.
There were chances for the Panthers but Sorenson showed that he was "a
good 'keeper," as Parshall put it. Parshall also lamented about the
Was a Fairport skater offsides before
Mingolia's goal? Was there an interference call missed? No, according to
the on-ice officials.
"What are you going to do?" Parshall said. "They were focused, they played
well, well enough to win with a little help.
"We beat them twice but they won the most