Steelers defeat City Honors in dramatic overtime game

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Steelers goalie Gabriel Persch eyes the puck as a battle ensues in front of the crease in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory over City Honors at Steele Hall at SUNY Fredonia.

OBSERVER Staff Reports

It did not look promising in overtime. After a cross-checking penalty 1:01 into the extra frame by the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers, City Honors/O’Hara went on the power play.

It backfired.

Jared Heyden outraced two City Honors/O’Hara players to the puck that squirted out to center ice. After collecting the puck, he got by another defenseman and hit the top right corner of the net from 20 feet out with 2:02 left in overtime to give the Steelers a dramatic 3-2 victory in Steele Hall at SUNY Fredonia.

Gabriel Persch was outstanding in net in the victory, stopping 29 of 31 City Honors/O’Hara shots.

Dunkirk-Fredonia took a 2-0 lead on a first period goal by Zach Korzeniewski and an early second-period goal by Carter D’Agostino.

Jacob DiFonzo and Austin Venn had the assists on the first goal while Heyden and Venn tallied assists on the second goal.

City Honors fought back, scoring twice in the second period. The third period was scoreless before Heyden’s winner in overtime.

With the win, the Steelers improve to 2-3-2 and have a Christmas tournament game in West Seneca on Friday and battle divisional foe Roy-Hart on Saturday evening in Lockport.