The Livingston Blues Midget B Team won a double-header over the weekend to earn a berth in the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference championship game this Saturday. The Blues took a shoot-out in the opener and came from behind to earn a spot in the title tilt.

The Livingston Blues Midget B Team won a double-header over the weekend to earn a berth in the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference championship game this Saturday. The Blues took a shoot-out in the opener and came from behind to earn a spot in the title tilt.


On Saturday, the Blues skated against the No 8 seed Perinton in a game that ended in a five-man shootout after a 1-1 tie through regulation.


Perinton took the lead in the contest with a goal a little over two minutes into the second period. The Blues utilized every second of the clock in this one as in the final minute the Blues pulled goal tender Dom Chamberlain (Perry) in favor of another attacker with just 50 seconds remaining.


“Perinton iced the puck with 15 seconds left on the clock which allowed us to get some fresh legs on the ice,” Blues Coach Jim McLaughlin (Dansville) said. “Chris Wilson (Livonia) won the face off sending the puck to Colin Callan (Caledonia), who slipped it to Paul Gohlman (Geneseo) who fired it home with 0:08 remaining on the timer.”


The Blues needed the extra session to win it as the five-man shootout commenced. Drilling shots into the back of the net were Wilson from the five-hole, Cam Seeley (Livonia) and Callan, who both went blocker side. Chamberlain came up with a clutch performance between the pipes to turnaway three tough shots to clinch the shootout victory. Chamberlain made 22 saves in all while Gohlman picked up the Gatorade Player of the Game Award.


On Sunday, the Blues moved into the semifinal round on neutral ice in Brockport where they entertained the Batavia Ramparts. The winner would earn a spot in the title tilt — that was all the inspiration the Livingston County club needed. That thought may have been challenged after Batavia got on the board first at the 9:05 mark of the first period. About a minute and a half later the Blues were even at 1-1 when Seeley found a spot in the net to reverse the momentum for good. A little over a minute later, the Blues gained the lead and never looked back. Wilson slid a nice pass to Seeley, who found Thomas Gates (York), who buried the shot. The second period saw the Livingston club add to their lead. Gohlman crashed the net on a face-off and scored on an assist from Jared Schutz (Geneseo). Gohlman issued a repeat performance, this time with Nate Taylor (Avon) and Schutz assisting making, it a three-goal lead. Gates added his second score of the contest on assists from Wilson and Seeley, making the eventual final 5-2. Jon Semon (Livonia) was in goal turning away 17 shots. Wilson was named Gatorade Player of the Game.


“Jon played well for us in net and gave us the chance we needed to win today,” McLaughlin said. “Now we have a shot at top seeded Brockport in the league championship game this Saturday at 3 p.m. at SUNY Brockport.”