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Victor defeats Fairport in OT for Class A title

Back in January, after Victor slipped past Fairport 2-1 on a mid-winter Friday night, long-time coaches Mike Ferrari and Chris Moretter reflected on the quality of the rivalry, and of each team.

“We said this would be a great sectional championship game,” Ferrari, the Victor coach, remembered.

Talk about an ability to see the future.

The state-ranked teams played again on Sunday afternoon, and it took five minutes of overtime before Victor prevailed 5-4 in the Section V Class A finale.

Cal Lambert jammed in a rebound of Steven Armstrong’s shot off a three-on-two fast break, giving the Blue Devils their fourth sectional crown in six seasons.

“After that puck went in it was just a blur,” Armstrong said.

The game was an instant classic, with Victor (20-3) overcoming 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 deficits. The Blue Devils’ only lead came when Lambert stopped the clock at 5:00 of overtime — and touched off the victory celebration on the ice of RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center.