This allowed the Spartans to tie it, 5-5, going to the fourth quarter, then inch out in front. Mike Cummings and Garrett Smith each had three goals, with Cummings adding two assists as Tom Rosaschi earned the other goal. Quadear Mike and Justin Endy got assists, too. In defeat, Auburn's Connor Entenmann had four goals.
Just 24 hours later, ESM met New Hartford and, in a battle of Spartan teams, took over in the fourth quarter and won by a 9-6 margin.
For a while, it looked like a letdown from Auburn, as ESM trailed 3-1 after one period before rallying to tie it, 4-4, by halftime. Again, New Hartford would go in front by producing a third-quarter shutout, but ESM outscored them 5-1 down the stretch as it finally broke out.
Cummings, with two goals and three assists, anchored the comeback as Mike earned a three-goal hat trick and Smith got two goals and one assist. James Landry and Bobby Campese had the other goals as Cam Diedrickson and Nick Capriotti earned assists, too.
ESM's girls played just once prior to the Dome, losing to Cortland 11-5. Only Nikki Devona (three goals) and Marlee Vlassis (two goals) managed to put shots in the net as Allyson Rossi added two assists. Carly Cunningham's four goals helped the Purple Tigers lead start to finish.