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Caz hockey crushes Whitesboro, blanks CBA/J-D

For those following the Cazenovia ice hockey team, the consistent destruction it has performed against opponents this season as it roared to a 12-0 start and the state's top Division II ranking has proved a singular thrill.

Rarely has the Lakers faced a serious scare - but it did get contained Thursday night at Onondaga Nation Arena, when it faced CBA/J-D. Still, a strong defensive effort pushed Cazenovia past the Brothers 2-0 to make it 13 in a row.

Unlike so many times this season, when three or four goals in the first period was a norm, the Lakers managed a single tally in each of the first two periods. Brian Gara and John Greacen scored, with Joe Colligan, Sam Lewis and Joe Nardella earning assists.

CBA/J-D goalie Dan DiStefano kept it close, turning away all kinds of chances as he finished with 37 saves, but his teammates could not help out. Cazenovia's back line, led by Colligan, Nardella and Sean Cannizzaro, kept on breaking up the Brothers' pushes down the ice, holding them to just 15 shots, all of which Mason Powell stopped.

Two nights earlier, the Lakers won its 12th straight game with yet another one-sided effort at Whitesboro, not letting up until it had beaten the Warriors 9-1.

Accustomed to quick starts, the Lakers did so again in this game by amassing four goals in the first period. As this went on, the defense tightened to make sure Whitesboro could not properly answer, holding the Warriors to 12 shots for the night.

By contrast, Cazenovia took 57 shots, more than one per minute. It led to Gara earning another three-goal hat trick as he added a pair of assists.

Sean and Connor Cannizzaro both found the net twice, while Lewis and Greacen got the other goals. Both Lewis and Nardella finished with two assists as Greacen, Jeff Stowell and Connor Cannizzaro got single assists.

Cazenovia will wait for its shot at going 14-0 until next Friday, when it makes a highly-anticipated trip to Clinton, the team that sits second in the Division II standings. The Lakers beat the Warriors 4-1 in their first encounter Dec. 14 at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

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