Caz hockey blanks Clinton in Division II showdown

Having brushed aside most of its Division II pursuers with relative ease, the Cazenovia ice hockey team had to wait two extra days for its big road trip to second-place Clinton.

But the wait did little to cool the undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Lakers down as it went to historic Clinton Arena Sunday night and continued its own quest for history, putting together a 4-0 shutout of the Warriors.

Going into the game, Clinton, with 14 points, was second in Division II. It also carried the memory of what took place back on Dec. 14 at the Morrisville State IcePlex, where the Lakers beat them 4-1. Since then, the Warriors had won eight in a row, carrying a lot of confidence into the rematch.

They were supposed to play Friday, but weather pushed it back 48 hours. That meant 10 days had passed since Cazenovia had last played, on Jan. 13, a 2-0 shutout over CBA/J-D. It would do twice as well here.

By the time the first period was done, Cazenovia had a 2-0 lead, and single tallies would follow in each of the next two periods. As this was going on, the Lakers' defense was stifling Clinton at every turn, Mason Powell turning away all 18 shots he faced for the shutout.

On the offensive end, Sam Lewis, with two goals, and John Greacen, with one goal and one assist, set the pace. Brian Gara also scored, with Sean Cannizzaro and Joe Nardella picking up assists. The Lakers will go for 15 in a row Tuesday, against Oswego at the IcePlex, before visiting Skaneateles Friday night

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