Whether home or away, and whether by big margins or small, the Cazenovia ice hockey team has remained undefeated and atop the state Division I rankings throughout this winter.
Back at the Morrisville State IcePlex after its all-important 4-0 conquest at Clinton on Jan. 23, the Lakers would host Oswego last Tuesday, and it squandered a three-goal lead before a late surge led to a 7-3 victory over the Buccaneers to improve its mark to 15-0.
Coach Jon Davignon expressed his confidence in this year's team, telling it has been a long time coming.
"We've got a group of about seven guys who have been playing together for a while," Davignon said. "They all know each other real well and they're all seniors now.
"Two years ago they were a lot smaller and couldn't play as physical. We're just doing a good job with the little things. When we don't do the little things, like in the second period, it doesn't go well."
Against Oswego, all looked to be normal in the first period, when Cazenovia raced ahead 3-0. But Oswego, despite only taking a handful of shots, pulled even 3-3 in the second period as Fred Donabella found the net twice and Chris Pike also scored.
It was the rare case of Cazenovia not holding a lead going to the third period - but it didn't matter. The Lakers' attack resumed, leading to a series of chances and four unanswered goals that made all the home fans exhale again.
Brian Gara, with two goals and two assists, and Sam Lewis, with a goal and three assists, led the attack as Connor Cannizzaro also earned three assists. Sean Cannizzaro produced a goal and two assists as Joe Nardella, Alan Baldwin and John Greacen also converted. Jeff Stowell added an assist.