Marcellus, under first-year coach Leo McInerney, wanted a deeper advancement in its return to the Class C playoffs, but Homer, who came into the game with a 13-3 mark and a no. 11 state Class C ranking, would end that dream and advance to next week's quarterfinal against long-time power LaFayette.
Mostly, it was a frustrating night for the Mustangs. It only trailed 3-2 through one period, and played solid defense over the course of the next two periods, only to see it own attack get shut down, managing just one goal in that span as Homer's lead grew to 7-3.
That proved too much to overcome, despite a late offensive recovery. Tyler Tomeny was the only Marcellus player to score twice, with R.J. Linder, Luke McNaney, Tom McNnaney and Kevin Hutchings putting up one goal apiece. Goalie Chris Martin recorded 10 saves. Hunter Osborne led Homer with three goals and four assists as the Mustangs' season ended with a record of 6-11.