Local hockey players join Syracuse Cougars

Newly-merged team starts 2-0-1, wins Conklin Tournament

— So Syracuse advanced to the final against Ithaca, who routed Fulton 8-1 in the other half of the opening round. And despite the long, tough battle of the night before, the Cougars put together a 2-1 victory over the Little Red to grab the first-place trophy.

Neither side got on the board until the second period, when Matt Thompson put Syracuse on the board. Ithaca’s Wilson Gearhart also found the net, and they went to the final period even, 1-1.

It was Collin Thompson putting the go-ahead goal past the Little Red’s Brandon Kasel, who finished with 23 saves. Then Syracuse held on behind another stellar effort from Albright, who this time recorded 27 saves.

Armed with this 2-0-1 start, the Cougars went back to that same Lysander facility Tuesday to face Liverpool before meeting Fayetteville-Manlius Friday at Cicero Twin Rinks.

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