In an emphatic manner, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team broke into the win column and bounced back from a season-opening Nov. 30 defeat to Rome Free Academy.
Against Central Square last Monday night at the Twin Rinks, the Northstars began to take over in the second period and did not let up until it had registered an 8-1 victory over the Red Hawks.
Kyle Bird’s goal had Central Square even, 1-1, going into the second period. From there, though, C-NS attacked at will and converted often, a trail of seven unanswered goals evenly spread out over the final 30 minutes of action.
Eric Hamilton, shut out against RFA, did not get stopped here, piling up four goals and adding a pair of assists, his passes often coming from Jesse Farabee, who picked up three assists.
Matt Fiume picked up a goal and two assists. Danny Rush had a goal and assist, while Luke Keyes, Chris Schneid and Curtis Howland each scored, too. Paul Ludden and Matt Siegel both matched Hamilton and Fiume with two assists apiece. Connor Doren and A.J. Merola earned assists, too.
C-NS played its first road game of the season two nights later, at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena, where it roared past Watertown IHC 10-1 in much the same manner by which it routed Central Square.
Again, it was a 1-1 tie through one period and, again, the second period onward belonged to the Northstars, this time including nine unanswered goals stretched out over the final 30 minutes as part of a 51-shot attack.
Hamilton, for the second game in a row, picked up four goals, but it was Fiume as the top scorer, scoring twice and adding three assists. Chris Schneid had one goal and one assist, with Doren, Siegel and Nick Schneid also finding the net. Kyler Schilling, Luke Keyes, Zach Sheridan and Newell Field all found the assist column.