J-E, in defeat, saw Gale Thorpe score three times, with Aurie Schwarting gaining two goals and one assist. Zach Wagner added one goal and one assist, while Logan Schwarting also found the net and Matt Somes contributed an assist. Noland Michels, in the net, earned 12 saves, three more than Warriors counterpart Jack Sweeney.
Two nights later, J-E got a shot at Marcellus, and this game proved just as competitive, the game in doubt until a fourth-quarter surge helped the Mustangs edge the Eagles 10-8.
With a 4-1 lead through one period, Marcellus appeared in control, but it could not add to that total the rest of the half. J-E stayed patient and exchanged goals until the third quarter, when it made it own 4-1 run to tie things up at 7-7.
Yet the Mustangs had the final answer, winning the fourth quarter 3-1 to prevail as four different players – Hutchings, Filtch, Tom McNaney and Ben Powers – each scored twice. Tom and Mike McNaney (who had one goal) both got a pair of assists, with Morgan Reilly notching the other goal.
Again, Lilly made a difference in the net, recording 12 saves, while Michels made 18 stops to keep the Eagles close. Aurie Schwarting led J-E with three goals and one assist, just ahead of Thorpe (two goals) as Somes, Wagner and Logan Schwarting nabbed single goals. Nate Town and Sean Ryan earned assists.
J-E would get back in the win column on Saturday, topping Onondaga 12-5. A 5-0 tear through the first quarter proved crucial as the Tigers closed within 6-3 at halftime but the Eagles got away in the game’s latter stages.
Thorpe again proved tough to stop, scoring five times and adding three assists. Wagner supported him with three goals, with Aurie Schwarting adding a goal and two assists. Somes, Logan Schwarting and Sam Robles earned the other goals.