Marcellus, meanwhile, struggled against Tully, but still won 9-5, breaking out of an early 2-2 tie by limiting the Black Knights to a single goal in each of the last three quarters as its own attack got by with modest production.
Again, Tom McNaney scored three times, adding two assists, with Kevin Hutchings getting two goals and two assists. Filtch got two goals as Mike McNaney produced a goal and two assists and Rich Ghezzi also found the net. Jake Lilly, playing in the net, earned 10 saves.
Ludden had a better showing in last Monday’s game against Binghamton Seton Catholic (Section IV), but still lost by a score of 15-10, unable to come back after falling behind 5-2 in the first quarter.
Still, the Gaelic Knights battled to the wire, getting three-goal hat tricks from Connor Smith and Joe Spano. Mark Shattuck scored twice, while Cameron Bennett managed a goal and two assists. Brian Cizenski had the other goal.
A day later, Ludden lost, 17-6, to Chittenango, unable to recover from a first half where the Bears did whatever it wanted on the attack, amassing a 14-2 edge.
Jordan-Elbridge had its game with Cazenovia postponed for a day and moved to Chittenango’s turf, where the Eagles fell to the undefeated Lakers 18-3.
It was actually 2-2 after one period, but the second quarter decided matters as Cazenovia jumped all over J-E’s defense during an 8-1 spurt. And the Eagles could not score in the second half.
Gale Thorpe had two of his team’s three goals, and Matt Somes earned the other, Aurie Schwarting adding an assist. In goal, Noland Michels had 17 saves. Connor Cannizzaro (five goals, two assists) and Ryan Cook (three goals, three assists) paced the Lakers’ attack.
Two nights later, the Eagles went to Alibrandi Stadium, where it lost 17-11 to Christian Brothers Academy, mostly because of what it did not do in the first half.
Even as it tried to slow down CBA’s high-flying attack, J-E could not take full advantage and trailed, 7-2, at halftime. By the time the Eagles (2-4) did start finding the net with regularity, the Brothers, led by Jack Zerillo and Andrew Romagnoli (five goals each), had pulled clear.
Still, Thorpe and Aurie Schwarting both had strong showings, each of them finishing with four goals and one assist. Somes offered support with a three-goal hat trick of his own, and Michels, under constant assault, still managed 20 saves.