C-NS hockey blanks Syracuse in playoff opener

Northstars to face West Genny in Division I semis

— Hamilton’s big night was just beginning. The senior scored a pair of goals on breakaways early and late in the third period. Hamilton and Farabee combined for seven points.

“That’s what we need,” Bailey said. “They’ve been our nucleus all year long. They continue to make our team better.”

CNS goalie Alex Johnston earned the shutout by turning aside 19 shots. Albright made 26 saves before giving way to Sam Walsh late in the contest.

The Northstars outplayed West Genesee, 3-1, on Jan. 7 in Cicero, though that win came when WG was missing its top player, senior Robbie Michel, who returned shortly after.

Bailey knows his team will need at least a similar effort, if not better, come Wednesday if it wants to advance to next Saturday's final at Utica Memorial Auditorium against Rome Free Academy or Baldwinsville.

“Our kids know what’s at stake,” Bailey said. “We know what West Genesee brings as a team. We know what Shove Park brings as an atmosphere. It’s going to be good hockey.”

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