CBA/J-D hockey caps improbable sectional title run

Brothers dethrone Oswego, 4-3, in thrilling final

Newly energized, CBA/J-D attacked again, and just 36 seconds later Ryan Durkin, who hit the goal in triple OT to beat Skaneateles, got open in front and stuffed a shot past Izyk into the net, putting the Brothers ahead 3-2.

From having the lead, the Bucs now found itself having to pull Izyk to attack in the final minute, and it backfired as Firman converted an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to play.

Still, it wasn't over as Oswego, down 4-2, cut the margin to one on Justin Clark's goal with 32.7 seconds left, and made one more attack. But the Brothers turned it away, and time ran out.

The explosive ending contrasted the quiet nature of the game's early stages. Oswego took a 1-0 lead on Zack Zerrahn's breakaway goal late in the first period. And it remained that way through most of the second period, too, the Brothers' defense protecting the net and goaltender Tim Decker turning everything away.

Just as the second-period clock was winding down, Firman, on a delayed penalty, charged into the Oswego end and fired a wrist shot past Izyk right at the horn. Oswego protested that it should not have counted, but the goal stood and it was 1-1, setting up the third-period dramatics.

"It was the case of a senior captain stepping up, just like he has in all the big games," said McKie.

For his part, Firman said the whole team was playing for McKie, whose father passed away just three days before the playoffs started. It only added to the sense of fate and destiny working on CBA/J-D's part in its championship run.

Next Saturday, the Brothers will go to the Buffalo area and play the Section VI champions in the regional playoffs. A win there would allow CBA/J-D a chance to return to Utica Auditorium for the state final four on March 9-10.

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