Cicero It took a bit of extra effort, but the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team now carries a 10-game win streak into Monday night's showdown with four-time defending Section III Division I champion West Genesee at the Twin Rinks.
That win streak was threatened Saturday by the Syracuse Cougars in the championship game of the C-NS Optimist Tournament Saturday afternoon, but the state no. 7-ranked Northstars pulled it out, 6-5, on Matt Siegel's overtime goal.
Against the very same Cougars team it routed 9-2 at Meachem Rink just three nights earlier, C-NS found the rematch a much more difficult task.
A fast-paced first period saw the Northstars go in front, 3-2, but it could not hold the lead. Syracuse fought back, tying it 4-4 by the time they reached the second intermission.
After a tense third-period exchange of goals, it went into overtime. By that point, Matt Fiume and Ben Cummings both had two goals, with Eric Hamilton adding one goal and one assist. Kyler Schilling contributed a pair of assists.
But it was Siegel emerging as the OT hero, flashing open and, after taking a pass from Chris Schneid, flinging the game-winner past Syracuse goalie Jim Albright.
For the game, Albright produced 35 saves, while C-NS goaltender Alex Johnston stopped 24 of the 29 shots he faced. Travis Hyde (two goals, one assist) and Pat Farrell (one goal, two assists) led a well-balanced Syracuse attack.
A day earlier, the Northstars had pummeled Greece 11-3 in the tournament's opening round, led again by Hamilton, who poured in five goals on his way to securing tournament MVP honors.
Fiume, who like Siegel would make the All-Tournament team, recorded four assists. Siegel and Luke Keyes each got two goals and one assist, while Schneid and A.J. Merola also found the net. Devin Bronner, Ben Cummings, Connor Doren, Paul Ludden and Danny Rush also earned assists.