It was 7-1 going into the third period, and the Northstars would continue to add to the margin. Farabee would have two assists to go with his three goals, matching the point total of Hamilton, who had two goals and three assists. Hyde had Syracuse’s other goal.
This only added to the Cougars’ motivation as it went to C-NS’s home ice, the Cicero Twin Rinks, for the Northstars’ annual Optimist Tournament.
Syracuse shut out Ithaca 4-0 in last Friday’s opening round. Neither side scored until the second period, when the Cougars grabbed a 2-0 lead on the Little Red, doubling that margin in the final period and playing superb defense, holding Ithaca to 10 shots, all stopped by Albright.
Offensively, Eccles, with a goal and two assists, led the way as Thompson found the net twice. Mitch Laffin earned the other goal. Ristoff picked up a pair of assists as Ben Carrock and Brandon Devendorf got one assist apiece.
This set up a rematch with C-NS, who had bashed Greece 11-3 in the other part of the opening round. Somehow, the Cougars nearly avenged that one-sided defeat at Meachem, dragging the Northstars to overtime before absorbing a 6-5 defeat.
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. And it was Matt Siegel emerging as the OT hero, flashing open and, after taking a pass from Chris Schneid, flinging the game-winner past Albright.
For the game, Albright produced 35 saves. Hyde (two goals, one assist) and Pat Farrell (one goal, two assists) led a well-balanced Syracuse attack. Barry and Matt Thompson had the other goals, while Cameron Bennett managed a pair of assists. Ristoff and Eccles had one assist apiece.
Tied for third in a tight Division I West race, Syracuse heads back into league play this week with yet another trip to the Twin Rinks, this time to face Central Square on Wednesday before hosting Ontario Bay on Friday.