continued After this conquest, Cazenovia made it back home for Thursday night’s contest against neighbor and rival Chittenango, where it put on a different sort of clinic against the playoff-bound Bears and earned an 18-10 victory to improve its record to 13-2.
Back in its most comfortable mode, the Lakers’ all-out attack led to a breakout late in the first quarter, as it got four straight goals, three of them from Cook, to emerge from a 2-2 tie and move ahead for good.
Cazenovia again outscored the Bears 6-2 in the second period to gain a 12-4 halftime edge, and it spent the rest of the night nursing that margin against an active Bears attack.
Cook reached double digits in points with five goals and five assists, with Cannizzaro also scoring five times. Nardella had three goals and two assists, with Mann adding his own three-goal hat trick as Sullivan and Jake Stowell both had one goal and one assist. Jake Falge got a pair of assists.
In defeat, Chittenango saw Devin Phelps carry the attack with four goals and five assists. Phelps’ passes went to, among others, Robert Whittin, who had two goals and one assist. Kyle Zimmer, Steve Billington, Garrett Sadler and Tristan Williams each got one goal as Aaron Jones added an assist. Connor Shea had 14 saves, the same total as Cross.
The Lakers’ week concluded Saturday with a 13-7 victory over Watertown IHC, where a 9-3 halftime edge held up, despite some late inconsistency. Cook had four goals and three assists, with Cannizzaro and Nardella each scoring three times. P.J. Brown had two goals and one assist as Kyle Brown added a goal and Cannizzaro picked up two assists.
In last Tuesday night’s game against visiting Marcellus, Chittenango could only watch as the state Class C no. 18-ranked Mustangs moved to 11-3 on the season by taking out the Bears 18-4.