Marcellus, meanwhile, moved to 9-3 on the season in Thursday night’s game at Phoenix, steadily pulling away in the second half behind Geoff Golick’s hat trick to beat the Firebirds 5-1.
It was only 2-1 at halftime, Kyle Demo getting Phoenix on the board, but the Mustangs got clear as Golick found the net three times, his best varsity performance yet. Mike Melnyczuk and Victor Stasguk also scored, with Mark Tompkins and Nick Matro picking up assists.
Bishop Ludden, entering the week with a 4-4 mark, had, arguably, its most impressive effort of the season last Tuesday when, largely due to the work by goalkeeper Matt Hughes, it played defending Section III Class C champion Fabius-Pompey to a 1-1 draw.
The Falcons entered the game no. 3 in the latest state Class C rankings and sporting a 7-1-1 record, and had routed Ludden 5-0 back on Sept. 5. But the Gaelic Knights kept F-P off the board in the first half of the rematch. with Hughes making key stops as defenders Kyle Chapman and Jesse Williams also protected the net and kept it 0-0 going into the break.
Then Ludden got on the board in the second half thanks to Brendan Downey’s goal, assisted by Joe Spano, answering the Falcons’s goal from Stewart Wright. Through 20 tense minutes of overtime, it would stay even, Hughes continuing to thwart F-P as he finished with 13 saves, overcoming F-P’s 21 shots and eight corner kicks.
Jordan-Elbridge had a 3-1 defeat to Cazenovia on Thursday night. Down 1-0 at the half, the Eagles stayed in the contest thanks to Javier Wood’s second-half goal, assisted by Logan Schwarting.
Still, J-E was playing defense most of the way, Max Bondgren picking up 14 saves, and the Lakers’ pressure eventually took a toll. Kevin Porter led Cazenovia with one goal and one assist, with Henry Mann and Derek White also finding the net.