Though not on the same kind of hot streak that propelled them to a state title one season ago, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team still had time to make things special this winter.
But the Brothers needed a big win, and went after it last Saturday at Onondaga Nation Arena against Division II American Conference leader Skaneateles.
Having lost to the Lakers 3-2 at Allyn Arena on Dec. 17, CBA/J-D knew it could stay close, but its offense again disappeared and, by the time it emerged, it proved too late as, again, Skaneateles came out on top, this time by a 3-1 margin.
Skaneateles scored once in each of the first two periods and kept CBA/J-D (7-7-4) off the board, too, gaining a 2-0 lead. Though Lucas Relkin would score in the third period to break up the possible Laker shutout as Pete Dziergas and Braeden Doust earned assist, it was all that the Brothers could manage.
Owen Kuhns got two of the three Skaneateles goals, and Raymond Falso earned the other, assisting on one of Kuhns’ tallies. Patrick Major chimed in with a pair of assists. Jarrett McDonald was superb in goal, stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced, while Tim Decker’s 30-save effort was wasted.
This followed last Thursday night’s 7-1 rout of Cortland-Homer, a game where the Golden Eagles were tied with the Brothers, 1-1, through one period before CBA/J-D poured it on with six unanswered goals, three in both the second and third periods.
At the heart of the surge, Ryan Durkin notched a three-goal hat trick, adding a pair of assists. Sam Mueller had a goal and three assists as Kane Alletzhauser, Gavin Gray and Connor Flannagan got one goal apiece. Doust, Ryan McKee, Ryan McGuire, Grayson Burns and Kyle Barker each had one assist.