A night later, Cazenovia went to Cicero Twin Rinks to make up the postponed Jan. 4 game against Cicero-North Syracuse.
Badly needing to break its skid, even in a non-league game, the Lakers did so, shutting out the Northstars 3-0. It was scoreless until the second period, when Cazenovia found the net twice, tacking on an insurance goal in the final period, just to be sure.
Whalen led the charge, finding the net twice, while Rankin picked up one goal and one assist. Cross, McGough, Bonavita and Justin Hammond also earned assists as Cameron Fry, taking his turn in goal, stopped all 13 shots he faced.
Improving to 3-8-2 with that win, Cazenovia could all but sew up a playoff spot in Tuesday’s visit to Ontario Bay before a Saturday game at New Hartford.