By halftime, the margin was 6-2, and the Bears’ defense maintained that lead until midway through the second half, when New Hartford notched three straight goals to pull within one, 6-5.
But it was the Bears getting the final surge, outscoring the Spartans 4-1 in the last 10 minutes as Ashley Young, registering three goals and one assist, led a well-balanced attack.
Lauren Billington and Lea Clarke each found the net twice, while Lindsay Moon, Nicole Zimmer and Brooke VanGorden earned one goal apiece. Allison Cerio contributed an assist as Sarah Alvanos scored three of New Hartford’s six goals. Chittenango goalie Allie Denton recorded 11 saves.
The Bears go for two in a row Wednesday night, hosting Cortland, while Cazenovia visits Westhill on Tuesday for its only action this week.