continued During the third quarter, much the same thing happened again, on a smaller scale, as Hunt scored once and assisted on Brown’s fourth goal, while Mann scored again and Cole Willard joined in too, and Cazenovia enjoyed a comfortable 12-5 lead.
To its credit, Skaneateles, led by Tyler Strods (four goals, two assists) and Sam Duggan (three goals), battled to the end, but it had too much ground to make up.
Nourse, Hahn, T.J. Connellan, Eli Mitchell and the rest of Cazenovia’s back line made sure the lead held up, just as they have done all season, with Cross superb in the net as he picked up 16 saves.
Overall, Mann amassed four goals and four assist. Brown matched that four-goal output, with Hunt getting three assists to go with his pair of goals. Lewis and Willard both scored twice, too.
Drawing the top seed for the Class C sectional tournament, Cazenovia faces no. 9 seed Tully in next Tuesday’s quarterfinals after the Black Knights edged General Brown 13-12 in the opening round.
A win would put the Lakers in the semifinals next Thursday at Chittenango against no. 4 seed Marcellus or no. 5 seed Westhill, with the sectional final on Saturday at 2:30 at the Carrier Dome.