Quite unlike their first meeting April 17, when it had to rally and beat New Hartford 8-7 in overtime, ESM moved out in front in the second quarter, and then erased any doubts about the outcome with a third-quarter blitz where it scored seven unanswered goals.
In fact, ESM blanked New Hartford 10-0 in the second half, as superb defense offered an ample support system to the likes of Rosso, who scored four times, as well as VanDeusen and Rosaschi, who had three goals apiece. Haynes added two goals as Nick Sturick, Nate Sturick, Pat Byrant and Kollin Diedrickson each got one goal.
J-D missed out on all of this up-and-down drama, the Red Rams quite content to just venture to Cortland on Tuesday and jump all over the Purple Tigers in a dominant first half and prevail, 17-7.
Before Cortland could even get settled, J-D got hot on the offensive end, and stayed that way until halftime, steadily marching its way to a 13-1 advantage, and then relaxing the rest of the night as it knew the top seed in the sectional tournament was secure.
Griffin Feiner nearly matched Cortland’s goal production by himself, scoring six times and adding a pair of assists. Ryan McKee and Griffin Johnson each had three-goal hat tricks, with Johnson also getting two assists. Grayson Burns added two goals and one assist as Ryan Durkin, Matt Murad and Brad Carr each got one goal and one assist.
Meanwhile, CBA, getting a boost of confidence before heading into the Class C sectional tournament, broke open a tense game with visiting Westhill in the fourth quarter and went on to beat the Warriors 15-7.
For three quarters, neither side could make any kind of headway. But it all turned in the early stages of the fourth quarter, when CBA’s Jack Zerillo score twice in a 25-second span.