Monday night, New York State’s Section III declared Syracuse and Skaneateles Division I and Division II champions, respectively, just hours after Victor and Webster Thomas were crowned by Section V at Gene Polisseni Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Four teams will now head into the regional round, among 16 teams still alive battling surrounding schools for a berth to the New York Public High School Athletic Association Championships at HarborCenter in Buffalo on March 14th and 15th.
NYSPHSAA Division I
1-Suffern vs. 2-Bethlehem Central, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Union College
10-Massena vs. 9-Monroe-Woodbury, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Newburgh Ice Time Sports Complex
4-Ithaca vs. 6-Williamsville North, March 7 at 1 p.m. at HarborCenter
3-Corcoran vs. 5-Victor, March 7 at 5 p.m. at Gene Polisseni Center
NYSPHSAA Division II
2-Queensbury vs. 7-Saranac Lake, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Saranac Lake Civic Center
AL3-Whitesboro vs. 1-Rye, March 7 March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
10-Ogdensburg Free Academy vs. 5-Webster Thomas, March 7 at 3 p.m. at Gene Polisseni Center
3-Skaneateles vs. 6-Starpoint, March 7 at 5:50 p.m. at Buffalo State College
Here is a rundown on how each of the four Section III and V teams advanced from their finals of their given tournaments as well as the upcoming schedule lined up for teams across the Empire State.
On Sunday, March 1st, Section V crowned both their Class A and Class B champions at the Gene Polisseni Center. The 3:30 p.m. match up was set to hold the number one and number two seeds in the finals, as the Victor Blue Devils would face off against the Fairport Raiders. Fairport would take the lead in the first period, as the Raiders went ahead 2-0 by the end of the stanza. The Blue Devils would answer in the second as Victor would net two goals in that twenty minutes. Fairport would also tally one to stay ahead heading into the final period of play. However, Victor would add two more in the third to tie the game as Fairport would only tally one goal. The game would head to overtime, as Victor’s Cal Lambert would score his first of the game and put the Blue Devils on top. Goaltender Pieter Bartelse would save 25 shots for a save percentage of .862 after allowing four goals in the victory. Victor will head to the regional rounds to face off against the Syracuse Cougars from Section III. This game will be played at the Gene Polisseni Center on March 7th at 5 p.m. as Section V will host the regional game.
Victor has won the game!!!!!🚨 pic.twitter.com/0oGGKR5wgI
— Victor HS Hockey (@victorhshockey) March 1, 2020
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) March 1, 2020
Two known teams in Section V battled for the Class B championship on Sunday at the Gene Polisseni Center. The Webster Thomas Titans, the first seed in the tournament, faced off against the Canandaigua Braves, the third seed who upset the Spencerport Rangers earlier in the week. The Titans were looking to go back to back and move on to the regional round and hopefully go back to the state tournament held in Buffalo. However, the Braves would give the Titans a challenge as Canandaigua took an early 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Carter McWilliams and Lucas Schwartz scored the goals for the Braves as the third seed took control of the game. Webster Thomas would then score four unanswered goals to complete the comeback that started with one goal coming in the second period. Two powerplay goals allowed the Titans to tie the Braves in the final stanza before Brandon Gierczak scored the game winner halfway through the period. The Titans would become the Class B champions once again as now the team prepares for their regional match up against the Odgensburg Free Academy Blue Devils, the Section X winners. The Blue Devils defeated Norwood-Norfolk in the Section X finals 1-0, the team that Webster Thomas defeated last year in the regional round. This game will be held at the Gene Polisseni Center on March 7th at 3 p.m. before the Class A game.
The Syracuse War Memorial hosted the Section III finals for both Division I and Division II on Monday. The Division I match up was set for a 5 p.m. start time between the Syracuse Cougars, the number one seed, and the West Genesee Wildcats, the number two seed. The Cougars have held the Division I title the past two seasons, as last year’s group were also state champions for the first time in program history. However, the Wildcats are currently ranked 13th in the state as Syracuse sits one spot lower in the 14th spot. The game would stay tied until the second period before the Cougars would net one before the end of the stanza to take the lead heading into the final period. Syracuse would add two more to secure the victory over the Wildcats and three-peat as Sectional Champions in Division I. The Cougars now head on the road to battle the winner of Section V, the Victor Blue Devils. Victor is currently ranked fourth in the state rankings heading into the regional round that will be held at the Gene Polisseni Center.
— Syracuse Cougars (@SyrCougars) March 3, 2020
The Division II tournament wrapped up Monday evening at the Syracuse War Memorial as two teams faced off in the finals to crown a Sectional Champion. The Skaneateles Lakers, the first seed in the tournament as well as the number one team in the state, played the Whitesboro Warriors, the second seed in the sectionals bracket. The perfect Class B bracket would feature the Lakers netting three goals in the first period to take a commanding lead over the Warriors heading into the second period. Skaneateles would score another goal in each of the remaining periods to win 5-1 over Whitesboro and head to the regional round of the state tournament. The Lakers were led by Charlie Russell who had two goals and two assists in the win. Adam Casper took the win between the pipes as the goaltender only faced 14 shots to record a .933 save percentage. The New York State Division II defending state champion Skaneateles Lakers will now head to Section VI to battle Starpoint at Buffalo State College. Puck drop is set for 5:50 p.m. on March 7th. The Whitesboro Warriors, although losing the Sectional Title, will still battle for a spot in the final four as Section III Division II received the automatic bid for the finalist of the Section. Whitesboro will travel to Section I to face Rye at Brewster Ice Arena. This game will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 7th.
The Section 3 Title has been successfully defended.
Congrats to the back to back champs! pic.twitter.com/jYML6xnuqQ
— Skaneateles Lakers (@SkanLakers) March 3, 2020
FINAL — Suffern 5, ETBE 1
FINAL — Rye 5, John Jay 1
— Section I Athletics (@SecOneAthletics) March 1, 2020
— Five Minute Major™ (@travjax71) March 2, 2020
— Five Minute Major™ (@travjax71) March 1, 2020
FINAL — Bethlehem 3, Saratoga 2
Queensbury — automatic bid
— Joe Boyle (@boyleralertTroy) March 4, 2020
FINAL — Williamsville North 5, Orchard Park 1
FINAL — Starpoint 3, Williamsville South 1
FINAL — St. Joe’s 4, St. Mary’s 0
Ithaca — automatic bid
NORTH IS YOUR 2020 SECTION VI CHAMPION!!!!! Congrats to our coach Bob Rosen on his 500th career win. pic.twitter.com/BQoRFelHSP
— Williamsville North Hockey (@WNorthHockey) March 1, 2020
— Starpoint Hockey (@SpartansVHockey) March 1, 2020
— Andrew Miller (@amm703) March 2, 2020
FINAL — Saranac Lake/Lake Placid 5, Saranac 1
Monroe-Woodbury — automatic bid
FINAL — Massena 5, Canton 1
— Massena Red Sea (@MassenaRedSea) March 3, 2020
The 2020 NYSPHSAA Boys Ice Hockey State Championships return to HARBORCENTER in Buffalo with semifinals beginning on Saturday, March 14. HARBORCENTER will also host the finals slated for Sunday, March 15.
Written by Zachary Case @ZacCase6
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Main Image: Syracuse Cougars — Your 2020 NYSPHSAA Section III, Division I State Sectional Champions. (Photo courtesy of Syracuse Hockey)
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