High School Weekend Wrap-Up (3/11/19)

2019 NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey Championships

Division I

NYSPHSAA State Championship Semi-Finals

Saturday, March 9th

Orchard Park – 1
Syracuse – 5

Four second period goals help lead the Cougars to a semi-final win and the opportunity to bring a state championship back to Section III. After a scoreless first period, Phillip Zollo lit the lamp with 11:37 to play in the second giving Syracuse a 1-0 lead. Assists were given to Zach Delaney and Ryan Eccles.

The Cougars jumped ahead by three on goals scored only 30 seconds apart. At 7:34 Nathan Frye scored assisted by Stephen Matro followed by an Eccles goal at 7:03 assisted by Hugh White. Orchard Park got on the board 2 minutes later, but Zollo would add his second of the game with 2 minutes to play in the period putting Syracuse ahead 4-1.

Zollo finished off the hat-trick with 12:06 to play in the third. His hat-trick goal was assisted by Ryan Durand. Alex Moreno was in net and finished with 13 saves.


Sunday, March 10th

NYSPHSAA State Championship Final

Syracuse – 4
Suffern – 2

The scoring didn’t get started in this one until the second period and it was Matro giving the Cougars the 1-0 lead with 11 minutes to play in the period. Suffern tied it up only two minutes later, but Zollo scored with just over a minute remaining to regain a 2-1 lead for Syracuse. Eccles and Jack Grooms assisted on the go ahead goal.

Eccles scored two goals of his own in the third period, with the second being assisted by Zollo en route to the 4-2 Championship victory. Moreno made 18 saves on 20 shots in net.

The State Championship was the first in program history and the first Section III team to win since West Genesee in 2010. Suffern last won a State Championship in 2012.


Forwards Phillip Zollo and CJ Olsen, defenseman Jack Grooms, and goaltender Alex Moreno were all named to DI All-Tournament Team for Syracuse. Ryan Eccles was named MVP.

Syracuse Cougars - 2019 NYSPHSAA DI Champions

Division II

Saturday, March 9th

NYSPHSAA State Championship Semi-Finals

Webster Thomas – 2
Skaneateles – 5

The Lakers scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 semi-final victory over Webster-Thomas. Jim Liberatore scored a power-play goal at 11:14. Cam Lowe worked the puck down low to Charlie Major who fed a pass to Liberatore in the slot. He one-timed into the net giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead.

The Lakers went up two a couple of minutes later on a goal by Luke Lynn that was assisted by Bauer Morrissey and Garrett Krieger. Lynn added two more goals to cap off the hat-trick in the first minute of the second period.

Only 28 seconds into the period Lynn scored his second of the game assisted by Ryan Gick and Morrissey. Then 12 seconds later Lynn scored the hat-trick goal unassisted giving the Lakers a commanding 4-0 lead. Webster-Thomas scored two goals only 7 seconds apart early in the period, but a minute later Gick scored to put Skaneateles ahead 5-2. Cole Heintz assisted on Gick’s goal. Adam Casper stopped 21 shots for the Lakers.


Sunday, March 10th

NYSPHSAA State Championship Final

Queensbury – 1
Skaneateles – 6

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, but it didn’t take long for the Lakers to find it in the second. At 12:44 of the second Gick one-timed a Liberatore pass over the Queensbury goaltender’s glove for a 1-0 lead.

The Lakers doubled their lead with 4:30 to play in the second on a goal from Heintz assisted by Morrissey. 30 seconds later Lynn scored his fourth of the weekend to give his team a 3-0 advantage.

Krieger added to the lead early in the third assisted by Charlie Russell and Major giving the Lakers a commanding 4-0 lead with 12 minutes left to play. The lead was extended to 6-0 after two quick power-play goals scored by Lynn and Jack Henry with only 4 minutes left in the game. Adam Casper made 13 saves before being replaced by Chris Falso for the last 4 minutes. Queensbury scored one late to ruin the shutout bid. Falso finished with 2 saves saves.


The Championship is the fourth in school history and first since 2015. The 2015 team was alo the last Section III team to win the DII title.

Skaneateles forwards Luke Lynn and Ryan Gick were named to the DII All-Tournament team along with defenseman Bauer Morrissey and goalie Adam Casper. Morrissey was also named MVP.

Skaneateles Lakers - 2019 NYSPHSAA DII Champions

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