The CBA boy's hockey team hasn't won a sectional title in 32 years. That all changed on Saturday night at the Utica Auditorium.
The team rallied for three goals in the final 2:34 seconds of the game to capture its first title since 1981, by defeating defending champion Oswego, 4-3.
The Brothers advance to the state tournament next Saturday and will play the winner of Williamsville East and West Seneca West at 8:45 p.m. in Amherst.
“To do it the way we did is truly amazing,” said head coach Mike McKie.
Destiny has been on the side of this year's team, which was a number five seed entering sectionals. The combined team of CBA/JD student-athletes defeated Auburn 3-2 in the first round, then topped No. 1 seed Skaneateles, 4-3 in triple overtime to advance to the title tilt against Oswego.
CBA student-athletes on this year's team include: seniors Nick McCreary (defense) and Greg McCann (forward); sophomores Tim Decker (goalie) who registered 16 stops in the championship game; Kyle Barker (forward), Jed Raby (defense), Kane Alletzhauser (defense), Drew Brooks (forward), Pete Dziergas (forward), Gavin Gray (defense), John Phillips (defense); and freshman Ryan McGuire (center).
Eyes will not only be on the ice this weekend for the hockey team, but also on the pool as senior Cole Speidel competes in the state swimming meet at Webster-Schroeder High School. Speidel will compete in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
In other sectional news from this past weekend, three-time sectional champ JT Romagnoli lost to top seed Louis Hernandez (VIII-Mepham) 14-6 in the first round of the state tournament. Romagnoli was victorious in his consolation round match, before being eliminated.
The girl's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Corcoran, 64-61 in the semifinals of sectionals. The team finishes with a 16-4 record.
Cole Speidel will compete in the state meet this weekend (photo syracuse.com)