Syracuse tops West Genesee in fourth overtime, Skaneateles wins in sectional finals

The Syracuse City boys ice hockey team celebrates a Section III, Division-I Championship after taking down West Genesee in four overtimes.

Sectional Championships were on the line Monday night, as four local teams competed for the right to move on to the New York State Tournament.

In boys ice hockey, there are two divisions, as Syracuse City and West Genesee met in the Section III, Division-I Final while Skaneateles and Cortland-Homer squared off in the Division-II Final.

Monday night's action was played from the War Memorial, as the Division-II game was played first.

Skaneateles scored the first three goals of the game before Cortland-Homer was able to get on the board, and the Lakers came away with the 4-1 win.

The late game was one to remember, as it needed four overtimes to decide a winner.

Syracuse City met West Genesee in a battle between what always seems like the perennial powers at the Division-I level.

The game was tied 2-2 after regulation, as Ryan Eccles ended it in the fourth overtime with a nifty shot from the corner.

"Obviously, that's an unreal feeling to win in overtime like that, especially after four overtimes when everybody's exhausted," Eccles explained to CNY Central after the game. "It's such an incredible feeling."

"Anytime you beat West Genesee it's a special, special thing," Cougars head coach John Purcell said. "They're the bar of high school hockey, the pinnacle of high school hockey in this area. So, anytime you can beat them is huge."

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