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 2011 NYSHSHCA "News on the Surface"

 
State hockey tourney staying at Aud through 2014
By RON MOSHIER
March 11, 2011 The Observer Dispatch
UTICA — Today, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Ice Hockey Championships return to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the 24th consecutive year, and tournament site chairman John Cunningham says the “Frozen Four” isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

According to Cunningham, a preseason vote by section chairmen from around the state was unanimous and Utica will host the state hockey tournament through 2014.

“It’s locked in for three more years,” said Cunningham, also the Section III hockey chairman, and the longtime head coach of New Hartford High School’s Spartans, the Division II state champions in 2009-10.

“I just think that if you have something that’s not broke, you don’t try to fix it. The location is perfect, and economically it’s very reasonable for a team and a family following a team to come here for a tournament.”

Three teams that were here a year ago – Saratoga and Suffern in Division I and Queensbury in Division II – are back again this weekend. Two of those three reached the championship game on Sunday, both losing to Section III teams. Unbeaten West Genesee shut out Saratoga 3-0 in Division I and New Hartford beat Queensbury 5-2 in Division II.

The Aud is hosting four semifinal games today, beginning at 10 a.m. when Pelham plays Williamsville East in the Division II opener. Unbeaten and state-ranked No. 1 Cazenovia (23-0-0) plays second-ranked Queensbury (18-2-2) at 12:30 p.m. in the second Division II semifinal.

Cazenovia captured its first Section III title with a 6-0 win over Clinton here two weeks ago. The Lakers haven’t lost since a 3-2 overtime loss to New Hartford in last year’s Section III final at the Aud.

Today’s Division I doubleheader faces off at 3:15 p.m., with top-ranked Williamsville North (22-0-2) meeting No. 2 Suffern (21-2-1). Saratoga (21-2-1) plays Greece (17-7-4) at 5:45 p.m.

Admission for games both days is $8.
 
 

 

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