State hockey playoffs: Queensbury shuts out John Jay-Cross River to advance to finals

BUFFALO – Queensbury dominated from start to finish to defeat Section 1 champion John Jay-Cross River 4-0 Saturday, March 9, in the state hockey Division 2 semifinals at HarborCenter.

The Spartans out-shot John Jay-Cross River 30-9 over the first two periods, and goaltender Owen Smith stopped all 17 shots he faced to help Queensbury advance to Sunday’s final against Skaneateles (Section 3).

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Brendan Murphy got Queensbury on the scoreboard with 3:40 left in the first period off an assist from Brayden Ordway. Ian Miller tallied early in the second period, and Brendan Duffy added the first of his two goals with 3:02 left in the second stanza to give the Spartans a three-goal lead.

Goalie Eric Sasimovich had 32 saves for John Jay-Cross River, which defeated Queensbury in last year’s regional final.

Skaneateles defeated Webster-Thomas (Section 5) 5-2 in the other state semifinal.

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