CICERO, N.Y. -- In an instant it was over.
The game, the 15-game winning streak, and the season ended for Garden City when Jordan Evans scored on an assist from Matt Kopp with three seconds left in overtime. The 8-7 loss gave Jamesville DeWitt its second straight state Class B title Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High.
After a Garden City turnover, Kopp, a defenseman, started a fast break with nine seconds left. He dished it to Evans, who scored on a bounce shot that hit just under the crossbar.
The Trojans (19-3) never led, but Patric Berkery's third goal, on an assist from Justin Guterding, 35 seconds into the fourth tied it at 7.
"It was an outstanding game, both teams played amazingly well," Berkery said. "They just had the extra advantage in the end."
Jamesville DeWitt (22-0), which holds the nation's current longest win streak at 44, defeated Garden City, 11-5, in last year's final. Garden City is now 4-3 in state finals, with the last win coming in 2000.
Aside from the six seconds it took J-D to score the winning goal, the Trojans played excellent defense in overtime. Stephen Jahelka had a check and a ground ball to help kill a penalty, and Dan Marino made a key save with under a minute left.
Garden City held for the final shot, but instead turned it over, and J-D took advantage in a hurry.
"They're a very slick team," Garden City coach Steve Finnell said. "They have very good sticks and they're very good in transition. There's nothing you can do -- the guy made a play at the end of the game. Unfortunately somebody had to come up short."
J-D led 6-3 after Tim Edwards' goal 2:48 left in the first half, but the Red Rams only had one second-half goal, Deke Burns' on the man-up to make it 7-5 at the 3:10 mark in the third. Berkery scored two straight goals to tie it. He finished with three goals, Tom Gordon added two, and Devin Dwyer had a goal and an assist.
"It sucks to put yourself in a hole like that," Jahelka said. "I've never been on a second-half team, we always threw the first punch."
The late heroics weren't the only end-of-the-period action. In the first, Berkery made a nifty dodge and slid the ball under the goalie's stick to tie it at 2 with 7.2 on the clock, but Tim Edwards scored with only 0.7 left to make it 3-2.
Garden City has a roster full of Division I talent, but even Finnell thought it would be prudent to play a deliberate pace against a team that had scored 12 or more goals in 17 of its 21 games. "They're outstanding in transition," Finnell said, "so we felt we could produce in the 6-on-6 game. We got some good looks at the cage, but obviously their goalie is outstanding."
Dan DiStefano made eight key saves for J-D, while Evans and Burns each had two goals and an assist.
The Garden City seniors capped their career with four straight county titles and two state final appearances, but couldn't win the top prize.
"To lose an overtime game like this is very difficult," Finnell said. "This group of seniors, some of them I've coached for four years, I'm going to miss them a great deal."
It all happened in an instant.