In its first Section III Division II semifinal appearance in three years, the Rome Free Academy hockey team will face-off against a familiar opponent on Wednesday when the Black Knights visit rival New Hartford in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the New Hartford Recreation Center.
The Spartans advanced to the semifinals with a 5-1 dismantling over the Christian Brothers/Jamesville-Dewitt hockey team on Friday night. Rome advanced with their 6-3 road victory over Corcoran High of Syracuse on Thursday.
The Black Knights, 12-7-2 overall, lost in their previous three meetings against the Spartans, 16-4-1 overall, this season, including a 6-5 overtime loss during the Utica College Hockey Tournament, a 10-4 blowout in New Hartford and a 4-2 setback on Rome’s home ice on Feb. 5.
The Spartans are the defending Section III Division II and state champions and have won eight of their last 10 games this season.
The last time the two teams met for a semifinal contest, the Spartans outlasted the Romans, 8-3, during the 2006-07 season.