When it was time to take to the ice for the start of the 2010-11 season, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team was eager to show that it was ready to make yet another Section III Division I championship push - and perhaps reach the top this time.
Under the guidance of long-time head coach Mark Lloyd, the Bees rolled to the title at its own Bobby Conklin Tournament at Greater B'aldwinsville Ice Arena in Lysander, outscoring its two opponents by a combined 11-3 margin.
It all started Friday night, when B'ville took on Central Square and proved shaky at the outset - but quickly took charge in the middle stages and moved on to beat the Red Hawks 5-2.
Central Square actually led 1-0 at the end of the first period, getting strong work in goal from Cory Gossiuax, who finished with 29 saves. But in the second period B'ville used a pair of goals to move out in front, then found more success in the final period to pull clear.
Parker Ferrigan, the Bees' quick and exciting sophomore forward, led that push, scoring twice. Andrew Tiner and Brian Burlingame each picked up one goal and one assist, while Ronnie May landed the other goal. Ron Bertrand earned a pair of assists as Matt Colclough and Griffin Noffey picked up single assists.
In the other opening-round game, Clarence edged Solvay 2-1, so it was the Red Devils, from the Section VI Buffalo suburbs, meeting B'ville in Saturday's championship game. It turned into a showcase for sophomore Matt Zandri and junior Justin Newman as B'ville breezed to a 6-1 victory.
Again, the start proved troublesome, as B'ville barely got any shots until it picked up a power play midway through the first period. On that man advantage, Kevin Cullen converted on a rebound goal as Zandri and Tiner earned assists. Late in the period, Ferrigan and Newman broke in, two-on-one, and though the puck got mishandled, Newman still pushed it home to make it 2-0.