Fresh off its domination of the Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament on Dec. 10-11, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team may have figured that the good times would continue once play in an expanded Division I started.
If that's the case, the Bees figured it wrong because, playing three times in a span of five days, it would not be able to garner a single victory.
First, in the league opener at Kennedy Arena last Tuesday night, Rome Free Academy pulled off a surprising 3-3 tie.
The Black Knights hard started 0-2, though both games were close decisions, and it quickly showed B'ville that it was in top form as it grabbed a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period.
B'ville stepped up on defense in the second period, blanking RFA and using a pair of goals to inch in front 3-2. Parker Ferrigan found the net twice, while Dan Strodel landed the other goal. Justin Newman had two assists and Kevin Cullen had an assist, too.
Despite this, RFA used a third-period tally to tie it, and though Chris Johns made 21 saves, B'ville could not pull back in front here or in overtime. T.J. Reilley led the Black Knights with two goals.
Back home at Lysander Thursday to face another Division I newcomer, Cortland-Homer, the Bees pulled off twice as many shots as the Golden Eagles, yet still lost a 2-1 decision.
Much of that could be blamed on Cortland-Homer goaltender Leo Riley. Except for Ferrigan's third-period goal, every B'ville shot found its way into the pads of Riley, whose smothering effort did not halt until he had picked up 40 saves.
Meanwhile, Johns had 18 saves, but the Golden Eagles still inched ahead as Tyler Wallace, with one goal and one assist, led the visitors and took full advantage of a rash of B'ville turnovers.
B'ville struggled again on Saturday in a 4-1 defeat to Brighton. Newman earned the Bees' lone goal in the first period, but Brighton used a pair of second-period tallies to break a 1-1 tie and move ahead for good. Josh Pinard played in goal and recorded 24 saves.
In its last action before the holiday break, B'ville will meet 3-0 Corcoran Wednesday night at Meachem Rink in Syracuse.