Jan 07, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Just the fact that the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had to rally in overtime to knock off an 0-7 opponent was troubling enough.
Still, any victory was welcome for the Bees, so its 4-3 decision over Fayetteville-Manlius Tuesday night at Cicero Twin Rinks (which serves as the Hornets’ home ice) looked quite beautiful by the time it was done.
Despite seven consecutive defeats to open the season, F-M led 2-1 through two periods, and Hornets goalie Ben Napierala, who made 32 saves, was keeping B’ville frustrated.
But it was tied 3-3 by the end of regulation, and the OT goal saved it as Parker Ferrigan nailed the game-winner just 27 seconds into the extra period.
That was Ferrigan’s second goal of the night. Kevin Cullen and Steve Schneid had the other goals, with Don Radell, Chris Reiser and Mike McElwain earning assists. Each of Chris Johns’ 25 saves proved important.
What was as important for B’ville was that the win did not serve as an isolated instance of revival as it returned home Thursday night to face Ontario Bay.
Sure enough, the Bees rode another strong finish to a 6-3 victory over the Storm. Trailing 2-1 after one period, B’ville tied it 3-3, then wore down Ontario Bay in the final period as it notched three unanswered goals in the late going.
Cullen and Matt Zandri each scored twice, with Steve and Mike Schneid getting the other goals. Ferrigan finished with two assists as McElwain, Andrew Tiner, Ron Bertrand, Shane O’Brien and Brian Burlingame all took turns getting assists. B’ville finished with 41 shots to Ontario Bay’s 19.