With a spectacular finishing kick, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team moved itself into the Section III Division I playoffs and might even host a post-season game, too.
The Hornets’ 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Baldwinsville Friday night at Lysander pushed F-M into second place in Division I West, with 13 points, one ahead of Solvay and Corcoran and two points clear of the Bees.
Since the Hornets are to meet state no. 1-ranked West Genesee (19-0) this Friday at Cicero Twin Rinks to close the regular season, it was imperative for F-M to get that win at B’ville. But it trailed 2-1 through two periods, victimized by the Bees’ Parker Ferrigan, who scored twice.
And Ferrigan would get a third goal for his hat trick in the final period, but that took place as F-M made up the deficit, pulling event, 3-3. Then, with 1:30 left in regulation, Trevor Chase, off a feed from Anthony Angello, pushed a shot past Bees goalie Corey Johns for what proved to be the game-winner.
That was Chase’s second goal of the night, as Angello earned a second assist to go with a goal of his own. Dante Capriotti got the other goal and Alex Ferrara matched Angello with two assists. Ben Napierala, in goal, had 22 saves.
F-M also helped itself last Wednesday by beating Cortland-Homer 5-2 at Cicero Twin Rinks.
The Hornets gained a quick 2-0 edge in the first period, but stalled out for a while. Then, in the third period, the Golden Eagles got on the board – but F-M countered with three goals to stay out in front.
Angello proved tough to stop, scoring four times and assisting on the other goal, by Cooper Holick. Chase added a pair of assists as Napierala made 30 saves.
As this went on, a good string of late-season play erased any doubts over whether the CBA/J-D ice hockey team was going to make the sectional Division II playoffs.