F-M hockey streaks into second place

Hornets get big wins over B'ville, Cortland-Homer

Hosting Whitesboro last Tuesday night at Onondaga Nation Arena, the Brothers steadily got away from the Warriors, prevailing by a 4-1 margin.

Strong defense helped push CBA/J-D out in front, 2-0, through two periods, and it added to the margin in the late going behind Brendan Flanagan, who put together a three-goal hat trick.

Often, the passes came from Scott Firman, who managed three assists. Nick Papayanakos had the other goal as Ryan Durkin earned two assists. In the net, Tim Decker recorded 17 saves.

Still at home Friday night, CBA/J-D had a chance to affect sixth-place Clinton’s playoff hopes, but could not quite pull it off as the two sides played to a 2-2 tie.

Though the Brothers could not hold on to an early 1-0 lead as Clinton tied it the second period, it did score in the third period to match the Warriors’ tally. Then both sides went through OT without a decision.

Decker was spectacular in the net, stopping 40 of 42 shots he faced. Papayanakos and Durkin earned the Brothers’ goals, with Firman and Lucas Relkin adding the assists. Clinton’s Luke Lauchert had one goal and assisted on the other, by Ryan Perry.

Where CBA/J-D ends up positioned for the playoffs likely hinges on Saturday’s regular-season finale at Skaneateles, which follows a non-league game Tuesday at Ithaca.

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