Solvay goaltender Ryan Bonk (31) takes a puck to the mask in front of his net during last Friday’s game against Baldwinsville. Bonk’s 30 saves helped the Bearcats beat the Bees 4-2 and secure a first-round home playoff game.
Skaneateles With a single and decisive result, the Solvay ice hockey team moves into the Section III Division I playoffs - and Baldwinsville is kept out.
Solvay ended B'ville's season with a 4-2 triumph in a Division I boys’ hockey game Friday night at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, which has served as the Bearcats' home rink for most of this season.
The Bearcats scored the game’s first and last two goals to clinch second place in Division I West after Fayetteville-Manlius (who entered the night in second) lost Friday to West Genesee 3-0. Solvay went 7-5 in league play, and is 14-6 overall.
The Bees' loss put an end to a disappointing season. B'ville (9-10-1 overall) slumped at the end of the year to finish 5-6-1 in West play.
Coach Mark Lloyd’s squad needed only one win in its last four games to clinch a playoff spot. They went 0-3-1, and earned an unwanted spot on the tournament sidelines.
“It’s a tough division (and) a tough league,” Lloyd said.
The Bees gave themselves a great chance to secure a playoff place Friday, recovering nicely from a slow start.
Solvay had Allyn Arena rocking, scoring twice before the game was six minutes old. Sophomore Tyler O’Mara tallied both goals.
B'ville’s response was rapid. Shane O’Brien ripped home a wrist shot from a faceoff just 32 seconds after O’Mara’s goal. Now the Bees had the momentum and kept it the rest of the period, though Solvay’s fine goaltender, Ryan Bonk, kept his team in the lead with 12 first period saves.
Bonk had no chance, though, when B'ville pulled even, 2-2, early in the second period. Ronnie May took a nice pass from Parker Ferrigan, and sent a low shot past Bonk at the 4:28 mark.
Yet before the Bees could stop celebrating, it trailed again less than 90 seconds later as David Graf one-timed a power-play shot through B'ville goalie Chris Johns.