Entering the new year, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team was 6-3, in position to move up from fourth place in Division I West during the second half of the regular season. A pair of victories helped garner momentum toward that goal.
When the Hornets met co-tenants Central Square last Wednesday night, it needed a last-second overtime goal from Anthony Angello to subdue the Red Hawks 5-4.
Already, Angello had enjoyed a strong night. He had scored twice, helping F-M establish a 3-2 lead through two periods, while Cooper Holick and Kevin O’Neill had also scored.
Still, Central Square, paced by Nick Capriotti and his three-goal hat trick, caught up in the third period to force overtime. But just before the game ended in a tie, with eight seconds left Angello pushed a shot past Red Hawks goalie Michael Brown to complete his own hat trick and win it.
Trevor Chase finished with two assists, while Boe Heintz, Mateo Capriotti and Tom Doucet had one assist apiece. Ben Napierala was active in the net, recording 37 saves.
More excitement was in store Friday night, when the Hornets hosted Baldwinsville and overcame a shaky start to knock off the Bees 4-2.
F-M was down, 2-0, after a first period where Justin Newman and Ronnie May scored for B’ville. But the Hornets pulled even, 2-2, in the second period, and went in front in the final period as the attack started to diversify.
Angello, with a goal and two assists, was still a focal point, but Chase, Capriotti and Cooper Hollick also found the net. Chase and Tim Maalouf added assists as Napierala blanked B’ville after the shaky start and finished with 31 saves.
CBA/J-D, fighting for first place in Division II, went for a season sweep of defending state Division II champion Cazenovia Friday night at the Morrisville State IcePlex, but could not quite get it in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Lakers.