For the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team, the question of whether it gets into the Division I playoffs will not get answered until the end.
What cannot be questioned, though, was the immense generosity of the players, coaches and fans of the F-M program, put on full display in last Wednesday night’s 6-3 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse.
More than 2,000 fans were on hand at Onondaga Nation Arena for the “Pink in the Rink” celebration. All told, the team and its boosters raised more than $10,000 to promote breast cancer awareness.
F-M wore special pink jerseys for the evening, and was understandably nervous playing in front of the massive crowd in Nedrow, though it still seized a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Once the second period started, though, the Hornets settled down, and despite C-NS getting on the board, the Hornets expanded its lead to 4-2. Two more goals would follow in the final period.
Trevor Chase managed a three-goal hat trick, adding an assist. Cooper Holick also had four points, through two goals and two assists, with Dante Capriotti getting the other goal.
Tim Maalouf, Mateo Capriotti and Ryan Amidon each had one assist. In goal, Ben Napierala recorded 29 saves, three more than Northstars counterpart Alex Johnston – and the margin was three.
With a chance to improve its standing in last Monday’s game against Solvay at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, the Hornets took a 4-2 defeat to the Bearcats.
Much like in recent games, F-M struggled in the first two periods, falling behind 4-1, but this time it could not make up the difference, despite a decided advantage in scoring chances.
Anthony Angello and Matt McDonough earned the Hornets’ goals, while Holick and Alex Ferrara earned assists. Every other time, though, F-M saw shots get turned away by Solvay goalie Ryan Bonk, who made 34 saves. Carmen Gacek (two goals) and Cameron Bennett (one goal, one assist) led the Bearcats’ attack.