Baldwinsville midfielder Kyle Akers (25) moves past a Marcellus defender in last Saturday’s game. Akers scored twice as the Bees rallied in the second half to beat the Mustangs 6-5, bouncing back from a season-opening loss to Skaneateles two days earlier.
It was Brownlee who put in the go-ahead goal less than two minutes later, and he struck again with a goal just 3.5 seconds before the period ended.
After the Bees' Austin McAskill cut the Bees' deficit to 6-5 early in the fourth quarter, Brownlee, in another man-up situation, completed his hat trick with 7:45 left.
Then the Lakers' defense did the rest, turning back all of B'ville's late comeback attempts as Smith made two more point-blank saves, giving him 15 for the day.
B’ville had little time to turn it around, for on Saturday it returned to the same turf to face the host team from Marcellus, who routed Auburn 11-2 in the other part of Thursday’s action.
Again, it proved close – but this time, it ended well, as a second-half comeback allowed the Bees to fight past the Mustangs 6-5.
Winning this game required some patience. B’ville led, 1-0, going to the second quarter, but continued to stay cold on the offensive end, which allowed Marcellus to move in front 3-2 by the time they reached the half.
It got worse in the third quarter, the deficit growing to 5-2. Calmly, the Bees responded, using three unanswered goals to gain a 5-5 tie by the end of the period.
That momentum carried over into the fourth quarter, where Bulak scored to put B’ville in front. Though the Mustangs had all kinds of chances to pull back even and force overtime, goalie Parker Ferrigan turned them away, finishing with 12 saves.
Kyle Akers, blanked against Skaneateles, was the only B’ville player to score twice on this day. Bertrand got one goal and one assist, while Chapman and McAskill also scored.