continued Just as important was the way that midfielder Dan Cahill dominated in the face-off circle. He won all but one of the draws in the first half, and that started to produce results when Jack Wilson and Kevin Lux scored goals less than 90 seconds apart. Clay Arnold's goal late in the half tied it, 3-3, where they stood at the break.
In the third quarter, Cahill continued to claim the face-offs, no matter which WG player opposed him. In a 55-second span, Clay Arnold took a pass from Kroy Arnold and scored the go-ahead goal, followed by Cahill finding the net that extended F-M's lead to 5-3.
Though St. Croix cut the lead to 5-4, Cahill, continuing his big day, fed Luke Krizman for an insurance goal 1:04 into the fourth quarter, and from there the Hornets turned back all of the Wildcats' attempts to get closer again. Bedell finished with nine saves.
Two days later, F-M had its home opener, against Baldwinsville. Easily avoiding a letdown, the Hornets, paced by Lux, put together a 10-3 victory over the Bees.
Lux helped F-M gain control late in the first quarter, scoring one goal and assisting on Wilson's tally just 25 seconds later to make it 3-0. Wilson converted again late in the period, and Lux had both of F-M's goals in the second quarter as the margin grew to 6-1 by halftime.
Taking advantage of a two-minute B'ville penalty, Lux and Clay Arnold both scored in the first minute of the third quarter to make it 8-1. And Lux added two more goals the rest of the way, giving him six for the afternoon.
Another game loomed Saturday, against Marcellus. F-M’s attack continued to warm up and, led by Clay Arnold, the Hornets put away the Mustangs 16-8.
Just like with B’ville, F-M wasted little time seizing control, sprinting to a 5-1 first-quarter lead. As the game went on, the margin kept growing, the Hornets outscoring Marcellus in each period as it got to 9-3 by halftime and 13-6 by the end of the third quarter.
Half of the tallies came from Clay Arnold, who piled up five goals and two assists, and Wilson, who recorded a three-goal hat trick. Lux picked up three assists as he, along with Krizman, Kroy Arnold, Jake Pulver, Dan Wyman, Alex Leuze, John Cote and Casey Greene, gained one goal apiece. Cahill and Ryan DaRin picked up assists.
F-M stayed home Tuesday to face Oswego and gets another important early-season test on Thursday night, when it visits Cicero-North Syracuse.