Cazenovia senior midfielder Alex Sullivan (12) moves the ball up the field in last Saturday’s game against Baldwinsville at Cazenovia College. Sullivan had a second-half goal in the Lakers’ 5-4 overtime win over the Bees.
Even with early goals from Cannizzaro and Nardella, the Lakers could not get any distance from the Bees in the first half. In fact, it got blanked in the second quarter as B’ville, with Zach Bulak scoring twice, were tied 2-2 at the break.
With the Lakers’ defense vastly improved from its earlier outings, it blanked B’ville until the fourth quarter, as goals by P.J. Brown and Sullivan pushed Cazenovia in front 4-2.
Still, the Bees battled back, Billy Hamm converting with 9:10 left, and continuing to probe until Bulak struck again, passing it to Steve Petrelli, who beat Cross for the tying goal with 3:40 to play in regulation.
Kyle Brown’s chances late in regulation to end it went wide, setting up a four-minute OT period where both sides had possible winning possessions, only to squander them as Cross and B’ville goalie Parker Ferrigan (who finished with 15 saves) made big stops.
So it went to a second OT. B’ville again claimed the face-off, but was turned back, Cross getting his 15th save on Bertrand’s winning attempt and allowing the Lakers another possession.
Following a time-out, Cannizzaro, quiet for most of the game, charged through B’ville defenders and sent a high shot that eluded Ferrigan, found the net and gave Cazenovia its third straight win.
Cazenovia stays at home this week, taking on Onondaga Tuesday before a Saturday meeting with Bishop Ludden.