The Cougars were in trouble Thursday night against Fulton, trailing with one period left before a late comeback helped rescue a 5-4 victory over the Red Raiders.
Right from the start, Fulton, belying its 0-4-1 record, played with confidence and purpose, battling to a 2-1 first-period lead. Then it stayed in front through a mid-game exchange of goals, the pace fast on both ends of the ice.
By that point, four different Fulton players – Austin Forte, Matt Billion, Kris Grow and Stanley Kubis – had earned goals, with Trae Sheldon gaining a pair of assists.
Still trailing 4-3 going to the third period, Syracuse finally toughened up on the defensive end, blanking the Red Raiders as the Cougars put in the tying and go-ahead goals.
Matt Matro led Syracuse’s attack, scoring twice and adding an assist. Collin Thompson had a goal and two assists, while Sean Eccles and Pat Farrell also found the net. Nate Carr chipped in with two assists as Jared Ristoff also got an assist.
This led to last Monday's game for the Cougars against CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, the reigning state Division II champions, though it had struggled in the first month of the season, going 2-4-3.
The Brothers would do enough here, though, to earn a 3-3 tie, erasing the Cougars’ early 2-1 lead and pulling even in the second period. Neither could team could score in the third period or overtime, though, as Tim Decker, with 35 saves, constantly thwarted Syracuse’s efforts to win it.
Mark Purcell and Liam Barry joined Pat Farrell in the goal-scoring column, with Farrell and Eccles earning assists. Sam Walsh recorded 29 saves, but still saw CBA/J-D get goals from Ryan Durkin, Kyle Barker and Pete Dziergas. Thus, Syracuse’s record is 5-1-1 going into Friday's home clash with Cicero-North Syracuse.