continued It was still 2-1 when the Wildcats iced the game midway through the third period. Freshman wing Ryan McDonald got his stick on the puck in a crowd and managed to send a low shot in with 7:11 left.
Other than that early goal he gave up, WG's Henry Burns would blank B'ville, turning aside 17 of the 18 shots he faced. Bees netminder Josh Pinard made 18 saves.
B'ville (10-7-1 overall, 7-5-1 league) is locked in a tight battle with Fayetteville Manlius (7-4-1) and Syracuse (7-6-1) for the No. 2 seed and a possible home playoff game. The Bees host Liverpool on Tuesday before facing the F-M Hornets on Thursday at the Cicero Twin Rinks.
All of this had been set up by the Bees’ strong run through January, which concluded last Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over Cortland-Homer.
B’ville was short-handed, playing without Parker Ferrigan, whose game misconduct penalty in the Jan. 24 win over the Syracuse Cougars meant that he had to sit out this game.
Still, the Bees moved out in front, 1-0, and really took over when it scored three times in the second period and stretched out its margin to 4-1, more than the Golden Eagles could overcome due to Pinard stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced.
Garrett Gray, with two goals, led a well-balanced Bees attack. Herman, Ronnie May and Tyler Colcough also scored, while Ronnie Bertrand, Matt Zandri, Matt Abbott, Tyler Weber and Sean Barron each got one assist.
As this went on, West Genesee survived a 2-1 overtime challenge from Fayetteville-Manlius at Shove Park, offering the Bees a hope that it could go to Camillus and prevail this time around – but it could not pull it off.