Cicero Anthony Angello extended his right arm out in front of him, then pulled it in while lifting his left leg - his way of celebrating both a personal and team accomplishment.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Fayetteville-Manlius junior forward had just slapped home his third goal of the game to give the Hornets a five-goal lead over Baldwinsville 2:22 into the third period of Thursday night’s crucial Division-I West match-up at Cicero Twin Rinks.
The goal all but sealed an F-M victory, eventually gained by a 7-1 margin, clinching second place in Division I West and what it thought would be a first-round home game to open the Section III playoffs.
But when the playoff pairings were announced, the Hornets were not there. It turns out that F-M had played one too many games (21 instead of the required 20), disqualifying them from the post-season.
So instead of a first-round game against Central Square late this week at the Twin Rinks, the stunned Hornets find that its 13-7-1 season is over, something that was unthinkable when it was dismantling B'ville.
Against the Bees, Angello scored the three goals in a span of less than seven minutes, helping balloon F-M’s 1-0 edge at first intermission to a five-goal cushion with 12:38 left in regulation.
“It was definitely a great feeling to get the hat trick, and then sealing the deal from just inside the blue line with a nice shot, top-left corner, it felt great,” Angello said.
Angello also recorded a second-period assist while linemates Mateo Capriotti (two goals) and Trevor Chase (one goal), plus Tom Doucet, all found the back of the net.
F-M has now won three in a row, with 21 goals scored in its last three contests.
“Guys know where guys are going to be,” F-M head coach Sean Brown said. “They know where Anthony is going to go, what moves he likes to pull and things like that. They’re kind of feeding off each other right now and that’s exciting to watch. It’s good hockey.”