Fayetteville-Manlius forward Anthony Angello (94) was a large reason why the Hornets beat Baldwinsville 7-1 to clinch second place in Division I West and a first-round sectional playoff home game, putting up a three-goal hat trick and adding an assist.
continued With the loss, B’ville (11-8-1, 8-6-1) will have to face the state no. 1-ranked Northstars in the first round of sectionals, a team the Bees lost to 10-1 earlier this season.
“We didn’t show up,” B’ville head coach Mark Lloyd said. “We didn’t compete. We didn’t do anything for 45 whole minutes. We were horrible and the score reflects the game.”
The Bees did keep it close through the first period. B'ville survived two early penalties before senior Parker Ferrigan got a breakaway chance off a deflection 4:08 into regulation. Ferrigan went for the backhand try, but was stoned by F-M goaltender Ben Napierala, who finished with 24 saves.
Fifty-seven seconds later, Doucet cleaned up a Matt McDonough miss, beating B’ville goalie Josh Pinard to put F-M on the board.
After surviving a 3-on-4 scare that overlapped into the second period, the Hornets found their scoring stride. Angello won a loose puck in the defensive zone and sailed a pass up the left channel for a Chase score 4:03 into the second period.
Just 6:28 later, Angello he knifed through the Bees’ defense before squeezing home a backhander. And with 44 seconds left in the frame, B’ville’s Matt Herman whiffed on a shot, and F-M defenseman Tyler Tracy swiftly found Angello up the ice to push the Hornets’ cushion to 4-0 heading into the third period.
Early in the final period, Angello took a pass from Chase. Aligned just left of the net, three feet inside the blue line, he ripped a wrist shot over Pinard’s right shoulder and into the cage.
“We’ve all been playing hockey with each other since we were four or five years old,” Angello said of the first line he shares with Chase and Capriotti. “We’ve all been really good friends ever since. We just know each other well on the ice, the style of play we have and what to do with the puck.”
Capriotti tacked on a pair of insurance goals before Sean Barron got B’ville on the board in the closing minutes.
“If there’s any time we’re going to get hot, I guess it would be a good time at the end of the year," Brown said. "It’s the last team standing, and the last team to get a bounce.”
What no one, including Brown, could have imagined was that the Hornets would not have a chance to grab that title.