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B’ville hockey bailed out by F-M playoff ouster

Bees now host sub-.500 Central Square in opening round of sectionals

Ferrigan went for the backhand try, but was stoned by F-M goaltender Ben Napierala, who finished with 24 saves, three of them on B’ville solo breaks.

Fifty-seven seconds later, the Hornets’ Tom 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 its scoring stride. Anthony 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. Capriotti tacked on a pair of insurance goals before Sean Barron got B’ville on the board in the closing minutes.

Nothing that happened in last Tuesday’s game against Liverpool indicated that the Bees would struggle so much against F-M. B’ville claimed the clash of Lysander rink co-tenants in an 8-2 romp.

Without having to worry about facing Liverpool’s no. 1 goaltender, Stephen Kozikoski, the Bees lit up his backup, Nick Coggiola, for five goals in the second period to break open a close contest.

Ferrigan and Luke McCaffrey each scored twice, with McCaffrey adding a pair of assists. Matt Zandri had one goal and one assist as Garrett Gray, Mike Schneid and James Pelcher each scored, too.

Ronnie May and Matt Abbott matched McCaffrey’s total of two assists as Matt Colcough, Truman Strodel and Charlie Bertrand got one assist apiece. Pinard was sensational in the net, stopping 41 of the 43 shots he faced.

What followed, with the loss to F-M and the sudden departure of the Hornets from the playoff bracket, has given B’ville a potentially enormous break, if it can take full advantage.

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