“It was such a great feeling having gone from having two wins to getting our first playoff win and getting so much confidence this season,” Capriotti said. “Thinking we could’ve won sectionals and gone pretty far in the postseason, to then having it taken away from you is pretty awful.”
The Hornets peaked at the end of the season, tallying 21 goals in the three games preceding the loss to RFA. Capriotti, Chase and Angello line accounted for 17 of them, with each player scoring at least once in all three contests.
“It was just so much better because I got to play with kids that I’ve been playing with my entire life, I’ve played with since I was 3,” Capriotti said. “I knew them and the feeling of playing with them and it was so nice to have it back.”
Even Brown acknowledged that the trio’s play was the catalyst of the team’s success.
Taking on B’Ville in the Hornets' biggest game of the year — a loss would have stacked them up against C-NS, who shared the top state ranking with RFA, in the first round of sectionals rather than the much less competitive Central Square—Angello notched a hat trick and two assists, Capriotti scored twice and added a helper and Chase finished with one goal and two assists. One of them earned at least a point on every F-M goal.
After an Angello putback pushed the F-M lead to 5-1 early in the third period, he skated backward into the boards as Capriotti and Chase mauled him in celebration.
“You can see that they have that unison out there,” Brown said after the game. “To have your top line play together since they were little, it definitely makes a difference coming down the line here. Guys know where guys are going to be.”