This put Cazenovia into the consolation game against Division I contender Fayetteville-Manlius, who lost in a shoot-out to host Cortland-Homer in the other part of the opening round.
As it turned out, this game was its own kind of shoot-out without the need to break a tie, as again the Lakers produced plenty, but gave up and fell to the Hornets 7-5.
It was simply a matter of finishing off chances in the first two periods. F-M, led by the duo of Anthony Angello and Trevor Chase, beat up Cazenovia’s defenders and built a 5-2 edge through two periods as both Angello and Chase would finish with three goals and three assists.
Cazenovia had more shots, but they tended to end up gloved, or kicked away, by Hornets goalie Ben Napierala, who finished with 41 saves, 20 more than McCann, who played the whole game in the net for the Lakers.
Despite all this, Cazenovia tried to catch up in the latter stages. Connor Race, with three assists, anchored an attack where Cannizzaro scored twice, with Davis and Joe Colligan each getting one goal and one assist. Stowell also scored, with Adam Race adding an assist.
But it wasn’t quite enough, leaving Cazenovia with plenty of defensive work to do before its trip to Whitesboro, which didn’t turn out exactly the way the Lakers wanted.
In order to make a serious post-season push, the Lakers (3-5-1 league) require a win Tuesday at CBA/J-D before hosting Division I contender Fayetteville-Manlius in a non-league game at the Morrisville State IcePlex on Thursday night.