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Hockey Bees come back, edge Syracuse

Late rally likely secures Division I playoff spot

Baldwinsville forward Ronnie Bertrand (6) sidesteps a check by Syracuse's Nate Carr (14) during Thursday night's game. The Bees came from behind to beat the Cougars 4-3.

Baldwinsville forward Ronnie Bertrand (6) sidesteps a check by Syracuse's Nate Carr (14) during Thursday night's game. The Bees came from behind to beat the Cougars 4-3. Scott Thomas

— Just 53 seconds later, Zandri cleaned up a loose puck in front of the cage to push the Bees lead to 2-0.

“It’s funny because on the bench before the game I kind of thought (that) I don’t know if were ready to play," Lloyd said. "It just doesn’t seem like the guys have that kind of intensity that we need.

"But all of a sudden we threw a few shots on the goal and the pucks going in, and the guys are getting pretty fired up (and) pretty wound up.”

Even with that, the momentum shifted quickly back to Syracuse after Ferrigan leveled Barry into the boards behind the B’ville net less than two minutes later.

Matt Thompson put the Cougars on the board with 5:30 left in the first period, beating B’ville goalie Josh Pinard, who finished with 34 saves, for the first time on the night.

Cam Bennett notched the equalizer 5:48 into the second period as Sean Eccles swung a pass across the front of the net right-to-left and Bennett cleaned it up in one smooth swing. Just 3:30 later, Travis Hyde gave the Cougars the lead.

After whizzing by Bees defenseman Matthew Colclough, Hyde offered a strong fake right in front of the net. Pinard bit, closing his legs, as Hyde pulled the puck left and flipped it into the back of the net.

“We played a really strong second period, but in this league you need to play 45 minutes of hockey,” Syracuse head coach John Purcell said. “You can’t play 15 minutes of hockey.”

Trailing, the Bees came out fast in the third period. After holding the Cougars shotless during a power play, Zandri struck again when B'ville had the man advantage.

Before Albright could settle a loose puck in front of the net, Zandri smashed it past him. And as Zandri and the Bees celebrated, the Syracuse defense exuded frustration. Mark Purcell lay face down on the ice as Albright erupted in anger and verbally confronted the referee.

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