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F-M hockey snares crucial win over Syracuse

Wild 7-5 win pushes Hornets into sectional playoffs

— With McDonough and Angello divvying out an array of monstrous hits, the Cougars struggled to maintain possession and managed just five shots in the opening frame. McDonough knocked Syracuse forward Kyler Wilbur out of the game with three minutes left, leveling him with a high hit on the open ice.

“He’s a big hitter,” Chase said of McDonough. “We like to play all aspects of the game, though.”

Angello showcased his passing ability early in the second period. Carving through the Syracuse defense, he drew both Nate Carr and Erik Viola to the right before dropping a backhand pass for Capriotti, who buried the open chance at the 3:08 mark.

Travis Hyde answered 2:39 later, slapping a long-range shot off the glove to F-M goalie Ben Naplerala. The puck hurdled directly upward roughly 10 feet. As Naplerala scanned the air frantically, the puck dropped onto his back and caromed into the net.

Chase’s first goal came with 7:20 left in the period before Hyde found Patrick Farrell for a score with 1:32 left in the period to make the score 3-2 entering the final frame.

It only took 1:06 for Farrell to find the equalized, tying the game at 3-3 on a diving wraparound. But Chase responded with 9:12 left and Angello capitalized on a five-on-three opportunity after Albright and Carr were whistled for fighting minors to give the Hornets a 5-3 lead.

“We made some mistakes and they took advantage,” Syracuse coach John Purcell said.

Cam Bennett snuck a shot past Naplerala with 8:01 left to re-inject the life into the crowd, but Chase made it 6-4 just 14 seconds later.

After Laffin’s score, Hyde and Farrell both had chances in front of the cage, but Jack Harlander got his stick in front - twice - to keep his side in front.

The Cougars took a timeout with 1:39 left to pull Albright,but after turning the puck over, McDonough slid the game-sealing goal all the way up from the defensive zone.

“That was the difference at the end of the game,” Brown said. “We made our shots and they didn’t.”

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