continued Knowing that C-NS had done its best work all season in the second half, the Bees quickly answered after the Northstars cut the lead to 7-4 on Andrew Burns’ goal early in the third quarter.
In a span of barely more than two minutes, Sean Barron, Connor Chapman and Mitch Rein all found the net, and the margin doubled to 10-4. Fiorini said that the Bees’ hustle to ground balls helped to preserve that lead.
Though C-NS tried to make runs, it never got closer than four goals again. Petrelli would get his fifth and sixth goals in the game’s late stages, while Chapman scored three times and Rein got two goals. Charlie Bertrand’s goal with 3:15 to play sealed it.
Two days earlier, playing through wind and rain at F-M, B’ville was quite successful in its attack, but still found that it wasn’t enough.
After a tenuous 1-2 start, F-M was riding a four-game win streak, and its offense gave the Bees all kinds of trouble from the start, racing out to a 6-3 first-quarter lead.
B’ville wasn’t quiet, either, but every time it tried to get close, the Hornets answered, and the visitors went to halftime trailing 9-6. And it got worse in the third quarter, F-M again doubling up the Bees and extending to an 11-6 lead.
Through a wild fourth quarter, B’ville did everything possible to catch up, but again saw its defense give up too much, especially to the trio of John Cote (five goals, two assists), Casey Green and Jack Wilson (each with four goals and two assists).
Rein, in defeat, led both sides with a career-best six goals, plus an assist. Petrelli scored three times as Luke got two goals. Chapman, Bertrand and Luke McCaffrey each scored once, with Barron, Connor Smith and Billy Hamm joining Chapman in the assist column.