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Ice hockey Bees returns to .500 mark

Wins over C-NS, F-M build up playoff momentum

Baldwinsville hockey players celebrate Luke McCaffrey’s goal in overtime that helped the Bees defeat the Hornets 2-1 last Friday night at Cicero Twin Rinks. It was the Bees’ third victory in a row.

Baldwinsville hockey players celebrate Luke McCaffrey’s goal in overtime that helped the Bees defeat the Hornets 2-1 last Friday night at Cicero Twin Rinks. It was the Bees’ third victory in a row. Scott Thomas

True, it took a three-game win streak at the end of the regular season, but the Baldwinsville ice hockey team made it back to the .500 mark and, by doing so, gave itself a lot of momentum heading into the Section III Division I playoffs that start late this week.

Going to Kennedy Arena last Monday to face Mohawk Valley, the Bees again turned to its offense, which started fast and did not let up one bit in a 6-1 romp over the Raiders.

Having beaten Cicero-North Syracuse 6-0 in its last outing on Jan. 31, B’ville matched that production here, bolting out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first period. After an exchange of second-period goals, the Bees found the net twice more in the late going.

Adam Tretowicz led the way, earning a three-goal hat trick, with Matt Abbott scoring twice. Garrett Gray managed a goal and assist as Mike Schneid and Luke McCaffrey each had two assists. Carson Hayes also picked up an assist. Nick Harper was sharp in goal, turning back 25 of Mohawk Valley’s 26 shots.

Then, in Friday night’s regular-season finale against Fayetteville-Manlius at Cicero Twin Rinks, little was at stake, as the Hornets and Bees were both locked into their respective playoff placements.

But it still proved exciting as B’ville, trailing most of the way, rallied in the late going and prevailed, 2-1, on McCaffrey’s overtime goal.

Ryan Daly gave F-M a 1-0 lead as he scored off Trevor Pokines’ feed in the first period. And that was the only offense either team could muster for a while, B’ville continually attacking with its full lineup, but getting nothing past Hornets goalie Ben Napierala, who finished with 37 saves.

At the same time, though, the Bees were sound on the defensive end, making sure that F-M didn’t add to its lead, Harper having to make 27 saves this time around.

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