Baldwinsville In the midst of a late-sesaon surge that put them into the state Division I rankings, the Liverpool ice hockey also got a long-awaited win over its neighbors.
The Warriors met Baldwinsville Tuesday night at the Greater B'ville Ice Arena facility the two programs share, and with Dalton Horton coming up big, especially in the third period, the Warriors skated past the Bees 3-1 for its first win over B'ville in eight long years.
They had first played back on Dec. 3, with B'ville using a late goal to pull out a 4-3 decision. More than a month later, the Warriors were the hot hand, having gone 3-0-1 in its last four games and sneaking into the state Division I poll in the no. 14 spot.
And this game had real stakes. With 11 points, Liverpool was two points ahead of B'ville for second place in the Division I National Conference, and both still had a chance to catch first-place Rome Free Academy, with the Bees and Warriors both facing the Black Knights next week.
Despite the stakes, and despite the fierce rivalry the two share, the first period proved lethargic, as neither side could generate many scoring chances. However, Liverpool goalie Steven Kozikoski did stop Adam Tretowicz point-blank on a breakaway at the 5:30 mark.
It was still 0-0 when, early in the second period, the Warriors went on the power play. And here was where Horton started to take over as, at the 4:40 mark, he pounced on a rebound of Kyle Terzini's shot while Bees goalie Nick Harper was still laying on the ice and poked the puck in the net.
Barely four minutes later, it was tied again, 1-1. B'ville, on its first power play of the night, worked the puck around until Matt Abbott, taking a feed from Adam Tretowicz, sent a perfectly timed pass to the doorstep of the net, where Garrett Gray easily converted before Kozikoski could get there.