SYRACUSE Garrett Zogby might not have even touched the ice in Fayetteville-Manlius’ dramatic 7-5 win over Syracuse on Thursday night. But his skates sure did.
Senior captain Trevor Chase slipped and skidded his way around the rink on a broken skate for the first two periods, and with the hockey Hornets clinging to a slim lead against the scrappy Cougars in a hostile Meachem Rink, Zogby offered up his size-10 1/2s.
Two goals, including the game-winner, and one hectic, down-to-the-wire victory later, Chase stood outside the locker room, beads of sweat still dripping down his face.
“It was crazy,” Chase said. “The refs pulled us captains over before the third period started and warned us to stay calm. It got back chippy quickly, but we pulled out the win.”
Chase’s hat trick, completed with a wrister from point-blank to push the F-M lead to 6-4 with 5:04 left, highlighted the F-M scoring barrage.
The Hornets tallied four third-period goals in total, while the Cougars kept it close with three of their own. Mitch Laffin’s tally 40 seconds later pulled Syracuse back within striking distance before Matt McDonough sealed the Hornets victory with an empty-netter in the final minute.
With that win, F-M (11-6-1, 7-4-1) clinches a spot in the Section III Division I playoffs and can potentially earn a first- round home game with remaining contests against Cortland-Homer, Baldwinsville and Rome Free Academy remaining. Syracuse (11-7-1, 7-5-1) continues its season against West Genesee on Wednesday.
“This time of the year, players have to be able to get tough wins on the road,” F-M coach Sean Brown said.
The Hornets controlled momentum throughout the first period. Anthony Angello gave them a 1-0 lead 5:08 into the game, taking a feed from Mateo Capriotti and sailing a shot in the bottom right, the first goal allowed in a long night for Syracuse netminder Jim Albright, who finished with 28 saves.