Cicero-North Syracuse defenseman Paul Ludden (10) takes a slap shot inThursday night’s “Pink the Rink” game against Fayetteville-Manlius at Cicero Twin Rinks. Note the pink tape on Ludden’s stick and pink laces on his skates, as the game was a benefit for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Cicero In the course of building a 14-game win streak and ascending to the top of the state Division I rankings, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team has not required that much good fortune – but a little of it sure proves helpful.
The Northstars relied on one fortunate bounce, plus lots of hard work, to rally past Fayetteville-Manlius, 4-2, in a Division I hockey game Thursday night in a game important for much more than what took place on the ice.
C-NS overcame a 2-1 third period deficit in front of a huge “Pink the Rink” crowd at the Cicero Twin Rinks. All of the evening’s proceeds went to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York.
“It was a hard fought battle between two really good teams,” CNS coach Kyle Bailey said. “It was an emotional night. F-M put on a great event. We were fortunate to be part of it. We were fortunate to get a win. It was a good night all around for Central New York hockey.”
The game came to life in the third period after CNS took a 1-0 first period lead through Connor Doren’s wrap-around goal. After outplaying the Northstars in the second period --- the Hornets owned a 12-4 shot advantage --- F-M scored twice in a span of 1:48 early in the third.
Tom Doucet scored both of those goals. His first came by tipping home the point shot of Ryan Amidon’s point shot. The next came when Doucet redirected a short range shot past CNS goalie Alex Johnston.
Then came the Northstars’ big break. Midway through the period, CNS defenseman Kyler Schilling simply dumped the puck into the F-M zone from near the red line, but the puck took a strange hop and squirted through Hornets goalie Ben Napierala’s pads.