WG hockey earns Colabufo 200th win

The 200th win symbolized WG's rise back to the top, as it did not let an early deficit or a grinding pace of play affect them too much.

Liverpool went ahead, 1-0, on Mike Conese's first-period goal, fed by Joey Wilson and Josh LaRose, and it stayed that way for a while.

Remaining patient, the Wildcats answered in the second period as Erich Haney put home the tying goal. Then Ryan McConnell broke the tie with 2:53 left in the period, poking a shot past Warrior goaltender Jacob Gyder. Scott Lewis, Conor Thompson and D.J. Mazzoni all got credit for assists.

Gyder, who finished with 23 saves, did not allow anything else the rest of the night. But that one-goal margin held as the Wildcats' defense fell in front of everything Liverpool tried to do to force overtime. WG goalie John Schlegel had another superb outing, turning away 23 of the 24 shots he faced.

Win no. 199 had come last Tuesday, at Shove Park, where the Wildcats relied on its defense to smother Cicero-North Syracuse in a 4-0 shutout victory.

With aggressive back-line work, WG kept the Northstars from generating any kind of attack, something reflected in the fact that Schlegel had to make just 14 saves before Evan Mazzoni replaced him in the late going.

Lewis scored twice in WG's winning effort, as D.J. Mazzoni and Adam King also took turns getting goals. Thompson earned two assists as Haney, Ryan Michel and Eric Mazzoni each had one assist.

With Colabufo's milestone win cleared, WG could rest up and prepare for its biggest game of the regular season, a visit to Ithaca next Saturday at 2 p.m. The Little Red are the only team close to WG in the Division I standings and played the Wildcats to a 0-0 draw back on Dec. 18 at Shove Park.

Frank Colabufo's career record at West Genesee:

1994-95: 10-10-1

1995-96: 14-5-2, no. 8 state ranking

1996-97: 9-13-3

1997-98: 18-6-2, no. 7 state ranking

1998-99: 18-7-0

1999-2000: 14-10-1

2000-01: 22-6-1, state Division I champions

2001-02: 22-5-2, no. 2 state ranking

2002-03: 19-6-0, no. 7 state ranking

2003-04: 15-5-5

2004-05: 2-20-2

2005-06: 7-14-3

2006-07: 14-9-2

2007-08: 16-1-2

Total overall record: 200-117-26

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