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WG ice hockey blanks three foes

In all the time it has spent at home in the first three weeks of the season, the West Genesee ice hockey team has proven close to unstoppable, not allowing a single goal to any Section III foe.

Yet when the Wildcats took its traditional mid-December venture to the north country last weekend, it did so with some hunger to improve upon its shaky win in its own Dec. 3-4 tournament, where Saratoga Springs and Fairport both put scares into the local favorites.

Those games did WG a short-term favor, as evidence by last Tuesday night's 10-0 destruction of Cicero-North Syracuse at Shove Park.

Displaying relentless offensive pressure, WG all but camped out in the Northstars' end of the ice, recording 62 shots and scoring at least three times in each period on its way to double digits.

Zach Lewis earned four of those goals, while Nick Holzhauer earned the first three-goal hat trick of his Wildcat career.

Erich Haney had four assists to go with his lone tally, while Adam King got a goal and two assists. Seamus Shanley put in a goal, too, as Shawn Lynch got three assists and Tim Bubnack two assists. Matt Skrupa and Erik Kurz earned assists, too.

Now the Wildcats took its show to the far northern reaches of the state, and did the same kind of damage to both of its opponents in last weekend's Massena Tournament.

WG first blasted Saranac 9-0 in Friday night's opening round, scoring five times in the first period to erase any concerns that the long bus trip would lead to early rust.

Haney, with a three-goal hat trick plus an assist, led an attack where seven different players scored. Lewis, Lynch, Holzhauer and Rob Michel each had one goal and two assists, while King got one goal and one assist and Schattner scored, too.

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