Instead, WG kept attacking into the second period -- and in a span of less than four minutes, it seized the lead.
First, Adam Mazzoni notched the tying goal off the rebound of a Leader save at the 2:54 mark, and at the 5:40 mark D.J. Mazzoni took his turn putting home a rebound, and the Wildcats left for good.
Unable to get anything moving against WG's vaunted defense, the Bees got frustrated and attacked harder, which led to a pair of third-period Wildcat power plays. Ryan Michel hit the right post with a slap shot the first time around, but on the second power play another slap shot found the net with 8:31 to play.
Only in the last period, said Lloyd, did the Bees start to find holes in the Wildcats' defense and start to attack with regularity. That led to Brett Earle converting a power-play goal with 4:55 left off Brad Burlingame's feed, and B'ville had many chances in the final minutes before time ran out on them.
Leader finished with 29 saves, many of them point-blank ones that helped keep the Wildcats from getting away.
From this year's 18-7-1 squad, a big senior class departs, including Leader, Newman, Mohr, Chris Newman, Nick Gaworecki and Pat Briggs. Lloyd said it won't be easy to find new stars to replace this talented core of players that restored the Bees to the upper levels of Division I hockey.