Dec 19, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Now that it no longer had to worry about a perfect record or protecting a long win streak, the West Genesee ice hockey team could just relax and focus on the games – and perhaps create a new streak in the process.
As of now, that new win streak is at three, the key moment arriving Friday night at Shove Park when the Wildcats beat its neighbors from Solvay in a 5-2 decision.
Solvay (with team members from Jordan-Elbridge, Marcellus and Westhill) just joined Division I as part of the state-ordered realignment. Still, this would be the only time the two sides would meet in the regular season.
For two periods, it remained close, the defenses each making a wide series of stops. Rarely did either side break, but WG took a 1-0 lead, then traded goals in the next period as the outcome remained in doubt.
Finally, the Wildcats got away, using its depth to wear down Solvay as it scored three times in the third period. Shawn Lynch, with a goal and three assists, anchored the attack as Nick Holzhauer found the net twice. Erik Kurz and Josh Duquette also converted, with Cody Ryan adding two assists and John Sabert getting an assist, too.
As for the Bearcats, Tom Missert and Will Downs both scored, with David Graf, Tyler O’Mara and Ben Carrock earning assists. Ryan Bonk worked in goal and recorded 24 saves, twice that of WG counterpart Max Barone.
Making its debut in the revamped Division I ranks last Tuesday night, the Wildcats went to Cicero Twin Rinks and wasted little time taking over in a 7-0 shutout of Fayetteville-Manlius.
Before the first period was done, WG had already scored four times, more than what the defense needed. As had happened so many times in its 2009-10 state title run, WG’s back line shut down any F-M attack, holding the Hornets to a mere seven shots on goal.
Meanwhile, Ryan LaVallee, with two goals, led a well-balanced Wildcat attack. Holzhauer, Duquette and Lynch each had one goal and one assist, while Sabert and Tom Hanley also took turns finding the net. Jimmy Sauda had two assists. Kurz Rob Michel and Matt Schattner got assists, too.
Stepping out of league play on Saturday, WG made it three straight wins by shutting out Potsdam 4-0, getting three goals in the first period to establish quick control.
Jacob Pelton, taking his turn in the net, stopped all 17 shots he faced as Lynch scored twice and added an assist. Kurz had one goal and one assist as Sabert also converted. Duquette and Kurz got single assists.
WG would be back at Cicero Twin Rinks Monday to face Central Square before meeting Ithaca Wednesday night at Shove Park. Solvay hosts F-M Tuesday at State Fair Coliseum before going to CNS on Thursday.