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West Genesee hockey whips to 3-0 start

Host side holds off Suffern, wins Wildcat Classic

— Through most of a physical second period, the Wildcats and Mounties played to a standoff. But at the 13:10 mark, Matt Skrupa took a pass from Lynch and beat Suffern's Tyler Stark for the go-ahead goal.

Skrupa returned to assist on Jimmy Sauda's tally 1:42 into the third period. That insurance goal would prove necessary when Suffern's Ian Adler converted on a power play with 2:50 left, cutting the margin to one, but the Wildcats were able to kill off the rest of the clock.

Pelton was well-protected throughout the game, only having to make 10 saves. Lynch was named tournament MVP, with Michel and Tinklepaugh also gaining All-Tournament recognition.

What made Skrupa's offensive heroics so surprising was that, a night earlier, he did not have a point against Massena in a game where WG scored twice in the first period to move ahead. but waited until a three-goal outburst in the final period to pull clear.

Lynch scored twice, but so did freshman Jimmy Pelton, Jake's younger brother, one of two ninth-graders (along with defender Nick Mellen) making an instant impact, as did sophomore Henry Burns, who took a turn in goal and stopped all 13 shots he faced. Kurz had one goal and one assist as Schattner, Tinklepaugh, Lauer, Michel and Jason Keyes managed single assists.

WG is part of a new split Division I format. The Wildcats are aligned with Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Solvay, Fayetteville-Manlius, Cortland-Homer and Corcoran in the West division, while Rome Free Academy, Cicero-North Syracuse, Watertown IHC, Hamilton, Ontario Bay and Central Square make up the East division.

The Wildcats visited Hamilton back on Tuesday, and did not get on the board until the second period, when it surged in front 2-0. Lynch had a part in all three goals, scoring twice and assisting on Kurz's tally, while Lauer got two assists.

It will be nearly two weeks before WG goes on the road again, to play Liverpool Dec. 16 at Lysander Arena. Before that, the Wildcats have two home games, including Wednesday's battle against Ithaca.

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