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Hockey Wildcats ousted in marathon regional

A third OT also went by without resolution as fatigue really set in on both sides. Finally, less than a minute into the fourth extra period, Sims, taking a pass from Jake McAndrews, beat Pelton for the game-winner.

So the Spartans will head to Utica Auditorium to face Suffern (the only other team to beat West Genesee this season) in the state semifinals Saturday, with Saratoga playing Greece Odyssey in the other semifinal. The title game is Sunday at 3:30.

Meanwhile, WG closes out a 19-3-1 season, having notched its fourth consecutive sectional title and knowing that standouts like Pelton, Michel, Tinklepaugh, Jon Lauer, Shawn Lynch, Matt Schattner and Erik Kurz will return - though the loss of Holzhauer, John Sabert, Ryan LaVallee, Josh Duquette and Cody Ryan will hurt.

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