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Hockey Wildcats beaten by Suffern in tourney final

WG rally falls short in rematch of state semifinal classic

— To complete this Mounties blitz, Robert Clark found the net on a power play in the last minute of the period, and WG found itself down 4-0, the sort of deficit it has rarely faced during its five-year Section III title reign, and almost never on home ice.

Perhaps that knowledge lit a fire under the young Wildcats, who took control of the game right at the start of the third period, finally getting on the board with captain Robbie Michel's wrist shot from the point with 12:46 left. David Procopio and Aaron Jones earned assists.

Then Tommy Hanley cut the margin to two with 5:35 left off feeds from Nate Colabufo and Jake O'Donnell, giving the hosts plenty of time to make up the rest of the deficit.

Sure enough, WG maintained the pressure the rest of the way, finishing with 17 shots in the period. And while it did not get any closer, the Wildcats left the ice feeling better and knowing what it can do when it plays at its best.

WG opens Division I play Wednesday night, hosting Liverpool, and goes to Cortland-Homer two nights later.

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