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West Genesee hockey falls to RFA, 4-3

Wildcats have rare instance of back-to-back defeats

Of course, the Syracuse Cougars had even less time to rest from that overtime epic.

Just one night after that big win, it traveled north to face 1-4-1 Watertown IHC, and the Cougars got a genuine scare before another clutch goal helped pull out a 5-4 victory over the Cougars.

Part of that had to due with the fact that Jim Albright, whose 45 saves defined the West Genesee upset, did not play in goal. Sam Walsh took over, and he handled things in the first period as Syracuse bolted out to a 2-0 lead.

IHC started to rally, though, in the second period, pulling within 3-2. Then the exchange continued in the third period and the Cougars, ahead 4-3, saw that lead vanish when IHC’s Bentley Brosch put home the tying goal with 2:46 left in regulation.

Immediately, the Cougars countered, and with 1:34 to play Ben Carrock flung a shot past Cavaliers goalie Grant Chamberlain, the fifth different Syracuse player to score on this night. From there, Syracuse held on despite IHC going for an extra attacker in the waning seconds.

Travis Hyde, Sean Eccles, Ben Walsh and Cameron Bennett had all taken turns putting in goals before Carrock’s game-winner. Matt Thompson, who scored the OT goal at West Genesee, joined Bennett, Mitch Laffin and Matt Pitre in the assist column as Sam Walsh finished with 18 saves.

Should the Wildcats not break this rare skid in next Thursday's game against Pittsford, it will have three straight defeats, something it has not experienced in nearly six seasons.

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