continued After generating a flurry of shots to open the second period, the Wildcats finally solved F-M goalie Ben Napierala, who had 27 saves on the night. Lauer latched on to a long Robbie Michel pass, broke in on Napierala, and fired home the puck while being tripped by a Hornets defenseman.
Lauer’s goal came at the 3:01 mark of the period. Procopio added the vital insurance marker seven minutes later.
After some good forechecking in the F-M end, the puck worked its way out to Matt Schattner. The WG defenseman sent a waist high wrist shot toward the Hornet net. Procopio tipped it in. Erik Kurz joined Schattner in getting assists.
Colabufo said the game was the kind of test his team needed prior to Saturday’s title contest.
“That felt like a playoff game,” he said. “It was a physical, hard-fought game. Every puck was contested, (and so was) every inch of ice. It was hard-nosed on both sides.
“F-M had a game plan. They came in and played great,” Colabufo said. “They gave us everything that we could handle.”