WG hockey starts 3-0, dominates Wildcat Classic

Victories over Massena, Fairport mark tournament run

— Questions loom all over the local Division I ice hockey landscape - but not at West Genesee, where a team holding six consecutive Section III titles is after much more.

The Wildcats, returning most of its lineup from 2012-13, are already 3-0, having rolled to three consecutive home victories, including a comfortable conquest of its own tournament.

In a rematch of last winter's season opener between West Genesee and Fairport, the Wildcats again got the better of the Red Raiders, winning the 2013 Wildcat Classic by a 4-1 decision Saturday night at Shove Park.

WG scored three times in the second period and had a season-high 29 shots on goal in the win. Head Coach Frank Colabufo said the game plan was to take more shots than usual in this game, after only getting off 13 shots on goal in the team’s 4-0 victory over Massena in the previous night's opening round.

“Historically, we really haven’t been able to get to four goals," Colabufo said. "And so, right now,we’ve scored four goals in all three games, and so that’s a good trend. Hopefully we can continue that.”

The Wildcats came into the final off an efficient dismantling of Massena, scoring on one of its three shots in the first period, one of its four shots in the second period and two of its six shots in the final period.

Ryan McDonald and the Wildcats opened up the scoring against Massena with one minute left in the first period. David Procopio found McDonald right in front of the net, and McDonald knocked the puck past Massena goaltender Connor Paquin.

The goal ignited an already aggressive Massena offense in the second period. Massena shot eight times on goal in the first six minutes of the period, and finished with 11.

But again, it would only take the Wildcats one shot to score, as Derek Farrell scored off a pass from McDonald to give West Genesee a 2-0 lead. Then WG extended its lead with 8:13 left in the game after Procopio scored off a Nick Mellen assist.

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