continued After that score, Mellen said, Colabufo told the team to get the fourth goal before Messena could get its first. And when Steve Anderson got a fast break down the middle of the ice took a shot at Massena’s Paquin, Mellen was there for the rebound and popped it over the Paquin.
“After that second goal, I think we had most of the momentum,” Mellen said. “I think we just stayed disciplined in our game plan and we executed very well.”
Four different players scored for the Wildcats in that win, and Colabufo said that type of offensive performance, accompanied by a trademark stout defense, will make this year’s Wildcat squad a formidable one.
“That’s who we need to be,” he said. “As long as we’re committed to playing defense first, and we get that kind of scoring throughout the line-ups, that balance, I think we’re going to be in every game."
McDonald struck first again in the final against Fairport, scoring during a power play off a rebound from a Collin Kobuszewski shot with 4:16 left in the first period.
Early in the second period, the Wildcats scored twice in a 30-second span to extend the lead to 3-0 Derek Farrell connected with McDonald, who scored his second goal of the night one minute into the period.
“I like to get the team fired up,” McDonald said.
Seconds later, Stephen Anderson rifled a shot that was deflected by Fairport goalie Luke Barnes, but Grainger Sasso collected the rebound and lifted the puck past Barnes. Sasso scored again in the period, this time off a rebounded shot from Corey Raaflaub, to give the Wildcats a commanding four-goal margin going to the final period.
“Corey put it right off his (Barnes’) pads,” Sasso said. “The goalie really couldn’t do really anything but kick it right out. Luckily, I got a good bounce.”