This didn’t matter to Liverpool, though, as it overcame squandering a two-goal lead in regulation and would beat the Cavaliers 3-2 in overtime to earn the first-place trophy.
Liverpool bolted to a 2-0 first-period lead as Horton notched one goal and assisted on the other, by Gaulke. Tom Bianchi got a pair of assists. IHC would fight back, getting on the board with Jared Pignone’s goal in the second period, and pulling even when Pignone found the net again in the third period.
Having gone cold, the Warriors’ attack would pick up when they went to OT as Gaulke, seizing the initiative, got open near the net and pushed a shot past Cavaliers goalie Trent James to win it. Prior to that, James had made 28 saves, seven more than Kozikoski.
Liverpool now turns to Wednesday’s game against Cicero-North Syracuse at the Twin Rinks, to be followed by a weekend trip to Westchester County, near New York City, to face Scarsdale and Rye.