For WG, the win solidified their hold on first place in Division I West, where it now has a five-point lead with 20 points and can clinch the outright league title with a win or tie against Syracuse or Liverpool this week.
Just getting to the B’ville clash was stressful enough. In last Tuesday’s game against visiting Fayetteville-Manlius, the Wildcats needed overtime to fight past the Hornets 2-1.
Against the same F-M side it beat 3-1 on Dec. 12 at Cicero Twin Rinks, WG could not get on the board in a 0-0 first period.
An exchange of goals followed in the second period, Derek Farrell scoring for the Wildcats and Tom Doucet getting on the board for F-M.
But that was all the Hornets would get as Michel, Nick Mellen and the rest of WG’s back line did a terrific job blanking F-M’s top scoring combination of Anthony Angello, Trevor Chase and Mateo Capriotti for the second time in as many meetings. Burns would record 18 saves.
They stayed tied through the rest of regulation. Then, in overtime, Nate Colabufo got the game-winner in the five-minute extra period, just his third goal of the season and, by far, his most important.
Corey Raaflub assisted on both of the goals, by with Farrell assisting on Colabufo’s OT tally and Michel also earning an assist.