WG hockey blanks IHC, breaks rare skid

Wildcats were 0-3-1 prior to shutout of Cavaliers

Finally, the Wildcats tied it, 1-1, on McDonald’s third-period goal, fed by Derek Farrell and David Procopio, but that led to OT, where Varney returned to slide a shot past Burns for the game-winner. Overall, Burns, like Varney, would produce 32 saves.

With a week to regroup from this rare 0-3-1 slump, WG did so, and on Friday returned to Shove Park to take Watertown IHC apart en route to a 7-0 shutout over the Cavaliers.

It was only a 1-0 game until the second period, but at that point the Wildcats took off, scoring four unanswered goals amid a 44-shot attack that kept the puck in IHC’s end most of the night.

Matt McDonald, with four assists, anchored an attack where Raaflub and David Procopio both produced two goals and two assists. Ryan McDonald and Jake O’Donnell both had one goal and one assist as Steve Anderson also found the net. Nick Mellen, Tom Hanley and Mike Phillippone got one assist apiece.

Despite all that has happened, WG still led Division I West with 10 points, one better than Fayetteville-Manlius, as it tried to end Cicero-North Syracuse’s 10-game win streak Monday at Cicero Twin Rinks (where it bet F-M 3-1 earlier this season) before going to Ithaca on Saturday.

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