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Syracuse, WG hockey battle for first place

Both sides win twice; Michel returns for Wildcats

A pair of first-period goals, something missing in recent games, helped the Wildcats gain a lead it would not relinquish. Tim Sexton, who had the lone goal against C-NS, struck here for one goal and one assist, as did Tom Hanley. David Procopio earned the other goal as Michel and Aaron Jones found the assist column.

Just 24 hours later, WG visited Cornell University’s Lynah Rink to face Ithaca, and played one of its best all-around games of the season, dominating the Little Red in an 8-0 romp.

All through the first two periods, the Wildcats attacked hard – and more importantly, it converted on a regular basis, not letting up until it had a 7-0 advantage.

Hanley recorded a three-goal hat trick, and Michel’s impact on the ice continued to show as he piled up four assists, plus a goal.

Ryan McDonald scored twice, with Procopio and Corey Raaflub joining Michel as they got one goal apiece. Mike Philippone and Matt McDonald both picked up two assists as Sexton, Grainger Sasso and Jake O’Donnell notched one assist apiece.

WG entered this week one point ahead of Syracuse (12 to 11) atop the Division I standings, with the Wildcats going to Ontario Bay on Tuesday and the Cougars having its own game against Ithaca Wednesday at Meachem.

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