With its undefeated regular-season mark and its seventh league title in the books, the West Genesee ice hockey team could now turn its full attention to getting the prizes it really wants.
After waiting out another snow postponement, the Wildcats finished its 19-0-1 tear through the regular season last Friday night, against Watertown IHC, where it worked its way to a 3-1 victory ove the Cavaliers.
Prior to the game, there were the usual Senior Night festivities, along with a surprise ceremony that honored WG head coach Frank Colabufo for his 20 years of leading the Wildcat program, which included a plaque given to Colabufo.
Such things can prove a distraction, but WG didn’t let that happen, battling from start to finish.
Leading 1-0 after one period, the Wildcats matched IHC’s lone goal, from David Brancheau, in the second period and used puck possession to wear the Cavaliers down as it tacked on a late insurance goal, eventually taking 35 shots to IHC’s nine.
Derek Farrell, with one goal and one assist, and Ryan McDonald, with two assists, led a well-balanced attack. David Procopio and Collin Kobuszewski earned the other goals as Corey Raaflub and Steve Anderson picked up assists of their own.
That was preceded by last Monday night’s game against Fayetteville-Manlius at the Cicero Twin Rinks, where the Wildcats did not have that easy of a time against the fourth-place Hornets, but still won by that same 3-1 margin as it used to later beat IHC.
Against an F-M it shut out 5-0 at Shove Park on Dec. 20, things remained scoreless until the second period, when WG found the net twice to counteract Ryan Daly’s goal for F-M as Daren Dunnewold (who had a hat trick in a Jan. 31 win over Oswego) and Mateo Capriotti earned assists.