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WG hockey finishes 19-0-1 regular season

Wildcats beat F-M, IHC; Syracuse hits late skid

Going to the third period with a 2-1 edge, the Wildcats did tack on an insurance goal, finally overcoming the superb work of Hornets goalie Ben Napierala, who made 44 saves.

Farrell had one goal and one assist, and David Procopio, with two assists, led a well-balanced WG attack. Anderson and Aaron Jones nabbed the other goals as Koubszewski picked up a single assist. All told, the Wildcats’ defense held F-M to just six shots all night.

The Syracuse Cougars had won both games since tying WG 1-1 on Jan. 29, and kept it up last Tuesday night, at Fulton, where it let the Red Raiders hang around for a while, but then took over in the third period and pulled away to win by a 5-1 margin.

With Fulton goalie Brandon Ladd constantly thwarting Syracuse attackers on his way to 38 saves, the Cougars only led 2-1 going into the final period, but then put things away with three unanswered goals as Sean Eccles, with two goals and one assist, led the way.

Collin Thompson also found the net twice, while Ryan Lehrer got the other goal. Matt Eccles managed a pair of assists as Liam Berry and Matt Pitre notched single assists.

Syracuse got to play IHC a night before West Genesee did so, but Thursday’s affair proved a disappointing one for the Cougars as it lost to the Cavaliers in yet another 3-1 game.

Having lost to Syracuse 3-2 in overtime back on Dec. 2, the Cavaliers grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sean Shepard’s first-period goal. Not stopping there, Shepard tacked on two more goals in the second period to give him the hat trick and negate Thompson’s goal for the Cougars, set up by passes from Sean Eccles and Jared Ristoff.

Walsh did settle down in the game’s latter stages, earning 18 saves overall, but IHC shut down Syracuse to prevent any comeback as Cavaliers goalie Cole James stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced.

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