Feb 01, 2012 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
With just one more victory, the West Genesee ice hockey team will have gone through the entire 2011-12 regular season, 20 games full, without a blemish.
One big obstacle to that perfect mark was last Tuesday’s visit to Lysander to play Baldwinsville. As a large and loud crowd looked on at Greater B’ville Ice Arena, the Wildcats were pushed hard, but still kept the Bees off the board in a 3-0 win, the team’s 12th shutout of the winter.
Neither side could convert in a physical first period. As with WG’s 6-2 win in their first encounter Dec. 21 at Shove Park, B’ville was unafraid of the Wildcats, even making more offensive pushes than most opponents.
It didn’t matter, though, as Robbie Michel, R.J. Tinklepaugh, Matt Schattner and the rest of WG’s back line turned away the Bees’ rushes. Just as important was the way Jake Pelton played in the net, the Wildcat goalie turning away all 22 shots he faced.
Not until the third period did WG, ahead 1-0, get the goals it needed to put B’ville away. Erik Kurz found the net twice, with Shawn Lynch earning the other goal. Michel and Jon Lauer each had one assist. B’ville goalie Josh Pinard stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced.
Friday was senior night at Shove Park as the Wildcats entertained the same Corcoran side it had blasted 8-1 just nine days earlier at Meachem Rink.
The rematch was a bit less lopsided, but the Wildcats still prevailed 6-1, steadily producing two goals in each period and taking 33 shots, more than twice the Cougars’ total of 16.
Lynch, who scored twice, led a well-balanced attack, as Kurz, Tinklepaugh, Matt Skrupa and Tommy Hanley also found the net. Lauer picked up two assists as Michel, Tyler Foster, Travis Wager and Jimmy Sauda got one assist apiece.
As this went on, Solvay returned to action at Allyn Arena and improved its post-season hopes with a 4-2 victory over Cortland-Homer. The Bearcats (12-6) led most of the way, but could not pull clear until it scored twice in the final period.
David Graf, with two goals and one assist, led the attack as Kyle McVey and Austin Webb each scored, too. Will Downs had two assists, with David Lilly and Tyler O’Mara gaining single assists. Ryan Bonk stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced.
Solvay’s playoff fate may hinge on Friday’s regular-season finale against B’ville, which comes as West Genesee (19-0) tried to complete its perfect run through the regular season against Fayetteville-Manlius at Cicero Twin Rinks.