The warm-ups are complete. The ice has been cut. The pep talks are over. The anthem just finished.
We’re ready to play.
Here’s the next generation, settled into their seats for the game here at Utica Memorial Auditorium. It’s Mike Nicholson and Mike Redgate.
Saratoga won the first game 4-3 over Pittsford, and will play the winner of this game in the Division I final tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
Update: West Genesee on power play, holding Ian Adler with 10:21 to go. Wildcats hit the post in the first 20 seconds of the pentalty. Adler comes back, no damage.
Update: Timeout on the ice, maintenance guys running around looking for a ladder to fix a pane of glass.
Update: We’re ready to go again.
Update: Suffern getting some chances, now. Banging the puck in from the point and chasing rebounds, just like the scouting report suggested. Goetz narrowly misses coming back across on the post.
Update: West Genesee hooking, 5:28 to go Shawn Lynch in the box.
Update: Nothing doing on the power play. Wildcats kill it off without any scares.
Update: West Genesee is on the board. Really nice teamwork. Erik Kurz to Nick Holzhauer to Casey Schattner, who lifts and beats Tyler Stark on the stick side.
Update: End of period. Shots on goal, West Geneseee 10, Suffern 4.
Update: They’re back on the ice.
Update: Shots evening up, 10-8 now.
Update: Jon Fuchs into the box, 10:33 to go. Holding. And now Suffern is back to full strength.
Update: Suffern gets one in, a sneaky goal. Justin Goetz from Steve Scholer and Ian Adler with 7:55 to go in the period. It was kind of a scramble play after shot comes in from the point through a lot of traffic.
Update: Kevin Norwin on the power play gives Suffern a 2-1 lead with 5:24 to go in period. Tim Bubnack was in the box for Wildcats after hooking penalty. Goal on a blast from the left point, a typical Norwin goal. Time out West Genesee.
Update: End of period. Suffern 2, West Genesee 1. Shots on goal 14-12 overall, for Wildcats. Mounties had an 8-4 advantage in the period.
Update: Maybe it’s nerves. I was more impressed with what I saw from Williamsville North last week down at Sport-O-Rama. Suffern is playing it smart and sticking to the plan. The only time they failed to protect the slot, Wildcats scored. Lesson learned. We’re a couple minutes from starting up again.
Update: And they’re off …
Udate: Willy Baker for Suffern, a backhand off a defenseman, with 12:41 to go. The Wildcats side of the auditorium is absolutely stunned. Mounties ready to play keep away.
Update: Penalty on Fuchs, interference with 9:48 to go. … And he’s got company. Baker goes off with 8:38 to go, holding. Wildcats 5-on-3.
Update: First penalty released.
Update: More whistles, West Genesee in the box, too.
Update: Slashing, West Genesee with 6:05 to go. And the penalty is released. Even strength.
Update: Three minutes.
Update: Two minutes.
Update: One minute and nine seconds to go. Time out Suffern. Lot’s of pressure from West Genesee, but Stark is making all the stops and the defense isn’t giving any good looks.
Update: Goal for West Genesee with 31 seconds to go. Building is coming to life. Wildcats skating with the extra man.
Update: Suffern in the box, 13.2 seconds to go. Redgate off.
Update: West Genesee again, Tim Bubnack off Stark, off post and in with 7.2 seconds to go.
Update: End of third. Suffern 3, West Genesee 3. Overtime, here we come. Shots 22-14 for Wildcats. Mounties are stunned.
Update: West Genesee holding. Ryan Michel in the box.
Update: Scholer, shot, glove save. Penalty released.
Update: Penalty Suffern, tripping on Scholer. He was stopping a breakaway with 4:15 to go.
Update: Casey Schattner for West Genesee, puts in a power play rebound with 3:06 to go in over time. We’re final. Wildcats move on 4-3 in OT.