So it was only fitting that a defender, Schattner, put in the game's decisive goal 8:46 into the second period. Schattner said that, just before the face-off, as Ross was fixing his equipment, he had a brief chat with Shawn Lynch, who was taking the draw.
"We said we needed a goal right now," said Schattner.
As if scripted, Lynch won the face-off and quickly shoved the puck back to Schattner, whose floating shot from the left point may have clipped one of the RFA players, but did elude Ross and find the top right corner of the net.
From there, it was more Wildcats defense. True, RFA did pick up some pressure early in the third period, giving Pelton some stress. But WG easily protected that one-goal margin, killing off one penalty and protecting the puck well in the waning minutes.
Now the Wildcats advance to face Section VI champion Niagara Wheatfield (who beat defending state champion Williamsville North 4-0 in its sectrional final) next Saturday night at Shove Park at 7:30, with the winner of that contest advancing to the state final four back at Utica Auditorium. WG is after its second state championship in three years, and fourth overall.