continued Newly energized, the Northstars took 12 shots to the Wildcats' four in that period, none more dangerous than the floating puck sent by Eric Hamilton to the net that Burns managed to grab just before it crossed the goal line in the period's waning seconds.
Thus, it was still 1-1 when, early in the third period, C-NS again went on the power play, thinking it would get another chance to move out in front.
Instead, Michel intercepted a pass near the blue line and sent a perfect pass to a streaking David Procopio. The sophomore forward charged in, waited for just the right moment, and flung a wrist shot past Johnston for what proved to be the game-winner with 12:21 left.
A lot of time remained, but C-NS would spend the bulk of it running headlong into the Wildcats' defense. Michel, Mellen and the rest of the back line protected the net, and did so again when Johnston got pulled in the final minute.
"We knew they had great skill, and our goal was not to give them any time to create chances," said WG head coach Frank Colabufo.
Thus, C-NS, who had not lost a game since Nov. 30 - a span of nearly three months - finished at 19-2-1, watching as the Wildcats, having knocked off one team that shared the top spot in the state rankings, now goes after the other, RFA, wanting a sixth straight championship and to deny the Black Knights its first title since 1991.