Penfield did everything it could to keep the Wildcats from pulling away, as Brian Wall's goal put the Patriots on the board at the 8:01 mark. But St. Croix answered two minutes later, and tacked on a second goal in the final minute of the period, pushing WG to a 4-1 advantage and forcing Penfield into chase mode.
St. Croix said his role in this game was to give the Wildcats a spark any time it was needed, and that late flurry foretold more important plays head.
The Patriots' chase got tougher after Glesener scored off Henry Burns' feed 1:22 into the second quarter, and he scored again late in the period on a one-handed shot, answering Andrew Schoeneck's goal, to create a 6-2 margin.
As that was going on, Garrett Waldron, Nick Mellen, Jimmy Cunningham and the rest of WG's back line locked up Penfield's attack, with Koziol continuing to make strong point-blank stops when needed.
A key moment came in the last minute of the half. Penfield got a goal by Anthony Mitchell to cut it to 6-3 and had the ball with a chance to inch closer, but a turnover led to Ginestro's second goal, fed by St. Croix, just six seconds before the break, and instead of a tight battle, WG had a 7-3 advantage, and all the momentum it needed.
St. Croix took over in the third quarter. He charged in for a goal 59 seconds into the third quarter, and minutes later provided a personal highlight when he charged, full speed, through Penfield's back line and ripped a shot past goalie Liam Guiton for his fourth goal of the night.
As if that wasn't enough, St. Croix added a fifth goal to make it 10-3, which was a cushion against a Patriots charge that cut the gap to 10-6 early in the fourth quarter, and had all kinds of chances to inch closer, but could not do so, Koziol making several point-blank stops before St. Croix iced it with his sixth goal with 1:44 left.