Wildcats roar past Penfield, advance to state final

WG to meet Ward Melville in clash of traditional powers

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.

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