Pittsford 9 - Penfield 6

- Pittsford vs Penfield

Although the game was tied three times, Pittsford never trailed in their 9-6 win over Penfield. The Panthers took revenge for their regular season loss over Penfield by scoring the opening two goals and never looked back. Junior midfielder Brandon Barker finished with 3g-1a from eight shots to lead the Panthers.

Face-off midfielder Ryan Fairbrother finished with 56% for the Panthers (10/18). Leading the charge in ground balls was defenseman Mike Perotto. Perotto played a phenomenal game with eight ground balls and four takes. Perotto stood out on Panther defense with his strong ground ball skills and impressive checks. Pittsford demonstrated yet another level of talent in their defensive pool in addition to seniors Nick Panara and Greg Weyl. In the cage for Pittsford, Kevin Maguire finished with five saves.

Pittsford vs PenfieldPenfield LSM Tommy Bell finished with a team leading four ground balls and two takes. Midfielder Brian Wall added three ground balls and two takes. In the cage for Penfield, Liam Guiton finished with four saves. Penfield had seven players make the offensive book with no player having more than 1 goal or 1 assist.

Stephen Quinzi (2g) scored the opening goal with an unassisted drive to the cage. Two minutes later Barker picked up a loose ball behind the cage and found Billy Cooper open on the high crease for the open goal. Pittsford led 2-0 with 9:01 remaining in the first quarter. Penfield came back with next two goals. Ryan Fulton found Carter Jordan open on the crease for the first Patriot goal and Mitch Standera assisted Ryan Fulton for the second goal. The game was tied halfway through the opening quarter. Perotto added to his impressive defensive day with an offensive goal. The Binghamton bound senior stripped the ball from a Penfield player and took the ball all the way to the back of the net. It then took three minutes for the Patriots to tie the game. Jake Sproule scored with a drive from a dead ball start. The final goal of the quarter was another unassisted goal from Quinzi. He took the ball behind the cage and drove to the goal after a stall call was placed by the officials. The Panthers led 4-3 after the first quarter.

Pittsford vs PenfieldPenfield scored the only goal of the second quarter to tie the game going into halftime. Max Spaan scored his only goal of the game during a fast-break with a feed from Jordan. Jordan was one of only two Patriots to finish with two points. Both he and Fulton finished with 1g-1a. Spaan finished with the most shots for Penfield with eight. Spaan and Sproule combined for 15/28 shots (54%) for Penfield. In the third quarter Pittsford opened with the first two goals. 0:27 into the quarter Barker scored during man-up (assisted by Owen Smith). Five minutes later Jake Leve found James Felix open on the crease for another Panther goal. Sophomore Brandon Buse took only his fourteenth shot of the season to score for the Patriots with 1:44 remaining in the quarter. The final play began with a take by Pittsford sophomore defensive midfielder Colby Barker. He stripped the ball and got it up field to Smith. Smith scored his goal with 0:10 remaining in the quarter. Pittsford led 7-5 going into the final quarter.

The Panthers added two more goals to start the quarter and hold their largest lead (9-5). Barker scored back to back unassisted goals for Pittsford. The final goal of the game was scored by defenseman Jacob O`Connor during a man-down clear. He took the ball all the way to the net with 0:27 remaining in the game.

With the win, Pittsford returns to the finals for the first time since 2011. The Panthers have made the finals six times; with only two in the last decade (2011 and 2010). The Panthers (second seed) face Fairport (first seed) in a rematch of the 2011 game. The Panthers defeated Fairport 8-5 in that game and are looking for another win Tuesday at 7:30.

 



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