continued “They did really good things and kept us in the game,” said Hill.
Rehfuss scored with 9:26 left in the second half to put Shaker back in front 4-3, and the Blue Bison’s chances looked better when Penfield picked up its fourth yellow card, which put them one player down the rest of the way.
Shaker tried to possess the ball and run down the clock, but it turned the ball over.
“Maybe the pressure got to us,” said Hill. “We just made too many mistakes.”
Given new life, the Patriots kept attacking, and with 1:45 left in regulation Dana Plakosh fitted a shot past Morrison, making it 4-4. Penfield nearly won it in the waning seconds, but Shaker made one more defensive stop to force overtime.
In the first of two three-minute OT periods, neither side could score. Shaker had the ball at the start of the second OT, and got two shots to move in front, only to see Penfield goaltender Mia Pascuzzi turn both of them back.
It was Nesselbush -- who had scored twice in Penfield’s first comeback -- that netted the decisive goal. Penfield won the ensuing draw and was able to run out the remaining time.
Even with that disappointment, Shaker could look back at 2012 with considerable pride, having dethroned unbeaten Guilderland for the Section II title and prevailing at the regional stage to reach the state final four.
“No one really saw us coming this far,” said Morrison. “It was good to prove everybody wrong.”