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Wildcats claw past Notre Dame in quarterfinal two

03/01/2018, 3:45pm CST
By Michael Trzinski, WiPH Staff

Baker, Keryluk each score a pair in 4-1 win

Brockton Baker and Mack Keryluk each scored a pair of goals as Verona advances to Semifinal Friday with a 4-1 win over Notre Dame in quarterfinal action at the Clamshell.

The Wildcats proved their mettle early on as they killed off three penalties in the first half of the first period.

With about four minutes left in the period, Verona goalie Garhett Kaegi made a point blank stop on Sawyer Scholl to keep the game scoreless.

Then a minute later, Keryluk zipped a hard cross-ice pass from the right boards to a streaking Baker, who one-timed a shot into the net to complete the scoring play. Drew Dingle also had an assist.

Kaegi made another key save on a 2-on-1, stopping a Mike Gregoire shot with just over two minutes to play in the period.

The period ended 1-0, Verona. Kaegi had six saves for the 'Cats, while NDA goalie Bo Buckley stopped 11 shots.

The Wildcats doubled their lead seven minutes into the middle period.

Keryluk gathered in a pass from behind the net and ripped a shot past the goalie to make it 2-0. Nathan Jurrens and Leo Renlund had helpers on the play.

That's how the stanza ended, with both netminders stopping nine shots in the period.

The Tritons cut the lead to 2-1 two minutes into the third period on a nice goal by Bryce Poshak. He came in on the goalie all alone and made a 'no-move' move, with the puck sliding gently through Kaegi's five spot as he moved his feet ever so slightly. Brendan Poshak earned an assist on the nice lead feed.

Baker scored with over six minutes left to make it 3-1, with a helper to Jake Osiecki.

Keryluk added an empty-netter with a minute left to account for the final score.

Kaegi stopped six shots for a game total of 21, while Buckley had eight saves for a game total of 28.

Verona will play Hudson at 4:00pm Friday in semifinal play.

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