However, with just over five minutes to go, the bottom fell out.
Andy Robinson poked in the go-ahead goal off a scramble to give Kenmore a 5-4 lead, then Dan Giliforte scored twice more in the next 18 seconds as the Bulldogs pulled away and beat the Irish 8-5 in a state quarterfinal at the Sports Centre at MCC Saturday night.
Zach Blew scored twice for Batavia Notre Dame.
Each team had two goals in the first period and the Irish took a 4-3 lead to the third after Blew and Matt Keeler sandwiched a pair of goals around a Kenmore goal in the second period.
Kenmore scored a power play goal early in the third to knot the game at 4 and then another power play set the stage for the decisive rally. Kenmore added the 8th goal less than a minute after Giliforte's flurry.
Tyler Kessler beat the buzzer for what would be Batavia ND's final goal of the year.