Female Goalie Leads Penfield To Stunning Upset

Alex D'Agostino barely snuck a backhand inside the near post to give (7)Penfield a 3-2 double-OT win over (2)Pittsford Friday night in a Class A Quarterfinal at the Sports Centre at MCC.

The Patriots had to use backup goalie Meghan Browning because the starter was under the weather. Browning wasn't told she be in goal until the Patriots got off the bus at MCC. She then made 42 saves in the win.

Browning played in two games during the regular season, allowing six goals as Penfield lost both. She began the year on the junior varsity to get more playing time, but was called up to varsity by mid-January.

Greg Weyl scored the first goal of the game for Pittsford in the second period, but Penfield answered when Brian Wall lifted the puck in after a goalmouth scramble.

The Panthers struck first again in the 3rd period on a backhand by Andrew Scuncio with just over seven minutes to go.

Pittsford's 2-1 lead held until the final 75 seconds. Off a faceoff, Andrew Schoeneck whipped in a wrister from the blue line to force overtime at 2-2.

After a scoreless first OT, D'Agostino drove the net and tried to roof a backhand between the Panther goalie and the post. The puck barely trickled across the line for the game winner.

Pittsford was 15-4-1 in the regular season. Penfield was only 7-11-2. Pittsford won both of the regular season meetings between the two teams (5-0 just before Christmas and 1-0 the first week of February).

Penfield will next play the winner of (3)Athena/Odyssey and (6)Schroeder in the Class A semifinals Thursday night at the Sports Centre at MCC. Faceoff time is to be determined.

Browning will not play in Thursday night's game. She will be on a planned long in advance class trip to Europe that leaves on Saturday. She will miss the semifinal, but would be back in time for Sunday's sectional championship should the Patriots win on Thursday.

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