Its been nearly two decades since Pittsford hockey has made it to the state Final Four in hockey.
Saturday the Panthers will face Saratoga in the first Class A semifinal of the day, bright and early at 10am in Utica. The winner of that game plays for all the marbles Sunday at 12:30pm.
Pittsfords season really took off after a season ending win over then unbeaten Webster Thomas. "It really gave us a stepping stone to peak into sectionals with a big win over an undefeated Webster Thomas," said forward Rory Foster. "That was a huge benchmark for the year. It gave us a lot of momentum."
Since then, the Panthers have won four games by a combined score of 28-4. They caught a break when the top two seeds in the Section V Class A playoffs were upset early. Pittsfords only test of sectionals was a 2-1 win over 10th-seeded Aquinas in the semis.
Otherwise, the Panthers have been impressive and made the State Frozen Four thanks to a 6-2 win over Monroe-Woodbury in the quarterfinals. "We kind of had a slow start to the season and then toward the second half, we really started clicking, playing well," said forward Aaron Witzel. "We started to play our best once the playoffs started."
"We peaked at the right time," Foster added. "Ryan in goal has been great and we rolled through sectionals with a lot of scoring and some great leadership from our senior guys, so, its been a good job."
Two more good jobs and the state title is theirs.