With the loss Findlay ends its season at 16-3-3. Northview, which improves to 16-3, plays Medina (16-1-3) in the regional final Saturday at Findlay.
For 110 minutes the Trojans and Wildcats played a cat and mouse game that ended with each team having only one goal. After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats scored early in the second half when Kyle Scharfenberg broke loose from the pack and shot the ball past Trojan goalie, Josh Kern. The goal raised the ire of some of the spectators in attendance as they believed the Scharfenberg was off-sides but neither the line judge or the referee hesitated in ruling otherwise.
“From my position, I couldn’t see if they were off-sides or not,” said Findlay Albert Laux. “I know a lot of people thought they were, but I couldn’t see it from my vantage point.”
Once the Wildcats scored, it appeared that they had the game in control but in the game’s final ten minutes of regulation Trojan junior Logan VanDerMolen successfully made a long range shot that eluded the out-stretched hands of Northview’s Tyler Puhl to pull Findlay even.
In the two overtime periods neither team was able to push across a goal. Both teams had good opportunities to do so but the defenses and goalies proved to be too tough so the game down to a shoot-out.
Unfortunately it came down to penalty kicks, which I think is a lousy way to win or lose. It’s unfortunate for (Findlay) because they are a class team.”
Unfortunately it came down to penalty kicks, which I think is a lousy way to win or lose. It’s unfortunate for (Findlay) because they are a class team,” said Northview Ryan Creech.
“I don’t want to say we were lucky. But luck favors the prepared, and we were prepared for a penalty shoot-out,” Creech said.
The difference in the shoot-out was that Northview was able to make their first three shots in the shoot-out while Findlay was placed in a position to make their final three and when Wildcat goalie Tyler Puhl blocked Findlay’s final shot attempt the Wildcats won the right to move on to the regional finals.