Wakefield's irrepressible Warriors, seventh seed in the 14-team Division One North Sectional bracket, will play for the championship Monday night following an exhausting 2-1 win over six-seed Chelmsford in a game that came down to a shootout after the teams battled to a 1-1 score in regulation and one overtime.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead at the 5:42 mark of the first peiod when David DeDonato tucked a shot behind Wakefield goalie Joe Cerulo, assisted by Jon Fairbanks. It stayed that way throughout the second period as both teams played close checking defense that opened few good scoring opportunities. And when opportunities beckoned, Noble and Cerulo held their opponents at bay.
With a large contingent of rabid student fans for both sides rocking the arena, the teams battled through a scoreless second period. Chelmsford still led by a goal until the 5:52 mark of the third, when Warrior Dan Cardillo took a pass from Tyeler MacDonald and from the left circle beat Noble to tie the game.
In the overtime period, Wakefield survived back-to-back penalties with just over six minutes left.
It was on to the shootout, where Wakefield came out on top for the game-winning point. Alec Brown scored the game winner and Joe Cerulo backboned the Wakefield effort.
The Warriors will take on Burlington on Monday night in the finals.