Dillon Kessy went to the PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinals as a sophomore, then the semifinals as a junior.
He made sure the Rams took the next step Tuesday.
Kessy’s controversial goal 2:40 into overtime gave the Rams (16-4-1) a 3-2 win against No. 1 Bishop Canevin (17-2-2) and punched their ticket to Consol Energy Center Wednesday for the PIHL Class AA championship game.
No one, not even Kessy, knew it was a goal until a second or two passed and the official signaled that the puck was in the net and it was a goal.
“I just looked at the ref and saw his hand signal and that’s when I knew,” Kessy said. “I was just so excited I can’t even describe it.”
Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski said afterward that he thought the goal moved and the puck went under the goal became centered again. But the call was upheld and the Rams will look for their first title since current Chicago Blackhawk Brandon Saad led the Rams to a Class AAA title in his only season on the team in 2008.
“It’s amazing for us,” Kessy said. “My sophomore year we made it to the quarterfinals, last year the semifinals and to finally get [to Consol] is huge for us.”