After Cascade’s Senior Night ceremony at halftime, Bethesda came out on the offensive, as Andrew Warrick put two shots on goal in the first five minutes.
With 27 minutes remaining, Ethan McNaughton scored on a penalty kick as he found the right corner of the net. Eight minutes later, the Bethesda sophomore scored again for a comfortable two-goal margin.
“Ethan is very quick and skilled, and he and his brother (Triston) work together pretty well,” Bushre said. “He’s had a good season and we’re glad we’ll have him two more years.”
Cascade had two scoring looks by Suter in the final five minutes, but neither got by Mlagan.
“Combinations weren’t there tonight and our passes were off,” Faulkner said. “We just didn’t show up today. It was definitely on us.”
After a lengthy and emotional speech to his team afterward, Faulkner said it’s up to the Cadets to seize the moment next Wednesday.
“It has been a good season, with our first conference championship in a long time,” Faulkner said. “It goes by so fast, and tonight they played like they have a lot more time. I just tried to convey to them that the end can come on Wednesday if they don’t come ready.”