High school hockey just might be one of the more unpredictable sports. Both St. Joseph\u2019s Marty Crouse and Trumbull\u2019s Greg Maxey, whose teams squared off last week at The Rinks in Shelton, were quick to admit that fact after the Division I Cadets\u2019 6-4 victory over the Division II Eagles. St. Joseph (7-4) scored four second-period goals, including two from junior defenseman Vito Roca to break the game open. Maxey\u2019s players rallied from a 6-2 deficit after two periods to close the gap. The venture, however, came a little too late. \u201cWe got much better as a team tonight,\u201d said Crouse, whose club had dropped back-to-back decisions to Ridgefield (6-5 in overtime and 4-1). \u201cWe\u2019re looking to get some rhythm, and tonight, we were able to play some kids who had not seen much action so far. There\u2019s still a lot of room for improvement though.\u201d Roca scored his first two career goals and is beginning to earn more playing time. St. Joseph took a 2-0 lead in the first period despite an outstanding 15 minutes of play from Trumbull\u2019s senior goalie Matt Paolini, who made 23 saves. Mark Laoue beat Paolini at 7:47 after taking a pass from Sean Hurley, and Christian Keator\u2019s high wrist shot on a pass from Colin Powell made it 2-0 at 13:46. Trumbull\u2019s Sean Gallagher cut that lead in half when he netted a goal just 22 seconds into the second period. The Cadets came right back as Roca got his first score on a blistering shot from the right point at 4:35, while his team was on a power play, and Ryan Corcoran\u2019s unassisted tally at 7:16 after he scooped up a loose puck in the Trumbull end and put it home for a 4-1 lead. \u201cWe\u2019ve been doing that all year long,\u201d Maxey said of his Eagles. \u201cWe get a nice goal (from Gallagher) and then we give it right back. Our kids played very hard tonight and we had a good third period.\u201d After Hurley made it a 5-1 game at 9:44, Trumbull\u2019s Brendan McGill chased down an errant puck in St. Joseph\u2019s end of the ice while his team was short-handed, brought it toward Cadet goalie Marc Van Etten, before beating him from in close. It was a pure effort goal and didn\u2019t go unnoticed by Maxey. \u201cHe (McGill) just hustles every game,\u201d Maxey said. \u201cHe plays so hard that he gets hurt often. He always gives you that gutsy effort.\u201d St. Joseph extended its lead to 6-2 on an unassisted goal by Roca at 13:55. Goals by Nat Walker, unassisted at 4:13, and by junior Luke Bolton, with an assist to Gallagher, generated the final outcome. Bolton scored with just 14 seconds left in the game. \u201cWe made some mistakes tonight,\u201d Crouse said. \u201cWhen you have five or six miscues against a team like Trumbull, you\u2019re going to give up goals like we did in the third period. \u201cBut I wanted to play more kids in that period, and I felt that our lead was comfortable enough.\u201d The loss dropped Trumbull to 2-9 and the defending Division II state champions have a long road ahead just to qualify for postseason play. Meanwhile, the Cadets are one victory away from making the postseason. \u201cI\u2019d hoped that we\u2019d have a little better record right now than the one we have,\u201d Crouse said. \u201cIt\u2019s the mistakes which came at the wrong time. I think we could\u2019ve been on the up side of a few of those losses.\u201d The game against Trumbull, however, belonged to the Cadets who held a commanding 50-18 margin in shots. Paolini had 44 saves. His counterpart Van Etten made 14 stops.