SALEM TWP., Pa. — It took extra time but the Baldwin Highlanders remained undefeated, defeating the Franklin Regional Panthers Monday night at Center Ice Arena.
Dom Trimbur found the back of the net for the Highlanders, on only their 19th shot of the contest, with just under four minutes remaining in the extra period.
Opening the scoring for the night was Baldwin’s Keith Reed Jr. while the Highlanders were on the power play late in the first period.
Luke Beatty tied things up for Franklin Regional after sending a puck toward the net from the point that found its way through traffic and behind Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki.
Despite the loss, Franklin Regional still holds the top spot in the Class-2A Southeast division, sitting one point ahead of Hempfield. Baldwin moved into a tie for the Class-2A Southwest division with West Allegheny, each 6-0 with 12 points.
Both goaltenders had solid nights for their respective teams as Gunner Fulton stopped 17 of 19 for Franklin Regional and Nowicki stopped 47 of 48 for the Highlanders.
TODHUNTER’S TAKES: Baldwin stays undefeated
Franklin Regional plays a shared ice rivalry game tomorrow, Jan. 19, as they play “away” against Penn-Trafford at Center Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m. Baldwin heads back home to Ice Castle Arena on Thursday, Jan. 21 to host Hampton at 7 p.m.