CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. — The Baldwin Fighting Highlanders continued to use its high-powered offense to defeat the Shaler Titans, 6-1, on Monday night at Ice Castle Arena.
The Highlanders got the scoring started from Justin Pollard just over ten minutes into the first period. A minute later, Noah Fischer added a power play goal before Carson Kress added one of his two goals on the night a few minutes afterward to give Baldwin a 3-0 lead after one period of play.
Kress extended the lead to 4-0 three minutes into the second period with a power play goal of his own. Joey Jacobs made it 5-0 Highlanders at the 8:00 minute mark before Shaler finally got a power play goal from Dylan Sarnowski to get on the board two minutes later.
Unfortunately for the Titans, that was all they would muster. Blake George added to the Baldwin lead a couple minutes later at 11:53 of the second period. That goal led to a Shaler goaltender change, as Anthony Hefferin’s night was done after allowing six goals.
The Highlanders put two goals past relief netminder Ryan Bragg in the third period from Keith Reed and George’s second of the night to clinch the 8-1 victory to move to 5-0 on the season. Baldwin did not gain any ground in the Southwest division, though, after West Allegheny, Montour, and South Fayette all won their games over Plum (6-0 win), Hempfield (7-6 win), and Hampton (10-7 win), respectively.
Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki made 12 saves on 13 shots in his first start of the season for his first win of the season.
Baldwin improved to 5-0, tied for first place in the Southwest division, and will face Mars at Baierl Ice Complex on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
Shaler fell to 0-6 and will look for their first win of the season against Greater Latrobe at Alpha Ice Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 8:20 p.m.
MAJOR FOCUS: Baldwin shells Shaler, 8-1