GREENSBURG, Pa. – While the first 34 minutes was an even match, in the final period, it was the Baldwin Highlanders who earned the win over the Hempfield Spartans, 5-1.
Baldwin opened up the flood gate early in the last 17 minutes, scoring three goals within the first three minutes. Noah Fischer was created with the game winner just 17 seconds into the final period. Fischer ended the night with two goals, both in the third.
Logan Picchi and Dylan Belak were the other two goal scorers in the third for the Highlanders.
Hempfield’s penalty kill tied the game when Trent Gray blasted a shot from the blueline after receiving the puck from Matt Traczynski on the faceoff at 12:46 of the second period.
Zach Pender made a behind the back pass while falling toward the ice to find Jimmy Dulya in front of the net to give Baldwin the lead with 22 seconds left in the first period.
Tanner Cindrich stopped 18 of 19 shots on goal for Baldwin. Matthew Overdorff stopped 16 of 20 shots on net before Joe Behler stepped in. Behler stopped 3 of 4 shots on net for the Spartans.
The young Spartan team will have a quick turn-around as they head to the Frozen Pond in Richland Township to face the Armstrong Riverhawks on Thursday, October 24th.
The Highlanders from Baldwin will get the chance to play in front of their home crowd after three consecutive road games, when they host the Shaler Area Titans at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon on Monday, November 4th.