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Bryce Kropczynski the hero as Penn-Trafford defeats Thomas Jefferson

GREENSBURG — Penn-Trafford took advantage of a Thomas Jefferson miscue with 1:40 remaining in the second overtime as Bryce Kropczynski fired a shot over Billy Siemon, giving the Warriors a 5-4 victory in the final of the Greensburg-Salem Preseason Tournament.

Both Thomas Jefferson and Penn-Trafford came out flying in the first period, with Ryan Crombie setting the pace at 13:17 on a rebound, but was quickly met by a more defensive-first effort by the Jaguars and a goal by Colby Bilski to tie things up at 9:54. Things opened up as the frame continued as Kropczynski netted his first at 4:46 followed by a tally by Jake Stock at 1:52 before Carter Scholtze’s blast just over a minute later gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead heading into the break.

The second frame was nothing like the first as both squads finished their feeling-out process and proceeded to shut each other down physically. The teams exchanged penalties halfway through the stanza, and Bilski found a puck at the blue line, proceeded to take it into the Warriors zone and waited for Jackson Kerrigan to flinch, firing a shot over the junior’s blocker to tie the score at 6:38. It took all of 28 seconds for senior Bennett Dupilka to give Penn-Trafford the lead once again.

The stalemate continued throughout the third period until Andrew Oliver’s goal with 4:45 left knotted things up at four.

It took all of a 5-minute 5-on-5 overtime and the first 3:20 of a second of the 4-on-4 variety before Kropczynski fired a shot through Siemon on a 3-on-2 to give the Warriors the victory.

Both Siemon and Penn-Trafford netminder Kerrigan had solid outings, and each exchanged save after highlight reel save in the instant classic. The Jaguars new starting netminder had a scare in the third after he was hit up high with a stick, causing an extended delay. He was able to return to action.

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