GREENSBURG, Pa. — Carson Kress scored twice in the first, including the game-winning goal, as the Baldwin Fighting Highlanders defeated the Greater Latrobe Wildcats 6-2 on Thursday night at Kirk S. Nevin Arena. Keith Reed Jr. also netted a pair for Baldwin, while Peyton Myers scored both of the Greater Latrobe goals.
The Fighting Highlanders started their surge early, turning a Myers penalty into a 1-0 lead as Kress’ first of the evening found the back of the net from the goal line. Dom Trimbur followed up the effort, skating through the right circle and firing a shot that beat starter Vinny Amatucci high at 8:01. Baldwin closed out the scoring in the opening frame on a converted two-on-one, as Alex Aul fired a pass from the half wall that Kress was able to tap in.
The Wildcats then turned to senior Logan Byrd in net during the second and the offense became a little more potent. Myers’ first of the contest came at the 4:11 mark of the stanza, beating Eddie Nowicki to cut the lead back to two. Keith Reed Jr. found the back of the net at 9:48, extending the lead back to three. A phenomenal individual effort by Reid West gave Greater Latrobe hope, as the speedy sophomore chased a puck behind the net, dangled around a defender and found Myers camped out in front of the net for the second Wildcats goal.
Baldwin and Greater Latrobe played a tight third until Reed scored his second of the contest and Joey Jacobs fired home a shot late.
Trudy Ivory was honored with a ceremonial puck drop prior to the contest. Ivory has overseen operations for Kirk S. Nevin Arena for the City of Greensburg for over the past 30 years.
The Fighting Highlanders take on the Penn-Trafford Warriors on Thursday, Feb 4 at 8:15 p.m. at Center Ice Arena. Greater Latrobe heads to Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale on Monday, Feb 1 for an 8:30 p.m. tilt with the Moon Tigers.