DELMONT, PA – With the second half of the season underway, both teams were looking to secure a spot for the playoffs. Luciano Ripepi (9-2 SV%: 0.882) started in net for the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. For the Norwin Knights, it was Daniel Soltysiak (3-5 SV%: 0.842) between the pipes.
Thomas Jefferson wasted no time as they were the first to score, off the stick of Edward Pazo, just :37 seconds into the contest. Norwin would answer that with one of their own 1:41 later from Aidan Rosko. Hunter Fairman put the Jaguars back on top :54 seconds later. The Jaguars also saw goals in the first from William Obrien (10:26) and Riley Holzer (13:41).
Norwin continued to have trouble getting pucks to the net throughout the game, but made the most of their chances as Jacob Daily (1:33) cut the Jaguars lead in half. John Piscitelli (13:07) and Hunter Fairman, his second of the night, scored back to back goals for the Jaguars only :25 seconds apart. The Knights were not going away peacefully as Mason Pivarnik (15:07) found the back of the net.
Thomas Jefferson continued the quick strikes as Hayden Hintemeyer (2:25) increased the lead early in the third period. The Knights from Norwin appeared to find a second wind halfway through the final period. Mason Pivarnik (11:07) and Joshua Hoffman (12:45) got the Knights within 2. Joseph Oliver (16:56) secured the win for the Jaguars with an empty net goal making the final 8-5.
Norwin remains third in the East, sitting one point behind Indiana (who doesn’t play until January 10th). The Knights will continue a four game home stand as they host Wheeling Catholic on January 14th.
Thomas Jefferson still sits at third in the South, one point behind South Park (who also won their game). The Jaguars will head back home to take on Kiski Area on January 14th at the Rostraver Ice Garden.
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