SALEM TWP., Pa. — Montour scored three goals in less than two minutes in the third period to help defeat Penn-Trafford, 7-3 on Monday night at Center Ice Arena. With the win, the Spartans earned a tie for second place in Class-2A and will face West Allegheny in a play-in game.
The first two periods of play saw both teams battling it out, trading goals back and forth. The third period was a different story. Despite being outshoot, 11-7, Montour increased their lead over the Warriors with three goals coming from Preston Muha, Tommy Gollob and Michael Felsing. All three goals were scored in a 1:19 time frame.
Gollob had also tallied the eventual game-winner late in the second, when he answered Nate Loughner’s goal for Penn-Trafford.
Felsing opened the scoring for Montour but Penn-Trafford tied the game, 1-1, at 11:20 off the stick of David Tamino. The Spartans answered back when Dusty Geregach found the back of the net while on the power play at 14:41. Penn-Trafford’s Ryan Mickey was proof that the Warriors were not going away easily when he beat Montour’s netminder with 48 seconds remaining in the first period.
Montour opened up the scoring early in the second period when Jeremy Freeman gave the Spartans their third lead of the night at 3:11. Again, the Warriors answered. Less than a minute later, Loughner was able to get the Warriors back even with the Spartans. The tie ended up lasting just over five and a half minutes before Gollob broke it for good.
With tonight’s win, Montour earned a play-in game for the Class-2A postseason. Penn-Trafford was eliminated from the playoffs last week when they were defeated by Hempfield.
Montour will play West Allegheny in a play-in game at RMU Island Sports Center on Sunday, March 1.
Penn-Trafford finished its season in fourth place in the Class-2A Southeast, going 8-9-0-1 for 17 points.