GREENSBURG, Pa. – Both teams battled until the end but it was Jacob Dally and the Norwin Knights who got a pair of late goals for a 7-6 win over the Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions.
With 8:26 remaining in the game, Greensburg-Salem’s Cole McNair finished a hat-trick, recorded his fifth point in the contest and gave the Lions a 6-5 lead over the Knights.
But Nathan Feczko scored at 13:50 of the third period to tie things and up and with 2:00 remaining, it was Dally who recorded his fifth point of the game with a goal to give the Knights a 7-6 lead and eventually the win.
The first period of play leaned in favor of the visiting Knights as they outshot the Lions 10-7 and went into the first break leading 3-1.
The rest of the game was a different story as Greensburg-Salem seemed determined to not just lay down in defeat. McNair got the puck rolling with a blast from the blue line that went through the five-hole of Norwin goaltender Eric Miscampbell. That was followed up 38 seconds later by a goal from Brendon Linderman to tie the game at 3-3.
Mason Pivarnik completed his hat trick for the Knights just 19 seconds later to give Norwin the lead. After Norwin’s Anthony Cavallaro increased the lead, the Lions still didn’t lay down. Daniel Faulk got Greensburg-Salem back within one late in the second and McNair scored his second early in the third to tie things up once again.
Eric Miscampbell, stopped 22 of 28 shots on goal for the win while Andrew Stead stopped 21 of 28 for the Lions.
Norwin will head back home for a showdown with Bishop McCort on Monday, Oct. 14.
Greensburg-Salem will continue their homestand as they host Wheeling Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 17.