SALEM TWP., Pa. — Out of 19 players for the Penn-Trafford Warriors, 14 earned at least one point as they defeated the Moon Tigers 9-4 Tuesday night at Center Ice Arena.
Connor Moran got things started early for Moon, scoring 32 seconds into the first period before Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner tied the game at the three minute mark. The Warriors added two more goals by Steven Fennel and Luke Militzer to extend the lead to 3-1 midway through the first period. Richie Doyle put an end to the Warriors’ surge by scoring his first goal of the night for the Tigers at 11:37 to trim the Penn-Trafford lead to 3-2.
Ryan Mickey got a shorthanded goal for Penn-Trafford and Nico Martucci increased the Warriors lead to three as he made it 5-2 Penn-Trafford just under 10 minutes into the second period. The Tigers didn’t just lay down as Doyle scored his second for Moon to bring them back to within two goals with six seconds left in the second period.
Ethan Tamborski scored twice, in a 33 second span, to give the Warriors a three goal lead after Chase Dawkin got the Tigers within a goal at 4:18 of the third period. Carter Scholze and Xavier Solomon finished the scoring for Penn-Trafford to seal the 9-4 Warriors win as they improved to 2-2 on the season. Moon fell to 0-6, unable to notch their first win of the season.
Jackson Kerrigan stopped 20 of 24 shots on goal for Penn-Trafford. Moon went with Lukas Konecsni between the pipes to start the game but was replaced by Liam McCullough with 6:42 remaining in the game. The tandem stopped 39 of 48 shots.
Penn-Trafford will have a quick turnaround as they travel up Rte. 66 to play the Armstrong Riverhawks at the Belmont Sports Complex on Thurday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Belmont Complex is fully operational once more after being closed for ice repairs earlier this season.
Moon will make the long trip back east to celebrate Veteran’s Day on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:15 p.m. when they play the Hempfield Spartans at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.