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Peters Twp.’s Seth Hanna recovering after injury

Peters Township senior Seth Hanna is at home recovering after a scary injury on Tuesday night.

Hanna left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital via ambulance after a taking a hit from Canon-McMillan forward Taron Prezel on Tuesday night.

Peters Township head coach Rick Tingle told Pittsburgh Hockey Digest that Hanna was treated and released after being diagnosed with a severe concussion, but no spinal injuries.

Both teams showed immediate concern for Hanna’s well being after the Peters Township senior hit the boards and then the ice after the check from Prezel and began to convulse on the ice.

The players from both of the rival South Hills teams gathered in a circle and lowered their heads. The game, which was just minutes into the first period at the time of Hanna’s injury, was postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

Prezel was given a five-minute penalty on the play before the game was called, but Tingle said he did not think it was a predatory hit and just an unfortunate accident.

When rescheduled, the game will have postseason seeding implications. Canon-McMillan is currently in fourth place with 18 points in PIHL Class-3A. The Indians are two points back with 16 in fifth place and have a game in hand.

Through 13 games, Hanna is tied for seventh on Peters Township with six points and is tied for sixth on the team with five assists. There is no timetable for a potential return to the ice for Hanna, who is in his final season with the Indians.

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