CANONSBURG, Pa. — The 2018-19 PIHL regular season’s opening week continued on Tuesday, and Pittsburgh Hockey Digest’s Ed Major was in the rink at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg for a Class-AAA clash between the Peters Township Indians and the Canon-McMillan Big Macs.
PETERS TOWNSHIP 6, CANON-MCMILLAN 4
Anyone who follows Peters Township or Canon-McMillan hockey would have guessed a game between the two would be an offensive showcase. Anyone who would have guessed Tuesday night’s game would be an offensive showcase would be right. As expected, Peters Township came right out of the gate and attempted to dictate the pace of the game. The Indians opened the scoring on a goal by Nico Watsula just over five and a half minutes in. Several chances after the opening goal almost put the Big Macs into a deep early hole. Canon Mac, however, responded to the one goal deficit with three of their own. Joshua Hrip had a three point night with an assist on the first goal that tied the game at one as well as two goals of his own in the second period. Less than five minutes into the second period, Canon-McMillan had taken a 3-1 lead. Over the next five minutes, Peters Township responded with three unanswered goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead before Hrip put the tying goal in the back of the net on a Big Macs power play with just 1:06 to play in the second.
The third period was more back and forth, albeit not on the scoreboard. Peters Township Captain Ryan Luppe netted his second of the night early in the period to give the Indians a 5-4 lead. Canon-McMillan had a chance to get one back on a breakaway by Co-Captain Johnny Macdonald. He was slashed by the Indians’ Geoffrey Poon and was awarded a penalty shot, which subsequently rung off the crossbar. Peters Township’s Jeremy Anthos added an insurance goal just over halfway through the third to give the Indians the 6-4 win.