Cheered on by a strong student section – as Peters Township is less than five miles from the South Park Rink – the Indians topped Pine Richland by a score of 6-0 on Friday.
The first game of the evening’s PIHL Outdoor Charity Series doubleheader benefitted the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer foundation, and many players had pink tape wrapped around their sticks to mark the occasion.
Indians senior captain Michael Amelio wasn’t just proud of the way his team fought for the win – he was equally prideful to be playing for a great cause.
“It was awesome to play to raise money for breast cancer awareness or any kind of cancer,” Amelio said. “My grandpa died from cancer and one of our assistant captains, his mother suffered from breast cancer. So to help out any way we could to raise money was special.”
The game started off at a ferocious pace, with the Indians having the better chances early on. But Brendan Bagnato between the pipes for Pine Richland was equal to everything the Indians threw his way in the opening period.
Despite being under pressure, the Rams’ solid defensive play left the game tied at 0-0 going into the first intermission.
But less than a minute into the second period, the game came to life. As a flurry of heavy snowflakes descended onto the rink, a flurry of goals for Peters Township also ensued.
Senior forward Michael Glicksman scored the first goal 32 seconds into the period. He was pleased to jumpstart the Indians to a convincing victory.
“It was really special to get a goal, we probably won’t ever get to play here again,” Glicksman said. “It seemed like once we got that first goal our team really got the momentum going, and it was just great how easy the goals came after that.”
Soon after, junior Benny Zalewski scored a power play goal before junior Cole Snyder picked up a pass from Amelio and fired the puck high into the net past Bagnato to put Peters Township up 3-0.
Goals from David Rex and Taylor Cox capped off a remarkable second period for the Indians.
Snow did become an issue late in the game, as players found it hard to see the puck amidst mounds of white stuff building up on the rink.
Yet Pine Richland’s captain Ryan Hanahan enjoyed playing in the snow and under the lights in his third and final PIHL Outdoor Classic.
“It was a fun experience,” said Hanahan. “It is a lot different playing out there on the bigger ice, but it was fun. I am going to remember this one for a while because it’s my senior year.”
Peters scored their sixth and final goal with six seconds left on the clock, with junior Daven Groom wristing a shot into the cage.
Dan Cole, President of the Pine Richland Ice Hockey Association, spoke of how the team and everyone associated with the school looks forward to this event each year.
“It’s a win-win,” he said. “The players just love it and we are going to raise thousands of dollars for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The players start talking about this in tryouts, it has become the highlight event of the year and it is such a tremendous experience for the players, parents and staff involved.”