Ice hockey defeats Penn-Trafford in first-round playoff game

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Ethan Spozarski

The ice hockey team beat Penn Trafford 4-1 last night, helping them advance to the Semi-finals

Ethan Spozarski and Paul Kercher

Baldwin’s varsity ice hockey team won their quarterfinal playoff game against Penn-Trafford on Monday night by a score of 4-1. 

Junior Carson Kress scored twice for Baldwin, and seniors Keith Reed and Dylan Belak also had goals. Junior goalie Eddie Nowicki stopped 28 of 29 shots.  

After two periods, the score was tied 1-1. Then Baldwin scored three unanswered goals in the final period.

“We played pretty good in the first and second period, but we didn’t seem like we had a spark,” Reed said. “Going into the locker room between periods, it hit us: We didn’t want this to be our  last game. So we came out and dominated in the third period.”    

Baldwin is set to face TJ in the second round of the Pens Cup. 

Kress talked about how this will be the most important game they have had so far this season. TJ was the only team to defeat Baldwin in the regular season. 

“It’s going to be a tough game, but we’ve got to go into it with a winning mentality and not take any penalties that will hurt us,” he said. “The game next week is personal and we are ready for it.” 

The semifinal game will be played on April 13 at 8:30pm at Alpha Ice Complex.