Ice hockey defeats TJ in semi-final tournament game


Ethan Spozarski

The ice hockey team falls to Seneca Valley on Thursday night.

Ethan Spozarski, Multimedia Editor

Baldwin’s varsity ice hockey team came from behind to win their semifinal playoff game against TJ on Tuesday night by a score of 5-2. 

Senior Keith Reed scored two goals and juniors Logan Picchi, Xander Aul, and Trevor Belak also scored. Junior goaltender Eddie Nowicki stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced. 

TJ had a 2-1 lead at one point in the second period. But Baldwin tied the score later that period, and then added three unanswered goals in the third period.

Baldwin’s only loss during the regular season came against TJ, so coming from behind and getting the victory on Tuesday was sweet, junior Lorenzo Shipley said.

“It was the best feeling,” Shipley said. “Losing to them was tough, but we knew we could beat them.” 

Shipley said the team was focused going into the final period.

“We knew we had to come out and score quickly,” he said. 

Junior Logan Picchi said this team is ready for the Pens Cup championship game — especially since the Highlanders were due to play in last year’s championship until it got shut down due to the pandemic.

“The feeling is unreal. With some of the kids like myself being on this team last year, we know how bad that feeling was when they canceled it,” Picchi said. “We’ve got ourselves right back where we left off and we are ready to win the Pens Cup for the school and each other.” 

The championship game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at RMU.