Champions: Ice hockey team takes Pens Cup with 2-0 win over Franklin Regional

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Ethan Spozarski

The ice hockey team lost to USC on Thursday in OT.

Ethan Spozarski, Multimedia Editor

Baldwin’s ice hockey team won the Penguins Cup championship on Tuesday by shutting out Franklin Regional, 2-0. 

Senior Zach Borman and junior Carson Kress scored for the Highlanders.

Junior goaltender Eddie Nowicki stopped all 29 shots he faced to get another shutout. Nowicki only allowed three goals throughout the entire playoffs. 

Baldwin made it all the way to the Pens Cup final last year, but the championship game was canceled when the pandemic broke out. Getting back to the finals and winning this year is an amazing feeling, players said. 

“It feels unreal,” senior Keith Reed said. “We have worked so hard for this moment and the boys came out on top.” 

Nowicki said the team’s defense deserves a lot of credit for wins throughout the whole season.

“The defense really stepped up for me by keeping bodies away from the net and letting me see the shots,” Nowicki said.

Earning the shutout in the championship game is amazing, he said.

“It is an unreal feeling,” Nowicki said. “It is a real confidence booster for me and the team for this Saturday.”

The team will compete in the state finals at 2 p.m. Saturday at the UPMC Sports Complex in Cranberry.