Hockey team comeback falls short against Seneca Valley

Seniors Ben Cramer and Tanner Matthews warm up for the third period of play.

Evelyn Esek and Hailey Dietz

The Baldwin boys varsity hockey team lost 4-3 against Seneca Valley on Tuesday.  

After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, sophomore Gabe Herrle scored the first goal for Baldwin. 

“It definitely boosted my confidence, and definitely everybody else got more confident,” Herrle said. Junior Tanner Plinta noticed Herrle’s positive efforts, pointing out that it was Herrle’s first goal playing varsity. 

The other goals for Baldwin were scored by senior Joey Stanick on a power play in the second period and senior Ben Cramer in the third period.

Plinta said that a challenge for the team was playing without their head coach, who was absent from the game. 

The Baldwin goalie, senior Alex Golvash, faced 53 shots on goal during the game. Both Plinta and Herrle praised his efforts, saying that he had an excellent game despite the team’s loss. 

Members of Baldwin drumline attended the game to cheer on the team and to fulfill their Tri-M Honor Society requirements. 

“We were excited to play for the team, and we had a lot of fun,” junior percussionist Matthew Colwell said. The drummers played “Scotland the Brave” every time a goal was scored for Baldwin, as well as pep music during breaks in the game. 

“(The drummers) were very good and very loud,” Plinta said. “It was very motivational.”

Plinta has high hopes for the rest of the season, acknowledging that there are aspects that the Baldwin team has to work on.

“We need to come out faster and be more physical,” Plinta said. 

The team’s next game is Oct. 27 away against Bethel Park.