High School Sports

Penguins Cup hockey: State College Little Lions fall in western semis

Peters Township survived a showdown of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League’s best offenses on Wednesday night, as the Indians shut out State College 3-0 in the Little Lions’ first-ever appearance in the Class AAA western semifinals at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center.

Peters Township (19-4) extended its winning streak to 16 games and opened up a scoreless first period with a goal from Keenan Witmer 2:35 into the second.

Witmer’s goal ignited the Indians, as one of the league’s top scorers, Alex Debolt, added his 51st point of the season with Peter Township’s second goal at 13:54 of the third period. The Indians capped the scoring witha goal from Trevor Recktenwal at 16:14.

The Indians outshot the Little Lions (16-8) 25-15 for the game, as goaltender Brian Baker stopped all 15 shots he faced. State College goalie Zach Woytowich stopped 22 shots on the night.

The game was the final one in high school for seven Little Lion seniors — Dalton Bown, Stefan Horgas, Craig Saupe, Adam Warfield, Andrew Ebert, McKinley Ross and Woytowich.

Peters Township advances to the Penguins Cup championship game against rival North Allegheny on March 20 at the Consol Energy Center.