Kittanning, Ford City Varsity Hockey Squads Both Have Wins

In the second of two varsity matchups at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin Township last night, the Freeport Yellow Jackets maintained their section lead with a 2-1 victory over Westmont Hilltop (pictured battling for the puck in the third period). The Kittanning Wildcats are second in the section, and maintained their position with a 7-2 win against Deer Lakes.

by Jonathan Weaver

It was busy night for hockey action within Armstrong County high schools, and an important one for the Kittanning Wildcats.

In second place within varsity’s Class AAA-Section 3, the Wildcats needed a win over third-place Deer Lakes to remain as a team to beat before the playoffs.

The score was tied 1-1 at the Belmont Complex going into the second period, but Kittanning exploded and scored five goals – four of which in the first eight minutes.

Kittanning’s Christian Miller scored his second of the game less than a minute in. Miller assisted on Kittanning’s next goal by David Contrael and then scored again eight minutes into the game to give him a hat trick for the evening.

In all, Miller recorded six points on the score sheet, assisting with teammate Cody Toy twice later in the game – once when the team was short-handed.

Goalie Cameron Langham saved 17 of the 19 shots he faced, and Kittanning remained in second place after a 7-2 victory.

Kittanning now has a 12-4-1 record.

Their next opportunity for first place comes February 7 versus Bishop-McCort.

The first place Freeport varsity Yellow Jackets were also in-action at the Belmont, but remain at the top of the standings today after a 2-1 victory over Section 4’s Westmont Hilltop – who were also leading the standings.

Westmont Hilltop was leading 1-0 after two periods, but Brandon Zack scored two in the third – before being penalized two minutes for roughing – to give Freeport the win.

Freeport extends their record to 12-3-1.

Freeport will also play February 7 at the Belmont Complex versus Quaker Valley.

Both Kittanning and Freeport varsity squads meet head-to-head at 6:15PM February 14 at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin Township for a battle that might mean the Section 3 lead going into the PIHL playoffs.

In Varsity Open play, the Ford City Sabers blew out Frazier at the Rostraver Ice Garden 13-0.

Jesse Valasek scored a hat trick and had four assists, Joshua Oliver recorded six assists and Luke Gross had two goals and an assist.

Gross was credited with the game-winning goal less than two minutes into the game.

Goalie Chance Mcclaine only had to stop six shots on net to ice the victory.