High School Hockey: Hat trick lifts Ford City in Open Cup
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Ford City was the most dominant team in the Open Class in the regular season, leading the league in goal differential and tying for the league lead in points.
Monday, the Sabers proved to be the best postseason team as well.
Jesse Valasek had a hat trick and Luke Gross, Josh Oliver and Eric Lindey all had two goals to lift Ford City to its second Open Cup championship in the past five years, 9-4, against Wheeling Park (W.Va.) at Island Sports Center.
The Sabers (21-2-1) scored the first two goals and led, 3-2, late in the second period when Valasek scored his second of the game to make it a two-goal game heading into the final period.
Oliver then scored 40 seconds into the third period and Lindey added his second goal two minutes later to give the Sabers a 6-2 advantage.
Class AAA first round
• State College 6, Mt. Lebanon 1: Stefan Horgas, the classification's top point-scorer in the regular season, had two goals and two assists to lead the No. 5 Little Lions (15-7) against the No. 12 Blue Devils (5-17) at Penn State Ice Rink in State College, Pa. Dalton Brown also had two goals for State College and Zachary Woytowich stopped 24 of 25 shots.
• Canon-McMillan 3, Butler 0: Ryan Christian stopped all 20 shots he faced and Austin Tonkovich, James Oddi and Colman Slain each had a goal for the No. 6 Big Macs (12-6-4) against the No. 11 Tornadoes (10-12).
Class AA first round
• Hampton 4, Gateway 3: Zachary Kosick had a hat trick, including the winner with 2:34 remaining in the third period, to lift the No. 7 Talbots (11-7-2) to a win against No. 10 Gateway (8-12) at Ice Connection of Pittsburgh.
• Plum 6, North Hills 3: David Stonebraker and Joe Randazzo each had two goals to lead the No. 8 Mustangs (9-10-1) past the No. 9 Indians (8-12) at Valley Sports Complex.
Class A first round
• Serra Catholic 9, South Park 2: Freshman Roman Kraemer scored three goals and added an assist to lead No. 7 Serra Catholic (12-11) against No. 10 South Park (5-18).
• Deer Lakes 8, South Fayette 1: Mitchell Rupprecht scored three goals, all in a span of 5:21 in the first, to lift the No. 8 Lancers (9-13-1) past the No. 9 Lions.
First Published March 5, 2013 12:18 am