Tim Emenheiser marvels at how professional hockey players can battle each other tooth and nail for a playoff series, yet still shake hands after it's over
Emenheiser openly talked about that fact on Monday night after his Susquehannock ice hockey club battled Middletown in a Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League contest at the York Ice Arena.
During the postgame handshake line, Emenheiser was upset that Middletown’s goalie shoved a couple of his players.
“Their goalie smashed our one player in the gut,” a clearly perturbed Emenheiser said after the two teams battle to a 4-4 tie. “Then he hit another player and the referees kind of let it go.”
All in all it was a disappointing night for one of the better teams in CPIHL Tier 3. Entering the night with just one loss, a draw against one of the less successful clubs in Tier 3 really felt like another punch to the gut for Emenheiser’s gang.
“It was a tie, but it feels like a loss,” he said. “They’re one of the worst teams in the league.”
The Warriors trailed throughout the contest against their one-win rivals. The visitors led on four separate occasions, with the home team finding a way to even the score each time. Susquehannock even had several chances in the final minute of regulation to take the lead.
Those chances seemed to increase the intensity. The players, coaches and even a few rowdy fans were fired up. In the end, it was all for naught, which likely contributed to the animosity during the postgame handshakes.
“It was kind of chippy,” Susquehannock’s Alan Reider said of the contest, in which there were a combined 13 penalties called between the clubs. “It’s just the way the game is. Some people get upset. It’s a heart-felt game. Some people really get passionate.”
Reider was one of the bright spots for the Warriors. The forward finished with two assists to go with a goal that evened the score at 3-3 late in the third period.
“Everyone was just crashing the net,” Reider said of his goal. “I think it just went off a skate and it came right to me. Their goalie was sprawled out so I just put it where I knew he couldn’t get it.”
While Monday was a night that the Warrior players would like to soon forget, the season has nevertheless been a success. Called Susquehannock due to the large number of players from that school on the roster, the team is a hodgepodge of seven different York County schools. Players from West York, Kennard-Dale, York Suburban, Spring Grove, Red Lion and Dallastown all play together as one singular team with their Susquehannock peers.
While that may not fly well in other sports, the diversity has actually been enjoyable for guys such as Reider. Many of them grew up playing together on the same travel hockey squads, so getting back together for a high school team is a bonus for many of them.
“I know actually a lot of the kids that I play with here,” he said. “I’ve been with them in a couple of places. There are multiple teams here (in York) so I’m friends with almost everyone.”
Ian Smith, Cody Smith and Ryan Myers scored the other three goals for Susquehannock (6-1-1) Monday. Goalie Hayden Folfas recorded 22 saves for the Warriors.
Church Farm School 47, York Country Day 39: At Exton, the Greyhounds trailed 18-3 after the first quarter, but closed the gap to seven at the half (26-19), but were unable to come any closer. D.J. Hamilton led the visitors with 11 points, while teammate Jordan Ray scored 10 points. YCD fell to 1-2 and already has more losses than they had in all of last season, when the Greyhounds finished 23-1.
Solanco 65, York Suburban 39: At Solanco, the Trojans trailed 36-20 at the half and were unable to recover in the non-league contest. Jack Schultz and Nate Bowman led the visitors with 10 points apiece. Suburban fell to 0-2.
Red Lion Christian 57, CHASE 12: At Red Lion Christian, Destiny Hollingshead led RLC with 19 points. Teammate Machaela Kury knocked in 10 points. The home team held the visitors to two points for the first half. RLC improved to 4-0.
Gettysburg 46, Kennard-Dale 20: At Fawn Grove, Gettysburg went on the road and knocked off the two-time defending York-Adams Division II champions. The Warriors received pins from Michael Fata (106), John Halbrendt (120), Dan Ziegler (152), Josh Paul (170), Luke Cross (195) and Tyler Gallagher (220). For the Rams, Tanner Harkins (heavyweight) picked up a pin.
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