In a showdown between the top two teams in Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3, nothing could separate Susquehannock and the Shamrocks on Monday night.
The two sides played to a 5-5 tie at Twin Ponds West, with the Warriors maintaining their slim one-point lead in the standings over the Shamrocks.
The home side opened the game by scoring the only goal in the opening period to grab a 1-0 lead after the first. The Shamrocks extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second period before Susquehannock (10-2-2, 22 points) rattled off three consecutive goals to take a 3-2 lead. However, the Shamrocks (10-2-1, 21 points) responded with two goals of their own to close out the frame and maintain their one-goal lead going into the final period.
The Warriors again fell behind by two goals when the Shamrocks began the third by scoring their fifth goal, but Susquehannock responded by scoring the game's final two tallies to salvage a tie.
Timothy Schwensen led the way for the Warriors, netting a hat trick, while Ethan Schwartz and Alan Reider each added a goal. Reider also added an assist.
Panthers take point from Hempfield: In a Tier 2 showdown, the Central York hockey team did what no other team in the division has done against the Hempfield Black Knights all season.
The Panthers and Hempfield skated to a 5-5 tie at Lancaster Ice Rink, the first point that the Black Knights have given up all season.
The two teams were even every step of the way, ending the opening period tied at 1-1, the second at 4-4 and then the game at 5-5. However, it was Central York (8-4-1, 17 points) that carried the play against Hempfield (13-0-1, 27 points). The Panthers outshot the Black Knights 35-16, but still somehow finished level on the scoreboard.
Cody Rumsey scored three times for Central York, while Gavin Lyter and Jordan Kline both found the back of the net. Lyter added an assist and Jacob Nagy had two assists.
Hempfield remains comfortably atop the Tier 2 standings, but with the point, the Panthers moved into a tie for third place with Manheim Township.
All-Star Game information: The CPIHL All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Lancaster Ice Rink.
Players who are nominated for the game by the coaches will be put into a draft pool and selected this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Middletown, 137 E. High St.