Both York County CPIHL teams still alive in playoffs

Patrick Strohecker

Through the first week of the Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League playoffs, both York County high school teams are still alive, but won't see the ice for a while.

Anthony Tranchitella and Central York are one win away from competing for the Tier 2 Viola Cup championship.

In the most recent game, No. 3 seed Susquehannock was defeated in the semifinals of the Tier 3 bracket by top-seeded MSMCC, 4-3, on Wednesday night. Alan Reider, Bryan McGillin and Matthew McGillin each scored for Susquehannock, while Reider added an assist and Timothy Schwensen had two assists.

The Warriors dropped into the consolation bracket, where they'll face the Shamrocks for the second time this postseason. The Shamrocks are the No. 2 seed, but lost their opener to Susquehannock last Monday, 5-4, to get forced into the consolation bracket. The Shamrocks kept their season alive Wednesday with a 9-2 thumping of No. 4 Penn Manor, eliminating the Comets.

The consolation semifinal game, which doubles as an elimination game, won't be played until next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Twin Ponds West. The winner of that game will face MSMCC in the Rothrock Cup championship game on Saturday, March 4.

Panthers awaiting next game: In Tier 2, No. 2 Central York is also still alive in the playoffs and is currently in the midst of a nearly two-week-long layoff.

After defeating No. 3 Annville-Cleona, 6-3, last Friday, the Panthers won't take the ice again until next Wednesday for their semifinal clash against No. 4 Manheim Township at 8:15 p.m. at York City Ice Arena. The Streaks pulled off an upset over top-seeded Hempfield, 5-1, to book their spot in the semifinals.

The winner of next Wednesday's semifinal game will advance to the Viola Cup championship game on March 4, while the loser will face the winner of the Black Knights vs. Little Dutchmen elimination game in the consolation semifinal game.