Both York County high school ice hockey teams will play for hardware in two weeks.
With wins Wednesday night, Central York booked its spot in the Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League's Tier 2 Viola Cup championship game, while Susquehannock secured its own berth in the Tier 3 Rothrock Cup title contest.
The second-seeded Panthers earned their championship game appearance with a 5-3 victory over No. 4 Manheim Township at the York City Ice Arena in the semifinals.
After the game was deadlocked at 1-1 through the first half, the offense took over in the final period and a half. Central built a 3-1 lead with back-to-back goals in the second period, but surrendered one late to carry a 3-2 advantage into the final period. The Blue Streaks leveled the score with an equalizer early in the third period, but Cody Rumsey completed his hat trick with two consecutive goals to give the York County program a spot in the title game.
Rumsey finished with four points, adding an assist to go with his three goals. Luke Rohrbaugh and Anthony Tranchitella also scored for the Panthers, while Jordan Kline had two assists. In goal, Griffin Long made 28 saves on 31 shots.
Central will play top-seeded Hempfield for the crown. The Blue Streaks knocked off the Black Knights in the opening round of the playoffs.
Warriors narrowly get past Shamrocks: No. 3 Susquehannock took down the No. 2 Shamrocks for the second time this postseason, this time earning a 6-5 win at Twin Ponds West in the consolation semifinals to earn the right to play for the Rothrock Cup.
The difference in the game came with less than two minutes to play in regulation when the Warriors' Alan Reider scored the game-winning goal, breaking a 5-5 tie. Both teams traded a pair of goals in the first period and then Susquehannock took a 4-2 lead in the middle frame with back-to-back goals, but the Shamrocks cut the deficit to one with a late second-period tally and then leveled the score with an early third-period marker. The two sides traded goals again to get it to 5-5 before Reider played hero late in the contest.
Reider had two goals for the Warriors, while Carson Kratzer, Andrew Helmer, Elijah Emenheiser and Timothy Schwensen also scored. Riley Johnson scored all five goals for the Shamrocks.
The Warriors will now take on top-seeded MSMCC in the title game. MSMCC defeated Susquehannock in the semifinals, 4-3, last week.
Both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 championship games will take place on Saturday, March 4, at Hersheypark Arena.