The 2016-17 season was filled with highlight moments for the Susquehannock ice hockey team.
Playing at the Tier 3 level in the Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League, the Warriors advanced all the way to the tier final.
This year, coach Tim Emenheiser is hoping for an encore in the renamed Rothrock Division (formerly Tier 3). With several key players to replace, however, Emenheiser will have his hands full, especially in the early going.
The Warriors kicked off the 2017-18 campaign on Monday, Nov. 6, at the York Ice Arena against Lampeter-Strasburg. After a slow start, Susquehannock was able to pull within a goal with five minutes left in regulation.
A slew of penalties, however, proved costly. L-S scored the final three goals en route to an 11-7 triumph.
“A couple of our kids haven’t played hockey since last year,” Emenheiser said. “We got off to a slow start, but then I thought we played well. And then the penalties…”
Monday’s contest was certainly not a clean affair. The two sides combined for 64 total minutes in penalties. The Warriors were whistled for three in a nearly five-minute stretch late in the third period. The visitors took full advantage by scoring three times to put the game away.
“It’s just boys being 16 and 17,” Emenheiser said. “It happens.”
Ryan Myers, Cody Rodgers and Alan Reider combined to score all seven Susquehannock goals. Myers and Reider are returning standouts from last year’s club. Rodgers had two goals and two assists, Reider had three goals and Myers had two goals and an assist.
“They both play on the York Devils 18-AA team,” Emenheiser said of Myers and Reider. “That’s who we expect to lead the way and hopefully a couple of other kids can step up.”
Last year, the Warriors teamed up with Dallastown to form the squad. This year the Wildcats have their own team, bringing the total of York-area squads to three (Central York, Susquehannock, Dallastown).
While that may not be good for Emenheiser right now, in the grand scheme of things, it is good for York-area hockey.
“We were with Dallastown last year and I didn’t think they’d have enough this year,” he said. “They only have four guys coming back, but they found some extra guys. So that’s good for the area.”
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