The Central York ice hockey team is still alive for a possible Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Rothrock Division championship, but its road became a bit more difficult after Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Cedar Crest at Klick Lewis Arena.
Top-seeded Cedar Crest (18-1-1) was leading 3-0 in the second period before Central’s Jacob Nagy scored a shorthanded goal to put his team on the board. Less than a minute later, Sean Barba set up Nagy’s second goal of the night and second-seeded Central (16-4) would trail 3-2 going into the second intermission.
Nagy finished off his hat trick with a goal 39 seconds into the third period to temporarily even the score at 3-3. But Cedar Crest’s Kyle Keim found the back of the net less than two minutes later to finish off the game’s scoring.
In the double-elimination tournament, Central now moves into the elimination bracket, where the Panthers will await the winner of the Feb. 21 game between the third-seeded Shamrocks and fourth-seeded Lampeter-Strasburg. That game will take place Feb. 23.
If Central wins that contest, it would move on to the March 3 championship game against Cedar Crest at the Hersheypark Arena.