Evan Saxman’s goal 5:57 into the third period proved to be the game winner as Palmyra bested Bayard Rustin 5-3 Monday night in a Class A Flyers Cup semifinal at Ice Line. The second-seeded Cougars will face Hershey for the title Monday night, assuring that a Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League team will win a Flyers Cup title for the first time in the event’s 41-year history.
Third-seeded Bayard Rustin, which was trying to win its seventh straight Flyers Cup title, took a 1-0 lead when Evan Yori scored 2:44 into the opening period but Owen Schmidt and Gabriel Page responded to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead by period’s end.
Yori tied the game 10:25 into the second period before Robert Crook gave the Knights a 3-2 lead with 3:26 left in the period.
Gabriel Page tied the game for the Cougars with 2:26 left to send the teams to the third period tied 3-3.
Saxman’s goal put Palmyra in front for good before Kyle Ziemba scored an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining.
Jackson Bell got the win in goal, making 37 saves. Rustin had a 40-30 edge in shots.
Bayard Rustin 1 2 0—3
Palmyra 2 1 2—5
Jake Kloss, Hank Reed, and Jason Rippon scored two goals each as Hershey defeated West Chester East 6-3 Monday night in a Class A Flyers Cup semifinal at Ice Line. Toby Kauffman added two assists for the fifth-seeded Trojans advanced to next Tuesday’s final against either West Chester Bayard Rustin or Palmyra.
Chase Becnel, Luca Touring, and John Conlon scored goals for the top-seeded Vikings.
Kloss and Reed scored goals in a span of 1:46 to give Hershey a 2-0 lead by the 7:34 mark of the first period
Colon’s power-play goal for Rustin made it a 2-1 game with 3:04 left in the period.
Bechtel tied the game for the Vikings 5:04 into the second period but Reed and Kloss scored goals to give the Trojans a 4-2 lead with 2:21 left in the period.
Touring scored for the Vikings with 6:07 left in regulation to make it a one-goal game but Rippon answered for the Trojans with 4:51 left before scoring into an empty net with 1:43 remaining.
The Vikings outshot the Trojans 32-25.