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Seniors Zachary Frantik, Nico Vecchio, Ryan Palonis, Dan DeMarchi, Anthony Maroadi, and Ryan Joyce pose before their final regular-season game of their collegiate careers – Courtesy of @PittGbgHockey

Seniors Zachary Frantik, Nico Vecchio, Ryan Palonis, Dan DeMarchi, Anthony Maroadi, and Ryan Joyce pose before their final regular-season game of their collegiate careers – Courtesy of @PittGbgHockey

by PJ Dumnich

In their season finale, the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats faced off against Penn State Altoona.

Not only was it their season finale, but it was also senior night for Captain Nico Vecchio, Alternate Captain Anthony Maroadi, Ryan Joyce, Dan DeMarchi, Zachary Frantik, and Ryan Palonis.

All six of the seniors were in the starting lineup.

Wanting to go out on top, Vecchio began the scoring for the Bobcats while shorthanded, but it was followed by a Penn State goal for the second score of the game.

Before the first period could end, Dan Merz was awarded a penalty shot, and he capitalized on his opportunity.

To officially end the period, the Bobcats were up by a score of 2-1. Shots favored Pitt-Greensburg, 18-10.

Just seconds into the second period, Dante Youhon scored for the Bobcats. However, Penn State found an answer to pull within one.

Trying to ruin the senior Bobcats’ special night, Penn State managed to tie the game up, 3-3, while on the powerplay halfway through the period.

But the Bobcats persevered with a goal of their own from Captain Vecchio.

After the second period, the Bobcats led Altoona, 4-3. Shots favored Pitt-Greensburg once more, 29-20.

Merz took advantage of a turnover, following an over-turned goal for Altoona, for his second goal of the game.

To put the Bobcats up 6-3, Vecchio scored what would be his final regular-season hat-trick of his collegiate career.

It was a 6-3 final on this special night for the Bobcats.

On his final regular-season game of his collegiate career, Ryan Palonis saved 35 shots, while the Bobcats had 51, to lead the Bobcats to victory.

Next stop for these Bobcats is the College Hockey East Playoffs, with hopes of repeating their title.

As the Bobcats have officially sealed the first overall seed, the playoffs will be held at their home arena, Center Ice Arena, in Delmont.

Opponents are to be announced for the February 27 and 28 games.

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