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Time to Grow the Playoff Beards

by PJ Dumnich

The Bobcats had anticipated their last game of the regular season to be against Penn State Altoona on their senior night, but an unexpected, rescheduled match, West Virginia University, turned out to be the last before playoffs.

Thomas Clark started in net, while senior Ryan Palonis rest up before the big playoff weekend.

In the first period, it was clear that WVU never stood a chance against these first-place Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats.

Dan Merz got the first goal of the night, assisted by Dante Youhon, followed by a goal of his own for Youhon, assisted by DJ Petrovey and Ryan Joyce.

Leading by a score of 2-0, Nico Vecchio scored his first of the night, assisted by Anthony Maroadi and Zachary Frantic.

WVU finally scored after the half-way point of the period, but Merz answered back with his second, assisted by Youhon and Luc Tilley.

To end the first, the Bobcats led WVU by a score of 4-1.

WVU had a little bit of hope heading into the second period, but it vanished as Vecchio scored his second, assisted by Maroadi and goaltender Clark.

Following Vecchio’s goal was Matt Mudar, assisted by Merz and Woznichak. Muddier did not stop there, however, and soon netted his second of the game, with assists from Youhon and Merz. The Bobcats were now up 7-1.

Petrovey scored a goal assisted by Jonathan Herchko, soon after but it was West Virginia that ended the period’s scoring.

Entering the third period, the Bobcats led 8-2.

Joyce scored his second of the night, assisted by Youhon and Merz, followed by a WVU goal.

Muddier succeeded in getting his hat-trick goal halfway through the period, assisted by Merz and Youhon. WVU followed with a goal of their own once more, but with a minute left, it was virtually meaningless.

To end the regular season, the Bobcats improved their record to 23-2-0

The more important part of the season will begonia February 27 against Carnegie Mellon University at 8:15 p.m. in Center Ice Arena.

If the Bobcats are victorious in this game, they will move on to defend their championship on March 4 at 5:40 p.m. in Center Ice Arena, one again.

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