This week in Sports Town Hockey, we review the photos and video from last week’s PIHL Class AA contest between the Franklin Regional Panthers and the Montour Spartans. It was a fast-moving seesaw battle. Although Franklin Regional was first to score, Montour carried a 2-1 lead out of the first period. Franklin Regional tied the game and added one more, making it 4-3 at the end of two. Montour’s Nick White made it 4-all in the third, but Franklin’s Nicholas Cecere got the go-ahead at 5:38 into the third. The Spartans pulled goaltender Brandon Heitzenrater, but the Panther defense held against the extra attacker. The game ended in a 5-4 win for Franklin Regional.
The game took place at the never-dull Delmont Center Ice, where fans have been recently ejected by security for taunting. This game, a Montour fan was ejected by a referee for call criticism. The referee did not leave the ice to do this; he simply had a man escorted out by the security cop. “What, [the other team’s fans] can yell but not us?” the man asked as he was sent out. Following a Franklin Regional punch in the third period (which can be seen in the video here), no call was made at all. This caused another Montour fan to begin chanting “HO-MERS…HO-MERS…”
Cara De Carlo of Tri-State Sports and News had been at Center Ice all of the action. She took the following photos, and created the video which can be viewed by clicking here.