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The Central York/Dallastown ice hockey team continued its unbeaten streak to open the season on Wednesday night.

The combined team knocked off Lampeter-Strasburg, 8-3, at Lancaster Ice Rink, improving its record to 4-0 on the year and moving into first place in the Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 standings.

After Central York/Dallastown allowed the first goal of the game, the offense woke up and stole the show. Reid Delbiondo scored twice in the final minutes of the first period to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage after the opening 16 minutes. From then on, Central York/Dallastown never looked back.



It was only a handful of years ago that there were eight York-area high school teams participating in the Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

Due to many factors, however, that number has dwindled steadily.

Now, only two county squads remain — Central York/Dallastown and Susquehannock, with both playing in the CPIHL’s lowest level, Tier 3.


The combined team of Central York and Dallastown shut out Middletown 5-0 to kick off the Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 season on Monday at the York City Ice Arena.

After leading just 2-0 after two periods, the combined team scored three times in the final period to open up the game. Collin Young scored twice in the third period to go along with his second-period goal, completing his hat trick. Anthony Tranchitella had a goal and three assists to lead all players with four points, while Remington Batt had a goal and two assists. Griffin Long only needed to make 12 saves to earn the shutout.

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Central York 7, Cumberland Valley 4: At York City Ice Arena, the Panthers scored six unanswered goals in the second period to pace their way to the win in Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 1 play. Brandon Linker and Anthony Tranchitella each had two goals for Central York (5-11-1). Linker also added two assists to complete his four-point night.

Carlisle 6, West York 2: At Twin Ponds West, the Herd scored three straight goals during the end of the first period and into the second period to knock off the Bulldogs in CPIHL Tier 3 action. West York (8-9-1) got goals from Dennis Kohadjda and Alan Reider as it closed out its regular season. The Bulldogs already qualified for the Tier 3 playoffs and will take on either Carlisle or McDevitt-Susquehanna Township-Mechanicsburg next Wednesday in the first round of postseason play.


Susquehannock 5, Northern York 3: At York City Ice Arena, the Warriors used a three-goal first period to defeat the Polar Bears 5-3 in Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 action. After seeing its lead shrink to 3-2 early in the third period, Susquehannock (7-10-1) responded with two goals of its own to close out the win. Nicolas Prego shined for the Warriors, recording four points on one goal and three assists.

Central York 4, Red Land 0: At York City Ice Arena, the Panthers got four goals from four different players en route to their shutout victory in CPIHL action. David Myers, Collin Potter, Brock Lefever and Griffin Mundis scored for Central York (4-11-1), while Adam Kimball recorded his first shutout of the season, making easy work of the seven shots that he faced.

Palmyra 8, Dallastown 2: At Klick Lewis Arena, a strong final period by the Cougars helped them pull away from the Wildcats and claim the 8-2 win in CPIHL Tier 1 play. Palmyra (9-4-4) doubled its goal total in the third period, outscoring Dallastown (4-12-2) 4-1 in the final 16 minutes. Kalen Patterson scored both goals for the Wildcats.


Lower Dauphin 6, Central York 3: At York City Ice Arena, the Panthers gave up five third-period goals in the loss to the Falcons in Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 1 action on Wednesday night. The game see-sawed back and forth, with the teams evenly splitting the first six goals. But Lower Dauphin (11-1-2) scored the final three goals to seal the victory. Central York (3-11-1) got two goals from Nicholas Tranchitella and one from Collin Potter.

Carlisle 9, Susquehannock 7: At Twin Ponds West, the Warriors’ third-period comeback bid came up short in CPIHL Tier 3 action. Carlisle (12-1-2) scored eight goals in the first two periods and then held off Susquehannock’s final-period push, when it scored four goals and trimmed the deficit to as little as two. Nicolas Prego led the Warriors (5-8-1) with three goals and three assists.


West York 7, Northern York 4: At Twin Ponds West, the Bulldogs scored six goals through the first two periods en route to a 7-4 win over the Polar Bears in Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 action on Monday night. Chaz Nace recorded a hat trick for West York (8-7), while Nicholas Cintron and Brandon Sanders each had three points. The victory put the Bulldogs over .500 for the season.

Warwick 5, Central York 4: At Lancaster Ice Arena, the Panthers’ third-period rally came up short in a 5-4 loss in CPIHL Tier 1 action on Monday night. Central York (3-10-1) entered the final frame down by two and scored two goals, but a goal from the Warriors (6-7-1) midway through the period never allowed the Panthers to get level. Brock Lefever scored two of the four goals for the Panthers, who fired 39 shots on goal.

Cumberland Valley 10, Dallastown 0: At York City Ice Arena, the Wildcats were no problem for the Eagles, who rolled to a 10-0 victory in CPIHL Tier 1 action on Monday night. Four goals by Cumberland Valley (7-6-1) in the first period set the tone early and then three more in each of the final two periods resulted in a mercy-rule victory over Dallastown (4-9-2).


West York 2, Penn Manor 1: At York City Ice Arena, the Bulldogs held off the Comets in the third period, coming away with a victory in Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 action on Monday. Garrett Clark’s power-play goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie for West York (7-7) and goalie Blake Stitley shut down Penn Manor (8-5) the rest of way. Stitley had 19 saves, while Alan Reider scored the other goal for the Bulldogs.

Hershey 9, Central York 1: At Klick Lewis Arena, the Trojans pulled away from the Panthers in the last two periods in CPIHL Tier 1 action. After being tied 1-1 after 22 minutes, Hershey (11-0-1) scored the final eight goals. Mason Keth scored the lone goal for Central (2-9-1).



Carlisle 8, Susquehannock 3: At York City Ice Arena, the Warriors gave up the first five goals and dropped an 8-3 decision to Carlisle in Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 3 action. Susquehannock (3-6-1) finally scored a goal with 2:48 left in the second period, but at that point, was still down 5-1. Andrew Darragh, Carson Kratzer and Dean Huntzinger scored for the Warriors.

MSM 6, West York 4: At Twin Ponds East, Mechanicsburg-Susquehanna Township-Bishop McDevitt scored three third-period goals to erase a 4-3 deficit and knock off the Bulldogs 6-4 in CPIHL Tier 3 action. The game-tying and game-winning goals came only 62 seconds apart in the final four minutes of the third period. Nicholas Cintron provided the only offense for West York (5-6), scoring all four goals.


Too often in sports, we tend to only look at the outcome of games, rather than the big picture of teaching athletes how to become better.

We leave those teaching moments to youth coaches to instill into the minds of children just starting out on the playing fields or taking their first steps on a court or a rink.

Once kids get to high school, those teaching moments still remain part of the picture, but they sometimes take a back seat to winning and losing. Sure, there can be lessons taken from each and every game or match, but all that really matters in the end is whether you won or lost. By the time that kids enter their teen years, typically playoffs enter into the equation in most leagues, and they become the main goal of teams striving to win it all.

However, the playoffs are not for every team. They usually learn that the hard way by going through rough patches that can impact a team’s morale as the losses continue to mount.

That was the case with the Central York ice hockey team during the first four games of this season.

After the Panthers’ lone goalie opted to play junior hockey instead of high school hockey, the team was left without a goalie on the roster, and it showed in the team’s first four games. In those four games, Central York was outscored 39-11. Needless to say, its record reflected the poor defensive showing at 0-4.

The Panthers cycled through three different goalies — none of whom ever played the position — in those four losses. With each loss, the frustration grew for the players on the team, while their confidence plummeted at an equal rate.

“We weren’t very optimistic as players,” Central York coach Rick Lefever said. “We weren’t energetic and we were pretty much in the dumps.”

At the high school level, coaches will do anything within reason to better their teams. That’s what Lefever did, bringing in Adam Kimball, a ninth-grader from Elizabethtown who also plays for the York Devils Bantam-AA team, to backstop his team and give it a chance to win games. Since his arrival, Central is 2-2-1.

But Lefever did it at the expense of the Panthers being eligible for the playoffs.

See, in the Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, better known as the CPIHL, there are three different levels of competition — Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. In Tier 1 and Tier 2, all teams have to be pure, meaning that only players from a respective school can play for a specific team, or else they risk being disqualified from playoff contention, or having to move down to Tier 3, the one division where combined teams participate when schools can’t field a full, pure team.

“The kids quickly realized, look we’ll play out the season and it doesn’t really matter if we make the playoffs because the way we’re going we’re not going to make the playoffs anyway, or if we do, then we’ll be bowing out early,” Lefever said.

It hasn’t always been this cutthroat for teams in the CPIHL that didn’t have a goalie. In the early years of the league, when goalies were hard to come by for teams, the CPIHL had a goalie pool, where goalies who played on their normal school teams could put their names on a list as alternative options for other team that didn’t have a regular goalie. That way, teams could field competitive teams, but not sacrifice a playoff berth because it was no longer pure.

Central York has been a Tier 1 team for nearly a decade, never struggling to field a pure, competitive team, and routinely making the postseason. While it has the skaters to compete at the Tier 1 level this year, next year Central could become the latest team impacted by the lack of younger players getting involved with school hockey. A large senior class will move on after this season for Central.

The Panthers won’t be the first or last team to search for players or goalies to make up a pure team because it’s something that has become a common theme within the league, one that Lefever believes needs to be addressed.

“If you look at the scores this year, there’s a lot of lopsided games,” he said. “Something needs to be done to take away that persona in the league. Whether it’s combining schools or setting a combination of schools, or whatever it needs to be … Because it’s embarrassing.”

Sure, there’s a pride aspect that goes along with being a team made up of only players from your own school, but it can come at a price. And that price is being humiliated to the tune of getting 10-goaled on a regular basis.

So, if there’s one thing that you can take away from this CPIHL season, take a look at what Lefever and Central York did. His team knew being eligible to compete for the Viola Cup, the Tier 1 championship, wasn’t realistic and certainly not worth being humiliated on a nightly basis.

Instead, it focused on establishing a new sense of pride when it takes the ice by becoming a team that is competitive and winning some games along the way.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at