Kerrigan shines in Penn-Trafford's 3-1 win over Greater Latrobe

The Warriors senior goalie turned aside 27 of 28 shots in the victory

Tue Nov 01, 2022 - 10:47PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2022 - 2:01AM

Propelled by a sparkling effort in net by Jackson Kerrigan, Penn-Trafford proved opportunistic in a 3-1 victory against Greater Latrobe on Tuesday at the Palmer Imaging Arena in Delmont.

With the victory, the Warriors improved to 3-1-0 in the PIHL Class AA, and with eight points, moved into a tie for second place. Conversely, the Wildcats suffered their second loss in a row, falling to 2-2-0.

Although Greater Latrobe produced nine shots in the opening period, it was the host Warriors who struck in the frame. Bryce Kropczynski displayed his skill as he darted between a pair of GL players and ripped a shot past Wildcats goalie Connor Keddie to stake PT to a 1-0 lead approximately 11 minutes into the contest.

Early in the second period, the Warriors added to their lead, as TJ Ferguson banged home a loose puck near in the crease after an initial save by Keddie.

Greater Latrobe had a response, though, as Louie Amatucci sent a shot towards the net that ricocheted into the net to pull the Cats within a goal near the midway points of the second period.

Early in the third, the Warriors notched an insurance goal, as Chase Bonson sent a weak shot from the right point that floated past Keddie.

That was plenty of offense for Kerrigan, as the PT senior posted 27 saves, including a strong showing in the third period, as GL outshot Penn-Trafford 11-4.

Kropczynski paced the Warriors with a goal and an assist, while Ben Zierski, Damian Dynys, and Marco Ferracio also contributed helpers.

In addition to Amatucci’s goal, Peyton Myers and Fletcher Harvey added assists, while Keddie made 15 saves in net. Greater Latrobe played without its leading goal scorer, Josh Coffee.

Penn-Trafford remains at home to play Meadville next Tuesday. Meanwhile, Greater Latrobe returns to the ice on Nov. 10, as the Wildcats welcome Mars Area to the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg.