Lower Dauphin scored four goals in 10 minutes in the second period to beat Hempfield, 4-3 and win the CPIHL’s Viola Cup on Saturday, March 1 at Hersheypark Arena.
It was the first championship for the young hockey program.
Three of the goals in the Falcons’ four-goal blitz were power play goals.
Trailing 1-0 after one period, Lower Dauphin scored early in the second. David Schindler’s power play goal at 1:16, on assists by Sean Patt and Cullen Zerbe, tied the game.
Patt scored another power-play goal at 4:07 on an assist by Matt Gross to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead, and Lower Dauphin never looked back.
Jason Shellenburger scored a third power-play goal at 9:28 on an assist by Jason Walk to push Lower Dauphin’s lead to 3-1.
Zerbe capped the run with a goal on an assist by Schindler at 11:16.
Hempfield mounted a comeback to keep the game close.
Drew Bievenour scored just 16 seconds after the last Falcon goal, bringing the Knights to within 4-2 after two periods.
Hempfield’s Connor McGuire scored a power-play goal at 7:17 of the third period to bring the Knights within 4-3. But Hempfield could not manage the tying score, despite outshooting Lower Dauphin nearly 2-to-1, 31-16, for the game.
Ted Granbois scored a power-play goal at 14:01 of the first period to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Lower Dauphin goaltender Michael Casamassa made 28 saves to preserve the Falcons’ championship.
The Viola Cup is awarded to the winner of the CPHIL’s Tier 2 division.
The Falcons won five of six playoff games to claim the championship. Lower Dauphin eliminated Lampeter-Strasburg 1-0 and Warwick 1-0 to reach the championship game. Casamassa started in goal for all five Falcon playoff victories.
Cumberland Valley won the Tier 1 championship – the Bears Cup – while a team featuring Susquehanna Twp., Bishop McDevitt and Mechanicsburg players won the Tier 3 championship – the Rothrock Cup.