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Ford City ends regular season on high note

Ford City's hockey team closed out its regular season with a flourish, as each of the 16 Sabers earned at least one point during a 15-3 home win over Connellsville on Thursday night at the Belmont Complex.

With the victory over the Falcons (1-19), Ford City (17-2-1) secured its spot atop the Open Class standings. The Sabers, who led 5-0 after the first period, finished with a season-high goal total and ultimately outshot Connellsville, 45-13.

"We would've liked a little better competition to end the season, but we don't make the schedule," coach Doug Anthony said. "A lot of guys who don't get a lot of ice time played most of the game, so that was good."

Eric Lindey finished with three goals and two assists. Kevin Valasek and John Phelps had two goals and two assists each. Brad Peltz and Jesse Valasek also scored twice, while Cody Atherton logged three assists.

Goalie Adam Cogley made 10 saves for the Sabers, and Devin Kalp had 30 stops for Connellsville.

Ford City, winner of its final 15 games, is the top seed in the Open Class playoffs, which begin Sunday. The Sabers will play Ligonier Valley (5-15) at 7:30 p.m. at the Belmont Complex.

"The first five games were kind of rough," Anthony said. "It was a young team, and everyone was trying to find their place on the team. We keep getting better. We hope that'll continue right into the playoffs."

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