Share This Page

Ford City cruises in PIHL Open Class quarterfinal

| Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, 10:24 p.m.

The Ford City hockey team lived up to its status as the PIHL Open Class Chiefs Cup favorite during a quarterfinal win at the Belmont Complex on Sunday night.

Ahead by six goals after the first period, the No. 1 seed Sabers (19-2-1) cruised to an 11-1 victory over No. 8 Carrick (5-17) and advanced to the Chiefs Cup semifinals for the sixth season in a row. They'll play No. 4 Hollidaysburg (15-5-1) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Belmont Complex.

Eric Lindey finished with a team-high five points (two goals, three assists), Robert Kinsey had four (one goal, three assists), and Josh Oliver, John Phelps and Jesse Valasek each added three points.

“Having to play down the stretch to win the section and get the No. 1 seed really made a difference for us,” coach Glen Kilgore said.

The team Ford City will host Tuesday delivered the Sabers a 5-3 loss on Nov. 29. Hollidaysburg, a 6-5 double-overtime winner in the quarterfinals, features the Open Class' top two regular-season scorers, William Power (61 goals, 44 assists) and Brandon Ritchey (41, 55).

Kilgore welcomes the opportunity to play a second home game in the playoffs — the Sabers, a No. 1 seed last season, suffered a semifinal upset.

“I think definitely playing at home at the Belmont is advantage for any team who plays there,” Kilgore said.

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.