11/4 - Kittanning catches lightning in a bottle !
Posted by Jeff Mauro on Nov 03 2001 at 04:00PM PST
VALENCIA - Kittanning coach Jeff Smouse knew his opening game against Pine Richland will go a long way in judging where the Wildcats will sit in the AA North Division. George Reed's Pine Richland Rams are looking for their 3rd consecutive division title and have depth, speed and skill. Kittanning and Pine Richland was like a heavyweight fight in the first period as both teams threw a few jabs with no knockout punchs. Then Wildcat veteran Colt Hileman picked up a loose rebound and beat Dan Mills to give Kittanning a 1-0 lead. PR's Matt Krysa tied the game at 1-1 beating Adam Toy on the wrist shot. The game picked up physically in the third period as the Rams kept the territorial advantage and it paid off when Adam Fodor beat Toy through the 5-Hole to give PR the 2-1 lead. The Rams continued to pen up the Wildcats with great neutral zone play and looked to well on their way to win # 1 with under a minute to play. After a great save by Toy, Smouse called a timeout. Kittanning Brandon Beatty spotted a teammate behind the Ram defense and Shane Troup picked up a rebound and beat Mills with just 26 seconds left to tie the game. The teams played through OT and the Wildcats earned a big point, which could pay off toward the end of the season.
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