The Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League's 25th season culminates with a pair of championship games scheduled for Friday night at Hersheypark Arena.
Both games feature the top two seeds from their respective divisions.
Following is a look at the matchups. For more information, visit the CPIHL's website.
No. 1 Hershey (16-3-0-2) vs. No. 3 Pamyra (16-4-0-0)
Puck drop: 8:30 p.m.
On the line: The Bears Cup
How they got there: The top-seeded Trojans defeated Cedar Crest, 8-2, in the first round of the playoffs before a 6-2 setback to Palmyra. They earned the title-game berth with a 4-1 win over Central Dauphin Monday. The Cougars defeated Central Dauphin in the first round and clinched the right to play for the Bears Cup with their win over Hershey.
Championship history: Hershey has won the CPIHL's Tier 1 title in 15 of the league's first 24 years. The Trojans advanced to six of the last seven Bears Cup championship games, winning four of them, including last year's 3-2 overtime thriller over Lower Dauphin. Palmyra won three CPIHL titles, including back-to-back Bears Cup triumphs in 2016 and 2017. Hershey and Palmyra traded shutout victories for the title in 2015 and 2016.
Head-to-head: Before their second-round matchup on the road to Hersheypark Arena, Hershey and Palmyra faced off against each other three times during the regular season. The Trojans won their season opener against Palmyra, 6-4, on Nov. 9 and took a 3-2 decision Dec. 21. The Cougars answered with a 5-2 victory Jan. 25.
Players to watch: Brady Bowman scored multiple goals in each of the Trojans' playoff victories, leading the team in postseason scoring with five goals and three assists. Palmyra's Owen Schmidt scored a hat trick win the win over Central Dauphin and two goals against Hershey. His five goals complement two postseason assists.
Goalies: Jackson Bell backstopped the Cougars to two playoff wins, posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He played between the pipes for both wins over Hershey, stopping 62 of the 65 shots he faced. Chris Larkin has been Hershey's go-to goaltender during the postseason with a 3.00 GAA and a .887 save percentage.
Notable: Including the regular season, Palmyra has won six straight games and nine of its last 10 ... Since Nov. 9, the Cougars have allowed more than three goals in a game twice and more than four goals in a game once ... Larkin made 23 saves on 25 shots in last year's Bears Cup-clinching victory for Hershey ... Palmyra's seven third-period goals were the most in the CPIHL playoffs ... Hershey, which scored seven first-period goals in the playoffs to lead the CPIHL, jumped to a 2-0 lead in its loss to Palmyra. The Cougars erased it less than a minute after the second goal with a pair of goals of their own 19 seconds apart ... Palmyra went on the penalty kill 13 times in the playoffs. Hershey's power play tagged the Cougars for two goals in their playoff game ... Palmyra was the only team to defeat Hershey by more than one goal this season ... The Cougars will have waited 18 calendar days between clinching a title game berth and Friday's puck drop.
No. 1 West Shore (17-3-0-0) vs. No. 2 Warwwick (16-4-1-0)
Puck drop: 6:15 p.m.
On the line: The Viola Cup
How they got there: West Shore, made up of players from Cedar Cliff and Red Land, clinched the No. 1 seed on the last day of the regular season before defeating Penn Manor, 4-1, and Warwick, 4-0, on its way to the final. The Warriors defeated Hempfield, 3-2, in their playoff opener before the setback to West Shore. They bounced back in the elimination bracket, clinching a spot in the title game with a 4-2 win over Penn Manor Monday.
Championship history: West Shore, in its second season, is making its inaugural championship-game appearance. Players from Cedar Cliff and Red Land have played in championship games as members of other co-op clubs before their current club's founding. Avery Arnold played for an MCMCC team that won the Rothrock Cup in 2016 and 2017. Warwick is aiming for its first CPIHL title after three empty trips to the championship game. The Warriors played for the Viola Cup once — in 2016 — falling to Elizabethtown in their most recent title-game appearance.
Head-to-head: West Shore also shut out the Warriors, 1-0, in the Feb. 4 regular-season finale. Warwick won the first of the two regular-season meetings between the two teams, 5-2, on Dec. 21.
Players to watch: Jesse Troutman served as West Shore's engine in its playoff win over Warwick, scoring a hat trick. Warwick senior Tai Stern, the Warriors' regular-season goals and points leader, broke out Monday against Penn Manor, scoring the game-tying goal and eventual game-winning goal to help send Warwick to the final.
Goalies: Alex Ringling (1.00 GAA, .971 save percentage) and Billy Keeney (0.00 GAA, 1.00 save percentage) have each started and won a postseason game. They've combined to stop 60 of the 61 shots they faced. At the other end, Logan Hann (2.33 GAA, .922 save percentage) made 14 saves on 14 shots over the final two periods to clinch the Wariors' championship-game berth.
Notable: Warwick looks to keep the Viola Cup in Lancaster for a fourth consecutive year, adding to championships won by Manheim Township (2018), Hempfield (2017) and Elizabethtown (2016) ... Three of the last four Viola Cup championship games were decided in overtime ... West Shore was one of four CPIHL teams, and one of two playoff teams, to not have a game go to overtime. Palmyra was the other playoff team. Dallastown and Elizabethtown also kept their regular-season within regulation ... In three playoff games, Warwick has had a lead for a total of 21 minutes, 56 seconds of game time. The Warriors trailed for a total of 68 minutes and 10 seconds ... West Shore, which never trailed in its first two playoff games, had a lead for 68 minutes, 36 seconds of game time ... Hann is one of three finalists for the CPIHL's second-annual Justin Yingling Award, along with Penn Manor's Jake Jesberger and Northern York's Kirk Patti ... Neither team has allowed a power play goal in the postseason. West Shore successfully killed off two penalties while Warwick killed off five.