HERSHEY — With just over 2:30 left in Friday's Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Viola Cup championship game, Warwick's Logan Hann made the save.
The Warriors had led, 4-3, and when a pass shot across the crease and found West Shore's TJ Meanor at the doorstep, the stalwart senior goaltender tracked the puck with his eyes, threw his right leg out and kicked it away with a thud that reverberated throughout Hersheypark Arena.
Hann made nine saves total, and the Warriors clinched a CPIHL championship for the first time in program history, lifting the Viola Cup with a 5-3 victory over West Shore.
"He's been great," Warwick coach Tim Emenheiser said of Hann. "Logan is always making that stop when we need it at the right time."
Kyle Zimmerman gave the No. 2 Warriors (17-4-1-0) the lead for good with 11:52 left. Taking a pass from Jonathan Bergh, Zimmerman took the initial shot and stabbed at the rebound as it bounced between a defender and goaltender Alex Ringling (14 saves) to spark Warwick toward the title.
"Our team's not going to score many pretty goals," Zimmerman said. "We've just got to go in there, dig for the puck until the whistle blows. It's hard-working hockey. It's what we've got to do."
GOAL, Warwick's Kyle Zimmerman scores his second of the night to give the Warriors a 4-3 lead over West Shore w/ 11:52 left. pic.twitter.com/327V2xQIhn— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) March 2, 2019
Zimmerman, who used masking tape to form his number — No. 2 — on the back of his blank Warwick throwback jersey, opened the scoring 94 seconds into the game, breaking a six-period goalless drought for the Warriors against top-seeded West Shore (17-4-0-0). Avery Arnold answered for West Shore, but Warwick's Jordan Lee and Bergh added goals to help Warwick build a 3-1 lead into the second period.
"They realized this was the end of the road," Emenheiser said of his players, "and they wanted to kick it into high gear."
West Shore, featuring players from Red Land and Cedar Cliff, summoned a surge in the final five minutes of the second period. Jesse Troutman punched in a power play goal on a feed from Meanor with 3:11 left in the frame, and Nolan Zortman swept in a loose puck off a rebound to tie the game, 3-3, 54 seconds later.
GOAL, West Shore. Nolan Zortman knocks in the game-tying goal w/ 2:17 left in the second period. Mike Daily and Avery Arnold helped set it up. Shore and Warwick are even, 3-3. pic.twitter.com/JI8xNgoo8e— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) March 2, 2019
"We had a little bit of jump," said Chris Moore, West Shore's coach, and scored a couple to tie it up, but I thought overall, they carried the play for most of the time."
Hann made three third-period saves, including the save to seal the title. After the game, he was named the recipient of the Justin Yingling Memorial Award, a scholarship granted to a CPIHL senior who demonstrates the criteria of outstanding dedication, performance and commitment to excellence.
"It feels amazing," he said.
Warwick's Logan Hann gets his medal after his nine-save performance helped Warwick clinch the title. pic.twitter.com/M4jh1mjyfj— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) March 2, 2019