Lancaster County players factored into a pair of championship performances over the weekend, as Brady Dolan capped his college career with a College Hockey East title as a member of the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans, and a Central Penn Panthers youth hockey team claimed a Delaware Valley Hockey League championship.
Dolan, an Elizabethtown grad, York Devils alumnus and former Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League all-star, skated in the Vulcans' 7-1 win over West Virginia and 3-0 victory over Penn State Behrend, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont, that earned the club its third straight CHE title and its 10th overall crown.
Dolan played in 26 games with the Vulcans as a senior, scoring 17 goals and distributing 18 assists. After missing a berth in the national tournament for the first time since 2009, Cal's season ended with a 20-6-1 record.
The Central Penn Panthers 16U team captured the 16A American championship of the DVHL, defeating the Chester County Skate Club Cougars, two games to one, in the weekend's championship series at IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston.
With 14 Lancaster County players — Zachary Beale (Lititz), Matthew Brubaker (Holtwood), Kevin Eshleman (Lititz), Jacob Favilla (Lititz), Chris Grubb (Lancaster), Jake Jesberger (Millersville), Gavin Maurer (Lititz), Matthew McQuate (Leola), Kristin Schauren (Columbia), Mason Sottek (Pequea), Brenden Ward (Lancaster), Evan Weaver (Landisville), Cooper Younger (Lancaster) and Martin Zavadan (Lancaster) — and six from York County, the team delivered the first youth hockey championship for the Central Penn Panthers program.
In Sunday's decisive third game, Grubb received a pass from Younger and scored the go-ahead goal, his second of the game, with 6:40 remaining in Sunday's decisive third game. Maurer also scored for the Panthers,and Creed Goshorn of York made 32 saves in the 3-2 victory. Central Penn won the series opener Saturday morning, 6-2, but CCSC broke a 2-2 third-period tie in Game Two Saturday evening to pull away for a 6-3 victory, forcing the third game.
Five players — Grubb, Ward and Weaver, as well as York's Sean Barba and Tommy Knapp — also played in the CPIHL's Tier 2 championship game, as members of Hempfield and Central York, between the two DVHL games Saturday.
The DVHL championship marked the end of the travel season for the Panthers, who finished with a 25-4-4 record. They plan on playing in an invitational tournament in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-26.