Mid-State Mustangs win state title

NEW?KENSINGTON – The Mid-State Mustangs U18 ice hockey team won the MidAm state championship Sunday by defeating the North Pittsburgh Wildcats, 8-2.

The Mustangs’ fifth state championship in the last seven years advances the team into the national championships in Wayne, N.J., April 2-6. After reaching the national quarterfinals and semifinals the last two years, the Mustangs hope for even bigger things at this year’s national tournament.

“We have played seven of the top 10 ranked teams in the country already, and all of those games have been close,” Mustangs coach Dave Weaver said. “We have lots of experienced players on this roster, and I feel that if we play a fast-paced game, we will compete with anybody in the country.”

The Mustangs dominated the championship game from start to finish, scoring four goals in the first four minutes of the game, and took a 5-0 lead into the second period while outshooting the Wildcats, 22-1 in the first period.

The Mustangs began the tournament with a 6-2 win over the Johnstown Jets, beat the Pittsburgh Huskies, 5-2 Saturday morning, and finished off the preliminary round with a 9-0 victory over the Westmoreland Eagles that advanced the Mustangs to the championship game.