By Andrei Radu
Special for ChesCo Hockey Haven
WEST GOSHEN — The “Hicksie Cup” was awarded to the Unionville Indians at Ice Line in West Chester on Friday Night. The Andrew Hicks memorial tournament was expanded to eight teams this year and the top four from pool play took the ice on Friday. Unionville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period that chased senior goalie Tyler Bonjo from the game. His replacement, fellow senior Connor Carroll, did not see much more luck as he let up the final three Unionville goals.
The Henderson Warriors started to mount a comeback in the second period, notching two quick goals to cut the Indians’ lead to 4-2. However, Unionville swiftly answered by making it 5-2 and added one more in the third period.
Unionville goalie Mike Hansen played a terrific game, drawing high praise from his coach Bill Hammond.
“My goalie stood on his head, the bell ringer saves he made were really fantastic,” Hammond said of number 34 for the Indians. Hammond also praised the combined effort of his team: “We rolled four lines tonight and all four lines hustled.”
The 6-2 loss marked the first time since 2010 that West Chester Henderson did not won this tournament.
Downingtown East 6, West Chester East 5
Downingtown East hung on to win the Andrew Hicks Memorial Tournament consolation game 5-4 on Friday night against West Chester East.
Ben Robertson had the fifth and game-winning goal for Downingtown. The goal was only for insurance at the time, staking the Cougars to a 5-3 lead. However, after some late efforts by West Chester East that cut the deficit to only one goal, that score proved to be a big one.
Downingtown East head coach Dave Hendricks attributed his team’s success to a collective effort. “[We had] Solid play from a couple lines and [made] a decision not to quit.”
Cougar Captain and top line center Bobby Kiefer had a goal and two assists. His coach pegged him as the player of the game for Downingtown.