The Cougar had four goals and three assists and helped his team record a playoff-opening 9-6 victory over Red Land in CPIHL Tier 2 playoff action at Twin Ponds East. Teammates Zach Yingst and Alex Daley both had two goals and two assists to help keep the offense going.
Nicholas Filingeri also scored, and Samuel Wasson made 21 saves in goal to propel the Cougars, who improved to 9-7-3 this season and knocked off the third-place Patriots (13-6-0).
Elsewhere, No. 4 Annville-Cleona lost to fifth-seeded Lampeter-Strasburg 4-3 in a minor upset at Klick-Lewis Arena. Tanner Fitting, Daulton Kapp and Aaron Struphar found the back of the net for the Little Dutchmen (12-5-2), who never led in the game and trailed by two goals twice.
Also, Cedar Crest missed out on an upset of No. 2-seed Manheim Township, falling 5-4 at Lancaster Ice Rink. The Falcons (8-10-1) led 2-0 in the second period on goals by Matthew Marakowski (first period) and Kyle Harris, and then were up 3-1 after Alec Baum answered a Township goal, but Crest couldn't hold on.
The Blue Streaks scored the next three goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead before Jake Horacek tied the game early in the third. Dalton Dougherty netted the game-winner at 14:56. Dylan Holst made 33 saves for the Falcons.