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The Shamrocks’ Lance Coffey, right, scored the lone goal in a loss to Cedar Crest on Friday.

Sentinel file

MECHANICSBURG — Cedar Crest and Shamrocks hockey met each other at Twin Ponds West Friday night for a battle between two of the top four teams thus far in Rothrock Division action. 

The Falcons took control early, winning 3-1. They have yet to lose in regulation in the team's 13 games (12-0-1). The Shamrocks suffered its fourth regulation loss as they now stand at 7-4-1.

Cedar Crest's Nicholas Kreiser stole the show in net making 28 saves in 29 attempts, including plenty of key saves on the Shamrocks' best scorer Riley Johnson.

"He's a really solid goalie," Johnson said. "He stopped me a good amount of times, so I have to give him a lot of credit for that (game)."

Johnson had a chance to score short handed in the first to put the Shamrocks on top and was also denied an unassisted goal in the beginning seconds of the third period with his team down three goals. He eventually assisted Lance Coffey later in the period for the Shamrocks' lone goal.

The Shamrocks' netminder didn't have himself a bad game either. Jaxson Hibbard made 31 saves on 34 shots keeping the Shamrocks in the game. It was the Falcons' Drew Seyfert who got the best of him early, scoring two power play goals in the first two periods.

Hibbard was also beat by Kyle Keim later in the second, but he shut Cedar Crest down for the rest of the game, including 13 saves in the third period.

"Jaxson kept us in the game," Shamrocks coach A.J. Carr said. "He made a bunch of stellar saves."

Carr wasn't down about his team's performance despite the loss, citing that he was missing some of his first and second-liners due to travel hockey.

"We had guys making checks, poke checks and creating turnovers," he said. "We did what we needed to do, but put the puck in the net."

The Shamrocks did have their chance at a quicker start, but couldn't convert. After Johnson's missed shorthanded chance, the Shamrocks had four consecutive minutes at the end of the first period with a man advantage that also included a two-man advantage.

"(Cedar Crest) is good at taking away time and space,” Johnson said. “We can’t get anywhere without time and space.”

The Shamrocks will try to get back in the win column on Monday night against Dallastown. Cedar Crest will try to remain undefeated in regulation on Wednesday when it plays Lampeter-Strasburg.

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