March 24, 2005

Two goals by most valuable player Dave Bixler helped Penncrest rally for a 6-2 ice hockey win over Central Bucks West in the Flyers’ Cup Class A championship last night at the Ice-Works Skating Complex. Bixler’s scores came at a particularly important time for the Lions, as Brian Morgan gave the Bucks a 2-1 lead late in the first period. Brad Ryan’s goal tied things up going into the second period before Bixler scored the Lions’ third and fourth goals. Nick Kusturiss added to the lead with a pair of third-period goals. The win advances the Lions to the state championship game on Saturday (11 a.m.) at the Hersheypark Arena against Bishop McCort, the western Pennsylvania representative. Fran Naselli gave Penncrest a 1-0 lead early before the Bucks tied it on Mike Ward’s goal. Penncrest had 24 shots to Central Bucks West’s 21.