Face-off is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 22 inside IceLine's Main Arena.It's been well over two months now since Kennett and Unionville last faced one another in what ended up being a terrific high school ice hockey game in front of a packed house at IceLine.
There was only one problem with their first meeting of the regular season, however. And that was neither team was able to skate off the ice with a victory.
After being forced to settle for a 3-3 tie back on Dec. 11 - there is no overtime during the regular season - archrivals Kennett and Unionville will finally get another chance to settle their differences this Friday, Feb. 22 at 9:15 p.m. inside IceLine's Main Arena.
The rematch has been brewing for months between these two rivals. That, along with what is expected to be another standing room only crowd, and the fact that both teams'seniors will be honored before the game, should make it quite the frenzied atmosphere on Friday night.
Kennett is 6-1-1 against Unionville in their previous eight contests.
In their last meeting earlier this season, it appeared Kennett was well on its way to another victory over the Indians after they scored a pair of third period goals to go up 3-2. However, as the clock was about to go under one minute to play, Unionville's Garrett Bunting netted the equalizer and both teams settled for the tie.
Unionville comes into the rematch sporting a 8-6-3 overall record this season. The Indians have been on fire since tying Kennett back in December, going 7-2-2 in its last 11 games.
Kennett, meanwhile, enters with a mark of 5-8-4 this season. That record is somewhat deceiving, though, considering Kennett has played a brutal schedule this winter after setting a school record for wins last year (22) and reaching the Flyers Cup Class A title game. Kennett's last four losses have come against teams with a combined record of 48-18-2.
Unionville is led by forward Matt Milana, who leads the league in both goals (38) and points (50) so far this season. Austin Curtis (19 assists), Garrett Bunting (15 points) and Chris Brennan (12 points) are the Indians other top points leaders.
Kennett is led by senior Jamie Berlin's 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists). David Hecker is second on the team with 16 points, followed by Mike Piacentino (nine goals) and Ryan Dougherty (11 points).
Kennett senior goalie Greg Tinkoff enters with a 2.85 goals against average (88.29 save percentage). Unionville goalie Stephen Kelly has a 3.38 goals against average with a 89.24 save percentage.