Monday's forecast calls for a high of 33 degrees and little-to-no chance of snow, which sounds pretty much like perfect conditions for an outdoor ice hockey game.
And it just so happens that Baldwin High School will play Indiana Area High School that day at Station Square's new Penguins Pond at Highmark Stadium. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., and admission for this special event is FREE.
The outdoor game will count in the standings for both Indiana and Baldwin, which compete in the PIHL's Open Class.
Before a Friday night game against Keystone Oaks High School, Baldwin is undefeated in its past three contests by a combined 27-5 score and is 6-2-1 overall, good for second place in Section 4.
Indiana has been even hotter, winning six of its past seven games heading into Monday by a combined 60-18 score. The Little Indians are 9-2-1 overall to sit tied for first place in Section 3.
This will be the first of two meetings between Baldwin and Indiana during the 2012-13 regular season, but it is a rematch of a 2011-12 PIHL Open Cup quarterfinals game, which was won by Indiana, 5-3.
That game ended the Highlanders' season, but Indiana went on to advance to the Open Class final, where it lost to Quigley Catholic High School in double overtime, 5-4.
Baldwin's leading scorer this season is sophomore forward Dakota Becker, who has 12 goals and nine assists. Becker is followed by fellow sophomore forward Brian Dee, who has nine goals and 10 assists, and junior forward Anthony Alaimo, who has 10 goals and eight assists.
The Highlanders' starting goalkeeper is senior Ryan Beermann, who has factored into every decision this season and has a 2.54 goals-against average and .866 saves percentage.
The Little Indians are led by forward Patrick Hunter's impressive 29 goals and 18 assists, but Hunter is serving a one-game suspension for his roughing/game misconduct penalty late in Indiana's 7-5 loss to Ford City High School on Wednesday.
The Indians' other leading scorers are forward Jess Bartholow with 15 goals and 10 assists, forward Camden Lydick with 11 goals and 13 assists and forward Dominick Glavach with eight goals and 13 assists.
Indiana's starting goalkeeper is Austin Moody, who has factored into every decision this season and has a 2.00 goals-against average and .913 saves percentage.
The 5 p.m. Baldwin-Indiana game is the first of a tripleheader at Penguins Pond on Monday. The Baldwin game will be followed by Peters Township High School vs. Erie McDowell High School at approximately 7 p.m. and Gateway High School vs. West Allegheny High School at approximately 9. Admission to all three games is free.
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