The Summit City Panthers' quest for the Class A state hockey title came to a sudden end Saturday morning.
Carmel Blue forward Liam Gentile sent a shot in from the right point that Panthers goalie Parker Rutherford was able to stop, but Danny Popovwics was there to bury the rebound and give the Icehounds a 3-2 win in double overtime at Lutheran Health Sports Center.
Nikolas Moehring scored both of Summit City's goals, giving his team a 1-0 lead with 13:25 to play in the first period and tying the game at 2 with 13:10 to play in the third.
Popovwics scored Carmel's first goal on a power play with 6:39 to play in the second period, and Justin Carlton scored with 1:26 left in the second.
"We knew midway through the second it would be a tight, defensive game," Summit City coach Tyler Smith said. "As the third period went, we got that tying goal. We were hoping for the end of regulation, but unfortunately, we weren't able to get it. At that point, we knew it would be a heartbreaker for someone. It was unfortunate that it was on our end."
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