Elizabethtown earned the No. 14 seed in the District Three Class AA playoffs after a 7-10 regular season.
The Bears closed the regular season having lost five consecutive games and did not qualify for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.
“We take our responsibility of representing E-Town High School very seriously and always want to make them proud. We can’t change the past, so we are taking one game at a time and have high expectations of each other on the field,” coach Linda Sten said.
There are 16 teams that qualified for the District Three Class AA playoffs and four are from the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
Elizabethtown was scheduled to play No. 3 East Pennsboro (17-1) in the first round on Wednesday, Oct. 25, two weeks since Elizabethtown last played a game. The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 loss to Hershey in the Mid-Penn semifinal game on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Sten said that the team has played in two scrimmages during the two-week layoff in an attempt to keep the team in “game mode.”
“We have been practicing on the smaller detailed skills that we think will make a difference in the games,” Sten said.
The nature of playing an unfamiliar team like East Pennsboro generated an “unnerving” feeling, Sten said, but the coaching staff has some background information on the Panthers.
“We focus on what makes E-Town hockey successful and attempt to elevate that success to the next level. We did have the opportunity to scout them last week when they were playing in one of their league playoff games and made our players aware of certain tendencies,” Sten said.
The game was scheduled to be played at Lower Dauphin Middle School at 7 p.m.