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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland goalie Anthony Sorrentino deflects a shot in Monday's game. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland goalie Anthony Sorrentino deflects a shot in Monday's game.

Trojans shut out Northampton

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland ice hockey team has seen a lot of success over the past two years. But the Trojans saw a first last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Center. Junior goal keeper Anthony Sorrentino recorded his first shutout in a 7-0 win over Northampton to keep the Trojans undefeated on the young season.

"It was a good team effort tonight," Sorrentino said. "In a game where there weren't too many shots on goal, I had to just stay focused and awake."

Sorrentino did not see many shots on goal, as Parkland held the advantage 43-12.

Morgan Bensinger netted two goals in the first period, and Connor Breinich scored the first of his two goals to give Parkland an early 4-0 advantage that put the Konkrete Kids in a hole early.

Senior captain Ryan Dumbach ripped home on a four-on-four for the fourth goal in the first period. Northampton was not able to muster up their first shot until the 6:10 mark left in the period.

"Last game they (Northampton) put up two goals on us, which is the most anybody put up on us this year," said Bensinger. "We took that to heart and wanted to come in and not allow them anything tonight."

It looked as if the Konkrete Kids would claw back into this one during the second period. With under seven minutes gone, Northampton had a flurry of three straight shots during the same possession in their blue line, with one clinging off the post. The Trojans amassed 18 shots in the period, and came away with a goal from Patrick Boore with 1:55 on the clock.

The final 16 minutes was all Parkland, as Brett McHale and Breinich found the back of the net, and Northampton could only get one shot on net.

"It gives us a viewpoint on where we want to get to," said Bensinger. "The guys here that were on the team last year know what it feels like to get there, and know what it takes. It helps us to motivate the younger guys."