Hockey team wins twice
The best teams are the ones that not only win games, but also win against other good teams. The Parkland ice hockey team wants to play against the top dogs from across the state.
The Trojans are undefeated in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League, and have not faced much of a challenge up to the midway point in the season. A 17-0 win last Monday night over Pleasant Valley/Quakertown could be looked at as an easy win, but it was something head coach Gene Chandik and his staff were wary about heading into the showdown at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The night before, Parkland faced off against North Penn out of the Suburban league. It was a rematch of Flyers Cup Class AA semifinal won by the Trojans 2-1 last year.
Parkland, which has been rolling through its competition lately, fell behind 5-1 with 14:38 remaining. But as good teams do, the Trojans fought back, scoring five times in 9:13 for the comeback victory. Goal keeper Anthony Sorrentino found his groove and shut the door, preventing any further damage.
"We knew we needed to see some better competition," Chandik said. "We want to play the big boys, because we want to see how we match up against them. There are four or five teams out there that are really good, and this is one of them. They had a chip on their shoulders from last year, but I'm proud of our team to fight back."
On the following night back in the LVSHL, Chandik was worried his team would have a letdown after an emotional, come-from-behind win. But that notion was quickly shutdown.
This one was over from the beginning. Parkland led 7-0 after the first period and outshot the Bears 47-5.
"I said right from the beginning that we had to have a good start," said Chandik. "I didn't want us to start slow. Look what happened when we did on Sunday."
There was no slow start on Monday night.
Evan Dratch (four goals, three assists), Ryan Dumbach (three goals, four assists), Dan Hertia (three goals, three assists) and Connor Breinich (two goals, two assists) all had multiple goal and assist games.
Brett McHale, Eric Johannes, Mike Monkiewicz, Morgan Bensinger, and Matt Steigerwald also found the back of the net for the Trojans.
Ben Zager (three assists), Patrick Boore (three assists) and Tristan Sorrentino (two assists) tallied multiple assists. Anthony Sorrentino made five saves and recorded the shutout.
Parkland returns to the ice on Monday night against second-place Phillipsburg at 7:45 at the Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem.