Hockey team wins opener
For about 15 minutes, the unbeaten Parkland ice hockey team stared at a 1-0 deficit against Northampton in game 1 of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League championship series. It was an unfamiliar situation for the Trojans.
Fortunately, Parkland quickly found itself in a more familiar spot. And it was due in large part to Tim Doe.
Doe tied the game at a goal apiece with just four seconds to play in the first period and Parkland never looked back. Doe scored three more goals—all coming in the second period—and the Trojans held off Northampton for a 5-4 victory on Monday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
“It got us down at first,” Doe said. “It’s tough to let up a goal that quick. Right away we wanted to get that back. Getting that late-period goal really lifted our spirits and we took momentum going into the second period.”
Doe and the Trojans tied the score when Parkland’s leading scorer, Jake Nimeh (21 goals, 19 assists) set up his teammate in traffic. The result was a rip past the Northampton goalkeeper into the back of the net.
“I saw Jake Nimeh coming down the left side,” Doe said. “Two of their players stepped up on him and left the lane open for me from the point to come in and receive the pass. He saw it right away. He gave a great look over to me and got it to me. I mishandled it a little bit, but I just turned around and fired on net.”
If there was a question on how much momentum a single goal could give Parkland moving forward, the answer would have been plenty.
Just 21 seconds into the second period, Gus Schwartz found an open Doe who ripped his second shot into net. The Trojans went ahead 3-1 just over a minute later, and it was Doe who netted yet another score. That tally was his 22nd of the season and fourth of the playoffs.
“Going into it we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game,” Doe said. “We knew we were going to have to fight for the win.”
“This year I would say they are the most physical team we play. They got a lot of big guys. They really don’t like Parkland, so they always come out really physical.”
The Konkrete Kids wouldn’t go away without a fight. After the two teams scored once more in the second period to give Parkland a 4-2 lead, Northampton got within a goal when Garett Russell scored 1:23 into the third period. Russell was able to score once more late in the third period, but it was a little too late to make up for Koby Staivecki’s tally that put the Trojans ahead 5-3.
“Taking the momentum from Game 1 going into Game 2 is going to be really big,” Doe said. “The first game is really the most important game of the series.”
Game 2 was scheduled for Wednesday night on Parkland’s home ice at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. One more win in this best-of-three series will award Parkland its second league title in as many seasons. Results of Wednesday’s game were not available at time of press.