PHS ice hockey posts shut-out win over EHS
Any time the Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams are on the same ice for a game, it is intense and usually comes down to the third period in deciding the victor.
But when these two teams met for the first time during the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League on Monday, Oct. 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.
The Trojans scored four times the first two periods, then totaled that number in the third period alone in taking down the Hornets 8-0 at the PPL Center in Allentown.
“Anytime you can win a game, let alone against a good team like Emmaus, it’s nice,” said Parkland head coach Chad Loomis. “I think the early jump we got on them really helped us and kind of took the energy out of them for the rest of the game.”
It was the fourth win in a row to open up the 2017-18 season for Parkland. It hasn’t won by less than three goals in any of its games thus far.
It didn’t take long for Parkland to get out in front. Koby Staivecki and Jason Dratch each scored goals before two minutes came off the clock.
Jacob Kozden found the back of the net on a Trojans power play in the second period. And when Timmy Doe netted a goal with just one second left in the period, it seemed to take any kind of momentum Emmaus could have carried into the final period away.
“Having the lead we did after two periods was huge,” Loomis said. “It allowed us to play without much pressure and just play comfortably. If you won’t take a multiple-goal lead on Emmaus and keep them in the game, it could turn out bad for you.”
Parkland outshot Emmaus 51-16 over the course of the game.
Jake Nimeh, Ryan Schantz and Doe (2) all scored in the third period to inflate the advantage.
Goalie Matthew Yankanich finished with 16 saves and picked up the win.
The Trojans followed up their win over the Hornets with a 5-2 victory last Monday night against the Patriots.
Parkland sits at the top of the league standings with 10 points through five games, four points ahead of second place Freedom and Northampton. Emmaus has five points.
The Trojans will take on Northampton in their next game this coming Monday, Nov. 6 at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.