Trojan ice hockey storms back to beat Hurricanes
Down 1-0 after four minutes of play, the Parkland ice hockey team blitzed Liberty for the next seven goals of the game to earn a 9-3 win last Monday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Parkland (10-0 overall) remains undefeated and leads the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League with 20 points, eight ahead of second-place Freedom.
“It was a good win and nice to have those goals,” said Trojan head coach Chad Loomis. “But our game plan never changes from game to game. We get pucks deep, and we try to wear the other team down. That’s what we did tonight. You can see in that run of goals that they seemed to get tired.”
The Hurricanes (2-7-1) took the lead a little over four minutes into the game on a goal by Leo Deangelo. But from that point, the Trojans turned up the heat, scoring the next seven.
Jacob Folland got Parkland on the board at the 8:37 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Then, with 46 second left in the first period, Timmy Doe gave the Trojans its first lead, and one they would keep, scoring his league-leading 20th goal of the season.
The first half of the second period, Parkland kept up the pressure. It peppered the Liberty goal and found the back of the net five times within the first 8:48. There were five different goal scorers in that span, with Ryan Schantz, Eric Dennis, Matthew Zager, Jason Dratch and Doe all scoring.
Two other Trojans players tallied goals in the third period. Evan Marrone and Jake Nimeh made it eight different goal scorers on the night.
“It’s nice to see all of the different players score,” Loomis said. “We want to move the puck around and try and take the best available shot. We don’t really care who scores, as long as it is a good shot. Everyone usually touches the puck.”
The Hurricanes scored twice late in the second period, but the game was already well in hand for Parkland.
Doe (4), Tim Boyer (2), Koby Staivecki (2), Michael Schmitt, Gus Schwartz, Dratch and Marrone all contributed at least one assist in the win.
Nimeh, who did not have an assist, leads the league with 17 on the season.
Parkland outshot Liberty 52-19 over the course of the game.
Matthew Yankanich finished with 16 saves.
Parkland is back on the ice for a game against Northampton on Monday, January 1 at 7:45 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.