Trojans win another LVSHL title
The Parkland ice hockey team has been the class of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League for more than a decade. That status remained intact another year.
The Trojans skated through the LVSHL playoffs unscathed, first by shutting out fourth-seeded Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night in a one-game semifinal round. Parkland then took care of second seed Freedom in a best-of-three series, winning in two games with the clincher coming via a 4-1 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena Tuesday night.
It is the 12th overall championship for Parkland and ninth straight.
Against the Green Hornets (6-9-1 overall), Parkland (18-0) divided up its scoring as it found the back of the net in each of the three periods, almost dividing the goals evenly throughout, taking down Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in one Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinal game, ending the Hornets’ season.
The Trojans scored twice in the opening period, once in the second, and three in the final period on their way back to the championship series.
Koby Staivecki scored a hat trick against the Hornets. Timmy Doe tallied two goals and Eric Dennis added one to round out the Trojans’ scoring.
“We had some of our main scorers step up, and that was big for us,” said senior Jake Nimeh. “It’s always nice getting contributions from anyone, but when some of your leaders step up, that’s always a good thing. It gives us the example to follow.”
Parkland got on the board just 3:54 in on a goal by Dennis. Staivecki scored the first of his three goals a little less than six minutes later to give the Trojans a two-goal cushion after the opening period.
In the second period, it was a bit harder of the Trojans to find the back of the net. Emmaus goalie Andrew Wigfield came up big when his team needed him to keep them in the game. Wigfield, who finished with 37 saves, made some from point-blank range, stoning many Trojans shots in the period.
“He was definitely on his game tonight,” said Nimeh on Wigfield. “He made it hard for us all night, fortunately we were able to sneak a few by him.”
Staivecki was able to beat Wigfield 5:57 in of assists from Matthew Zager and Nimeh, for Parkland’s only second period goal. Staivecki would then score his third to cap a three goal third period for the Trojans to put the game on ice.
The Trojans put the game away in the third period. Doe scored both of his goals in the third, one from Nimeh and the other from Jason Dratch. Staivecki completed scored a shorthanded goal off an assist by Louie Rivera.
Parkland outshot Emmaus 43-8.
In game one of the championship series against the Patriots, Parkland trailed 3-2 heading into the final period, but scored two unanswered goals to win 4-3. Gus Schwartz and Doe were the goal scorers in the third period. Jeremy Sell and Staivecki scored in the first and second period respectively.
Game two started out similarly. Once again the Trojans trailed early on, falling behind 1-0 after the opening period. But two goals in each of the next two periods propelled Parkland to the championship-clinching victory.
Four different goal scorers highlighted the win. Doe, Staivecki, Nimeh and Dennis all found the back of the net.
Parkland now sets its sights on the Flyers Cup, which begins on Tuesday, March 6 when the Trojans take on Central Bucks West in Hatfield at approximately 8:50 p.m.