Big third period sparks Trojan win
For the first two periods the game was close, but in the final period the Parkland ice hockey team showed its strength and scoring ability by netting five third-period goals and six in row to take down Easton 10-3 last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey action.
It is the third straight win for the Trojans, who are now 6-1 overall.
Parkland never trailed, but still was challenged for a majority of the first two periods and into the third.
The Trojans netted the first three goals, as the game looked like it could be a rout. But the Rovers tallied two straight before the end of the first period to cut their deficit to one goal after 16 minutes of play.
The two teams traded goals in the middle of a second period that featured back-and-forth, end-to-end action with a lot of physical play. With the score at just a one-goal advantage in favor of Parkland, 4-3, the Trojans would receive a goal from leading scorer Koby Staivecki, his second of a game-high three goals, and that would lead to six unanswered for Parkland, as it was able to shut the door on Easton.
“We were getting a lot of our shots from our defense and we were just really trying to get shots on their net,” said Parkland head coach Chad Loomis. “We look to score on rebounds more than anything else. You can never assume the first shot will go in, especially against a good goalie. We had 60-plus shots tonight, so the plan was just to put a lot of pressure on net. They have a good goalie, so we knew we had to keep attacking to beat them.”
Staivecki opened the scoring for Parkland 5:47 into the game on a play where he faked out the goalie and slotted it right by him. Matt Zager and Szymon Nowak both found the back of the net to give the Trojans a 3-0 lead in the first 11:26 of the game.
Easton scored two in a row to put some pressure on Parkland heading into the first intermission.
Luke Yocum and Staivecki made sure the Trojans kept their lead as both tallied goals in the second period.
Staivecki finished off his hat-trick in the third period, and Yocum and Nowak each found their second goal. Hunter Dolon also scored to highlight a five-goal period for Parkland, which is slowly but surely finding its grove with each passing game.
“We’re a young team,” Loomis said. “A lot of these guys I haven’t got to coach for very long. It’s even a new experience for me because I’ve always had experienced guys and ones that I’ve coached before. We’re going to rely on a balanced attack this season compared to years prior. We don’t really have the type of attackers we’ve had in years past that can take over a game and score multiple goals. But I’m pleased with how we’ve been playing early in the season.”
Goalie Vincent Byelick stopped seven shots for Parkland.