Late goals beat EHS
The Parkland ice hockey team started fast, stuttered towards the end, but came back to finish strong as it took down rival Emmaus 5-2 last Friday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.
The Trojans kept their unbeaten record intact, moving to 8-0-1 overall on the season while seeing contributions from multiple players against the rival Hornets.
“We really worked well as a team during the game and I think that helped us tremendously,” said defender Kyle Hoke. “No one held the puck for too long, we all tried to get teammates involved.”
Parkland got onto the scoreboard early on as Julia Nimeh scored only her second goal of the year just 2:05 into the game. Michael Schmitt followed with 4:56 left in the opening frame to give the Trojans a multi-goal lead. When Josh Bower found the back of the net midway through the second stanza, Parkland’s three-goal advantage looked to be too much to overcome.
“I think that getting ahead early is an advantage and gives positive momentum to one side and a little negative energy to the other side,” Hoke said. “All season we have tried to come out fast and get on the board early. When it works, it almost shocks the other team and seems to take a lot out of them for the rest of the game.”
But Emmaus, featuring a younger and more inexperienced team than its had in years past, did not give up. The Green Hornets (2-9-1) recorded two goals in a span of 3:49 to claw back to 3-2 with 4:18 left to play.
The Trojans, however, were not going to see their lead disintegrate and featured two different scorers in Luke McKeon and Brendan Richards in the final 2:50 to secure the victory.
Goalie Colby Rosen finished the game with 13 saves. Parkland out-shot Emmaus 22-20 in a mostly evenly played matchup.
“I think we’ve gotten out to a good start this year because we aren’t relying on one single person to do the work,” said Hoke. “Everyone on this team this year knows their roles and is doing a great job executing them. Having that depth helps us stay with the other team at all times.”
Parkland is back on the ice when it faces Easton on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink.