Trojan ice hockey tops Southern Lehigh
The Parkland ice hockey team continued to show its dominance against league opposition as it took down Southern Lehigh 6-1 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action.
The Trojans (10-0-1) remain at the top of the standings, while the Spartans (8-5) are third. In a matchup of top-three teams one team showed it’s talent.
“Although Southern Lehigh is very talented, our work as a team really shut them down,” said Parkland’s Kyle Hoke. “As a whole, we all do a great job forcing them to move the puck, which in turn leads to mistakes and turnovers.”
Hoke scored his lone goal in the first period, after his teammate Eric Dennis found the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead after the first period. Outside of a Southern Lehigh goal to begin the second stanza, the Parkland defense held firm the rest of the way. The unit has given up two goals or less in every game but one this season, remaining unbeaten to date.
“We’ve been playing defense in our zone extremely well,” Hoke said. “Someone is always on the puck making the other team cough it up. We don’t let many people across the neutral zone, which helps tremendously considering they aren’t able to get close to our net.”
Hoke was one of four Trojans to record goals against the Spartans. Dennis tallied a hat trick, two of which came in the second period where Parkland was able to put the game away. Hunter Dolon netted a goal in the second period and Alex Doe registered the lone goal in the third period to round out the scoring.
Vincent Byelick faced 26 shots and finished with 25 saves.
“We’ve been very fortunate this year to have many people get the puck in the back of the net,” Hoke said. “Compared to years past, we don’t have many people that try to do it all themselves, so we are doing a great job moving the puck and getting others involved. We also have been preaching traffic around the net which is always a good thing. A majority of our goals have been tips and rebounds from being in front of net. That seems to not be able to be stopped.”
Heading into this week, Parkland had four more league games left during the regular season.