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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Justin Hurlburt scurries toward a loose puck during last week’s game against Parkland. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Justin Hurlburt scurries toward a loose puck during last week’s game against Parkland.

Emmaus ice hockey gets blanked by rival PHS

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams have sometimes had a good rivalry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey league.

But when these two teams met for the first time this season on October 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.

The Trojans scored four times the first two periods en route to an 8-0 over Emmaus at the PPL Center.

It was the second straight loss for Emmaus after falling to Freedom 4-1 in its previous game.

“Parkland played an all-around great game,” said Rieder. “Every year they’re a great team, and this year is no different. It was actually a pretty competitive game. It was 3-0 late in the second period and we allowed that goal that really just deflated us the rest of the way. Other than that, the kids played really hard. It’s just a really tough team to play.”

It didn’t take long for Parkland to get out in front. Koby Staivecki and Jason Dratch each scored goals before two minutes came off the clock.

Jacob Kozden found the back of the net on a Trojans power play in the second period. And when Timmy Doe netted a goal with just one second left in the period, it seemed to take any kind of momentum Emmaus could have carried into the final period away.

Emmaus goalie Andrew Wigfield made 43 saves on 51 shots as Parkland outshot Emmaus 51-16.

With a lot of upperclassmen on the roster, Rieder doesn’t worry about this let down ballooning.

“It’s a senior-laden group, but a lot of them are inexperienced at the varsity hockey level,” Rieder said. “There’s some growing pains, but they’ve been playing a team-game this season. They help each other out and communicate well. We need to get more games under our belt and put tough results like this behind us and move forward.”

Well, the Green Hornets did forget about that loss and started a new win streak. A week after the Parkland loss, Emmaus beat Liberty this past Monday night, 9-5, at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.

The Hornets sit in the middle of the standings at 2-2-1 with five points. Parkland is in first with 10 points, and Freedom is just ahead of Emmaus with six.