EHS ice hockey falls to K-Kids
The Emmaus ice hockey team has dealt with its share of injuries this winter season, particularly as of late. And the scoreboard is reflecting those key losses on the ice for the Hornets.
In what was a night honoring eight Emmaus seniors, Northampton (7-8) played the roll of spoilers once the puck dropped at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. Northampton scored four first-period goals and went on to defeat the Hornets, 6-0, in their regular season finale of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
“It’s tough,” said Emmaus head coach Jamie Rieder. “They played a good game today, and we couldn’t get the shots off in the beginning of the game. Our chemistry was lacking tonight.”
The seniors recognized were JoJo Eckstein, Shane Miller, Zak Foster, Andrew Wigfield, Gavin Wolff, Alec Beck, Kyle Bortz and Tayler McAllister.
Foster (third on the team with six assists) was one of a number of Hornets that were held out on Monday night against Northampton. Justin Hurlburt (the Hornets’ leading scorer with 21 points) missed the game due to an illness, while Alec Tommins (3 goals and 1 assist this season) wasn’t an option either.
The losses were felt immediately.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Rieder said. “The past couple of weeks we’re missing a lot of players.
“It does hurt a little bit, trying to get the kids to play together. When you get injuries it kind of throws the chemistry off and you have to make all kinds of moves. So it’s hard.”
Nick Herman put Northampton on the board in the opening three minutes when his shot found the back of the net. Then, not even three minutes later, Andrew Hozza ripped a shot for a 2-0 Konkrete Kid lead with 9:56 to play in the opening period.
Northampton would add two more in the first before scoring one more in each of the final two periods as well. Nathan Stofik’s goal with 1:16 remaining was the final touch on the Konkrete Kids’ victory.
The loss was Emmaus’ fifth straight, and the struggle to generate any rhythm offensively has been an issue in all those defeats. Emmaus (6-8-1) has scored just seven goals in their past five games, including a one-goal effort against Parkland to close out January.
The Hornets will get another chance against unbeaten Parkland (15-0) in the first round of the playoffs, set for Friday, February 23. The teams are slated to start at 6 p.m. back at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
“Our next game is a playoff game,” Rieder said. “It should be Parkland. It’s going to be a tough draw.”