Emmaus ice hockey drops close game
The Emmaus ice hockey team gave up two third-period goals, one in heartbreaking fashion at the end of regulation, in falling to Southern Lehigh 3-2 last Monday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action on a cold night on the outdoor rink at the Bethlehem Municipal rink.
With the score tied at 2-2 and less than five minutes to go, each team battled and had several good opportunities in front of net, but only one team was able to break through.
“It was a great game all-around,” said Emmaus head coach Keith Hurlburt. “They’re a tough team. Southern Lehigh is a very strong team. We held our own and we were right there in the end. I thought we could hold on, but unfortunately we ran out of time. I wish every game was as exciting as this one.”
Hurlburt, who has two sons on the varsity team, saw one of his boys find the back of the net as captain Justin Hurlburt scored the game’s opening goal just 5:21 into the contest on a two-man advantage penalty for Emmaus (4-9). Hurlburt was all over the ice all game from the defense.
The Spartans (3-6-1 overall) came back to tie the game as another defender, Zach How broke through for Southern Lehigh.
It was mostly the two goalies that took center stage in this one. The Green Hornets’ goalie Austin Moudy finished with 18 saves and time-and-time-again kept Spartans’ pucks out of his net. Anthony Bufanio was just as good on the other end, stopping 25 Emmaus shots.
“He’s an outstanding goalie,” Hurlburt said. “We had a lot of good looks on their net, but he came up big and made some stops to keep us out.”
Owen Porreca scored the lone goal in the second period to give Emmaus a lead back as it went ahead 2-1 with 6:07 remaining in that period and all of the momentum appeared to be in its favor.
With plenty of shots and a good amount of saves in the final period, the Spartans broke through twice with Michael Perelli netting a goal 5:38 in and then Clayton Chemnitz tallying the game-winner with 49 seconds to go as he found an open puck in front of net and just beat Moudy.
Emmaus’ next game is slated for Friday, January 25 against Easton at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.