EHS ice hockey battles unbeaten PHS in 4-2 loss
Trailing by three goals to Parkland, winner of the last nine Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League titles, Emmaus could have given up, but that’s not what happened.
The Green Hornets battled back and almost made it all the way back. They scored two consecutive goals in the third period and threatened to tie the score, but could not make it all the way back, falling to the Trojans 4-2 on Monday, Dec. 30 at the Lehigh Valley rink.
Emmaus has lost four straight games and is now 2-11-1 overall for five points.
“I’m proud of the way that the guys battled and didn’t hang their heads or give up,” said head coach Keith Hurlburt. “We know how good of a team Parkland is, and they got out in front by three goals, but our guys weren’t going to back down. We just fell a little bit short tonight.”
The teams went scoreless through the first period, but the Trojans (11-0-1) broke the deadlock 9:12 into the second period on a short-handed goal by Eric Dennis, while Emmaus was serving a penalty. Hunter Dolon added their second goal just 5:03 later as Parkland went up by multiple goals.
Then, just 1:13 into the third period, Parkland’s Luke McKeon found the back of the net to put the Trojans out in front with a commanding three-goal lead early in the final frame.
“It’s always tough when you get put into a hole like that, especially against a team like Parkland,” Hurlburt said. “It’s about how you respond to adversity after that, and I thought we did a good job of that.”
The Green Hornets then answered, scoring their first goal of the game via Daniel McCabe with 5:49 remaining. Liam Porreca then brought his team to within just one with a goal just 58 seconds after his teammate McCabe’s, who assisted on the goal, and the score was at 3-2 with 4:51 left.
Parkland’s Alex Doe halted the Emmaus rally with a goal with 2:24 to go, and the Green Hornets just did not have enough time left.
Parkland outshot Emmaus 48-22. Green Hornet goalie Austin Moudy finished with 44 saves and a .917 save percentage.
Emmaus took on Phillipsburg this past Monday and then will play in its season finale on Friday night against Freedom at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.