EHS falls to unbeaten PHS
Take away one period and Monday’s ice hockey meeting between rivals Emmaus and Parkland could have been a completely different game.
The Trojans (13-0 overall, 26 points) scored five goals in the opening period to jump out to a 5-0 lead on the Hornets (6-6-1, 13 points) on their way to a 7-1 in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League action.
“We got off to a slow start and that definitely hurt us,” said Emmaus head coach Jamie Rieder. “When you fall behind by five goals to any team, let alone Parkland, it is going to be tough to win. But the kids came together and played better the rest of the game and I was happy to see that.”
Five goals by five different Parkland players in the span of 6:45 in the first period put a dent into the Emmaus game plan right away. Jason Dratch, Matthew Zager, Timmy Doe, Ryan Schantz and Jeremy Sell put the Green Hornets into a deep hole early on that it would have to dig out of.
In the final two periods, however, the Emmaus defense, led by goalie Toshan Doodnauth, kept the Trojans at bay. Parkland had 37 of its 54 shots during the second and third periods, but Doodnauth stood firm. He finished with 47 saves, 35 of which came in those final two periods.
“He played unbelievable for us tonight,” Rieder said. “I mean he faced 54 shots, so to stay in there and make saves like he was doing was amazing. It was impressive and his teammates noticed and picked up their games for him.”
The Green Hornets offense struggled to get a puck past Parkland goalie Matthew Yankanitch (11 saves). The Trojans controlled the puck a majority of time and limited opportunities for Emmaus. The Green Hornets had just four shots in the final two periods, including only one in the second.
The Green Hornets were down a couple of players due to injury, including their leading point scorer Justin Hurlburt.
Parkland got one to sneak by Doodnauth six minutes into the third period, and then later scored with 25 seconds to go. But Gavin Wolff prevented the shut out when he found the back of the net with just nine seconds left.
Emmaus has two more games during the regular season before it begins the playoffs. It faces Liberty Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. The season finale is against Northampton on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:45 p.m. back at the LV Ice Arena.
“We’re hoping for some momentum to end the regular season and head into the playoffs with,” said Rieder. “The most important thing though is to get everyone healthy for a run.”