Emmaus’ ic hockey season ends in LVSHL tournament
Parkland divided up its scoring as it found the back of the next in each of the three periods, almost dividing the goals evenly throughout, taking down Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in one Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinal game, ending the Green Hornets season.
The defending LVSHL champion Trojans scored twice in the opening period, once in the second, and three times in the final period on their way to its 16th win in 16 tries. Emmaus ends its season at 6-9-1, but fell one game shy of the league championship series.
“I’m proud of the kids for the way they battled, not only tonight, but all season,” said Emmaus head coach Jamie Rieder. “It’s always a tough matching up with Parkland, and tonight was no different. We had trouble scoring and that definitely hurt us with all of the scoring power they have.”
Parkland got on the board just 3:54 in on a goal by Eric Dennis. Koby Staivecki scored the first of his three goals a little less than six minutes later to give the Trojans a two-goal cushion after the opening period.
In the second period, however, Parkland had trouble scoring. Although it held much of the possession in their offensive end, Emmaus goalie Andrew Wigfield came up big when his team needed him to keep them in the game. Wigfield, who finished with 37 saves, made some from point-blank range, stoning many Trojans shots in the period.
“Andrew played really well tonight,” Rieder said. “He made some nice saves and gave us some momentum, but unfortunately we were unable to capitalize on his play with any goals. Him and (goalie) Toshan [Doodnauth] have played well all season long.”
Staivecki was able to beat Wigfield 5:57 in, for Parkland’s only second period goal. Staivecki would then score his third to cap a three goal third period for the Trojans to put the game on ice.
Emmaus was outshot 43-8. Parkland advanced to the LVSHL championship series, where it took on the second seed Freedom, a winner over Northampton in the other semifinal game from last Friday night.