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Frozen Trojans win LVSHL championship

Parkland's ice hockey team is turning into a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League dynasty.

The Trojans took the first two games of a best-of-three series with rival Emmaus last week to win their sixth straight LVSHL championship, and ninth in the last 12 years.

"It's a great accomplishment and I'm proud of the guys," said head coach Matt Chandik, who took over for his father as head coach this year. "We've had a lot of great players come through this program, and we still have a bright future with these young guys we have now and coming up."

Connor Breinich had a hat trick, and scored the game winning goal in the 4-3 title clinching game two last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. Evan Dratch scored the other goal, and added three assists in the victory over the Green Hornets.

"We had to withstand two third-period Emmaus goals to win that one," noted Chandik. "They did a good job coming back and not quitting."

It was a much closer one than the opening game of the series, a 4-0 shutout win by the Trojans that saw a different Parkland player net a hat trick. Ben Zager tallied three goals, and Breinich added the other. Jordan Lorah stopped all 13 shots and had 30 combined saves in the two games.

"There were two great goalies in this series," said Chandik. "Jordan [Lorah] is the best goalie in this league in my opinion, and Mike Smoker was brilliant in goal for Emmaus with 33 saves in game one and 30 in the last game."

Jake Nimeh, Timmy Doe, Nick White, and Eric Johannes all contributed assists during the series.

Emmaus got two goals and an assist from Matt Sheaffer, a goal and an assist from Chad Lawrence and one assist apiece from David Andrews and Wyatt Weber.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Parkland won its sixth straight Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League title by beating Emmaus in a three-game series last week.