Position changes fuel ice hockey win
Good teams win games even when things become challenging. In a game against Southern Lehigh Monday night at Steel Ice Center, Parkland (14-0-1) was down two defensive skaters, and was forced to play two players who aren't normally on the ice full-time as defensemen.
Nick White missed the game due to illness and David Van Horn left early because of an injury, so head coach Matt Chandik was forced to rely on two forwards to help anchor the defense.
Senior Ben Zager and freshman Jake Nimeh, along with goalie Jordan Lorah (20 saves) helped preserve an 8-1 win and remain undefeated in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League.
"As always we were focused on defense," Zager said. "And if we can play solid at the back end the goals just come naturally. It really changed things missing two key defenders."
But the Trojans never skipped a beat, Lorah credited that to the communication in the back never escaping his team.
"Jake Nimeh filled in really nicely," Lorah said. "He's usually a forward but even with him and Ben [Zager] back there the communication was great. They may have to be back out there again on Friday, so it's good that they got some time in there tonight."
Connor Breinich had a hat trick for the Trojans, and Timmy Doe, Billy Wilkinson, Eric Johannes, Zager, and Charlie Rongo (first career goal) all tallied a goal apiece. Andrew Lessig (two assists), Evan Dratch (two assists) and Zac Fedele (one assist) all had their hands in the goals.
This seniors have not lost a regular season game since they were freshmen, and they don't want to be a part of the program that loses one.
"It's a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure," said Lorah. "It makes it fun to go out and play. It makes us all play a little bit harder. I know we want this to keep going and make the alumni proud."
Parkland has one more regular season game against Northampton on Friday night before beginning the playoffs and the Flyers Cup. Next Tuesday is the first Flyers Cup game against Pennsbury.