Published on February 21, 2022 at 08:48
Parkland High School’s ice hockey team beat rival Emmaus last Monday night at the Bethlehem-area municipal ice rink. In doing so, the Trojans set up a crucial game up for grabs in their season finale in an attempt to qualify for the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoffs.
“We needed this one,” head coach Chad Loomis said. “Every game at the end of the regular season is crucial, but we wanted something to play for in our upcoming final and we still want to beat Emmaus.”
It’s been a busy week for Parkland, as this game with the Green Hornets was their third in four days. Having depth like they always do was key.
“We get contributions from a lot of different players,” Loomis said. “It was necessary. There are tired legs with all the games we’ve had recently.
The night before beating Emmaus, the Trojans lost a one-goal game against Southern Lehigh, ending a three-game winning streak. The Spartans, the best team in the LVSHL, scored two goals in the third period to hold on.
“Losing to Southern Lehigh on Sunday night was definitely disappointing,” Loomis said. “We just didn’t do the little things right and took too many unnecessary penalties. They’re a good, fast team and they’re in first place for a reason. Luckily we parted ways with them during the season so that will help with our confidence.
Parkland is fighting for the last of just four playoff spots. The Trojans currently sit sixth in the league table, but have one last game against the team ahead of them, Northampton.
“This upcoming game with them is important,” Loomis said. “It will be a pre-playoff game and there will be this playoff atmosphere. It’s a must win for both teams to earn a playoff berth. At this stage of the season, I think every team is relying a lot on their senior squad. Northampton knocked us out last year and are still playing tough. Our guys have a lot to prove and they will have the opportunity to do so.
The Trojans and their senior class want at least one more playoff game to play. They are used to big games and have won several league titles during their time on the program.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ This year’s Parkland Ice Hockey Seniors are Emily Lobach (manager), Wyatt Landis, Zack McKeon, Justin Ost, Josh Bower, Joerick Fuentes, Hunter Dolon and Ashlyn Cope (manager).