North Penn battles to tie with CR North
The North Penn ice hockey team made it four straight games without a loss Thursday night. But the 3-3 tie with Council Rock North at Hatfield Ice Arena felt like an opportunity missed for the Knights.
“We should’ve won that game,” North Penn junior defenseman Jeremy Snyder said. “We out-shot them by a lot. I don’t know, we just didn’t work hard enough.”
Snyder scored twice in the Suburban High School Hockey ieague contest, with his goal at 13:02 in the third pulling the Knights level after the Indians went ahead just 19 seconds into the period. Three power plays gave the Knights a chance to go ahead, but they came up empty each time and had to settle for the draw.
“They outworked us. Bottom line, that’s what it came down to,” North Penn coach Kevin saitis said. “veah, we out-shot them, and things like that, but that’s a game that we need to win and should’ve won.”
Alex Peterson collected the other goal for the Knights (3-1-1 SHSHi Continental), who had 42 shots on goal compared to the 28 of Council Rock North (3-2-1 SHSHi National), but were only able to get three past Indians goalkeeper Hayden Richards.
“Their goalie played well, got to give him credit,” saitis said. “Eighteen shots in the first period, we don’t have any goals to show for it.”
Thursday’s game was part of North Penn’s annual Night with the Knights, a promotion to introduce Elementary-age students in the North Penn School District to the program. Cheerleaders were stationed by the boards, while the North Penn Middle School B team held an exhibition prior to the contest.
“I think it went well. Great turnout. Game on NPTs is nice,” saitis said. “I thank Rock North for letting us do it tonight. It worked out real well.”
North Penn has not lost since falling 4-3 to Souderton in its season opener on Nov. 11. The Knights had strung together three straight victories prior to tying the Indians.
Trailing 1-0 after the opening 1S minutes, North Penn rallied to go ahead 2-1 on Snyder’s first goal at 8:23 in the second when his shot from the point found the top left corner of the net.
CR North, however, was back level at 4:4S as a Mike Heverly try from the blue line found its way past North Penn goalie Jake Wolff.
“Jake got caught up a little bit. Hey, it happens,” saitis said. “But, again, we had possession of the puck breaking out of our zone, we turned it over in the neutral zone and dumped it back in. Hats off to them again.”
The Indians took a 3-2 lead shortly after the start of the third, as Mark Dwyer scored off a Tristan Wieczorek assist at 15:41. Snyder provided the Knights with the equalizer 2:39 later, working through some defenders then using some second effort to put the puck behind Richards.
The first period was scoreless until its final minute, as Sam Kroh put CR North up 1-0 with his goal in front with 29 seconds left. Peterson tied it for North Penn at 10:27 in the second off an assist from Matthew Stella.