North Penn bat­tles to tie with CR North

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

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