Pen­nridge shuts down CB West

Walker scores twice, Rams de­fense keys win over Bucks

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

HAT­FIELD TWP. >> Pen­nridge skated to its se­cond and most com­plete win of the young sea­son Wed­nes­day night, with a re­silient de­fense be­gin­ning to carve its way into the pic­ture.

“The first two or three games, what killed us was our de­fense,” said Rams coach Jeff Mon­tagna. “And tonight, they shut (Cen­tral Bucks West) down. They gave them no room at all to move out there.

“And when you get up on a team like that and play de­fense like that, you’re gonna cre­ate turnovers be­cause they’re press­ing, tak­ing chances.”

De­fense cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties. Leave the rest to Michael Walker.

“They’re just fast breaks. It’s in the mo­ment,” a smil­ing Walker said of his pair of goals. “You’re just kinda go­ing with the flow and you put it where the puck be­longs.”

The Rams led 4-0 by the se­cond pe­riod and pulled away to a 5-1 vic­tory over the ri­val Bucks in a Sub­ur­ban High

School Hockey League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence bat­tle at packed Hat­field Ice.

“We’re get­ting the puck mov­ing a lot more than we were in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son,” Walker said. “We came out a lit­tle iffy but now we’re start­ing to get back into play.

“We’re click­ing and stuff so it’s awe­some.”

Pen­nridge (2-1-1, 1-1 con­fer­ence) al­lowed the Bucks just three shots in the open­ing pe­riod while pro­duc­ing its early lead.

Goals by Michael White

and Walker made it 2-0 Rams, and then Walker scored early in the se­cond pe­riod fol­lowed by a goal by Eric Slater.

Rams goalie Luke Stran­ick flirted with a shutout, mak­ing 20 saves, but CB West (1-4, 0-2 con­fer­ence) got on the board with 1:03 to play, a goal by Pavel Ser­hi­ayenka mak­ing it 4-1.

“I told the de­fense­man who turned it over that he’s gotta buy lunch for the goalie to­mor­row,” kid­ded Mon­tagna. “But what are you gonna do? You’re try­ing to make a play. You make a mis­take. It hap­pens.”

Fit­tingly, the Rams com­pleted the scor­ing, off the stick of Con­rad Frisch.

Said Mon­tagna: “A real qual­ity win, just be­cause of the way we did it. It was ef­fi­cient. Ev­ery­one got in­volved. And it’s some­thing to re­ally build on mov­ing for­ward.”

Pen­nridge 5, CB West 1

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pen­nridge’s Eric Slater look to shoot as CB West’s Reese Daizell de­fends dur­ing their game Wed­nes­day.

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