Southmoreland in-line hockey team ends tough season with playoff loss
Winning a championship in any sport is tough.
Winning back to back championships has become nearly impossible.
The Southmoreland in-line hockey team found that out the hard way this season.
Southmoreland was crowned champions of the Varsity 2 division in 2012, but the team was gutted by graduation last spring.
The Scotties were minus their two leading scorers and one of their top defensemen before breaking camp in September, and the results this season showed it.
Southmoreland started the season on a high note by winning four of its first five games, but then the wheels fell off.
Suspensions and penalties killed the Scotties from Christmas until the end of the season, and the team limped into the playoffs dropping seven of its last eight games.
Southmoreland finished the 2102-2013 with a 5-10-3 record, good for 13 points and a disappointing 13th-place finish in the Varsity 2 division.
Coach CJ King had his work cut out for him as Southmoreland played its last two games of the season with only six players dressing for the contests.
“Suspensions and other factors really caught up with us this year,” said King. “We played the last two games shorthanded, and it makes it tough to win.”
Southmoreland closed out the regular season with a 4-2 loss to North Allegheny, and seemed to be turning the corner heading into the playoffs.
North Allegheny jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first period, before Brenden Walter knotted the game at one two minutes later, with Jordan Sandzimier picking up the assist.
Tanner Skovira kept the Scotties in the game with some outstanding goaltending in the second period, but North Allegheny scored the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead before Jeremy Suitor closed out the scoring for the Scotties with a goal with 6:15 left in regulation.
Jeremy Shawley picked up the assist on Suitors goal. Suitor was the leading scorer for the Scotties with 18 goals and eight assists, good for 26 points.
The Scotties opened the playoffs with a 5-0 loss to Pine-Richland.
After a scoreless first period, Pine-Richland broke the game open with three goals in the second period and added a pair of goals in the third to send the Scotties packing.
With a full offseason to rebuild, the Scotties are hoping for more participation from the underclass ranks to help save the team from not being able to participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League next fall.
Mark King is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.