Share This Page

Hampton ice hockey gears up for game against Greater Latrobe

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | Hampton Journal
Hampton assistant captain Zachary Twerdok will help the team rebound against Greater Latrobe on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Ice Connection.

Through the better part of three periods, the Hampton Talbots hockey team displayed a good forecheck and good puck movement. However, a momentary lapse and a trip to the penalty box gave Bishop Canevin enough opportunities to steal a 4-3 win in the closing moments of the game.

With 2:57 left in regulation, Hampton led 3-2, but two goals in less than two minutes allowed the Crusaders to escape with the win.

“Bishop Canevin is a good team, and they were able to put on the pressure,” said Matt Ranallo, Hampton head coach. “We had some early success, and I think in 5-on-5 situations, there is no team that can skate with us.”

Hampton started strong, as Andrew Lynch buried a goal with less than a minute gone by off assists from Nico Katsafanas and Ethan Homitz.

Bishop Canevin cashed in on a power-play opportunity next to tie the game.

The second period was all Hampton as Eric Leya took advantage of an Ethan Homitz pass for a score.

Bishop Canevin tied the game in the third, but Leya once again gave Hampton the advantage with a goal that pushed the game to 3-2.

Although the loss hurts, Ranallo said there are positives to take away from the game.

“We know we have to be more disciplined in our efforts,” he said.

“We were in situations we didn't want to be in and that gave them some life.”

Ranallo said he believes that losses serve as learning experiences, and although he was happy with the forecheck and good power play at points in the game, he wants to improve on the penalty kill based off this game.

“Our penalty kill was a little harsh, but we did have the puck moving and we had our feet moving.”

Hampton will be back in action Monday against Greater Latrobe at Ice Connection at 7 p.m.

Hampton will then play at Plum on Monday, Dec. 16, at 9 p.m. before taking a break for the holidays.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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.