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Hampton ice hockey gears up for game against Greater Latrobe

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.

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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.

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