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Short-handed Mounts fall to MT
By: JOHN CRAWFORD Review Correspondent, Staff Writer
Playing with a short bench, the Ephrata ice hockey team lost to Manheim Township, 5-1 Friday night at the Lancaster Ice Rink.
Needing a quick start to help overcome the inevitable fatigue that would come later, the Mounts pressed hard against Township goalie Will Pearson in the opening minutes. Josh Buohl concluded a rush into MT’s zone with a shot that over the net but he and his teammates eventually gained an early four to one advantage on shots on goal.
Trevor Boyer opened the scoring with his second goal of the season with 9:28 left in the first. Tyler Gallagher and Nicholas Musser picked up the assists.
"It started out as any other goal," recalled Boyer. "I had a great team behind it. I had a nice chance coming across the line and got a nice pass from Tyler to set it up. (There was) a lot of bumbling around the goal and it seemed to pop out. I took my chance and shot it and it went in."
The Blue Streaks needed less than a minute to tie the game when Andrew Mahajan scored with 9:04 left in the first. They took the lead when Phil Sapp scored with 7:35 left.
Just over a minute later, Troy McIwaine nearly extended Township’s lead when he sent a shot towards the Mounts’ goal on a two-on-one rush but Ephrata goalie Dylan Bowen went from his left to right and grabbed the puck with his glove before it hit the upper corner. Bowen made eight saves in the first period.
Dalton Dougherty’s boarding penalty with 4:27 left gave the Mounts the best chance to tie the game. From the stands, Buohl appeared to do so 43 seconds later when his shot from a right wing rush appeared to hit the back of the net but apparently did so from behind. Neither the refs nor the players broke stride but several spectators, including the Manheim Township fans, thought a goal was scored.
"Honestly, I don’t know if it went in," replied Coach Kevin Davis. "Josh didn’t say anything."
During the waning seconds of the power play, freshman Alex Seibel had the puck alone on the right side of the net but could not get it home.
Township opened the second period with a power play and scored when Alex Mahajan sent a rebound past Bowen. Throughout the second, the Mounts had chances and built an 18-15 advantage in shots but could breakthrough. The Blue Streaks, however, finished the period with two goals when they scored with 3:41 left in the period.
The Mounts’ depth showed as the shots came at a slower pace in the third as they got only got five shots in the period. Township picked up its final goal with 11:34 left in the goal and had nine shots in the period.
"You know what, we did a lot of good things tonight," said Davis. "I think we competed well with this team. I think we could have beaten them. We had a short bench. We’re missing two key guys. We were tired. You can only do so much with a real short bench like that. Overall, it doesn’t show on the stat sheet but we out played this team."