Township streaks by Mounts in semifinals

By on May 6, 2015

 

 Ephrata’s Noah Roark (right) battles the Manheim Township player for the ball during Tuesday’s L-L semifinals at CV. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Ephrata’s Noah Roark (right) battles the Manheim Township player for the ball during Tuesday’s L-L semifinals at CV. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Top-seeded Manheim Township scored two goals in the first 13 seconds of Tuesday’s L-L League semifinal match-up with Ephrata at Conestoga Valley High School.

And it was mostly downhill the rest of the way for the fourth-seeded Mounts, who trailed 23-2 at the half before the Blue Streaks called off the dogs.

Township scored 14 first-half goals on 19 shots before adding another nine tallies in the second quarter en route to an easy 26-7 whitewash of the Mounts. In Tuesday’s other semifinal, second-seeded Hempfield drilled Warwick, 15-2 to set up another Township-Hempfield final set for Thursday, 7 p.m. at Warwick.

Things got out of hand quickly Tuesday as Chris Augeri and Aaron Kager both tallied on fast breaks in the first 13 seconds to give Township the upper hand before the Mounts knew what hit them.

“We knew it was going to be no easy feat to beat those guys,” Ephrata Coach Eric Bensing said. “They have a real nice team this year. We tried to make some adjustments at practice the other night with our face-off group. We were doing some things on the wing, especially to try to slow their fast break down a little bit but it obviously wasn’t effective. They just ran right down and were able to put nice shots in. We just kind of spiraled downward from there”

A total of 13 different players scored goals for the Blue Streaks (16-2), led by Augeri and Ryan Miller, who scored four goals apiece. The Blue Streaks held a whopping 34-5 advantage in shots on goal by half-time and held a 47-23 edge for the game.

Offensively for the Mounts, who scored five second-half goals, Justin Hoover had three goals and two assists to lead the way while Colin Cammauf added two scores and a pair of helpers.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t clearly enough on this night.

Still, in a year where the Mounts replaced many key cogs, particularly at the defensive end, their 8-4 finish in the league and a 9-9 overall record was a positive.

“We were happy that we accomplished one of our goals we set coming into the season,” Bensing said. “We wanted to make the L-L playoffs and continue to be one of the top three or four teams in the league. It didn’t end exactly the way we wanted it to in league play, but that was just kind of the way the schedule was set up this year for us. But I told the guys tonight, ‘you are in the playoffs and there are eight other teams in the league that can’t say that.’ We play in a tough league so I said told them they should be proud that they made it here.”

Ephrata, which did not qualify for District Three play, closed out the regular season last Thursday with a 20-6 loss to the same Manheim Township team it faced Tuesday night.

Trailing 5-2 after one quarter of play, the Mounts were out-scored 11-0 in the second quarter as the Blue Streaks took complete control.

Hoover scored three goals and added an assist to led the Ephrata offense. Dustin Fisher, Ryan Holochuck and Cammauf also scored for the Mounts, who were out-shot, 30-10.

Kyle Lindberg made 10 saves in the Ephrata net.

Cocalico closed out its season last Wednesday with a tough 14-12 loss on the road at Cedar Crest.

The Eagles led 7-6 at the half before the Falcons went on a 7-1 run to key the eventual victory.

Justin Marderness and Devon Delpiano both had three goals and a pair of assists for Cocalico in the loss. Brett Kupp and Matt Weinhold both chipped in with two goals and an assist each while Bryce Shaffer netted a pair of tallies for the Eagles.

Ben Puodziunas registered 15 saves in goal as Cocalico closed out the year 6-6 in league play (10-7 overall).

Cocalico missed out on the post-season, finishing 18th in the District Three power rankings. Only the top 16 advance to the playoffs.

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