Salem skaters stay undefeated with win over Trinity
Trinity's Mitch Myers is able to score with a loose puck on Salem's Sam MacDonald at the ICEnter, on Tuesday, in Salem. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The Blue Devils improved to 5-0-0 on the season with a 3-2 boys’ Division I hockey win over Trinity at ICEnter on Wednesday.
“We’re still winning,” said Salem head coach Mark McGinn. “The good thing is, we’re not executing a full game and we’re still coming out with some wins, although they are tight. I think with more practice we’ll get better and hopefully continue.”
With goalie Curtis Wirbal heading off the ice for an extra attacker, Trinity sophomore Drew Merrick skated in on the left wing and made a nice backhand pass to senior Mitch Myers trailing in the slot. Myers finished with a one-timer to beat Sam MacDonald.
“It was good to see after how we started that the guys finally started feeling it a little bit,” Trinity head coach Mike Connell said. “We got some good pressure down there. It just didn’t bounce our way. The guys played hard at the end, which is a good learning step for us.”
“They pulled the goalie and our guys sent it down for an icing and that just adds pressure. It’s kind of risk and reward. It’s not a risk I wanted to take,” McGinn said. “I thought in the third period we had better opportunities but they caught us with one and we weathered the storm at the end.”
Chris Lemay got the Blue Devils started with a goal at 8:17. Kyle Svenson skated up the right side alone and fired a shot on net that Wirbal turned aside, but the rebound came to Lemay in the slot for the put-back.
As the second period drew to a close, the Pioneers began to heat up and that momentum carried into the early stages of the second stanza when Trinity got on the board.
From there, the Blue Devils clamped down and MacDonald was called on to make only two saves in the final period, finishing with 20 stops overall to match Wirbal’s total.