LMHL Playoffs - Day #3 - Shutouts Galore
Written by: David Nicoletti
After a one-game contest last night on day two between Somerset and Greater Johnstown at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA, tonight we would get to witness two more matches to continue these LMHL Playoffs for day three.
Up first, we would have the number two ranked Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers, taking on the number seven ranked Richland Rams for a 5:50 pm start.
The first 17 minutes of the game would be all Westmont, as they would take a 6-0 lead on the Rams after one period. Goals would be scored by Sam Snider (2), Anthony Marano, Payton Sell, Colin Gorman, and Kobe Rickabaugh. Snider’s first would come shorthanded, while three of the six goals would be unassisted. Assists would be given out to Rickabaugh, Anthony Marano, Nick Rozich (2), and Colin Gorman.
Westmont would continue the momentum in the second period, adding three more goals from Payton Sell, Evan Allen, and Nick Rozich. Marano and Snider would add assists as it would be 9-0 Westmont after 34 minutes.
Allen, Marano, Crespo, along with Kyle Replogle and Parker Lavis, would score goals for Westmont in the final 17 minutes of play. Westmont would take it over the Richland Rams 13-0, as the final shots on goal count would be 32-14 to Westmont.
Goaltender Ian Amaranto would get the shutout for the Hilltoppers.
Up next, we would have the number one ranked Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers taking on the number eight ranked Somerset Golden Eagles for game number two at 7:50 pm.
Bishop McCort would get the early advantage and score five unanswered goals in the game's first 17 minutes. Goals would come from Benjamin Berkebile (2), Ilya Zhdanov (PP), Lukas Cascino, and Neil Russell.
Bryce Bair and Adis Ultanbekov (2) would add three more goals for the Crimson Crushers in the second period. Making it a 7-0 Bishop McCort game with the shots being on their side 28-14 heading into the final 17 minutes.
A scrum would occur early in the third period, sending Somerset’s Chase Stoy, Jordan Love, and McCort’s Ilya Zhdanov to the box. However, it wouldn’t affect the score of the game, as Bishop McCort would take it 8-0 over the Somerset Golden Eagles. The final shots on goal were 35-15 for the Crimson Crushers.
Goaltender Nikita Volsky would get the shutout for Bishop McCort.