La Salle 3 Hun School 1

HATFIELD— Aries Carangi stepped up when his team needed him. The La Salle netminder made 38 saves Wednesday afternoon as the Explorers bested Hun School 3-1 at Hatfield Ice in a APAC/Mid-Atlantic Prep League joust.

Carangi, a junior, did his best work in the third period when he stopped 15 shots to lead his team to its third straight win (3-4 overall, 1-2 APAC, 3-0 MAPL). Five of those saves came during a Hun School (4-3, 0-1-1-0 in the APAC, 0-2 MAPL) power play when the Explorers’ Chase Hannon drew a roughing penalty with 5:01 left in regulation.

“Coming into the third, I got real focused up,” Carangi said. “Just took it one shot at a time and I went on from there.”

Carangi pointed out the Explorers are  figuring out how to blend their collective abilities after a slow start to the season.

“I think the guys have just all bought into ‘defense first,’ he said. “Move into the neutral zone, then go to the offensive zone.”

La Salle coach Wally Muehlbronner celebrated the fact his team embraced the ‘back to basics’ mindset.

“We seem to be playing a pretty simple game but we’re playing hard,” he said. “It was a tough game. A tough, physical game.”

Gavin O’ Connell gave La Salle a 1-0 lead when he put in a rebound 9:55 into the first period, beating the Raiders’ Jack Borek. Chris Wnek made it 2-0 just 38 seconds into the second frame. Scott Richmond’s shorthanded goal off a La Salle turnover at the 10:55 mark cut the Explorer lead in half.

The Explorers’ Ryan Desmond scored the only goal of the third period at the 5:37 mark on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle after a dash up the wing. 

The Raiders outshot their foes 15-5 in the final period but their coach, Ian McNally was quick to point out many of those shots did not come from prime locations.

“We had (38) shots and pretty limited action from our chances,” he said. We’re trying the same things over and over again, unfortunately.”

McNally says he’s addressing the issue with his players in practice. “How can we cover the zone differently? How can we staring passes together. Hope can we create separation between you and the (defense) so we’re not just walking in and taking a wrist shot. Either (the defense block it or the goalie blocks it.

“There’s no secondary chance. There’s no puck movement that makes everybody move left to right. We keep talking about it and we keep not doing it. So, we deserved to lose 3-1.”

Hun School 0 1 0—1

La Salle 1 1 1—3

First-period goals: Gavin O’ Connell (L) from Chris Wnek and Tim Whitock, 9:55

Second-period  goals: Chris Wnek (L) from Jackson Lindmar, :38 Scott Richmond (Hun) from Josh Ovellette, 10:55 (sh)

Third-period goals: Ryan Desmond (L) from Dean Carvalho 5:37

Shots: Hun School 38; La Salle 23 Saves: Jack Borek (M) 20, Aries Carangi (L) 37

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