HATFIELD TOWNSHIP—For two periods, La Salle and Wyoming Seminary battled each other on even terms. The result was a 1-1 standoff.
In the third frame, Knights broke through, scoring four goals to record a 5-1 win Friday evening at Hatfield Ice.
Alexis Billequey scored two goals and assisted on another as the Knights improved to 4-1 on the season.
The Explorers dropped to 0-2 but Coach Wally Muehlbronner saw his team take some big strides.
“For us, the game was a big step forward,” he said. “Our approach, the way the guys played, we played hard for three periods.”
The Explorers actually took the early lead when Chase Hannon bested Wyoming Seminary goaltender Caleb Chabot with 7:45 left in the opening period.
The second period was almost two thirds gone before BIllequey responded for the Knights and when the teams left the ice at period’s end it was anyone’s game for the taking.
Starting the third period on fresh ice, the Knights stepped up. Mathis Pellerin beat LaSalle netminder Jake Rossi just 1:24 into the period. Colin Donovan made it a 3-1 game at the 4::05 mark and Billequey scored his second goal just 42 seconds later.
Anthony Petrick completed the scoring with 3:04 left in the game.
Rossi, a sophomore, gave a solid effort in the Explorer net.
“He’s only a sophomore but he’s a competitor,” Muehlbronner said. “He’s a good goalie, I was happy with the way he played today.”
Despite the loss, Muehlbronner sees things heading in the right direction.
“We did a couple things that, if we look back at it, and correct them, it could have been a 1-1 game to the end,” he said. “We hurt ourselves a little it in the third.”
Wyoming Seminary 0 1 4—5
La Salle 1 0 0—1
First-period goal: Chase Hannon (L) assist unavailable, 8:15
Second-period goal: Alexis Billequey (WS) from Oliver van der Groen and Jason Shapiro, 10:18
Third-period goals: Mathis Pellerin (WS) from Yoan Gagnon and Billequey, 1:24; Colin Donovan (WS) unassisted, 4:05; Billequey (WS) from Daniel Svozil, 4:47; Anthony Petrick (WS) from Gagnon, 12:56
Shots: Wyoming Seminary 34, La Salle 22; Saves: Caleb Chabot (WS) 21, Jake Rossi (L) 29