Hockey falls to WHS
Derrick Wruble bagged a hat trick, but it was too little, too late as Northampton fell just short of a comeback against Whitehall/Salisbury, losing 6-5 on senior night last Monday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Despite the loss, Northampton (6-6-1) remains atop the non-pure division, two games ahead of Becahi/Central Catholic.
The Konkrete Kids opened the scoring a little over three minutes in. Senior Tyler Feist scored on a deflected slap shot. Later, fellow senior Gunnar Mishko took a pass from Daniel Farkas, and ripped one past Tristan Collins.
The score went back-and-forth between the two teams in the first period, until Brad Owens hit an open netter that Adam Orsulak had no chance of getting to after saving the first effort. Whitehall/Salisbury went up 3-2, and never trailed the rest of the way.
Cody Rinkus (three goals) and Matt Emerick (two goals, one assist), wreaked havoc on the Northampton defense all night. The two combined to tally two goals in the second period. Hustle was the key contributor to both.
Emerick skated through the defense and scored top shelf. Later, Rinkus raced to a puck, and slipped one past Orsulak for a short-handed goal. That forced head coach Brian Ruff to call a timeout, down 5-2.
Derrick Wruble connected on his first goal with 3:24 left in the third, with Cory Croll grabbing the assist to give Northampton some momentum heading into the final frame.
Emerick brought the lead back to three goals with a powerful slap shot from just inside the blue line.
Wruble then five-holed Collins for his second, and his third came just 18 seconds later to bring the deficit to just one with 9:12 remaining.
Northampton was pressuring the Whitehall/Salisbury net heavily to try and grab the game-tying goal.
Orsulak (28 saves) did his best to keep his team in the game. He stopped a sure goal on a one-time effort from Owens with about four minutes to go.
With under two minutes left, Ruff pulled Orsulak to gain an extra skater. The Konkrete Kids held possession in their third, but Collins remained solid, and prevented any goals to secure the win.
Northampton is now off until Monday, January 28th when they host Becahi/Central Catholic at 7:45 at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.