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Hockey looks to keep playoff spot

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton’s hockey team is in a fixed mood in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

Coming off a 10-3 win over Beca/ Central recently, the Konkrete Kids will maintain their fourth seed and likely spot in the upcoming LVSHL playoffs. The Kids are in a position to face top-seeded and undefeated Parkland in a single elimination game that would lead to a best-of-three championship round.

Yet, the Kids haven’t lived up to preseason expectations with a 6-8-0 record.

“It’s been extremely disappointing,” said head coach Brian Ruff about the season. “I thought we would be doing a lot better. We have a good group of players, but things haven’t jelled.

“We picked up some guys this year, and I thought it would go well.”

Ruff admittedly has tried a number of different avenues.

“We have been doing a lot of soul-searching,” he added. “We have been switching lines, and we haven’t come up with combo that works. It has been one thing after another and it hasn’t worked out. We have some talented players here. There hasn’t been any bickering or fighting. Our talent hasn’t come together like we thought it would.”

Still, Ruff has seen some consistent seasons.

Andrew Hozza has nine goals and has been consistent all season. Mason Ruff was moved to defense and has been a stabilizing force.

“He (Hozza) has had a phenomenal season” said Ruff. “He continues to impress everyone on the ice. Mason Ruff was moved to defense and has been very solid for us. He (Ruff) has done everything we have asked of him.”

Ruff also has been impressed with Nick Herman and Darian Rook along with Tyler Belsky, who is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points (3-12-15).