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Press photo by Don HerbTyler Rauch and the Kids are looking to make the playoffs again this season. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ Press photo by Don HerbTyler Rauch and the Kids are looking to make the playoffs again this season. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Kids hockey looks to make the playoffs

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Simply put, Northampton’s hockey team can control its own destiny toward the postseason in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

The Konkrete Kids (6-4-3) began this week’s play tied with Allentown Central Catholic (15 points) in fourth place and also for the final playoff spot.

However, Central Catholic has one game left on it schedule, while the Kids have three.

“It is there for us,” said Kids’ veteran head coach Brian Ruff. “We play three teams that are below us in the standings. We have to pick up points.”

Ruff sees his team in the lot he expected. The Kids are fourth in goals scored and third on the power play in the league.

“We knew Freedom and Parkland would be good,” he said. “We also thought P’burg (Phillipsburg) would have a good year. Central (Catholic) surprised us.

“Offensively, we’re doing OK. We would like to sure up our defense. We have been a little lax and we’re leaving too many people alone in front instead of being on them. We have given up too many goals in front.

“We’re struggling on defense, but four of our defensemen are sophomores. They are still learning.”

Aidan Carey has paced the Kids in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points. Other Kids in double figures are Jake Dilger (7-7-14), Andrew Hozza (8-5-13), and Alyssa Wruble (3-10-13).

“The people who we expected to score are scoring,” added Ruff. “They’re doing their job. Our second and third lines are playing well. Our young guys are doing a nice job, too. Freshman Braden Pychinka scored two goals against Central (Catholic).”

The Kids won’t be back in action until Monday, Feb. 4 when they meet second place Parkland at the PPL Center. They also have dates with Southern Lehigh Feb. 8, and then close the regular season against Easton Feb. 11.

Last season, the Kids finished third in the regular season. They advanced to the championship finals and lost to Parkland in two straight games.

“When we played Southern Lehigh earlier, we tied them,” said Ruff. “We didn’t play against them.

“But we just have to go out and win a couple of games.”