|High School Ice Hockey:
Quakes are Silent No More as they Beat the Vikings
Monday, November 15, 2004
By Mike Costantino
The Moorestown Quakes have been just under the radar this season while winning their first six games, but after Monday night’s shutout of the Eastern Vikings by 4-0, they are definitely a team to watch. With three lines and unselfish play they resemble the formula the Vikings have used to win consecutive titles the last two years. Eastern started out strong and controlled play for the first six minutes of the game launching nine shots during that time but it was their inability to convert on the power play that would wind up costing them. After Moorestown killed off the first of seven Vikings advantages, the game seemed to turn as the Quakes proceeded to pepper Eastern goalie Ryan Doner with the next thirteen shots. Mike Bodine finally beat Doner, after Kyle Rupin made a great hustle play to keep the puck in at the point, putting home a rebound with Colin Corley and Kevin Schaffer getting the assists.
Doner continued his strong play into the second period with Moorestown putting on constant pressure; they out-shot Eastern 16-3 in the second period, but it wasn’t until the final fifteen seconds, after Schaffer was stoned on a breakaway, and Corley lifted home the rebound for a 2-0 lead. The Vikings had four power play opportunities in the period but failed to capitalize. Still they were only down 2-0 heading into the third period. Their best chance came midway through the period as they had a two-man advantage for one minute, but never got set-up in the offensive zone. Mike Weaver and Danny Wallace scored goals in the final minute to complete the 4-0 win.
Notes: Moorestown goalie Max Paluszynski faced only eight shots after the opening flurry by Eastern, but his contribution should not be overlooked. Sharing the duty with Colin Higgins, the two have only allowed 5 goals in six games. With the win Moorestown will start to feel the heat as word spreads that they are one of the teams to beat. How they respond to the attention will be interesting to watch.