NEWINGTON - After scoring six goals over its first three games, the Newington-Berlin ice hockey team had little trouble finding the back of the net Saturday afternoon.
In a one-sided affair that saw the Indians control the puck for the entire 45 minutes of play, four goals in the first period, four goals in the second and three in the third secured Newington-Berlin’s 11-0 shutout win over Joel Barlow at home.
Patrick Doherty, Matt Lavoie and Tyler Ralph all scored twice for the Indians, while five other players also netted a goal in the win.
“We’ve finally been able to score some goals,” Newington-Berlin head coach David Harackiewicz said. “The last three games we’ve only had one, two or three goals. So it’s a good game to really put the puck in the net. I think the kids did really well and came out strong at the beginning of the game.”
And it was the Indians’ 4-0 first period that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Doherty scored the game’s first goal nearly 30 seconds into the game off passes from Kyle Bucher and Cade Palladino. Justin Roberts added to the score four minutes later off of passes from Ralph and Andrew Graham.
Matt Lavoie was then fed the puck by Palladino for his first goal of the afternoon at the 3:34 mark. But for the Indians, being ahead by three wasn’t enough. With just 46 seconds left in the period, Lavoie scored his second goal off of passes from Bucher and Palladino.
Joel Barlow never had much of a chance with Newington-Berlin utilizing its size advantage once inside the Falcons’ zone.
“We set it up so we have some bigger guys on each line and we can play physical that way,” Harackiewicz said. “When we have a smaller team a lot of the time the battles in the corner with pucks, the bigger guy is going to come out with the puck, so I definitely think we had the advantage there with our size.”
The second period played out much like the first, with the Indians dominating and sinking four more goals into the back of the net.
Although Joel Barlow prevented Newington-Berlin from scoring as quickly as the first period, Nick DeRiu scored with 9:48 left off of passes from Graham and Ethan Ranger, increasing the Indians’ lead to 5-0.
Ralph and Ranger then scored back-to-back goals at the 6:23 and 6:00 minute mark. For Ranger, the goal was a memorable one.
“The game was awesome, I got my first high school goal,” Ranger said. “I didn’t want to celebrate because we were already up a lot at the time.”
Newington-Berlin continued to score, as the period came to a close as Doherty was fed a pass from Palladino with 3:49 remaining to send the Indians into the final period up 8-0.
“It was definitely good to see different people move the puck and be able to score,” Lavoie said. “We were able to work as a team and get the win.”
Newington-Berlin had complete control over the ice, never allowing the Falcons to keep possession of the puck for more than a minute. The Indians outshot the Falcons 51-12.
Mark Switzer scored an early goal off of a pass from Doherty to begin the third period. The Indians were able to score twice more in the remaining 11 minutes of the game as Ralph and Max Kyrychenko finished the afternoon of scoring.
“I think the kids did a good job each period,” Harackiewicz said. “They were just throwing a lot of pucks on net and they had some really nice pass plays today.”
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