PK Gashed by Golden Rams

A host of penalty trouble led to three power play goals by the West Chester Golden Rams, giving them enough to eke out a win against the Millersville Marauders on Friday.

Millersville, coming off of a tough weekend, looked to rebound against a tough West Chester team that had lost two straight, including an embarrassing 8-0 loss to Kutztown. The Rams didn’t show any signs of stopping in this game, however.

With about a minute left the first period, leading scorer Ryan Taddei rushed the puck from his own end on a power play. He drove the puck wide and drove it to the front where Ted Smith was waiting for the easy tap in to make it 1-0.

It took until the last minute for the Marauders to hit the scoreboard. Mike Carpenter took control of a picturesque outlet pass by Kyle Lane and rushed the puck up the right wing. He stopped up, cut to the middle and fired a high shot that Golden Rams goaltender Dan Schroeder had trouble controlling. The rebound popped loose to Read Bohon who outwaited Schroeder and placed it five-hole to tie it at one.

The second period proved to be the most decisive frame. Two minutes in, Austin Reaser flattened his man into the boards, earning him a major penalty for the second time in three games. That gave West Chester a five minute powerplay. What didn’t help is that the Marauders committed another infraction to make it an extended five-on-three advantage.

The Golden Rams power play took it hard to the net on this advantage, and Dave Allen popped in a rebound off of a furious scrum in front to make it 2-1 on the two-man advantage. Taddei also scored off of a furious scrum in front on a power play to make it 3-1.

Perhaps the biggest turning point of the game happened when Mike Carpenter caught a pass in stride to move in alone on a shorthanded breakaway, but Schroeder stayed with Carpenter’s triple deke to keep the lead in favor of West Chester.

WCU played tremendous defense in the third period, keeping Millersville off the board for most of the period until late in the third period. On a late power play, Read Bohon passed it around the horn as Chris Collins fed it across to Travis Duffey. With plenty of time, Duffey wound and blasted it off the shoulder of Schroeder. Sean Nielsen, playing forward at this point, picked up the rebound and banked it off of Schroeder to cut the lead to one.

The Ville had several chances late. Jonnie Collins missed on a backdoor tip that could have tied the game. In a similar vein, Mike Carpenter missed on a backdoor tip as well. The Golden Rams kept the puck away from the Marauders, who were unable to pull goaltender Dustin Jagiela from the net for the extra attacker until there were 30 seconds left on the clock.

The Golden Rams held on for their sixth win of the year, and the Marauders suffered their first regulation loss in GNCHC play.

Next up for the Ville is a date with the Susquehanna Crusaders for Salute the Troops night at Lancaster Ice Rink on Saturday.