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Patriots rally in rink for win, tie

Above, Pittston Area’s Tyler Loftus pushes the puck ahead during the Patriots game with Prep on Friday night. Below left, WA’s Kody Nowicki fights for position against Paupack on Friday night at the Revolution Ice Centre. Below right, PA’s Andrew Golden controls the puck.

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Above, Wyoming Area’s Donny Flannelly (2) breaks away from the pack toward the net on Friday nigfht. At right, Kyle Jenkins (2) is in the open ice with the puck.

photos by tony callaio

Pittston Area hit the ice Friday night against the Scranton Knights at the Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston Township, and rallied for a 3-3 tie.

Faced a two-goal deficit going into the third period, the Patriots came up with two goals in the third period for the point.

Pittston Area was down 2-0 late in the first period, but Rich Weinstock got the Patriots within one goal late in the first period. The Weinstock goal was made possible thanks to assists from Anthony Passarella and Tyler Loftus.

Early in the second period Scranton regained their two-goal lead making it 3-1, and the Patriots offense couldn’t get anything going until late in the second period.

That’s when Weinstock put the biscuit in the basket for the second time on the night. Alex Rowan and Passarella were credited with the assists.

The drama grew as the Patriots pulled their goalie in a last chance effort to tie the game. Passarella threw the puck on net, but was denied. However, Jerry Scatena lit the lamp with less than a minute remaining to tie the game at 3-3. The goal was unassisted.

There is no overtime in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Hockey League.

PA 6, Valley West 4

The Pittston Area ice hockey team doesn’t seem to mind being the underdog in the rink. This rang true last Sunday night at Revolution Ice Centre when the Patriots defeated heavy favorite and league best Wyoming Valley West 6-4.

The first two periods were full of excitement with the score tied at 3-3 after 40 minutes of action. But the third period was when the Patriots made their move.

Rich Weinstock was sent to the penalty box for a four-minute roughing penalty, but when he left the sin bin, he made an immediate impact by beating the Valley West net minder with a beautiful deak move.

The third-period goal gave the Patriots a 4-3 lead.

Pittston Area refused to look back from there and went on for the victory.

Offensive guru Anthony Passarella led the Patriots offense with three goals. Weinstock added two goals and Andrew Golden also lit the lamp in the victory. Tyler Loftus, Alex Rowan, Kyle McLaughlin and Jerry Scatena all had assists in the game.

WA 2, Paupack 7

The Wyoming Area Warriors were also in action last weekend at Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston. The Warriors fell to Paupack 7-2. Donny Flannelly and Matt Menendez scored the only two goals for the Warriors. Kody Nowicki chipped in with two assists.

WA 1, Scranton 9

Wyoming Area managed just one goal, a one-timer by Dom Policare, in a 9-1 loss to Scranton last week. Dalton Francik assisted on the goal for the Warriors.

WA 2, Paupack 13

Matt Menendez scored both goals unassisted for Wyoming Area but Paupack was just too much for the Warriors defense in a 13-2 loss to the team from Wayne County.

WA 6, Scranton 8 (JV)

Dave Eiffert scored two goals to lead Wyoming Area in a tough 8-6 loss to Scranton in junior varsity action.

Dave Hawk, Dalton Shearer, Jordan Hoeft and Dalton Thomas each added goals for the Warriors. Hawk Hoeft and Shearer also added assists.

Zeb Gavigan and Zack Scrobola also added assists for Wyoming Area.

This week’s schedule

Friday

PA v. Valley West, 5:30 p.m.

WA v. Crestwood, 8:50 p.m.

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