SILVER SPRING TWP. — West Shore tallied eight goals in the third period to come from behind to beat Cumberland Valley 10-4 at Twin Ponds West on Friday night.
The rubber match between the two teams finally determined a winner, after games on Nov. 10 and Dec. 15 ended in ties — 2-2 and 7-7, respectively.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the final period, West Shore talked about just playing and making each shift count.
“This win was big, and it gives us confidence moving into the rest of the season,” Avery Arnold said. “After the second period, Coach [Chris Moore] talked about making each shift count, and we talked on the bench about playing one shift at a time and put the puck on net and see what happens.”
Ian Myers ripped a shot, rushed the net and found a puck sitting in the crease. He was able to tap it in and start the West Shore run.
Connor Winiski scored the tying goal as he redirected a shot by Cameron Rigling past Eagles goalie Alexsei Maitre.
Christian Holtzapple tallied the next two goals from the crease on assists from Winiski and Zach Sooy on the first goal and Carlson on the second goal.
“I thought Christian did a nice job of grinding tonight in the crease, the corners and setting up opportunities,” Moore said. “He even added some goals for some credit. I just told the kids that we were down two, but we just needed to keep grinding and getting chances and make every shift count in the final period. I think we scored more goals in that period than we have in any game this year.”
Arnold scored goals seven and eight on breakaways off Eagle miscues.
“I just wanted the guys to remember how that loss feels so they don’t feel it again,” Eagles coach James Schuck said. “I want them to take a learning experience away from tonight.”
Holtzapple tallied the hat trick on goal No. 9, which set off a handful of hats being thrown onto the ice.
Thomas Meanor tallied the last marker on a Winiski assist.
Cumberland Valley (2-10-3) celebrated Senior Night, honoring five players — Blaise Allen, Trenton Armstrong, Miles Ferrone, Aidan Moyer and Owen Deardorff. The energy of the night picked up quickly from there.
“Last year these kids made it to the Bears Cup, and this is a fairly young team coming back, so we need to continue to work,” Schuck said. “We had opportunities to put the game away, but it got away from us. It is a very good group of kids, so we just need to come out next week and focus on each game.”
West Shore picked up a quick penalty, and the Eagles made the power play count. Benjamin Osborne scored on an Aidan Moyer assist.
West Shore (4-6-4) responded as Jesse Troutman tied the game. Moments later Jake Carlson gave the visitors the 2-1 lead.
The game settled down and the Eagles scored the next three goals as they took control of the contest. All three goals were initially saved by West Shore netminder Alexander Rigling, but bounced off or were tapped in. Osborne had two goals for the Eagles and Chase Staller and Deardorff tallied the other goals.
They led 4-2 after two periods.