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Saturday, February 16, 2019

FHS hockey knocks off Parkland again

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team is playing a different role in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this winter.

That’s what happens when you’re undefeated and knock off the defending nine-time, defending champions twice during the regular season.

Beginning this week, the Patriots had an unblemished 13-0 mark, scoring an incredible 113 goals and allowing a minuscule 12 goals. They downed perennial power Parkland 3-0 on Oct. 22 and 5-1 Dec. 17, breaking their undefeated regular season streak of 115 games.

“Anytime everyone is talking about your team all the time and not Parkland as much, that’s good,” said Freedom head coach Mike Kearns. “We had a recent break and it really didn’t hurt us.

“Our kids just love being on the ice. They have stay focused and have done everything that they needed to do. They have kept their heads in the game, and we basically have been injury free.”

Team captain Luke Day, who is the league’s leading scorer with 31 goals and 22 assists for 53 points, envisions his team making a deep playoff run.

“I believe that the team has come a long way this season,” said Day, who has been playing organized hockey for 12 years. “As the season has progressed, we have become much stronger as a team.

“Our passing has been improving with every game, and we look to carry that into the playoffs.

“Coach Kearns has been very inspirational to a lot of guys, and he explains how to play the game the right way. I believe he will be carrying the same mentality throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs.”

Along with Day, eight other Patriots are in double-figure scoring. Those above the 20-point mark are Max Kontir (18-16-34), John Musella (14-12-26), Matthew Randazzo (15-6-21), and Dominic Augello (12-8-20).

Joshua Millan has been in the nets for 11 of the 13 games and has a 0.87 goals against average with five shutouts.

The Patriots have three regular season games remaining, a stretch that began with Southern Lehigh Monday. They will meet Phillipsburg Friday and then have a rematch with Southern Lehigh Monday.