Mercy Rule comes
December 17, 2017
Austin Smith (@Smitie17)
The Mercy rule came into play for the first time in the 2017-2018 EPSHL season. The two teams were Berks South and Berks Catholic and Berks South made a statement with a 12-2 win. The game was ended with still over a half a period left in the third.
Berks South was the team to have a showdown party on Friday December, 15 because of the explosiveness and 12 goals they were able to manage to put together.
It all started with just 2:12 into the game with a Brody Carson goal. 8 seconds later though Berks Catholic Parker Davis responded with the first goal of the game for Berks Catholic and the first goal of the season!
Berks Catholic for the first time of the season could say they were in the game because of the 1-1 tie. That tie did not last really at all. Derek Jopp chipped home a back hand rebound goal to make it 2-1 in favor of Berks South.
About six minutes later Matt Sacks would get a powerplay goal and his 4th of the season which made it 3-1 Berks South. This is when things started to get out of hand. Riley Muschick, Michael Smereck, and Ryan Duffy would score to make it 6-1. at the end of the 1st period.
In the second period Berks South would keep the scoring with Brody Carson's second goal of the game and was a short handed goal. Just over 2:00 minutes after Trey Hayick would score to make it 8-1 and would be Berks South second shorthanded goal of the night. Berks Catholic tried to stop Berks South from scoring again and got there second goal of the night which made it 8-2. Berks Catholic's Mason Norotsky got the goal and Parker Davis had the assist on his goal.
Trey Hayick would score two more goals which gave him a hattrick. Jacob Shugar would assist on Trey's third goal and gave Shugar his third assist of the night. It was a special night for Trey Hayick to get a hattrick. Trey Hayick's dad has been battling throat cancer and wanted to come watch him play but could not.
Trey Hayick was interviewed after the game for his 3 goal performance and his team's outstanding performance "We feel pretty good, we are getting pretty hyped before the game, hard warm-up getting good shots off and puck movement" said, Trey Hayick. " Trey was then asked about his hattrick. "One goal I had Shugar sauced it over a guy's stick and passed it to me. and just shot it in on a one timer". "Another goal I took the puck and, shot it topshelf."
In the third period Ryan Duffy would make the game 10-2 and then Eric Sowers would score a goal to put the game to a end with a mercy rule of 12 goals.
Coach Simmerman was not there at the game, so assistant coach Patrick Dunion was asked about his teams great performance. "I was really happy about the performance, it's tough when the goal differential is that big and you kind of just want to end it to keep it from getting out of hand". "We just won a few games in a row and hopefully this a turning point for us" mentioned, Patrick Dunion. "Coach Kevin will be back for Monday's game, it's the hustle, it's the grind and first to the puck that they seemed to pick up in more recent games".
Coach Matt Conrad had some stuff to say about his team's performance," I thought it was important that we got a goal early in the game which was key, obviously you want to get that monkey off your back". "I don't think the effort was all there tonight, guys were not finishing there checks and we were not skating as hard". "We also may of took our foot of the gas and did not get it going again" said Matt Conrad.
Berks Catholic only had six shots on goal but got 2 goals on those six shots but was no where near Berks South's 31 shots in the game.
Berks Catholic will take on Berks North Sunday December, 17 at bodyzone at 8:30pm
Berks South will take on Berks North as well Monday December, 18th at bodyzone at 9:30pm