Eight times the St. Mark’s ice hockey team were shorthanded in Friday night’s Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association battle with defending state champion A.I. DuPont and only once did it cost them a goal.
Along with the Spartans’ defense and penalty killing units performing at their peak, forward Alex Tan netted a hat trick as St. Mark’s defeated The Tigers 5-2 at the Pond in a potential playoff preview.
“Both teams were strong on defense tonight,” Spartans coach Bob Teeven said. “We were able to control the puck well and keep it away from A.I. tonight.”
“St. Mark’s is a great defensive team,” Tigers coach Brian Troup said. “For some reason the past few games, we’ve had trouble getting shots on net.”
In between killing seven of eight penalties, the Spartans (5-2) got a break-out style performance from Tan, who scored the go-ahead goal with just under three minutes left in the third period and added two more to help seal it. Joseph Wagner and Jacob Lano bookended Tan’s outburst to account for the five Spartan goals.
“I didn’t do anything different tonight,” Tan said. “My linemates did a good job and [Brandon] Sommerman did a great job in goal for us.”
Tan said to beat the defending state champions was “really good, especially with playoffs coming up. We’ve got a good vibe going now,” he said.
Troup said the current group of Tigers needs to find themselves with the tournament coming up.
“We are the defending champions, but this is a different team,” he said. “They’ve got to find their own identity and drive if they want to defend that championship.”
A.I. (5-2) got goals from John Biscardi and Ryan Reynolds.
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