Despite entering the game with only one win in its first six games, and having to go against the top team in the American Conference, Archbishop Wood played like a team not near the bottom of the standings on Wednesday night.
While they showed some not so stellar play at defense at times, the Vikings poured it on offensively from start to finish, receiving goals from eight different players en route to a 9-7 win over Wissahickon in a Suburban High School Hockey League American Conference game at Bucks County Ice Sports Center.
Though the Vikings came into the contest at 1-5-0 overall after the opening month of the season, they were hungry to prove themselves, and they did so early on, keeping the pressure on the Trojans (4-3-0) from the very start.
"That was a very big win. Wissahickon is one of the best teams in the league and us coming from our bad start that we had and being able to pick up the pace and boost our confidence was big for us,' said Wood's Jonathan Rosica, who scored the eventual game-winning goal in the third period. "We had lost our goalie before to injury and had to have a couple players fill in and that hurt us knowing that we had to play more defense and not be an offense-based team, but now that he's back, we can get back to our old ways like last year and just start winning hockey games.'
Wood got the scoring started when Jonathan Pfugfelder took a pass from Matt Mandes and buried it past Wissahickon goalie Noah Katz less than five minutes into the contest to put the Vikings up 1-0. The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the period, finishing in a 3-3 tie before the break.
The second period belonged to the Vikings, as Troy Potts, Nick Patton, Mandes and Brett Katzianer all scored goals to help Wood to a 7-4 lead late in the stanza. Luke Honorowski, who scored twice in the first period, added a hat trick goal late in the period to get the Trojans back to within two goals.
Wissahickon mounted a comeback in the third period, as Honorowski scored his fourth and fifth goals of the night, but the Vikings answered, as Rosica and Brett Katzianer scored just over a minute apart to help Wood to go back up 9-7 just over six minutes into the final period.
The Vikings ended up holding on for the two-goal victory, keeping Wissahickon out of their zone for a majority of the final nine minutes of the game.
"They're a good hockey team,' Wissahickon coach Mike Wolf said of Wood. "We were missing a couple of guys, but that's not an excuse. We didn't play defense and they did. They possessed the puck and we didn't. They scored more goals on second and third opportunities and while we had some nice goals, you can't win them all.'
Despite the loss, Honorowski's play was exceptional, as the forward tallied five goals on the night to give him a season total of 20 goals and 29 points in just seven games this season.
"Luke is a hard, hard worker,' Wolf said. "We can put that many goals in, but you have to learn to play better defense to win hockey games. They're a good team, but we're a better team than we showed tonight and when we get our guys back, it will be a different story.'
Dustin Rabinowitz tallied one goal and three assists for Wissahickon in the losing effort. Honorowski recorded a power play and a shorthanded goal in his big night, while Matt Vervlied finished with a game-high four assists for the Trojans. Jacob Segelbaum also scored once for Wissahickon, which had won three games in a row before Wednesday.
Rabinowitz now has nine goals and 12 assists on the season to put him in second place on the Trojans in points.
The Vikings were led by Matt Mandes, who finished with two goals and two assists. Patrick Cavanaugh scored once and added two assists, while Nick DeRosa earned the win in net.
"This win definitely gives us something to look back on,' Rosica said. "We can look at what we did to a first-place team as almost a last-place team and it should definitely help us moving forward.'