Staying out of the penalty box is a key to winning any hockey game and particularly in the case of Abington that entered Thursday's SHSHL game against Souderton with 2-12-0 record.
Souderton boasting a 7-3-2 record finds its self right in the thick of the action in the Continental Division standings. Souderton used a lethal power play and four third period goals to bury Abington 10-3 and improve to 3-0-1 in its last four games.
"We haven't lost a league game since November,' Souderton coach Matt Montagna said. "We're right there in the hunt with those top three teams (in the Continental Division), we're not a game behind or anything it's just games played.'
Souderton got off to a quick 2-0 start and the culprits were nothing new for the Indians as Daniel Rock and Alex Politsky scored three minutes apart. Rock and Politsky have led the Indians in scoring all season long and have been a potent top line tandem and Thursday night was no exception. Rock finished with four goals and three assists while Politsky would chip in with a pair of goals and three assists.
"They just go and they do their thing,' Montagna said of Politsky and Rock. "They play hard for us and I think they're very much complemented by a lot of guys who know their roles.'
Abington would hang tough in the first as Thomas Carroll netted two first period goals as a result of a concerted team effort from the Ghosts to throw pucks at the Souderton goalie. Abington, however, struggled for most of the game developing an organized offensive rush.
Part of the reason Abington had troubles getting set on offense was due to the Ghosts' constant carousel to the penalty box.
"For the most part it's hard to generate a rush when most of the time you're in the box,' Abington coach Pat Croce said.
As the Abington penalties mounted, so did its frustration and Souderton goals. The second period saw the Indians net three power play goals, which accounted for all scoring in the frame, and resulted in Croce and defenseman Nicholas Scipione receiving game misconducts.
"You've got to set goals,' Croce said. "You've got to come out and say, ' OK, were going through a little bit of adversity this first period,' but if we can kind of weather the storm and get our emotions in check we can kind of get some things moving. Sometimes, unfortunately, you have to take a stand and kind of voice your opinions on how you feel things are going.'
Souderton finished the game 4-for-7 on power plays while Abington only had one power play that didn't come until about four minutes into the third period.
As Souderton continues its climb in the Continental Division, the young Ghosts learn another valuable lesson in another defeat, but Croce knows their best hockey is still well ahead of them.
"We're a young team, and were just as good as some of the teams that are higher up in the standings,' Croce said. "If we can continue to learn from each game and continue to work on things we need to work on, then I think next year is going to be our year or the year after is going to be our year.'