The Bucs "Quest For The Ship" ended last night, just as the previous nine games did, with the Bucs grabbing a 7 - 2 victory over the Connellsville Falcons at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena. Led by two goals from both Tyler Stewart and Gio Palombo the Bucs upped their record to 10 - 0 to stay in first place of the division. The Bucs also added goals by Dylan Zelonka, Jonas Sopko and Steven Yezovich.
The Bucs quickly set the tempo in the first period with Palombo's first goal of the game from Stewart at 15:26. Followed by Zelonka's 14th of the season at 9:07 from Nate Smith and Tyler Stewart's first of the evening at 3:51 from Palombo. The Buc's closed out the first period scoring with Stewart's second, from Zelonka and Sopko with only 0:44 remaining. The Bucs managed to hold the Falcons high powered offense, to just 2 shots in the first 17 minutes.
The Falcons got on the board at 8:38 of the second period to cut the lead to 4 -1, but Jonas Sopko regained the 4 goal lead with his power play goal from Nate Smith at 2:37. Before the second period closed, the referees called a total of 11 infractions, including 2 10 minute misconducts on the Bucs. The Bucs finished the game with a season high 30 penalty minutes.
The third period began with Steven Yezovich's first goal of the season at 16:18. The power play goal was assisted by Tyler Stewart. The Falcons added a goal at 13:52 to cut the lead to 4, but Gio Palombo finished off the scoring at 4:24 to restore the 5 goal lead. Palombo's goal, his eighth in three games, was assisted by Zelonka. Both Palombo and Zelonka, were well rested after serving their 10 minute misconducts.
Tyler Stewart finished with 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) while both Palombo (2 goals, 1 assist) and Zelonka (1 goal, 2 assists) added 3 points.
Special teams were key in this game as the Buc's were able to kill all 4 Connellsville power play opportunities, raising their Penalty Kill percent to 88.9% for the season. While scoring on 2 of 5 power play opportunities, the Bucs currently have a 50% success rate with the man advantage. The Bucs were once again tight on defense as they limited the Falcons to just 19 shots, of which Drew Burkett stopped 17 in earning his ninth victory.
Next up, the Bucs travel up 79 North to play Erie McDowell for a 715 game at the Mercyhurst Ice Arena.
The Bucs took "The Quest For The Ship" on the road last night and earned their ninth win of the season with a 7 - 1 defeat of the Knoch Knights.
Players and fans, got to see things from a different angle last night as the Bucs were hosted by the Knights in the same Pittsburgh Ice Arena that serves as the Burrell home rink. But the once the confusion subsided, the Bucs grabbed an early lead at 14:05 on a goal by Jonas Sopko, assisted by Anthony George and Logan Schoepf. Then Gio Palombo scored a short handed goal only 10 seconds into Steven Yezovich's tripping minor to give the Bucs a 2 - 0 lead. Drew Burkett saved all 7 shots that came his way in the first period.
While the second period saw the Knights cut the lead in half with Colton Huff's goal at 3:05, the Bucs reclaimed the two goal lead with Palombo's second of the evening at the 0:57 mark. The Bucs finished the second period with 16 shots on goal.
The third period saw more of what we expect from the Bucs high powered offense....GOALS. Gio Palombo started things off with a power play goal from Dylan Zelonka and Tyler Stewart at 10:13. The goal was Palombo's sixth of the season and second hat trick in as many games. Then at 6:44, Logan Schoepf capitalized on a Knights turnover, roofing his seventh goal of the year past the Knoch goalie. With the Bucs in command at 5 - 1, Carson Kaczmarek scored his second in as many games with assists from Steven Yezovich and Gio Palombo. Not to be outdown, Tyler Stewart finished off the scoring with an unassisted goal at 1:32. Tyler's goal was his 21st goal of the season.
The Bucs finished 3 fo 3 on the penalty kill while going 1 for 5 on the power play. Both Tyler Stewart (1 Goal, 3 Assists) and Gio Palombo (3 Goals, 1 Assist) finished with 4 points. Dylan Zelonka added 2 assists.
Next up for the Bucs is a home game against the Connellsville Falcons (5-1-0-2) at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena, next Monday, December 3 at 9 PM. Plenty of good seats remain.
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