It didn't take Gio Palombo long to feel comfortable with his new teammates. In his first game with the Bucs, Gio registered his first hat trick and scored the eventual winning goal in the Bucs 6 - 2 victory against the Carrick Raiders at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena Monday night.
Despite the fact that the Bucs registered 19 shots on goal during the first period, only one found the back of the net, as Tyler Stewart scored his first of the game at 14:16. Austin Schueler, in his first career Varsity start, saved all 9 shots that came his way in the opening frame.
The Bucs opened up the scoring in the second period with a power play goal by Gio Palombo at 8:36 from Dylan Zelonka and his Esmark teammate, Tyler Stewart. But 1:02 later, Carrick cut the lead in half with a goal by Ian Norkevicus, only to have the two goal lead restored on Palombo's second goal two minutes later. The tap in was assisted by Tyler Stewart.
After the icecut, Gio scored his third goal of the goal with assists from Christian Driscoll and Tyler Stewart at 11:59. Tyler then scored an unassisted goal, his second of the game, at 10:00. Carson Kaczmarek then scored the Bucs sixth and final goal of the game at 7:48 with assists going to Jonas Sopko and Dylan Zelonka. Carsons goal was his first in Varisty play. The Raiders tried to make it interesting with Nicholas Cindrichs goal at 4:30, but the Bucs were able to hold off their charge capturing a 6 - 2 victory.
Schueler made 29 saves on 31 shots enroute to his first Varsity victory. The Bucs once again were perfect on the penalty kill, going 3 for 3 and went 1 for 3 on the power play. Stewart finished with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists),
The Bucs win places then two games ahead of Neshannock and Ringgold (6-2) in the D2 standings. Next up for the Bucs is an "away" game against the Knoch Knights (3-3) at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena on Monday, November 26 at 9PM. Plenty of good seats remain.