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.