After having a week off of PIHL D2 play, the Buc's record climbed to 14 - 0 with a convincing 9 - 1 home victory last night against the Trinity Hiller's at the Frozen Pond.
The game started with a bang as Gio Palombo registered a Natural Hat Trick after just 10:44 of play. The first, a short handed goal, was scored at 11:18 from Bryce Schueler, followed by an unassisted goal at 6:55. Gio completed the Hat Trick at 6:16 with a feed from Nate Smith. The fourth goal of the period came on a Mario Ritchie redirection of a Nate Smith shot on goal. Dylan Zelonka added the secondary assist on Ritchie's goal. Drew Burkett stopped all 8 shots that came his way in the first period.
The Hiller's battled back in the second period to cut the lead to 3 goals at the 10 minute mark, but Palombo added his fourth goal of the evening at 3:19 to reclaim the 4 goal lead. The goal was assisted by Nate Smith and Tyler Stewart. Tyler then closed out the scoring in the second period with his 30th goal of the season from Nate Smith. Nate finished the game with a team high 4 assists.
The Buc's ended their visit to the Frozen Pond, with third period goals from Tyler Stewart, his second of the game, Dylan Zelonka, his 18th of the year and a fifth of the game from Gio Palombo. Stewart's and Palombo's were both on the power play.
The Bucs registered 49 shots on goal while giving up only 24. The Bucs were again perfect on the penalty kill, going 3 for 3 and 2 for 5 on the power play. The Bucs power play is currently clicking at 51%, while PK is working at 81%.
Gio Palombo finished with 6 points (5 Goals, 1 Assist), Tyler Stewart 4 (2 Goals, 2 Assists), and Bryce Schueler 3 assists.
Next up, the Bucs continue their "Quest For The Ship" against the Bishop Canevin Crusaders at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena, Monday, January 21 at 9PM. Plenty of good seats remain.