Cory Decosta was all over the ice for Skylands, as he tallied four goals in Skylands\’ 7-3 win over Wilkes-Barre.
Decosta\’s first goal came 17 seconds into the first period. He then added goals at 15 seconds into the second, at 3:25 into the second, and at 9:58 into the second.
Skylands forced Wilkes-Barre\’s goaltenders to work between the pipes, launching 42 shots and forcing 35 saves. Nolan Bivolcic made 22 stops and Devin Peterson made 13. Skylands put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Wilkes-Barre to score on any of its three power plays. Skylands\’ goal total was higher than its season average. This season, Skylands averages 4.0 goals per contest. Skylands\’ penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Skylands finished with 24 penalty minutes.
Skylands also got points from Matt Sinatra, who also registered one goal and two assists and Hunter Ledwith, who also had one goal and one assist. Antonio Martiniello also scored for Skylands. In addition, Skylands received assists from Ernest Komarnitskii, who had two and Aaron Segnello and Alex Linquito, who contributed one each.
Wilkes-Barre was hit hard by penalties in the contest, and totaled eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time.
Wilkes-Barre was helped by Stephen Aponik, who racked up one goal. Aponik scored 1:48 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Derrick Wruble picked up the assist. Wilkes-Barre additionally got points from Wruble, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Wilkes-Barre also got a goal from Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed as well. More assists for Wilkes-Barre came via Brett Welsh, Josha Gartley, and Ruben Gonzales, who each chipped in one.
Mathias Yttereng rejected 12 shots on goal for Skylands. Skylands registered one goal on seven power play opportunities.