Skylands beat Wilkes-Barre, 4-2, in a contest where the winning goal was scored in the first period but the game remained close throughout.
Skylands took over the lead for good with a goal by Cole Skelly at 4:48 in the first period.
Ernest Komarnitskii had a great game for Skylands, netting two goals. Komarnitskii scored at 6:43 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Skylands and again while 9:19 into the third to make the score 4-2 Skylands.
Skylands put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Wilkes-Barre to score on any of its four power plays. Skylands\’ offense rang up 48 shots on Wilkes-Barre\’s net.
Skylands additionally got points from Hunter Ledwith, who also had one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. In addition, Skylands received assists from Tim Vant, who had one and Cory Decosta, who had two.
Wilkes-Barre\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Skylands power plays.
Wilkes-Barre was helped by Josha Gartley, who tallied one goal. Gartley scored 5:54 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Skylands. Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed picked up the assist. Brett Welsh also scored for Wilkes-Barre. Other players who recorded assists for Wilkes-Barre were Alexander Barrone, who had one and Darrin Bruce Jr, who had two.
Mathias Yttereng recorded 21 saves for Skylands. Skylands incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Mathieu Beaudet made 44 saves for Wilkes-Barre on 48 shots. Wilkes-Barre incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.