The losing streak is unfortunately still alive for the Elizabethtown Area High School ice hockey club. If there’s any consolation, however, it’s the much-improved play that the Bears have shown in spite of being on the wrong side of the box score.
The team hosted Warwick at the Klick Lewis Arena near Palmyra on Friday, Nov. 30, losing 11-1. The Warriors got things going quickly, with Jonathan Bergh scoring 15 seconds into the game. Just a few minutes later, the two squads rapidly traded goals; Tai Stern found the net for Warwick, which was answered immediately by Max Wetzel of Elizabethtown off an assist from Zev Stark. Bergh responded with his second goal only 23 seconds later.
Zach Shertzer added another goal for the Warriors off an assist from Cody Benjamin near the end of the first period to make it 4-1. Benjamin and Stern would both score in the second. Bergh opened up the third with his third goal, followed by two goals each from Shertzer and Stern to end the game. R. Jacob Gregory and Connor Vogelsong split the game at goalie for the Bears, the former finishing with 25 saves and the latter with 6. Breanna Cesavice had 17 stops in the net for Warwick.
Elizabethtown traveled to Twin Ponds West in Mechanicsburg on Monday, Dec. 3, for its second game of the year against the Shamrocks of Trinity. Despite ultimately coming up short, this game would go much differently for the Bears, and it showed from the beginning; Avery Merlo gave the team its first lead of the season just 27 seconds in via an assist from Joe Szymanski.
The Shamrocks then scored four unanswered, with three coming from Michael Soule and the other from Levi Thomson. Neal Cudahy assisted on all but one of those goals. Late in the first, however, Chris Haldeman scored to narrow the gap to 4-2.
Avery Merlo found the net early in the second off an assist from his brother Matthew. Shortly afterward, Wetzel tied the game at 4-4. The teams traded goals for the next minute, with both Soule and Szymanski scoring, the latter off a pass from Avery Merlo. Soule added two more goals near the end of the period to give the Shamrocks a 7-5 advantage to enter the final stretch.
Caden Nagel scored off his own rebound to trim the lead to 7-6, though Soule and Cudahy put the Shamrocks 9-6. Wetzel kept the Bears alive with his second goal of the night, but the Shamrocks then tacked on four goals from Thomson, Cudahy, Sam Wareham and Trey Guyer to get the 13-7 victory. Jaxson Hibbard played outstanding in the net, finishing with 41 saves. Gregory had 27 of his own for Elizabethtown.
Now 0-7 on the season and stuck with 26 consecutive losses, the Bears are set to return to Klick Lewis Arena on Friday, Dec. 7, to take on Annville-Cleona.