Max Wetzel scored all four of Elizabethtown’s goals and Kevin Gamber made his first start in goal in a 14-4 loss to Manheim Central on Monday, Nov. 13.
Coach Don Doremus started Gamber in goal because starting goalie Jacob Gregory was out of the game due to an illness. Elizabethtown was also without assistant captain Eric Webb due to an ankle injury.
Elizabethtown trailed 1-0 just 12 seconds into the first period, but Wetzel responded with his first goal of the game 24 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. Manheim Central then rattled off 10 consecutive goals to end the first period and led Elizabethtown 11-1.
“Very frustrating. Being down 10 goals halfway through the first period was hard. There was a lot of emotion on the bench with the players and it was hard trying to control them,” Doremus said.
When attempting to correct the issues that plagued them in the first period, Doremus said that the plan was to, “Skate hard, keep your head and don’t commit penalties.”
Similar to his goal 34 seconds into the first period, Wetzel scored 35 seconds into the second period to cut the deficit to 11-2. Wetzel’s first two goals were unassisted, but his third goal was scored off an assist from Liam Hanley.
Manheim Central scored just one goal in the second period, which meant that the Barons carried a 12-3 lead into the third period.
Wetzel’s fourth goal was unassisted, but the two goals scored by the Barons were enough to end the game because of the 10-goal lead.
Gamber finished the game with eight saves on the 22 shots that he faced. Assistant captain Zev Stark was removed from the game due to the five penalties (28 minutes) that he committed. Stark’s five penalties were half of Elizabethtown’s team total in the game.
“Kevin has never played hockey until this season. It’s his first time playing ice hockey. He did receive the game puck because what he did took a lot of courage. Most kids won’t step up and put the goalie equipment on and go out there and play goalie. I was extremely proud of what he did and thankful that we had someone step up,” Doremus said.
The loss dropped Elizabethtown to 0-4 this season, which puts them in last place in the Viola Division. In the five-team division, Manheim Central was the final team that Elizabethtown faced for the first time this season.
Wetzel is the only player to score for Elizabethtown this season (7). The team has given up the most goals in the division (47) and has the worst goal differential (-40).
“We have a long season ahead of us. There were some games that we could’ve won if we shorten up the bench, but that’s not my style as a coach. All the kids pay money to play and I like to play all the kids. Winning and losing matters, but it’s not the end of the world. I would rather see everyone play than win a game,” Doremus said.
Elizabethtown’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, against Warwick at 7 p.m.
As of press time, Warwick (2-1) was tied for second in the Viola Division with Annville Cleona. They defeated Elizabethtown 10-0 earlier this season.