Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

4 Lines on Ice Add Up to Wins Moon's Approach Helps Turnaround

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

4 Lines on Ice Add Up to Wins Moon's Approach Helps Turnaround

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It was believed Dec. 3 would be a bleak day for Moon hockey.

The Tigers were 1-5 and would be facing then 4-2 South Park, a traditional Class AA power. Furthermore, Moon would have to face the Eagles without goaltender Andrew Slifkin, one of the top netminders in the PIHL, who was on the shelf with a knee sprain.

It was at this point that head coach Eric Boring decided the meek should inherit the Moon hockey team. In three of the Tigers' losses they had lost third-period leads due to fatigue, so he decided to call up enough players from the junior varsity for the game to run four lines.

It wasn't so much that they contributed on the stat sheet, though Cedric Brazeau, a newcomer from Canada, did get called for three penalties. It was that the fourth line was on the ice enough that the regular varsity players didn't wear down. As a result, Alex Hilliker and Christopher Simoni had both scored twice while backup goalie Chris Dilorenzo stopped 26 shots and Moon won an easy 7-2 contest.

"It's been working well and I'm going to stick with the four- line deal," said Boring. Though the Tigers dropped their next game to North Division leading Pine-Richland, 3-1, there's optimism at Moon they can turn this season around.

"If we can win these next three games before Christmas we're back in it," Boring said before last night's game with Ambridge, the beginning of a soft point in the Tigers' schedule. "If we're .500, we have a chance. We're known as a second-half team."

Boring recalled the way the Tigers played last year in their final three games, when they earned five points to capture Class AA's last playoff berth. From there, they nearly upset arch-rival Montour behind Slifkin's 35 saves before falling to the Spartans, 4- 2.

Now that the senior goalie is back. "He's very athletic. I've seen him make saves no goalie should make," said Boring. …

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