Ghostbusters! Rams defeat Abington 7-1

Johnnie Banks, Staff Writer

The Pennridge Rams improved their season record to 8-2-1 after defeating the Abington Ghosts by a score of 7-1 on Jan. 30. Blake Stewart led the scoring for the Rams with two goals. Eric Slater also had a large contribution with three assists. Goalkeeper Luke Stranick had 17 saves in goal.

   Heading into the Abington game, Stewart had only scored two goals the entire year, yet he was able to match that total in this game alone, and credited his linemates, saying that they “were moving the puck well and getting pucks deep in the zone and on net.” Stewart also spoke about the energy that his line brought to the game, and spoke about the how they attempt to “keep the positive energy flowing throughout the game,” which is something they did well all night and contributed to the six-goal victory.

   In addition to the points scored by Stewart and Slater, there were numerous other Rams that were able to get on the board. Mike Walker scored two goals on the night. Frankie Rota and Michael Eissler each added one goal and one assist. Aeryk Lehrhaupt scored one goal and Connor Frisch, Andrew David, Jeff Manto, and Tommy Pichardo all had one assist.

   On the Abington side, there were some positives to take from the victory, including keeping the high scoring Rams offense off the scoreboard until late in the first period when Connor Frisch found Mike Walker for the goal. This can mostly be credited to goalie Jacob Snellenburg, who had an outstanding game in net with 42 saves, but also to the Abington defenders who “tried to block as many shots as possible to make it easier for [Snellenburg],” according to senior center, Perry Carpenter, who was the only Ghost to score against Pennridge.

   Heading forward, the Rams will look to keep pace for first place in the Continental League with Central Bucks South and North Penn. Stewart says that for the rest of the year he hopes that the team can continue to “move the puck well and get a lot of good, quality chances”. If the team can do that, then there is no reason to doubt that they will be able to make some noise in the playoffs.