Make it seven straight victories for the Appoquinimink ice hockey team after a convincing 5-1 triumph over St. Elizabeth's High School Saturday night at The Pond Arena in Newark.
Jaguar senior Gordon Bryant paced his team with two goals, and junior Justin DeWit added a goal and an assist.
Dalton DeRose tallied the fifth goal for Appoquinimink.
Despite the victory, Jaguar coach Jordan Legath said he was not entirely pleased with how his team played against the Vikings. "Unfortunately, it was a sloppy effort on our part. We had a few missing players, guys were out sick and we have a few injuries, so this wasn't one of our better games," he said.
After a scoreless first period, the Jaguars found some offense and built a 2-1 lead after two periods, then put the game away by scoring three goals in the third period.
"St. Elizabeth's definitely came out hard in this game. Last week we beat them 10-0, and I'm sure they wanted to show us and themselves that they are a better team than that score indicated," said Legath.
The team defense is gradually improving after a slow start to the season, and Legath gives a lot of credit to his senior goaltender Chris Wynne. "He's a talented athlete who's playing with a lot of confidence right now and he played aggressively tonight, and he made several key saves early in the game when the score was still close," he said.
Legath concluded by adding that he feels the team is coming together here in the heart of the season and with a number of important games still remaining on the Jaguars' schedule. Over the next few weeks, we'll find out where we are and how well we can play against tough competition," he said.
The 8-2 Jaguars' next game is set for Saturday, January 19 at 8:50 p.m. against Avon Grove (PA) HS at The Pond's Olympic Rink.
The Vikings game is Friday, Jan. 18 at the Pond against Delaware Military Academy. Game time is 6:10 p.m.