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NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Salisbury's Garrett Collins looks to make a pass during Monday's night 4-2 loss by Whitehall/Salisbury to Easton in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Salisbury's Garrett Collins looks to make a pass during Monday's night 4-2 loss by Whitehall/Salisbury to Easton in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League.

Hockey team edged by Easton in LVSHL play

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Tim Drevitch scored two goals, the first of the game, and the game winner, to lead Easton past Salisbury/Whitehall 4-2 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in Whitehall.

Salisbury/Whitehall had good looks on net seemingly all game, but could not take advantage of the chances. They outshot the Red Rovers 32-28, and created more chances in open play.

"We had our opportunities, we just didn't finish," said head coach Rich Crowley. "We're not a great offensive team for sure. When we get the opportunities we have to take advantage of it. You have to go to the net with some kind of energy. We just didn't seem to have it tonight."

Drevitch, Easton' leading scorer with 16 goals, just chipped a shot into the air that got by Tristan Collins (Salisbury) for the opening goal.

Salisbury/Whitehall answered with their work horse. Max Beedle (Whitehall) snuck to the back side of a Red Rover defender and stole the puck behind the opposition's net. Beedle then snuck a shot under the legs of Zachary Saylor for the tying goal on a power play.

Salisbury/Whitehall faced another power play opportunity, up two men, but could not take advantage.

That proved crucial. In the second period, Easton went ahead again thanks to a goal from Tom Brady with 0:58 left.

"We were up two men with 23 seconds left in the power play, if we scored on that power play it would have been a little bit easier for us," said Crowley.

Drevitch's second goal iced the game. Collins had saved two consecutive shots at his net, but when the third one came off of a rebound from Drevitch, Collins could not get to it in time.

Beedle brought the game back to a one-goal deficit on a rebounded goal, just seconds after being robbed by Saylor from a pass by Brad Owens (Whitehall).

"He's the offense that we need," said Crowley. "It's good for him to get on the board. He's got a couple of goals for us this year. We need him to score."

Ryan Sweeney added an empty net goal with 47 seconds on the clock when Salisbury/Whitehall attempted a comeback effort.

Collins stopped 24 shots, and Saylor made 28 saves.

Salisbury/Whitehall next faces Freedom on Monday at 7:45 at the Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem.