SALEM- All season long the Salem High boys hockey team has refused to jumble its lines. Instead, the same three guys on each unit have been playing together all season and it’s built a measure of cohesion among the forwards, especially the guys on the third and fourth lines who don’t always see shifts in high volume.
Last night, with winless O’Bryant visiting, the Witches gave heavy ice time to its third and fourth lines and the boys stepped up big with a 13-1 home victory.
“We work all the lines the same way. We haven’t varied the lines at all so they’ve worked together now for (14 games) and that’s started
to show,” explained Salem head coach Ted Hanley. “It’s all in the growing process. Tonight we played a team where we were able to do
that (play the third and fourth lines a lot) and we’re going to take advantage of those things. We’ll take the win. I can’t say enough about the boys tonight. I’m really proud of them.”
Salem had nine different goal scorers led by a hat trick from Jake Stahlman and a two-goal, one-assist night from Matt Andre. Thirteen different Witches registered at least a point as the club bumped its overall record to 3-8-3 while O’Bryant dropped to 0-14-1.
“It’s a team effort. When your number is called you have to step up,” said Hanley. “The more playing time we can get to those kids (on the
third and fourth lines) the better off we’re going to be in the future.”
Stahlman scored twice in the first period while Danny Heck, Matt Jalbert, Matt Robinson and Spencer Bergholtz also found the back of the net as the Witches took a 6-0 lead into the first intermission.