The numbers didn’t add up for Lower Moreland Monday night. With just eight skaters in uniform, the Lions ran out of gas against Unionville in the opening round of the Class A Flyers Cup. The result was a 12-4 loss at Revolution Ice Gardens.
Seventh-seeded Lower Moreland (12-4-3) trailed just 4-2 early in the second period but were outscored by the 10th-seeded Indians (8-11 with one loss in OT) the rest of the way.
Junior Jake Petrillo scored four goals and added two assists for Unionville which will face either Strath Haven or Hatboro-Horsham in Thursday’s quarterfinals (7:30 at Ice Works in Aston).
Coleman Peppelman scored three times for Lower Moreland in his final high-school game and added an assist.
“Don’t take anything away from (Unionville) said Lower Moreland coach Gus Salfiti.
“They’re skilled through all their lines. They didn’t have really any weak skaters and with them resting up and coming out every minute, minute-and-a-half, actually, it was probably shorter than that, they just wore us out. There is absolutely nothing you can do about that,”
The Indians also got an excellent effort in goal from Keigan Craig, who stopped 31 of 35 Lower Moreland shots.
“He started off the season I would say just a mediocre or average goalie,” said Unionville coach Stephen King. “But probably since Game Four he’s been really steady … He’s been giving us a good job every night.”
Consecutive goals from Steven Cicchino, Petrillo, and Dylan Blackburn snapped a 1-1 tie and put the Indians three goals up with 5:51 left in the first period.
Adam Bostock scored for the Lions 3:48 into the second frame to make it a 4-2 game but Unionville responded with three goals in 90-second span to take a 7-2 lead with 7:50 left in the period to break the game open.
Peppelman scored his second goal of the game with 4:47 left in the second session and completed his hat trick with 3:58 left in the game to finish his final high-school season with 50 goals.
“We were struggling,” Peppelman said. “We were missing one player (defenseman Devin Green) and were all so tired. That team, I don’t think they had a weak spot at all.”
Notes: Unionville won a Class AA Flyers Cup title in 1998.
Unionville 4 3 5—12
Lower Moreland 1 2 1—4
First-period goals: Steve Cicchino (U) from Cole Spano, 2:47; Coleman Peppelman (LM) unassisted, 6:53 (sh); Cicchino (U) from Connor Malloy, 7:03; Jake Petrillo (U) from Nolan Masters and James Kulp, 8:33; Dylan Blackburn (U) from Cicchino, 10:09.
Second-period goals: Adam Bostock (LM) from Peppelman, 3:41; Blackburn (U) from Jay Kulp, 6:40; Spano (U) unassisted, 7:00; Masters (U) from Petrillo, 8:10; Peppelman (LM) from Tyler Scolnick, 11:13.
Third-period goals: Blackburn (U) from Malloy and Ben Brucker, 3:41 (pp); Petrillo (U) from Phillippe Doucette and Cicchino, 7:46; Petrillo (U) unassisted, 8:27; Brucker (U) from Petrillo, 10:25; Peppelman (LM) from Bostock, 12:02; Petrillo (U) from Spano, 14:19.
Shots: Unionville 35, Lower Moreland 35
Saves: Keigan Craig (U) 31, Jacob Lungrin (LM) 23