By Nico Meola
Student reporter for ChesCo Hockey Haven
NEWARK, Del. — DSHA hockey returned after its holiday break as the Avon Grove Red Devils dueled the Kennett Blue Demons on Friday night at the Pond. The Red Devils came out victorious in a 5-1 win over the Blue Demons.
The Red Devils leader Pat Huver started the game out early with the first goal coming 19 seconds into the game. Kennett won the faceoff but a turnover in the neutral zone saw Huver with an opportunity on net, which he made the most of.
It was the start of an impressive night for the Devil’s captain.
The game consisted of a lot of physicality and Avon Grove’s dominant forechecking along the boards helped them sustain a lot of pressure in the Kennett zone.
“Our goal all night was to challenge the shot count and work hard in the offensive zone,” said Avon Grove head coach Bill Dixson, who was excited after the win, as they out-shot the Blue Demons 37-12.
Huver’s skills were on display all night as he managed two goals to go along with seven shots.
Standing out on the night was the Red Devil’s Brendan Harman. He wasn’t able to find the back of the net, but was able to generate a lot of scoring opportunities totaling six shots, five coming in the final period.
Huver was very complimentary of his team’s effort following the positive result.
“Going in, we knew this would be our hardest test so far, and we played really well,” he said.
Huver was quick to address the team’s games going forward.
“Next week against DMA is going to be a big game and we need to prepare well,” Huver said.
True leaders know how to enjoy results, but also look forward at the challenges facing them ahead. Avon Grove is in a good spot with the leadership on their team, which will prove to be an essential factor as the season progresses.
Penalties became a common occurrence in the game as both teams committed five during the game. Kennett saw themselves on a 5-on-3 power play earlier in the final period, but was unable to capitalize.
“We need to work on staying out of the box,” said Kennett’s lone scorer, Ryan Johnson. “I think we played a decent game against a good team, but we need to work on our defensive zone coverage. Other than that, there were many positives that came out of this game.”
Kennett’s youth continues to show potential as every week, the Blue Demons seem to progress.
Sean Edmonds also stood tall on the night, keeping Kennett in the game. Avon Grove faces DMA soon in a season-defining game and Kennett will face Oxford on Sunday in an attempt to turn things around.