WEST GOSHEN — The roads may have been iced over, but it didn’t stop the Flyers Cup tournament from continuing, though it may have affected West Chester Henderson’s play.
In its first game in the Flyers Cup A tournament, Henderson found itself down before reeling off four unanswered goals in a 5-2 win over Lower Dauphin in the first round Tuesday night at Ice Line.
“I don’t know if it was the fact they got out of school early, or having nobody in the stands or the layoff from last week’s games,” said Henderson head coach Scott DiRico. “It was a lack of effort and a lack of doing things. They turned on a few shifts and got the lead and didn’t relinquish it, but it was just a lack of effort.”
Henderson carried a 1-0 lead through the first period off a goal from freshman Tommy Aughey, but quickly found itself behind in the second.
With three consecutive penalties, No. 8-ranked Lower Dauphin capitalized on two of the power plays through the first five minutes of the middle frame.
“To be honest, I think they came in and thought they could just walk all over (Lower Dauphin) and didn’t give them any respect,” DiRico said. “It almost cost them. If they do that again, then they’ll find themselves in a hole because the teams here on out are too good to not be playing your best game.”
After the second power-play goal, Henderson was able to flip a switch and put on sustained pressure with the puck never leaving Lower Dauphin’s end for almost a full two minutes.
At the end of that, senior Matt Carreras was able to tie the game, quickly followed up 30 seconds later by the eventual game-winning goal from senior Eric Beren.
“We definitely were overconfident,” Aughey said. “When they went up by the goal, everybody started working hard getting the pucks in … and put pucks in the net.”
Aughey, who admitted to some freshman jitters beforehand, was able to settle in once his team regained the lead.
“I was actually pretty nervous going into the first game,” he said. “When I got the goal and our team started playing well, it kind of eased off the nerves.”
Though Henderson wasn’t on top of its game Tuesday night, it did find each line chipping in.
In fact, out of all five Warriors goals, no one had scored twice.
“All the lines contributed in different ways throughout the game,” DiRico said. “Patrick Looft, who is a senior, did an excellent job setting a tone. His physical play really got the other guys to start working a little harder. It was nice to see that every line did contribute, but it was still a disappointing effort as a whole.”
Aughey echoed his coach’s sentiments.
“It’s really nice that you don’t have to rely on one line to score,” he said.
DiRico believes the break will help his team forget the effort against Lower Dauphin and come better prepared.
“They were emotionally drained from the end of the season and the playoffs and I think it was just a little bit of a carryover,” he said. “They are 1-0 in the tournament and down to the last eight teams. They have an opportunity to win another game and get to continue their season. I would imagine from here on out, they will be re-energized and a week off let’s them rest up.”