Bobby Schick, Ean Hibian & Joe Jermain combined in leading the Bucks to an 8-5 victory over Wyoming Area Sunday night in Pittston. Schick scored four goals, while Hibian and Jermain anchored the defense as Paupack improved to 2-1-0 on the young season.


Lance Landolfi had a tough time suppressing a smile Sunday night.

Paupack’s veteran ice hockey coach had just watched his team skate to an impressive 8-5 win against Wyoming Area in Week Two NEPSHL action.

The Bucks had taken the ice minus three starters and then proceeded to spot the Warriors an early goal. Even so, Coach Landolfi’s lads had too much firepower for Wyoming Area.

Paupack ripped open what had been a close contest, scoring four goals in the third period en route to an 8-5 victory.

“When we’re at full strength, we can play with anybody,” Coach Landolfi told TWI Sports. “I’m very pleased with how things are going so far.”

With this win, the Bucks improved their record to 2-1-0 for the 2009-‘10 season. NEPSHL teams will now go on hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Paupack will be back on the ice Sunday, December 6 against Holy Redeemer. Opening face-off for this contest is slated for 6:10 p.m. at Revolution Ice Centre (formerly the Ice Box) in Pittston.

Sluggish Start
Bobby Schick, Ean Hibian & Joe Jermain each played a key role in Paupack’s victory over Wyoming Area.

Schick is in his first year as a member of the Bucks. A senior forward from Delaware Valley who played for Newburgh last winter, Bobby erupted for four goals to lead the attack.

“I love these guys!” Schick exclaimed when asked about his new teammates. “Things were a little shaky during that first game, but we’re really starting to come together now.”

Mike DeCaro fired the first salvo for Paupack. A hard-hitting senior who is one of the NEPSHL’s most aggressive skaters, DeCaro lit the lamp with 4:19 remaining in the opening period.

Mike’s goal ignited a flurry of scoring for the Bucks, who had trailed 1-0 to that point in the match. Paupack banged home three goals in the final minute to build a 3-1 lead after one.

Schick tallied twice in a span of just 30 seconds. Bobby scored off a pass from teammate Dan Fair, then added an unassisted goal with only 10 ticks left on the clock.

Wyoming Area showed serious resilience in the face of this assault. The Warriors outscored Paupack by a margin of 3-1 in the second period, setting the stage for a wild finish.

Fair tallied the Bucks’ lone goal of the stanza, finding the back of the net off a pass from Andrew Calkins.

Defensively Speaking
Hibian, & Jermain combined to lead the defensive charge.

Ean is in his first season of varsity play. Hibian is a veteran of travel team hockey...a tough-as-nails defenseman who made life miserable for Wyoming Area attackers on Sunday.

“Ean is always in the right place at the right time,” Coach Landolfi said. “I?never have to worry about him back there. He might not be the biggest or fastest player on the ice, but he’s tough and dependable.”

Jermain has developed into one of the league’s best goalies. On Sunday, Joe gave Wyoming Area fits, turning back one Warrior attack after another.

“Joe almost never has a bad game,”?Coach Landolfi said. “I?am completely comfortable with him back there. He makes all of the routine saves and some pretty spectacular ones, too.”

Jermain stopped 17 shots on the game. The highlight of his night was an electrifying kick-save, which sent the puck slid-ing harmlessly into the corner and left Wyoming Area’s Kody Nowicki shaking his head.

Jermain’s counterpart, Cody Smargiassi, was under siege all evening long. The Warriors’ veteran goalie amassed 44 saves, but let eight pucks get past.

Over & Out
Jared Whitby combined with Schick to help Paupack dominate the third period.

A first-year player who came to the Bucks via Abington, Whitby lit the lamp twice in the final 16 minutes of action. Jared’s first goal came courtesy of a DeCaro assist at 14:04 and gave Paupack a 5-4 lead it would never relinquish.

Whitby scored again with 3:55 left in regulation. John Kingston set this one up. It his second assist of the contest.

Schick closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal as time wound down in the match. His hat trick was the first of the season thus far for Paupack.
 
Score by Periods...
PAU  (2-1-0)  3  1  4 - 8
WYO (1-1-1)  1  3  1 - 5