The Parkway South and Parkway West hockey teams got together on the ice Thursday night and the sizeable, boisterous contingent of students and fans from both schools got their money’s worth and then some.
South and West banged each other around the rink, played hard defense, skated fluidly, and scored but after three hard-fought periods, the clubs had to settle for a 2-2 tie in their Suburban South West contest at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex Ice Rink at Queeny Park.
“It’s always fun to play a rival and Parkway West has been a long-time rival for many years,” Parkway South coach Joe Bova Conti said. “Both teams are very evenly matched and it was an exciting game today with lots of shots and we just needed a couple of bounces for it to go our way.”
Parkway South (3-2-1) managed to get on the board first as the Patriots got a goal from forward Thomas Delaney to make it 1-0 with 4:02 left in the first period.
Hasan Baig brought unbeaten Parkway West (4-0-1) back into it with a power play goal at 11:21 of the second period to making it 1-1.
Both teams missed on shots on the second period as the defenses locked down and both teams laid big body checks on in the corners of the rink.
“We probably could have had a little more depth on our team as we’ve had a couple of players that are out with injury and from that standpoint it kind of hindered our bench a little bit in terms of having three solid lines,” Parkway West coach Shawn Egan said.
Just 1 minute, 17 seconds into the third period, West took the lead again with a goal to go up 2-1.
Parkway South was far from done and with a little more than eight minutes left in regulation, the Patriots battled back again.
This time it was Delaney again with the equalizer as he scored to knot the count at 2-2 with 8:16 to go.
Neither team was able to pump another shot into the goal but for the Longhorns, staying unbeaten for another night was a nice consolation prize in spite of the tie.
“We haven’t lost one, so we’re continuing to move forward,” Egan said. “It’s been a great season so far.”