vs. Kent School
|Date:||February 1, 2018|
Biggest Scoring Outburst of Season Carries Unbeaten Salisbury Past Kent
Top-ranked and unbeaten Salisbury (18-0-1) wasted little time on Thursday in posting four first-period goals en route to a 7-2 trouncing of Kent (5-6-4). Six different Knights found the back of the net, headed by Nick Capone’s pair of goals. The talented fourth-former from East Haven, CT, has 9 goals for the season. The seven goals marked Salisbury’s biggest scoring binge of the season.
Capone put the Knights on the board 2:53 into the contest with assists from Matt Holmes and Brett Willits. With 7:56 left in the period, Matthew DeBoer upped the lead to 2-0, assisted by Jacques Bouquot and Kevin Wall. Salisbury scored twice in the final two minutes, effectively putting the game out of reach for the host Lions. Capone’s second of the opening frame with 1:46 showing on the clock would make it 3-0, Willits and Peter Diliberatore assisting. Just 22 seconds later, Nick Hale drove the puck past Kent goalkeeper Alex Conley to send the Knights into the locker room with a 4-0 lead. Nicholas Lachaince and Arsenii Smekhov both assisted on Hale’s goal.
Kent beat Salisbury netminder Jared Levine twice in the second period, interrupted by Smekhov’s first goal of the season, coming with 5:06 left in the period. The two teams headed into the second intermission with Salisbury up, 5-2.
The Knights would add two more in the final frame. Holmes slipped the puck by Conley with 7:40 to play, and Bouquot had a short-handed goal with 5:06 remaining for the game’s final tally.
Levine totaled 18 saves for the afternoon before he was relieved by Declan Colberg, who made his first appearance of the season and recorded one stop in a three-minute stint at the end of the game. Conley had 28 saves for Kent.
Salisbury has six games remaining on the regular season’s slate, three at home – Taft, Kent, and Avon Old Farms – and three on the road – Loomis-Chaffee, Hotchkiss, and Canterbury. Taft comes to the Hilltop for a 4:15 encounter next Wednesday (Feb. 7).