Brett Palmer scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal and Nick Emmons also scored twice as Bernards/Somerville/Middlesex skated past Brick Memorial, 5-2, at Howell Ice Arena in Farmingdale Sunday night.
Off a transition in the neutral zone, Jacob Ochab led the rush and fired one home just 2:28 into the game to hand the newly-formed tri-op, which added Middlesex to the fold this season, a 1-0 lead. Emmons followed it up with his first of the game with 2:22 remaining in the opening frame off a fine breakout pass from Trevor Musum. Emmons broke up ice and beat the Brick Memorial goaltender through the five-hole as Bernards carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Emmons went back to work in the second period making no mistake in putting Bernards up by three on an unassisted goal after a Brick Memorial turnover just 32 second in.
Bernards goalie Liam Kelly kept Brick Memorial scoreless for half the game, but persistence paid off for the Shore Conference school when Justin Davis found the back of the net at 8:05 of the second period. Kelly stopped the initial shot from Mark McDermitt but Davis was there to bang home the rebound to make it a 3-1 game. Thomas Swartwout also assisted on the Brick Memorial goal.
With Brick Memorial on the power play looking cut its deficit to one, Palmer delivered the turning point of the game when his forecheck paid dividends, intercepting the puck and finding twine with 5:49 remaining in the second frame to put Bernards back up by three, 4-1.
Already with a shorthanded marker, Palmer put Bernards on the board again when he finished what Ryan McGriskin started with a power-play goal just 25 seconds into the third and final frame.
To its credit, Brick Memorial never stopped attacking and snuck another puck past Kelly when Tea Ferrara hit with 4:16 remaining in regulation. Swartwout picked up his second point of the game for Brick Memorial with another assist.
Kelly stood tall in between the pipes to help Bernards/Somerville/Middlesex improve to 2-2. Joe Beshears finished with 21 saves for Brick Memorial, which falls to 0-4.
Photos by Tom Smith/TSPImages.com
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