Goal flurry propels Hollidaysburg

Solimando gets hat trick

It’s rare to have not one, but two 5-on-3 advantages in succession in a hockey game.

It’s even rarer to cash in on both, and it all started with one player on his way to a hat trick.

Michael Solimando’s goal on the first of the two-man advantages set off a three-goal explosion in a matter of 1:12 as Hollidaysburg knocked off Altoona, 6-4, and avenged in earlier loss Thursday night in a Laurel Mountain Hockey League matchup at Galactic Ice.

“It’s one of my favorite hockey moments,” Solimando said. “I just thought it was crazy because it was fast paced hockey for two-plus minutes, and we came out with three goals within the two 5-on-3s.”

Both teams went scoreless in the first period before, a little less than two minutes into the second frame, Brock Vancas broke the ice for the Mountain Lions.

“Last game (the slow start) got in their heads,” Hollidaysburg coach Hugh Newman said. “We talked before the game about how we needed to not let things like that get to us, and just shaking it off and moving on.”

Hollidaysburg didn’t waste much time bouncing back, as after Solimando recorded the game-tying score, Jack Becker scored again 12 seconds later to make it 2-1.

The Golden Tigers weren’t done there as Solimando scored for a second time, this one on an assist from Hughie Newman to make it 3-1 on the third power play goal.

“The penalties killed us,” Altoona coach Don Burgmeier said. “We gave up three goals on penalties. If you take those three away, you win the game. Just undisciplined. You got to give them credit, they capitalized on the opportunities.”

The Mountain Lions did answer on a wrist shot from Tyler Umbleby to cut that deficit to one.

Noah Bauman answered almost four minutes later to make it 4-2 Tigers at the intermission.

“It’s a school rival; it’s going to be competitive no matter what,” Solimando said. “Last game, they wanted it more than we did, and I think this game we wanted it more than they did.”

Luke Yost cut the deficit back down to one for the Lions six minutes into the final frame, but that was answered by tallies by Andrew Roman and Solimando — which was Solimando’s third of the game.

“He and his linemates were feeding off each other, doing a great job of playing solid, quality hockey, and he was on fire,” Coach Newman said of Solimando’s hat trick.

Burgmeier felt this was exactly the reverse of the Mountain Lions’ win against the Golden Tigers earlier this season.

“It was the mirror opposite of what it was the last time we played them,” he said. “(Hollidaysburg goalie Jonah Snowberger) was really good today; ours was OK. The bounces went our way the last time, they didn’t today. That’s just the way it is. They played better than us.”


Hollidaysburg 0 4 2–6

Altoona 0 2 2–4



SECOND PERIOD: 1, A–Vancas (unassisted), 1:53; 2, H–Solimando (Newman); 3, H–Becker (Duey, Solamando); 4, H –Solimando (Newman); 5, A–Umbleby (Vipond), 7:07; 6, H–Bauman (Buck), 11:36.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, A–Yost (unassisted), 6:01; 8, H–Roman (Newman), 8:01; 9, H–Solimando (Roman), 12:44; 10, A–Vipond (unassisted).

Goalies: Snowberger, H, 22-25; Montgomery, A, 31-37.

Records: Hollidaysburg (6-4-0); Altoona (6-2-0).


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