12 DOWN, 16 TO GO

Firebirds defenseman, Tyler Zarfoss, celebrating the win at the Lancaster Ice Rink.

Lancaster, Pa. – The Lancaster Firebirds faced the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth League on their home ice in their 12th game of the season on Oct. 19.

The Firebirds redeemed themselves from their last game played against the Phantoms during last season where they had lost 5-3.

“It is always exciting to play the Phantoms, as they have been one of our biggest competitors,” Firebirds head coach, Courtney Milne said.

In the first period, the Firebirds fell short in their defensive skill, leaving goalie, Brett Saylor, to fend for himself. The birds gave up two points within the first nine minutes of play.

“We have a very strong team, especially our defense. So, it was frustrating to see the boys give up two very easy points,” Firebirds assistant coach, Jim Zarfoss said.  “It was obvious to us coaches, and I’m sure to the fans, that the boys were tired coming into the game this afternoon.”

After the first period, Phantoms led 2-0; however, their lead did not last.  Jett Witte scored one point for the Firebirds in the first two minutes of the second period.

Then followed Witte’s brother, Jaeger Witte, with a second point with only three minutes left in the period.

“The Witte twins have always been a fantastic asset to our team, and I look forward to watching them grow into strong athletes,” Milne said. “I am very proud of this team as a whole and watching them grow from the Tykes league to being exemplary young men and phenomenal athletes has been my favorite part of coaching.”

In the third period, the Firebirds played excellent hockey. Defense held strong through the entirety of the period and offense worked the puck well.

Cooper Halsey scored the Firebirds’ third point of the game within the first four minutes of play in the third period. 

“I had felt defeated so far in this season because I hadn’t scored yet. But, today was my first goal of the season and I am proud of the work ethic of both myself and my team,” Halsey said.

The birds held the Phantoms at a 3-2 lead until the end of the game.

The Firebirds have defeated the Phantoms, continuing their rivalry.

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