Dynamic Bishop McCort downs Hempfield Area Monday

The Crimson Crushers' top line was dominant in the win over the Spartans

Mon Nov 07, 2022 - 11:01PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2022 - 10:19AM

The trio of Ivan Safronov, Mykyta Yalovyi, and Timur Naletov combined for 15 points in leading Bishop McCort to a 9-4 victory against host Hempfield Area at the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg on Monday.

With the win, the Crimson Crushers improved to 5-1-0 in the PIHL Class AA, while the Spartans dropped to 1-2-1.

Bishop McCort took command early, scoring the first three goals of the contest, including a pair less than four minutes into the opening period. Carson Boyle netted the first marker, Safronov followed just 15 seconds later with the first of his four goals, and Yalovyi added to the lead with five minutes left in the period.

The Spartans got on the board, courtesy of Nick Bruno’s powerplay goal, late in the first period.

Yalovyi restored Bishop McCort’s three-goal edge early in the second stanza, but Hempfield Area scored consecutive goals by Bruno, again on the powerplay, and Nino Dipietro to trim the deficit to 4-3.

Less than a minute after Dipietro’s tally, however, Brady Dolgas responded for BM, giving the Crimson Crushers a two-goal edge at the intermission.

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The third period was dominated by the visitors, as Safronov added three more goals, and Yalovyi tallied the other. Hempfield Area’s lone marker in the period came courtesy of Ethan Horton, the third man-advantage goal of the contest for the Spartans.

With four goals and two assists, Safronov paced all scorers. Meanwhile, Naletov dished out five assists, and Yalovyi contributed three goals and an assist. Despite allowing four goals, Bishop McCort goalie Hleb Subach made several stellar stops, as he compiled more than 30 saves before leaving the contest late with an apparent injury.

Bruno paced Hempfield Area with two goals and an assist, Horton added a goal and an assist, and Maxwell Short amassed a pair of helpers. Blaise Becker took the loss in net, permitting nine goals while making 20 saves.

The Spartans hit the road for their next game, playing at Meadville next Monday.