Coffee scores in shootout to lift Latrobe to 3-2 win over Armstrong

Wildcats deal Riverhawks first loss of season

Tue Nov 30, 2021 - 12:33AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Tue Nov 30, 2021 - 6:08PM

Greater Latrobe’s Josh Coffee provided a spectacular goal in the shootout to clinch the 3-2 win for Wildcats against previously-undefeated Armstrong on Monday at the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg.

As a result, Greater Latrobe improved to 4-3-0, and with eight points is in fourth place in the PIHL Class AA East Division. Meanwhile, Armstrong suffered its first loss of the campaign, but at 7-0-1, the Riverhawks still lead the division, one point ahead of Franklin Regional.

As the third shooter for the Wildcats, Coffee’s decisive goal broke a 1-1 tie in the shootout. He deliberately entered the zone, and as he deked from his right to left, slowly slid the puck through the five hole of Armstrong goalie Dylan Morris and across the goal line. Greater Latrobe defenseman Jack Beddick and Armstrong’s leading scorer Lance Quinnell also scored in the shootout.

Coffee opened the scoring in the contest nearly halfway through the first period, as he cashed in from the slot for his team-leading sixth tally. The Wildcats added to their lead with seven seconds left in the frame, as JD Robinson scored from the left circle to stake GL to a 2-0 advantage.

Armstrong struck approximately six minutes into the second period when Caleb Hoffman received a stellar outlet pass from Quinnell, which allowed him to have a partial breakaway and rip a shot top shelf past GL goalie Vinny Amatucci.

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For much of the third period, it appeared the Greater Latrobe defensive effort would be enough. But Armstrong pulled Morris for an extra attacker, and Quinnell pounced on a defensive-zone turnover to deadlock the contest with 1:17 left.

Despite a few glorious chances during the three-minute overtime period, including Peyton Myers hitting the post on a rebound after a Coffee opportunity, the Wildcats were unable to close out Armstrong, prompting the shootout.

In addition to his shootout winner, Coffee posted a two-point night, with a goal and an assist, while Amatucci made 25 stops in net. On the opposite end of the ice, Quinnell also notched a goal and an assist, and Morris made 17 saves.

Greater Latrobe will remain at Kirk Nevin Arena for its next matchup against Mars Area next Monday at 7:15 p.m.