Sean Edmonds denied 23 shots for Delaware while Bryce Miceli turned away 18 for Berks. The play between the pipes was outstanding at both ends of the ice.
The head scratching began early in the first when Berks took two questionable calls in the first five minutes allotting Delaware 3:26 of power play time including a 34 second 5 on 3. Berks did a good job killing off the disadvantage punctuated by a point blank save on Duck Tyler Swift by Miceli who blocked the wrister and swallowed up the rebound. The ducks controlled most of the territorial play with the Battalion making the occasional foray into the offensive zone. Even a power play midway through the period failed to get Berks a decent shot through to Edmonds. Berks managed just four shots to Delaware’s eight in the first period.
The second period began with Delaware back on the power play as a head contact penalty carried over from the first. Shortly after the kill Hartman would pick the pocket of a Berks forward skating along the board and turned it around in the circle firing a wrist shot inside the near post to give the Ducks the lead. The goal was mysteriously assisted by Alex Altenritter and Joseph Ambler. At 10:01 Nathaniel Lash responded to a punch to the back with a crosscheck and ended up going to the box alone for four minutes. An interference call on Nicholas Peck of the Ducks would cut the man advantage short for Delaware. Yet another Berks penalty with 4:47 to go would result in Cook’s rebound goal off a shot by Hartman.
In perhaps the strangest turn of the day a big hit in the offensive zone by Jason Pinkerton eventually led to him face down at center ice as Peck took exception and two handed a slash to the back of his knee as he skated out of the zone. Astoundingly, Peck received two minutes for tripping. The Battalion outshot the Ducks 11 to 8.
Peck was at it again 45 seconds into the third as he lined up Jake Waltz and attempted to remove his head with an elbow. Berks managed to control a lot of the third period flow pressing for a goal. They got another break courtesy of Peck who decided to take another run at a Battalion forward. It took Jake Waltz just eight seconds to pull the Battalion within one, wristing the puck by Edmonds after a nice set up by Brendan Beshock and Tyler Banks. With 3:42 left. Miceli held Berks in as they pressed for the tying goal and gave up several odd man breaks. He made a glove stab on Swift who shot on a two on none break then snapped up a shot from Hartman on a 2 on 1. With Miceli pulled at 14:40 of the period Berks pressed but was unable to tie the game. The Battalion outshot the Ducks 9 to 4 in the third and 24 to 20 for the game.
Berks fell to 6-8-2 in DVHL League play. The Battalion has gone winless in their last 12 and has failed to score more than two goals in any of those contests. Battalion’s next game is a non-league game against Quakers 1 Sunday, at 9:30 at BodyZone.