WARRENDALE — Keep the shots coming. They’re bound to go in.
That seemed to be the idea for the Seneca Valley hockey team, even if the goals didn’t come early.
The Raiders peppered shot after shot at Mt. Lebanon goalie Clay Wyda, but it wasn’t until Luke Reed’s putback off a deflection by Wyda midway through the second period that helped send the SV squad to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Devils Friday at BladeRunners.
Wyda finished with 39 saves, but couldn’t shut down the persistent Raiders.
“The thing we wanted to do was change our attitude and finish the regular season strong,” Seneca Valley coach Anthony Raco said. “Each line has set goals.
“We’ve got to get pucks to the net and not get frustrated, even if it hits the posts or is wide. We wanted to dominate play early on, from the drop of the puck,” Raco added.
Reed hit the post midway through the first period and later buried a rebound off Wyda that came from a shot by Jake Sarachine with 8:25 left in the second period.
When the Raiders (12-4-1) had a two-man advantage later in the period, Brendan MacFarland scored off helpers by Andrew Gagnon and Reed that doubled the Seneca Valley advantage with 1:54 left in the period.
“(Wyda’s) been up and down this year,” said Mt. Lebanon coach Dave Hornack. “He had an extremely solid game against Central Catholic and I thought he played well tonight. The goals he did let in had a lot of traffic around the net.”
Reed added his second goal of the night just 1:16 into the third period off an assist by Peter Kippin, who also assisted on Reed’s first goal.
Reed’s shot hit the top of the post and bounced in behind Wyda.
Kippin closed out the scoring with 2:04 left in regulation when he took assists from Reed and Garrett Frank.
While the Raiders’ offense was moving, Ian Fraer was sharp in net, turning away 22 shots to record the shutout.
Fraer improved to 5-0 and is allowing 1.7 goals per game. Tanner Pfeffer is the Raiders’ No. 1 goalie this season.
“Ian’s the ultimate team player,” said Raco. “He works hard in practice and doesn’t complain. When he gets the call, he’s prepared.”
Next up, the Raiders will face section foe North Allegheny on Tuesday at BladeRunners.
“I thought tonight was a good game to transition into the North Allegheny game,” Raco said. “We’re trying to play for a first-round bye. We’ve got goals for our section. We’re in the hunt.”
Notes: The Raiders were 1-for-3 on the power play; the Blue Devils 0-for-2. ... Kippin leads SV with 16 assists and 25 points, one point more than Reed. Reed and Christopher Marziotto have each registered a team-high 13 goals this season. ... Reed and Marziotto, both forwards; Sarachine, a defenseman; and No. 1 goalie Pfeffer will represent the Raiders in the PIHL Class AAA All-Star game on Sunday at Robert Morris University.