Las Vegas Snaps Park City Streak with 7-3 Win
The Las Vegas Hookers defeated the Park City Pioneers by a score of 7-3 in Friday night MWHL action. Cody Incollingo scored four goals and Jack Kim added a pair to lead the home team Hookers.
The Hookers wasted no time asserting themselves as Brian Jacque and Todd Brautigam set up Incollingo for the game's first goal just 30 seconds after the opening face-off. Incollingo, the MWHL's leading scorer, doubled the lead at 17:24, this time with help from Jameson Peacock and Jacque. The Pioneers had a chance to close the gap when Sebastian Galas was sent off for boarding. But goalie Mike Katz and the Hookers defense came up big on the penalty kill. Galas made amends for his penalty by helping Incollingo complete a natural hat trick at 6:06. Brautigam had the other assist.
If the first period was the Cody Incollingo show, the second was all Jack Kim. The Hookers' flashy Korean import put the puck and himself into the net at 15:51 on a set-up by Galas, then put his club on the powerplay after absorbing a slash from Pioneers captain David Imonti. Nick Liotta managed to get Park City on the board with a goal from Michael Spawton at 11:16. But Kim scored his second goal of the game at 8:39 from Tim Mitchell and Incollingo to restore the Hookers' four goal advantage. Kayvon Kilgore made it a 6-1 game when he combined with Mitchell and Jacque to score his first goal as a Hooker at 4:08. Kim took over to finish the period by frustrating the Pioneers with his defensive skills, helping to kill penalties to Galas and Brautigam.
Holding a commanding lead to start the third period, the Hookers found themselves in penalty trouble early and often. Jacque was sent to the sin bin at 18:49, but the Hookers held firm. Park City's Robert Ward scored an even-strength goal at 1:34 from Brian Babbit and Jordon Francon. Then Spawton scored for the Pioneers with Galas off at 8:26 from Imonti and Scotty John to pull his club back to within three.
Goalie Katz drew a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass, but the Hookers managed to spring Incollingo for a short handed goal at 7:34 to close out the scoring. With the game decided, tempers flared in the waning minutes when Pioneers tough guy Levi Wegleitner took a two-handed stick swing at Kim resulting in a double minor and some heated words to fuel Saturday night's return engagement.
Notes: The win extended the Hookers streak to four games while breaking Park City's three game streak. Incollingo's four goals increased his league leading total to 24 in just nine games. Katz stopped 44 Pioneers shots to record the win.