In front of a packed house at Hot Shots Indoor Sports Arena, nine different Inferno players recorded points and Pat Bell allowed just two goals as the Scottsdale Inferno topped the Harrisburg Lunatics 13-2 in game one of the teams’ first series.
The Davis brothers opened the scoring by tallying the game’s first three goals. Shane Davis sandwiched a pair around Tyler Davis’ 5:25 marker to set the Inferno up with three goals in less than three minutes.
Scottdale continued to pour it on via the special teams.
Nate Gerger, the third leading scorer in PIHA, knotted a shorthanded goal before CJ King got on the board with a powerplay goal of his own. King and Tyler Davis would both score again before the half expired to put Scottsdale up 8-0 at the break.
Brian Yingling and Zack Rohrbach broke Bell’s shutout just minutes into the second half before the Inferno answered.
Two more shorthanded goals were scored by King and Gerger after Matt Gerger provided some distance with a tally of his own. Shane Guzewicz also got in the act when he glided the length of the rink to shelf a tight backhander past Bryan Henry for the exclamation point.
Game two was not quite as easy for the Inferno.
Rorhbach and Danny Nguyen each scored to secure an early 2-0 lead for the Lunatics. It wasn’t until Blake Guzewicz wristed a shot through Henry with :17 seconds remaining in the half that Scottsdale cracked Harrisburg. The marker sparked the Inferno, however, as they scored six of the game’s final seven goals.
The Gerger, Davis, Guzewicz trio of duos combined for five goals and five assists in the second half as Scottsdale raced out to a 7-3 win. John Rethage shut the door, allowing just one goal over the final 14:50 of the game.
With the wins, Scottdale moves into first place in the Appalachian Division of the Eastern Conference. Only the Long Island Snipers – who the Inferno split with earlier in the season – have scored more goals than Scottsdale.
Harrisburg will have a chance to avenge their losses on Oct. 27, when the Inferno travel to Susquehanna for a pair of games.