That's about the only word that can adequately describe what transpired on Tuesday night at South Mountain Arena.
Pascack Valley won 12-6 over West Orange to move to 2-7-1 on the season. But it's not just the 12 goals that are surprising—it's where they came from.
Riding momentum from the previous day's game, a 4-3 loss at the hands of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, in which PV scored three late third period goals, PV came out firing from the beginning of Tuesday's game against West Orange.
Literally the beginning.
Trent Shanley, PV's leading scorer entering the game, scored 36 seconds into the game and from then on, it was Shanley versus the world.
It would be that first goal that likely propelled Shanley into the annals of New Jersey high school hockey history.
That goal was Shanley's first of eight in the game. To put it in perspective, PV has gone almost two full seasons without scoring eight goals as a team in one game.
He scored two goals in PV's previous game against Scotch Plains, and with 11 minutes left in the first period, he already had a hat trick.
While that efficiency is impressive, it's more impressive that Shanley only needed two periods to reach the eight goal mark.
The eight goals put Shanley in a league of his own. It's likely that not even Johnny Gaudreau or James Van Riemsdyk, two current NHL players from New Jersey, scored eight goals in a game during their high school careers.
But he was quick to deflect praise.
"Honestly, it wasn't about me. Getting eight goals is great and all, but it was more important that the team got back in the win column," he said.
If Shanley wasn't going to praise himself, other people had no problem doing so.
Shanley's performance can't be understated. In fact, it's hard to do a performance of that caliber justice.
While West Orange may not have been the strongest opponent, it doesn't diminish the result, and the momentum that PV gained from winning for the first time since December 3rd.
"As a team we gained some confidence back. Now we have to take this confidence and use it to our advantage each and every game," he said.
But Shanley wasn't the only one to enjoy success yesterday.
Senior Luke Ciocca, who had a hat trick and an additional two assists, as well as freshman Jake Zaretsky, who scored his first varsity goal, both helped out in the win.
"This was the turning point our season needed," Ciocca said. "We were able to get the puck in the net and and move the puck as a team."
PV will take on Nutley in its final game of the Essex Holiday Tournament.
Pascack Valley is 1-4-1 through its first six games this season, and is winless in its last three.
But it's not all bad for PV, as senior Trent Shanley currently has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) and senior Luke Ciocca also has six points (3 goals, 3 assists). Both have played big roles for the Indians this year.
PV takes on 2-2 Tenafly tonight, and PV coach Ken DelSanto said that defense will be a point of emphasis.
"We need to focus on our defense first before we start doing anything else," he said. "Our starting defensive corps has been young, but they're playing at a relatively high level so far."
One of the key young defenders has been Alex Sullivan, who scored a goal last week for PV in its 3-3 tie against Glen Rock.
He's been leaned on heavily as a leader of this defense, and has taken it upon himself to try and do more whenever he can.
"I try my hardest certainly to do what I can, and people are relying on me more than last year," he acknowledged. "I do what I can [to communicate] on the ice, because there are some inexperienced players."
The Indians hope that a win against the Tigers will give them the momentum needed going into their holiday tournament.
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