Council Rock South 6 Neshaminy 1

BRISTOL— It’s something that occurs around this time in every hockey season. Council Rock South finds another gear.

The Golden Hawks played one of their best games of the season Thursday night a 6-1 SHSHL Class AA win over Neshaminy at Grundy Arena.

Evan Mostoller scored two goals and four other players scored one goal each as South improved to 9-1-1 overall and stayed unbeaten in divisional play with a 7-0 mark.

The margin of victory might have been greater had it not been for the play of Neshaminy goaltender Brian Nelson who made 41 saves. From the opening faceoff to the final buzzer, the Golden Hawks dominated.

Sophomore Kevin Koles contributed a goal and two assists. 

“We’ve got playoffs soon,” he said. “We’re trying to (play) more like a team. We got the job done.”

South is one of the most balanced teams offensively in the SHSHL. Entering play Thursday night, four different players had scored 11 points or more this season.

Veteran coach Joe Houk says that balance is one of the keys to his team’s success this season.

“I think it’s most important,” he said. “We’ve always talked over the years about how your top guys always (contribute). “I think the second and third liners are the guys that are the most important. And now I have a couple D-men this year that are putting points up on the board also.

“So, at any given time during the game, I don’t have to rely on one or two guys. I can rely on a lot of other people too.”

Thanks in part to Nelson’s 18 saves, the Golden Hawks led just 1-0 after one period; Blaise Pepe put his team in front at the 1:38 mark.

Julian Wagenmann made it a 2-0 game 1:14 into the second frame before South broke the game open late in the period. Jeremy Rahyer, Koles, and Mostoller scored in a span of five-and-a-half minutes to build a 5-0 lead by period’s end.

It marked the first time this year Neshaminy (8-2-1, 5-2 in the division) had surrendered more than three goals in a game this season.

Neshaminy coach Matt DeMatteo was disappointed in his team’s effort.

“(South) is a very good team,” he said. “They played a very disciplined game. They clearly had a game plan and they executed it. We did not. That’s what it looks like when two good teams play and one doesn’t show up.”

Emotions boiled over at the 3:35 mark of the third period. South’ Matt Constantini and Neshaminy’s Nolan Geria were the antagonists. Constantini drew a minor for cross checking plus a 10-minute misconduct. Geria, who had been flagged three times to that point, was called for a minor penalty for a check from behind,  and the automatic misconduct penalty that went with it, plus a double game misconduct.

J.J. Hathaway scored for Neshaminy 8:27 into the final period before Mostoller completed the scoring at 13:20.

Council Rock South 1 4 1—6

Neshaminy 0 0 1—1

First-period goals: Blaise Pepe (CRS) from Alec Pepe and Chase Trovsky, 1:38

Second-period goals: Julian Wagenmann (CRS) from Matt Constantini and Nolan O’Brien, 1:14; Jeremy Rayher (CRS) from Julian Sarne and Kyle Boss, 11:11; Kevin Koles (CRS) unassisted, 12:44; Evan Mostoller (CRS) from Koles and David Vergules, 16:41

Third-period goals: J.J. Hathaway (N) unassisted, 8:27; Mostoller (CRS) from Trovsky and Koles, 13:20

Shots: Council Rock South 47, Neshaminy 19; Saves: Carson Lopez (CRS) 18, Brian Nelson (N) 41

St. Joseph’s Prep 4, Malvern Prep 2

    

Four different players scored goals as St. Joseph’s Prep downed Malvern Prep 4-2 Thursday afternoon in an Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference game at Ice Line.

Christian Short, Jeffrey Hammond, Joey Samango, and Michael Ahearn all scored goals as the Hawks (6-6 overall, 1-2-1-0 in conference) handed the Friars (10-3, 5-1-1-0) their first conference loss.

Ajay White came up big in goal for the Hawks, making 47 saves; his team was outshot 49-25.

Goals from Short and Hammond gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead at the 1:22 mark of the second period. Teague Murray scored for Malvern Prep to cut the margin in half at the 3:50 mark before goals from Samango and Ahearn extended the St. Joseph’s Prep lead.
Matt Harris scored for Malvern Prep in the final minute of the second period but the Friars could not come any closer.

St. Joseph’s Prep 1 3 0—4

Malvern Prep 0 2 0—2

First-period goals: Christian Short (SJP) unassisted, 14:28

Second-period goals: Jeffrey Hammond (SJP) from Nick Storti and Dante Passio, 1:22; Teague Murray (MP) from Hayden Campbell and Matt Barbacane, 3:50; Joey Samango (SJP) from Hammond and Passio, 8:22;  Michael Ahearn (SJP) from Tristan Winata and Passio, 13:22; Matt Harris (MP) from Jeremy Jacobs and Quinn Dougherty, 16:02 (pp)

Shots: St. Joseph’s Prep 25, Malcom Prep 49; Saves: Ajay White  (SJP) 47, Anthony Perti (MP) 21

Jeffrey Hammond scores in the second period to give St. Joseph’s Prep a 2-0 lead.

Teague Murray scores for Malvern Prep in the second period.

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Elsewhere

Hun School 10, Pingry School 3

The Raiders scored two shorthanded goals before the game was two minutes old and went on to the win on Thursday at Iceland.

Seth Kaplan paced the Raiders (6-6) with two goals and four assists. Elian Estulin and Josh Sosner also scored two goals each for Hun School, which registered its first win since December 10 in just its second start since December 15

 Pingry School 0 0 2—2

Hun School 4 3 3—10

APAC Sets Playoff Dates

The Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference has set the dates for the Founders Cup playoffs.

The postseason will begin on Monday, February 14 with the fourth-place regular season finisher hosting the fifth-place team.

The winner will advance to the semifinals, which will be staged as a doubleheader at Ice Line on Wednesday, February 16. The championship game will be played on either Wednesday, February 23 or Thursday, December 24 and will be hosted by the highest seeded finalist.

Because of when they are scheduled, the results of the Founders Cup playoffs will factor into the seedings for the Flyers Cup tournament which will be announced on Sunday, February 27.

The complete Founders Cup playoff schedule is as follows: 
1st Round – Feb 14th: 4 x 5 play in, Site TBD (Highest Seed)

Semifinals – Feb 16th @ Iceline: 6:45pm & 8:45pm

Championship: Feb 23rd/24th (TBD), hosted by higher seed

The Founders Cup playoffs will mark the conclusion of the APAC’s fourth season. La Salle claimed the first two league titles in 2019 and ’20. Last year’s playoffs were not concluded because of Covid issues.

Pennsbury 10 C.B. West 3

HATFIELD—Reece Millman had a big night Wednesday night. The Pennsbury senior scored three goals and assisted on another as the Falcons downed Central Bucks West 10-3 in a SHSHL Class AA game at Hatfield Ice.

The win was another step for the Falcons (6-3-1, 4-2-1 in divisional play) as the seek to keep pace with the SHSHL’s elite and impress the committee that will select and seed the Flyers Cup tournament field.

“We just of kind of kept the momentum we started since coming back from the holiday break,” said Pennsbury coach Ryan Daley. “It was kind of a little bit of a hiccup (Monday night in a loss to Pennridge) but we picked up where we left off. (Pennsbury is 3-1 in January).
Millman said the Falcons are jelling at the right time as they focus on what’s ahead.

“The Flyers Cup is the end goal,” he said. “The league is cool and all but it’s just like (club hockey) districts, you want to go to nationals. Just like the Flyers Cup we want to compete to win that. That’s the end goal.”

Millman stressed the importance of the veterans on the Pennsbury roster showing the way for their younger teammates.

“I think it’s very important,” he said. “It’s like a family when you’re playing ice hockey here, or ice hockey at any high school where there’s many different ages. The freshmen and sophomores obviously are going to look up to the juniors and seniors because we’re kind of leading the way and I think it’s good. Because they’re picking up the pace too and kind of follow our footsteps.”

The Bucks (3-8, 0-7) actually took the early lead; Zane Sanders found the back of the net 2:30 into the opening period. But the Falcons scored nine straight goals over two-and-a-half periods, including three from Millman.

Evan Eisler scored two goals for the Falcons and added an assist while five other players scored one goal each.

West coach Dave Baun noted that his team played better than the score indicated; Pennsbury’s shot advantage was just 32-27.

“All in all, I think we played pretty well,” he said, “and my sense of it was that the shots were more indicative of the game than the score.

“The score got away from us during the game. But, I was happy. It’s another game we can build on.”

Pennsbury 3 3 4—10

C.B. West 1 0 2—3

First-period goals: Zane Sanders (CBW) from Grant Funseth, 2:30; Reese Picker (P) from Logan Doyle, 11:25; Brendan Macainsh, 14:19; Reece Millman (P) from Doyle and Conor Kane, 15:51

Second-period goals: Colin Michalek (P) unassisted, 1:58; Marcus Roberts (P) from Frankie Kolanko, 12:49; Millman (P) unassisted, 16:55

Third-period goals: Evan Eisler (P) from Kane, 2:58 (pp); Eisler (P) unassisted, 5:08; Millman (P) from Eisler, 6:59; Billy Loughnane (CBW) from Nick Bruno, 8:19; Andrew Falkenstein (P) from Millman, 9:48; Anthony Dowd (CBW) from Evan Hee and Loughnane, 11:08

Shots: Pennsbury 32, C.B. West 27; Saves: Aaron McDaniel (P) 24, Kyle Fasolak (CBW) 22

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Hill School 4 Hun School 1

Jesse Corser-James scored two goals as the Blues bested the Raiders Wednesday in a Mid Atlantic Hockey League game.

Brandon Marino scored for the Raiders, who were outshot 41-17.

Jack Borek made 37 saves while taking the loss in goal.

Hill School 1 2 1—4

Hun School 0 0 1—1

Lawrenceville 6 La Salle 0

A.J. Maner delivered a hat trick as the Big Red shut out the shorthanded Explorers in a Mid Atlantic Hockey League game Wednesday afternoon at Hatfield Ice.

La Salle was without several veterans due to injury and a class retreat.

Lawrenceville 1 2 3—6

La Salle 0 0 0—0

SHSHL Update for 1-26-22

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (11-0)                                6     0     0       0        12 

Council Rock South (8-1-1)               6     0     0       0        12

Neshaminy (8-1-1)                             5      1     0      0        10

Central Bucks South (4-5-1)              4      2     0      0        8

Pennsbury (5-3-1)                              3      2     0      0        6

Council Rock North (4-5)                  3      4     0      0         6

Souderton (5-5)                                  3      4     0      0        6

Central Bucks East (3-7)                    2     4     0      0         4

Bensalem (3-6)                                   1      4     0      0        2

Central Bucks West (3-7)                   0      6     0      0       0

North Penn (1-9)                                 0      6    0       0       0

American Division-Class A                  W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (7-1)                                         6     0  0     0         12

Wissahickon (5-5)                                   5     2  0     0        10

Quakertown (5-6)                                   5      4  0     0       10

Plymouth Whitemarsh (8-1)                  6    1  0     0          6

Upper Dublin (3-6-0-1)                          2    4   0    0           4

Hatboro-Horsham (1-8)                         0    7  0     0           0 

William Tennent (1-9)                           0      6  0     0          0

Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Shane Siegmund (PB)                          12      16    28

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         16      8       24

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                      13     9        22

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                      14      7        21

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                        10       10     20

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                 8       10     18

Aydin Thierolf (CBS)                            11      6       17

Aeryk Lehrhaupt (Pr)                           12      5      17

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                  6       11     17

Julian Sarne (CRS)                               13      3        16

Alex Hood (Bens)                                 11     5       15

Class A                                                      G       A      Pts

Luke Weikel (PW)                                  24      14    38

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                 11     27     38

Matt Kramer (Ab                                   20      9      29

Jack Bocul (UD)                                     20      6      26 

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   13       13    26

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                     10       14    24

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                                17       6     23

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                  11     11       22

Matthew Flynn (PW)                               5       15      20

Nick Hussa (Wiss)                                   6        12     18

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Malvern Prep 5 La Salle 4 OT

WEST GOSHEN—In its relatively brief lifespan, the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference has produced an abundance of memorable moments. The conclusion of Monday’s encounter between Malvern Prep and La Salle ranks with any of them.

Matt Harris scored with 1:08 remaining in overtime to give the Friars a 5-4 win over the Explorers at Ice Line.

La Salle forced the overtime by scoring two goals in the final 1:27 off regulation, one of them shorthanded, but in the end Malvern Prep (10-2, 5-0-1-0 in the APAC) emerged triumphant despite being outshot 60-40.

“I think we just got a little lazy in the (defensive zone),” Harris said of his team’s late-game difficulties. “We saw the time on the clock and thought we had the game secured and in the D-zone just got lackadaisical, not making plays.

“They came out after a timeout and put two in and we were just stunned.”

Malvern Prep (in white) and La Salle battle during Wednesday’s game at Ice Line.

A neutral observer might well have concluded that the Friars’ struggles down the stretch were for reasons other than complacency.

Jimmy Jacobs scored two goals in a span of 1:29 to give his team a 4-2 lead with 10:23 left in regulation. He assisted on his team’s other three goals.

“One thing we’re having trouble with right now is closing out games,” he said. “We’ve got to clean that up. A special (salute) to our goalie (Anthony Perti) for keeping us in it because it could have been a lot worse.”

Dean Carvalho scored the only goal of the first period to give La Salle (5-5, 2-2-0-1) a 1-0 lead.

Harris answered for Malvern Prep early in the second frame before the Explorers’ Jackson Lindmar and the Friars’ Quinn Dougherty traded goals to set up the events of the third period and overtime.

Jacobs scored his first goal on a shot from the top of the left circle 5:08 into the final period, then extended his team’s at 6:37 while La Salle’s Keenan Schneider was in the box for slashing.

Schneider atoned for his error by bringing his team to within a goal with 1:27 left in regulation  but with 44 seconds left he was flagged for interference and given a 10-minute misconduct to boot.

The Explorers kept battling however and as the clock ticked down inside 20 seconds Chris Wnek, positioned just to the right of the Malvern Prep net, flipped the puck in on goal, allowing Chase Hannon to tip it past Perti and send the game to overtime.

Paul Quinn was in charge of the Explorers on Monday. Wally Muehlbronner was serving a one-game suspension in the wake of the goings on during his team’s 2-1 win over St. Joseph’s Prep last Friday. Muehlbronner was in the building but not permitted behind the bench.

“I thought we had a really good first period,” Quinn said. I thought we got off the gas a little bit after the first.”

Quinn noted how his teams stepped up in the waning moments of regulation.

“They came out and played the way we should,” he said. “They were flying and buzzing. Had we played that way the whole game, I think it would have been a different story.”

Jacobs says Monday’s win is indicative of how the Friars have matured s a team over the course of the season.

“Everyone has found a role now,” he said. “We were shorthanded today, my brother (Jeremy) was missing. People had to step up. They had more shots, but we were able to capitalize. Our goalie played out of his mind.”

La Salle `1 1 2 0—4

Malvern Prep 0 2 2 1—5

First-period goal: Dean Carvalho (L) from Max Monzo and  Gavin O’Connell, 9:00

Second-period goals: Matt Harris (MP) from Jimmy Jacobs, 2:10; Jackson Lindmar (L) from Patrick Brace, 5:55; Quinn Dougherty (MP) from Jacobs and Harris, 11:41

Third-period goals: Jacobs (MP) from Harris and Pierre Larocque, 5:08; Jacobs (MP) from Larocque and Dougherty, 6:37 (pp); Keenan Schneider (L) from Chris Wnek and Ryan Desmond, 15:33; Chase Hannon (L) from Wnek and Max Maddalo, 16:44 (sh)

Overtime goal: Harris (MP) from Dougherty and Jacobs, 3:52

Shots: La Salle 60, Malvern Prep 40; Saves: Will Braun (L) 35, Anthony Perti (MP) 56

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APAC Update for 1-23-22

                                                               Won     Lost     OTW     OTL     Pts

Malvern Prep (10-2)                               5            0          1            0       17

La Salle (5-6)                                          2            2          0            1        7

Holy Ghost Prep (9-7)                          1            3          1            1        6

Hun School (5-6)                                   1            2          1            0      5

St. Joseph’s Prep (4-5-1)                      1            2          0            2       5

This Week

Monday:      Malvern Prep 5 La Salle 4 OT

Wednesday: Hill School 4 Hun School 1

                        Lawrenceville 6 La Salle 0

 Thursday:      Pingry School at Hun School  4:00

                       St. Joseph’s Prep at Malvern Prep 4:00

Scoring                                    GP     G     A     Pts.    PPG

Jeremy Jacobs (MP)               5       5      6      11     2.20

Matt Harris (MP)                     5       4      6      10      2.00

Joey Samango (SJP)                5       7     2        9      1.80

Jim Jacobs (MP)                      5       5      4       9      1.80

Pierre Larocque (MP)             5      3       3      6       1.20

Sean Marshall (HGP)              6       4      3       7      1.17

Brady Baehser (HGP)             6       3      3       6       1.00

Jeffrey Hammond (SJP)         5       2      3       5       1.00

Elian Estulin (HS)                    4    2         2      4         1.00

Josh Ovelette (HS)                  4    1         3     4         1.00

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La Salle 2 St. Joseph’s Prep 1

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP—Despite the winter chill outside, the air inside the Skatium was crackling with intensity Friday. That’s a common occurrence when La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep square off, whatever the sport.

Keenan Schneider’s power-play goal 6:12 into the first period proved decisive as the Explorers prevailed 2-1 in an Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference matchup.

The win lifted La Salle to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in APAC play. The Hawks fell to 4-5-1 and 1-2-0-2.

La Salle, which has won four of its last five games, jumped in front when the Hawks coughed up the puck in front of and just to the left of their own net. Patrick Brace was one hand to coral the puck and put it behind Hawk netminder Rocco Bruno just 93 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Schneider’s goal came off a faceoff in the circle to Bruno’s right.

Keenan Schneider scores the game-winning goal

St. Joseph’s Prep countered when Nick Storti beat La Salle goaltender Aries Carangi from the left side of the slot 6:12 into the second session.

That was the last goal of the night but both teams maintained a high level of intensity and physicality the rest of the way. Through the first two-and-a-half periods the referees called 11 minor penalties, six against the Explorers, five against the Hawks, but passed on incidents that might have been whistled down on another occasion.

Emotions boiled over with 1:28 remaining in the third period and La Salle trying to protect its one-goal lead.

Eight players, four from each team, were accessed a total of 72 penalty minutes. Two La Salle players Carangi and forward Tim Whittock, were given game misconducts for receiving four penalties during the game and will serve one-game suspensions as a result.

Muehlbronner also faces a suspension; his team was accessed 16 penalties.

When all the penalties were sorted out, St. Joseph’s Prep had a power play. Coach David Giacomin pulled Bruno at that point, giving his team a six-skaters-to-four advantage for the duration of the game but the Hawks couldn’t score.

Will Braun took over for Carangi in the La Salle goal. His only warmup came while the officials were sorting out the penalties but he made two saves over the final 88 seconds of playing time.

“I was happy that we hung on,” Muehlbronner said. “We had a lot to overcome in the third period.”

Muehlbronner made his thoughts clear regarding the late-game incident. “In my eyes, that’s very preventable, what took place,” he said. “It’s not what I expect.

“I don’t think the lack of discipline came on our part. It was a disgrace, what happened at the end. I expect my guys to play hard, play the game the right way. “Thankfully we did that in the first period and that’s what got us through.”

Giacomin noted the teams took turns dictating the flow of the game.

“It was up and down,” he said. “They had a really good first period, I think we played really good in the third period, and that made for an interesting third period, at least the first part of it.”

Giacomin indicated the rivalry between the two schools contributed to the altercation.

 “You don’t like to see it,” he said, “but you understand why it happens You’ve just got to hopefully teach the kids from this point on that that’s not the way we play, period. Both teams.”

La Salle 2 0 0—2

St. Joseph’s Prep 0 1 0—1

First-period goals: Patrick Brace (L) unassisted, 1:33; Keenan Schneider (L) from Charlie Kennedy, 6:12 (pp)

Second-period goals: Nick Storti (SJP) from Joey Samango and Dante Passio, :49

Shots: La Salle 38, St. Joseph’s Prep 34; Saves: Aries Carangi (L) 31 and Will Braun (L) 2, Rocco Bruno (SJP) 36

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