HATFIELD— Joe Stelacio’s goal with 4:25 remaining in the third period capped a remarkable comeback and gave Abington a 7-6 win over Wissahickon Wednesday night in a Suburban High School Hockey League American Division matchup at Hatfield Ice.
The Galloping Ghosts rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the second period and trailed 6-3 going into the final session before scoring four unanswered goals to record their fifth victory in six starts.
The win moved Abington in to first place in the division ahead of the Trojans (4-1) who have a game in hand as the SHSHL regular season nears its halfway mark.
“This is certainly a big win for us,” said Abington coach Ken Brzozowski. “It’s something we’ve been working for a while, to be able to play at this level, play at this caliber. We thought coming into the game we had a chance, we got down, and the team just rebounded.”
The Galloping Ghosts had to climb a very steep hill. With just under five minutes gone in the middle period Wissahickon had a 5-0 lead on the strength of three goals from Nick Hussa and two more from Brian Garry. Abington didn’t get on the board until Matt Kramer found the back of the net with 6:58 remaining in the second session. Jordan Heydt and Ian Heydt added goals 55 seconds apart to make it a 5-3 game with 2:39 left in the period.
Garry completed a hat trick to give his team a three-goal advantage heading into the third period but the Trojans, who were playing their first game in two weeks because of Covid-19 issues and had only nine skaters dressed on Wednesday, did not score again. Griffin Carpenter, Stelacio, and Kramer all scored in a span of 4:49 draw their side even with 5:55 left and set the stage for Stelacio’s game winner.
Colin Bruton, Abington’s captain, said he and his teammates maintained their focus during their third-period comeback. “I just think we needed to stick to our game,” he said. “we knew we could score on them. We had three goals on them at that point. We just wanted to keep playing our game, just try and outwork them, and I think we did a good job of that.”
Wissahickon coach Ken Harrington was missing several regulars including his top defense pair.
“We could have played much better,” he said. “Maybe that’s fatigue too. But we still had the lead.”
Ice chips—the Trojans had a 39-21 advantage in shots. Sam Nemec made 33 saves in the Abington net … The two teams will have a rematch on Match 5 … The Galloping Ghosts captured the first three SHSHL titles in history, from 1974-76 They claimed a fourth championship in 1978 and added two more in 2003 and ’04.
Wissahickon 2 4 0—6
Abington 0 3 4—7
First-period goals: Brian Garry from Nick Hussa, 1:07; Hussa from Garry, 13:00 (sh).
Second-period goals: Hussa from Garry, :07; Garry from Hussa, :53; Hussa from David Glazier, 4:58 (pp); Matthew Kramer (A) from Colin Bruton, 9:08; Jordan Heydt (A) Kramer, 12:26; Ian Heydt (A ) from Kramer, 13:21; Garry unassisted, 15:42.
Third-period goals: Griffin Carpenter (A) unassisted, 5:16; Joe Stelacio (A) from Sam Paulik, 5:33; Kramer (A) from Paulik and Ryan Portner, 10:05; Stelacio (A), 11:35.
Shots: Wissahickon 39, Abington 21; Saves: Michael Bonnani 14, Sam Nemec (A) 33
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