HATFIELD—Pennsbury entered the season as the defending SHSHL Class AA championship and accompanied by an assortment of expectations. The Falcons had an up-and-down first half of the campaign in part due to injuries. On Thursday night however, they were in fine form.
Brendan Macainsh scored three goals and assisted on another as the Falcons steamrolled Souderton 12-2 at Hatfield Ice in a Class AA game that was terminated with 3:26 left in the third period via the 10-goal mercy rule.
Pennsbury improved to 4-2-1 overall and 2-1 in divisional play. While that record may not raise eyebrows among their SHSHL foes, the level of Thursday night’s performance likely will. The Falcons launched 37 shots in 47 minutes and 34 seconds of playing time.
“I love to have a lot of shots,” said Pennsbury coach Ryan Daley. “A lot of shots equals a lot of opportunities.
They’re really good at it. Kids love to score and it’s not too hard to get them to buy in on that.”
Macainsh echoed those sentiments. “When everything’s working, it’s always fun to play,” he said. “our defense was working tonight and our offense was on point. so, you can’t complain about much.”
The blitz began early. Macainsh put in a rebound of Shane Siegmund’s shot 3:10 into the first frame to give Pennsbury the lead and the Falcons pushed their advantage to 4-0 by period’s end on additional goals from Logan Doyle, Macainsh, and Reece Millman.
Carter Povazan got Souderton (5-5, 3-4) on the scoreboard 3:14 into the middle period but Siegmund and Evan Eisler quickly answered for the Falcons and even after Timothy Alexander scored Souderton’s second goal the outcome was never in doubt. The abbreviated third period was a mere formality.
“We got hit by a truck,” said Souderton coach Ryan Uchniat. “That Pennsbury team is very good.
“It took us a little bit to get our bearings. We had a tough time getting it out of our zone and they crashed our net with a lot of speed. We had problems playing man on down low; I think that’s where it started.
In addition to Macainsh’s four-point night, Siegmund contributed a goal and four assists.
Pennsbury 4 4 4—12
Souderton 0 2 0—2
First-period goals: Brendan Macainsh (P) from Shane Siegmund and Justin Marlin, 3:10; Logan Doyle (P) from Andrew Falkenstein, 4:27; Macainsh (P) from Marlin and Siegmund, 10:37 (pp); Reece Millman (P) from Connor Coyne, 16:02
Second-period goals: Carter Povazan (S) from Sean Ryan, 3:14 (pp); Siegmund (P) from Marcus Roberts, 4:16; Evan Eisler (P) from Marlin, 5:41; Timothy Alexander (S) from Liam O’Neill, 12:47 (pp); Reese Picker (P) from Doyle, 14:21; Eisler (P) from Siegmund, 16:24
Third-period goals: Falkenstein (P) from Eisler, 10:39; Stephen Grosscup (P) from Macainsh, 11:07; Macainsh (P) from Coyne, 11:57; Colin Michalak (P) from Siegmound and Jason Fowler, 13:34.Game terminated with 3:26 remaining in the third period.
Shots: Souderton 12, Pennsbury 37; Saves: Noah Connor (S) 25, Aaron McDaniel (P) 10