Hockey Happenings 12-30-17

It’s Almost Time for Hockey

It’s almost time for the Suburban High School Hockey League to awaken from its holiday slumber. The league season is set to resume on Wednesday. Here’s how the standings would look if the 12 Class 2A teams were all in one division.

W-L-T    Pts

C.B. South         5-0-0     10

C.R. South         4-0-1        9

Pennridge         4-0-0      8

North Penn      3-1-0       6

CR North           2-3-1       5

Souderton        2-2-0       4

Wm. Tennent   1-3-2       4

CB East               2-3-0      4

Neshaminy        1-3-1      3

CB West             1-2-0      2

Truman              0-2-1      1

Pennsbury       0-6-0        0


Keep in mind, the official league season in Class 2A this season consists of 11 games; each team will play the others once.

Wissahickon continues to lead the Class A Division with a perfect 8-0-0 league mark. Hatboro-Horsham is next at 6-1-0 followed by Abington at 4-2-0 and Upper Dublin at 4-4-0.


Winter Classic

While the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres are squaring off in the Winter Classic on Monday, two local teams will also be taking the ice. Archbishop Wood and Lansdale Catholic will face off at Junge Pavilion at The Academy of the New Church in what has become a New Year’s Day tradition. Game time will be 2 p.m. weather permitting.


It Starts With a Handshake

I’ve heard criticism of the new SHSHL protocol which mandates teams shake hands before the opening faceoff than after the game, but I personally like the idea. It sends the right message and gets the evening off to a positive start.

The custom is not unique to hockey. It’s common in professional soccer re; the Premier League and in the World Cup. We also saw that protocol on display recently at a college basketball game; the teams shook hands after the national anthem prior to player introductions.


Safety First Part I

In years past it was rare for SHSHL games to be postponed because of bad weather and games would often be played when other high-school events were called off. But coaches now have a protocol to request a postponement from the league in the wake of unfavorable road/travel conditions.

Several games were called off earlier this month in the wake of storm. They will be made up at some point, inserted into the designated home team’s practice ice slot.


Safety Part II

A scary moment occurred in the second period of the North-Penn-C.B. South game on December when the Knights’ George Boyle was taken into the boards from behind by the Titans’ Reis Braccio, who received a major penalty plus a game misconduct on the play and deservedly so. Boyle was down on the ice for the better part of three minutes.

Some would consider hockey a dangerous game. The view from here is that it is a game that has certain inherent risks. Every player, regardless of age, experience, or level of play, has an inherent responsibility to play the game safely.

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SHSHL Scoring Leaders as of 12-30-17

Class 2A

G-A     PTS

Zac Herman, CRN                  13-11—24

Eric Slater, PR                         12-12—24

Michael Walker, PR               12-11—23

Matt Stoll, CBS                         12-7—19

Matt Melli, CRS                        14-3—17

Daniel Guest, CRN                     9-8—17

Reis Braccio, CBS                     4-12—16

Nathan Oh, NP                         5-10—15

Brandon Simmonds, CRN       4-11—15

Joe DeLaurentis, CBS               13-1—14

Andrew Galetta, NP                    9-5—14

Jared Albano, NP                        5-9—14


Class A                                         G-A   PTS

Brian Gary, Wiss                    30-18—48

Sean Gary, Wiss                       23-16—39

Ari Nordinger, UD                   20-7—27

Dean Keller, PW                     20-5—25

Perry Carpenter, Ab.             12-10—22


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