LaSalle Shuts Out Malvern Prep 4-0

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP—The eruption came without warning. For one period and part of another, LaSalle and Malvern Prep battled on even terms. But the Explorers took over the game by scoring four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 18 seconds in the second period.

Neither team scored thereafter and LaSalle left Hatfield Ice Friday night as 4-0 winners.

Four different players scored goals for the Explorers, who stand at 5-2 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference, having defeated every other team in the league once.

Sophomore Daniel Sambuco scored LaSalle’s first goal at the 7:10 mark of the second frame with help from Michael Casey and Sam Lipkin. Casey made it a 2-0 game with Sambuco’s help at 9:15 and Fabrizio Mazzarelli extended the lead just 39 second later. Eric Ford finished the scoring at 12:28.

Sambuco, who leads the APAC in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points in three conference games, said he and his mates on the Explorers’ top line took things up a notch in the second period. “We started running some quick passes and two-on-ones,” he said, “and started driving more pucks to the net That was just our game plan from there on out, put everything to the net.”

LaSalle coach Wally Meuhlbronner was pleased to get production from four lines, particularly in the early going. “We were rolling four (lines) right out of the gate,” he said, “and we switched up a little bit and and kind of got the Sambuco line out there every third (shift) and I think that got them energized a little bit more.”

At the other end of the ice, LaSalle goaltender Aidan McCabe stopped all 19 shots he saw. His best effort came two-and-a-half minutes into the third period when he turned aside Chris Blango’s slapshot from just inside the blue line.

McCabe noted that the effort of the defense corps in front of him expanded his comfort zone. “It allows me to be really confident in the net,” the junior said. “They keep the shots to the outside which lets me see the puck. So I just try to do my job.”

The loss was the first for Malvern Prep after three wins (1-1 in the APAC). Friar coach Dave Dorman saw the evening as another step in the maturation of his young team.

Danie”It was a very typical LaSalle-Malvern Prep hockey game,” he said. “For our younger guys it was baptism by fire. Not the result we want but you know what? That’s part of the learning process, the maturation process for these younger kids.”

Notes—Sambuco’s cousin Ryan, also a sophomore, was in uniform for Malvern Prep. The hitting was intense but clean; there was just five penalties called by referee Eric Michaels, three to LaSalle and two to Malvern Prep, and one of the Malvern penalties was a bench minor for too many men on the ice.
Malvern Prep 0 0 0—0
LaSalle 0 4 0—4
Second-period goals: Daniel Sambuco (L) from Michael Casey and Sam Lipkin, 7:10: Casey (L) from Sambuco, 9:15; Fabrizio Mazzarelli (L) from Ryan Walsh and David Kimmel, 9:54; Eric Ford (L) from Jan Olenginski, 12:28.
Shots: Malvern Prep 19, LaSalle 32; Saves: Dan Dougherty (MP) 28, Aidan McCabe (L) 19.

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Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference Scoring Leaders

Through 11-29-18            G          A          Pos

Daniel Sambuco LaSalle   2       4            6

Sam Lipkin LaSalle           2       2            4

Michael Casey LaSallr.    2        2            4

Nick Martino Mal. Pr       3         0            3

Brandon Leer LaSalle      2          1          3

Abington 9, Souderton 1

WILLOW GROVE— Stepping up can be hard to do. After competing in the Class A American Division of the Suburban High School Hockey League a year ago, Abington, which helped found the SHSHL four-and-a-half decades ago, has stepped up to Class 2A this year.
The Galloping Ghosts went through some growing pains at the start of the season but put all the pieces together Thursday night in the course of a 9-1 win over Souderton at Wintersport Arena.

Thursday marked the official league opener for Abington, which stands at 1-2-1 overall.

Captain Perry Carpenter led the way for the victors, delivering a hat trick plus three assists. Ryan Gosselin added two goals and two assists.

“We worked really well as a team,” Carpenter said, “which we’ve been struggling to do in the past games. But we really picked up our game this game.”

Abington coach Ken Brzozowski was pleased with the way the pieces fit. “When I look at a score sheet, whether it’s Perry or anybody else, I looing to see who got the assists,” he said. “Not necessarily who’s putting the puck in the net and Perry is one of those players who is a leader in putting assists on the scoresheet.

Souderton (0-5, 0-3 in league play) was without several key players who had club responsibilities and had just 12 skaters available.

The Galloping Ghosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. Perry had a hand in all four goals, scoring once himself and providing three assists. But Souderton goaltender Amanda Kaminsky kept things from getting out of hand by making 15 saves in the 16-minute period.

“She cuts down the angles,” Carpenter said. “She makes herself big in net and that’s all the world to a goalie.”

Abington extended its lead by scoring four additional goals in the second frame. Carpenter scored twice to complete his hat trick.

Things got chippy over the course of a third period that featured nine penalties. The Big Red’s Luke Bowman scored a power-play goal off a deflection at the 4:25 mark to spoil Jacob Snellenberg’s shutout bid.

Souderton coach Ryan Uchniat noted that his team played Abington on even terms over the second half of the game thanks in large part to Kaminsky’s efforts. “She did a very good job,” he said. “She locked down the back half of the game.

“It was 1-1 the second half of the game (minus eight seconds). There were too many defensive errors in the beginning.”


Souderton 0 0 1—1

Abington 4 4 1—9

First-period goals: Ryan Gosselin (A) from Colin Bruton and Perry Carpenter, :43; Carpenter (A) from Gavin O’ Donnell and Nathan Broskey, 11:39; O’ Donnell (A) from Carpenter, 14;47; Shawn Lombardo (A) from Carpenter, 15:24.

Second-period goals: Bruton (A) from Gosselin, 4:27; Carpenter (A) from Gosselin, 6:30; Carpenter (A) from O’ Donnell, 7:39; David Staley (A) from Broskey and Bruton, 7:53.

Third-period goals: Luke Bowman (S) from Carter Povazon, 4:25 (pp); Gosselin (A) from O’ Donnell, 8:08.

Shots: Souderton 25, Abington 36; Saves: Amanda Kaminsky (S) 27, Jacob Snellenberg (A) 24.

Central Bucks East 6, Neshaminy 3

They’re doing it quietly, but the Central Bucks East Patriots are off to a solid start in the Suburban High School Hockey League. Freshman Sean Gorman scored two goals as East stayed unbeaten with a 6-3 win over Neshaminy Monday night at Revolution Ice Gardens.

The Patriots have won four straight after a season-opening tie and are 2-0 in the SHSHL Class 2A league standings
East coach Ken Latchum was elated at his team’s effort but was particularly enthused about his third line; Richard Kaczmarczyk (goal), Dan Tori (two assists), and Brendan Lynch (goal) combined for four points.

“The third line made me ecstatic,” Latchum said. “They were our best line. They played awesome”
The first period started with a shootout, a flurry of four goals, two each way, in a span of just 3:35. Robert Seewagen got things started for Neshaminy (2-1-1, 2-1 in the league) when he sped up the center of the ice and beat East goaltender Matt Oganowski with a shot from four strides inside the blue line just 63 seconds after the opening faceoff. Owen Connor answered for the Patriots from the high slot at 2:32. Seewagen scored his second goal on a power-play effort at 3:25 but Jason Cluckey tied the game for East just 15 seconds later.

The Patriots added two goals late in the period, from Kaczmarcyzk at 14:12 and Gorman on a two-on-one situation at 15:33. They extended their lead in the second frame on goals from Lynch at 5:20 and Gorman at 12:41.

Connor noted that he and his teammates did the little things well. “We played our positions really well,” he said. “We got the puck in deep and applied a lot of pressure.”

The Patriots were swarming all around Neshaminy goaltender Steven Glik. Neshaminy assistant coach Mike McColgan, filling in for the absent  Matt DeMatteo, said his team didn’t give their netminder a lot of help, particularly in the first period. “We didn’t knock guys down in front of the net,” he said. “We just kind of let them have a free hand. The goaltender had three shots he didn’t really see, three goals.

“We had a lack of energy on our forecheck. It really wasn’t buzzing at all for us tonight.”

Brett Nelson scored the goal of the game for Neshaminy at the 9:07 mark of the third period.

The Patriots had a 39-23 advantage in shots. Both goaltenders were sharp after the run-and-gun first period. Oganoswski finished with 20 saves, including a sensational stop on Neshaminy’s Joey DeMatteo in the third period while Glik, one of the premier netminders in the area, finished with 33 saves.

Latchum was pleased to get a quality effort from his entire lineup. “You need three lines to play,” he said. You want to win, you need three lines.”

By Rick Woelfel

Neshaminy 2 0 1—3

C.B. East 4 2 0—6

First-period goals: Robbie Seewagen (N) unassisted, 1:03; Owen Connor (CBE) unassisted, 2:32; Seewagen (N) from Joseph DeMatteo, 3:25 (pp); Jason Cluckey (CBE)  unassisted, 3:40; Richard Kaczmarczyk (CBE) from Nick Locastro and Dan Tori, 14:12; Sean Gorman (CBE) from Connor Kelser and Rob Kern, 15:33.

Second-period goals: Brendan Lynch (CBE) from Tori and Chris Mangiacapre, 5:20; Gorman (CBE) from Kern and Cluckey, 12:41.

Third-period goal: Brett Nelson (N) from Josh Haines, 9:07.

Shots: Neshaminy 23, C.B. East 39; Saves, Steven Glik (N) 33, Matt Oganowski (CBE) 20.

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Holy Ghost Prep’s Trip to Upstate New York An Annual Tradition

Come Thursday, the Holy Ghost Prep Firebirds will head north, to Jamestown, New York to compete in this weekend’s National Scholastic Invitational tournament. The weekend-long event will feature some of the finest high-school and prep hockey teams in America.

Starting Friday, the Firebirds will play a minimum of three games and perhaps as many as five, but as Holy Ghost Prep coach Gump Whiteside explains, there’s much more to the trip than what happens on the ice. The trip provides an opportunity for the players and coaches to strengthen their connections to one another.

The Firebirds have made the trip to upstate New York in each of Whiteside’s 10 seasons at the school and were making the trip before he arrived.

“Holy Ghost Prep is a special place,” Whiteside said, “and we’re a family. And I think this trip really brings it all together, both on the ice and off the ice and kind of brings everybody together as a group and kind of shakes off any cobwebs if you will. Especially from our new players to be a part of the process.

The trip allows players and coaches to spend quality time together away from the rink. “It really does,” Whiteside said, “from the bus ride to the team bonding experience to the lodging that we have with the players. We have a lot of down time between games so we kind of so some teambuilding stuff, and spend a lot of time getting to know one another.

“It really helps out, especially some the younger guys, some of the freshmen and sophomores and new players that are part of our program. We just kind of bond and come together as a team.”

Whiteside says there is an atmosphere of mutual respect among the teams competing in the event. “We love the other coaches that are up there,” he said, “and I know the parents enjoy it very much so it kind of brings everything together.”

Whiteside notes that the tournament is an opportunity for his veteran players to step into leadership roles and mentor their younger teammates. “We go up there every year expecting to win the tournament,” he said, “and we expect our leaders to play a big part in that. Being away from campus for a couple days kind of makes people grow and develop as student-athletes and it’s an experience for everybody.”



William Tennent Beats Archbishop Wood on SHSHL Rivalry Night

Rivalries are one of the elements that make high-school hockey unique. Thanksgiving Eve in the Suburban High School Hockey League is Rivalry Night, featuring matchups between opponents who are intimately familiar with each other.

That was certainly the case at the Bucks County Ice Sports Center Wednesday night when William Tennent and Archbishop Wood shared the ice for a Suburban High School Hockey League non-league encounter. The rivalry between the two schools is one of the oldest in the area on the ice; the two teams have been matching up for going on four decades.

But this year’s matchup was unique; because of numbers issues Archbishop Wood was unable to field a pure team (one comprised 100 percent of Wood students) this season and joined forces with Upper Moreland, which is in the same situation. But on this night, they skated separately once more, although the Vikings added several Golden Bears to depth to their lineup. (Upper Moreland, which faced Hatboro-Horsham later Wednesday evening, added several Wood players to its lineup).

For the record, Tennent prevailed 10-1 in front of a large audience to pick up its first victory of the season after three losses.  But the contest wasn’t not as one-sided as the scoreline might indicate.

The Vikings kept the game close for better than two periods thanks to the work of freshman goaltender Connor Redanauer, who faced 62 shots over the 48 minutes and stopped 52 of them. His work was nothing short of remarkable, particularly in the first period when Wood was outshot 19-3 but trailed just 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Bobby Markus and Bryan Mesaros.

“(Redanauer) played phenomenally,” said Wood coach Tom Walsh. He stood on his head that first period. He had a great game for us. Sixty-two shots. There’s not much more he could have done.”

Mason McKeever and Markus scored for Tennent in the second frame before Brayden Gyza, just off the pitch after a season with the Wood soccer team, gave the Vikings what proved to be their only goal.

David Gray responded for the Panthers to make it 5-1 with 5:48 left in the period before Tennent scored five goals in the third period in a span of 7:19.

Markus finished the evening with a hat trick plus an assist. Thomas Hartenstein scored twice.

The evening was less about the final score however and more about maintaining and nurturing a tradition.

“Rivalries and things like that are what keep this league going,” said Tennent coach Nick D’Aurizio. “I think this is one of the oldest ones on the books I think.

“These are why people come out, why we sell tickets … That’s important to the well-being of our league. We want people to come out and see this hockey and support their peers.”


Notes—The two teams played for the Jim Bagdon Cup, named in honor of the former William Tennent club president who passed away in March of 2017 … The game featured just seven penalties, all minors … Hatboro-Horsham defeated Upper Moreland 10-0 in the second game of the doubleheader.



Archbishop Wood 0 1 0—1

William Tennent 2 3 5—10

Shots: Archbishop Wood 12, William Tennent 62


Other Thanksgiving Eve  scores

Council Rock North vs. Council Rock South

Malvern Prep vs. Cardinal O’Hara

Neshaminy 2, Pennsbury 2

Holy Ghost Prep 8, Father Judge 3

Pennsbury 2, Neshaminy 2

Wissahickon 8, Upper Dublin 4

C.B. East 4, C.B. West 2

Upper Moreland 10, Hatboro-Horsham 0

Pennridge 7, Souderton 1

Truman 7, Abington 2




C.B. South 5, North Penn 2

Thanksgiving Update

With a matchup between Truman and Abington now  on the schedule, here is a rundown of Thanksgiving Eve games involving Suburban High School Hockey League and Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference teams


Truman vs. Abington, 7:00 at Wintersport

Souderton vs Pennridge   6:45 at Hatfield

North Penn vs C.B. South 7:00 at Warwick

Tennent vs. Archbishop Wood 7:00 at BCI

Upper Dunlin vs Wissahickon 7:30 at OYR

Pennsbury vs. Neshaminy 7:30 at Grundy

Hatboro-Horsham vs. Upper Moreland 9:00 at BCI

Council Rock North vs. Council Rock South 9:00 at Warwick

Malvern Prep v. Cardinal O’Hara 7:00 at Skatium

Holy Ghost Prep vs. Father Judge 7:00 at Grundy

CBE vs CBW 8:45 at Hatfield

Malvern Prep Tops Holy Ghost Prep in APAC Action

By Rick Woelfel

WEST CHESTER—Malvern Prep displayed an abundance of firepower Monday night, Nick Martino scored three goals and assisted on a fourth as the Friars bested Holy Ghost Prep 5-4 Monday night in an Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference game at Ice Line.

The Friars (2-0, 1-0 in the APAC) hadn’t played a game in nearly three weeks but displayed few, if any signs of rust.

“The guys have been working hard, Martino said. “Everyone’s been putting in the time, putting in the effort. We thought we were prepared for the game.”
Martino got the scoring started with 2:26 left in the opening period when he beat Firebird netminder Sean Joyce from close range off a feed from Kyle Washalavitch.

Holy Ghost Prep (1-2, 0-2) drew even on Jack Kelly’s power-play goal exactly 90 seconds into the second frame but Matt Harris put the Friars back in front at the 8:12 mark before Martino, with Washalavitch’s help, made it a 3-1 game at 12:07.

The Firebirds’ Byron Hartley cut the Malvern Prep lead in half when he scored from a deep angle near the right faceoff circle just 16 seconds into the third period.
The remainder of the period featured an abundance of up-and-down hockey and four goals.

When Ryan Sambuco scored a power-play goal for Malvern Prep at the 2:39 mark and Martino completed his hat trick at 4:16, the Friars appeared to have things well in hand.

But the Firebirds didn’t quit. Colin Costello beat Friar goaltender Dan Dougherty at 5:55 and it was a two-goal game once more with plenty of time on the clock.

The two teams spent most of the rest of the game going end to end, a development that did not entirely please Malvern Prep coach Dave Dorman. “I was very happy for about two-and-a-third periods,” he said, “but then after that, it got a little too lose. I think we got caught up in the emotion of the game, and the fans, but it was still nice to get the win.”

Holy Ghost Prep coach Gump Whiteside praised his team for continuing to battle even after falling behind. “I thought we played well in the third period,” he said. “I was a good win for Malvern, but I thought we showed a lot of spunk.
“I told the boys ‘I thought that energy in the third period was great, but you need to play three periods to win a hockey game.’ But I like the compete factor in the third period.”

Holy Ghost Prep 0 1 3—4
Malvern Prep 1 2 2—5
First-period goal: Nick Martino (MP) from Kyle Washalavitch and Andrew Harder, 13:34
Second-period goals: Jack Kelly (HGP) from Rip Spor and Andrew Serafin, 1:30 (pp); Matt Harris (MP) from Ryan Sambuco, 8:11; Martino (MP) from Washalavitch, 12:07.
Third-period goals: Byron Hartley (HGP) from Serafin, :16; Sambuco (MP) from Andrew Harder and Washalavitch, 2:39 (pp); Martino (M) from Charlie Andress, 4:16; Colin Costello (HGP) from E.J. Pohl and Kelly, 5:55; Serafin (HGP) from Danny Behr, 15:45.
Shots: Holy Ghost Prep 26, Malvern Prep 29; Saves: Sean Joyce (HGP) 24, Dan Dougherty (MP) 22.


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SHSHL Update

Suburban High School Hockey League Standings (with overall records)

Class 2A

National Division                     W     L     T     Pts

Neshaminy (2-0-0)                        2     0     0     4

Council Rock South (2-1-1)         1     1     1     3

Truman (0-0-2)                              0      0    1      1

Pennsbury (0-1-1)                        0      0      0      0

Abington (0-1-1)                           0      0      0     0

William Tennent (0-3-0)            0      0       0     0


Continental Division                 W       L     T     Pts

North Penn (2-0-1)                     1        0      0      2

Central Bucks South (1-2)        1        0       0      2

Central Bucks East (2-0-1)        1       0       0      2

Pennridge (0-1-1)                       0        1     0        0

Central Bucks West (1-1)         0         1     0        0

Souderton (0-2)                        0           1      0       0


Class A
American Division                            W         L       T        Pts

Hatboro-Horsham (2-1-0)                  2         1        0         4

Plymouth Whitemarsh (2-2-0)         2          2       0          4

Wissahickon (1-0-1)                          1`        0       1          4

Lower Moreland) (2-1-1)                  1          1      1           3

Upper Dublin (0-2-0)                         0          2       0         0

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SHSHL Scoring Leaders Through 11-16


Player                                 GP      G      A      Pts

Coleman Peppelman        4        12     3       15

Tyler Greenstein NP         3        7      4        11

Michael Janora   CRN       2        11    1        12

Dean Keller  PW               4         3      9        12

Tyler Greenstein NP         3         7     4         11

Colin Franzoni PW            4        6      4         10

Louis Gamburg UD           3        6      4         10

Brian Garry Wiss              2        4      5           9

Jake Weikel PW                4       6       3           9

Nathan Oh  NP                 3        3      5            8

Robert Seewagen Nesh   2        4      4           8

Aidan Keogh PW              4         6      2           8

Adam Bostock LM           4          3      5           8

Logan Hurwitz CRS          4          5      2          7

Bill Harrelson  CRS          4          2      5           7

Two Ex-Ridley Hockey Players Convicted for Roles in 2017 Flyers Cup Brawl

Two former Ridley High School hockey players were convicted Friday in a Montgomery County courtroom of charges stemming from an on-ice brawl during a Flyers Cup quarterfinal game against Central Bucks West in March of 2017

19-year old Brock Anderson of Morton and 20-year old Jake Tyler Cross of Secane were convicted of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault, both misdemeanors.

Both were sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours of community service. A third defendant, 19-year old Ryan Anthony Gricco of Swarthmore, also a former Ridley hockey player, was acquitted of a conspiracy charge. The jury deadlocked on an assault charge against Gricco, he could be retried.

The incident occurred with 7:12 left in the third period of a Class 2A Flyers Cup quarterfinal on March 9, 2017 at Hatfield Ice. Central Bucks West was leading 7-1 at the time; the game was terminated at that point. Several Central Bucks West players were injured in the incident