WBCB Radio Announces Hockey Broadcast Schedule

WBCB Radio in Levittown, PA will air six high-school hockey games in February.

Five will feature games from the Suburban High School Hockey League, the sixth will be an Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference contest. The schedule kicks off Friday night with a matchup between Truman and Pennsbury, the annual Pink Game to benefit cancer patients in Lower Bucks County.

The entire schedule is listed below.


Feb. 1 7:30 pm. Truman vs. Pennsbury
Feb. 7 8:45 pm. Pennridge vs. Pennsbury
Feb. 11 4:00 pm. La Salle H.S. vs. Holy Ghost Prep.
Feb. 13 9:00 pm. C.B. East vs. Pennsbury
Feb. 20 7:20 pm. Truman vs. Neshaminy
Feb. 21 7:20 pm. Pennridge vs. C.R. South

* Games can be heard live on WBCB 1490 AM or wbcbsports.com.

Holy Ghost Prep-Malvern Prep Matchup A Big Step for the APAC

Wednesday night’s matchup between Malvern Prep and Holy Ghost Prep at the Wells Fargo Center was another step forward in the evolution of the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference.

The Friars emerged with a 3-2 overtime win in front of a large and enthusiastic audience.

Holy Ghost Prep Athletic Director Jim Stewart spoke with Hockey Happenings Wednesday night and celebrated the evening’s success.

“It’s a great evening,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for both programs, especially in the first year of the APAC it’s certainly an experience that the kids playing tonight will never forget, having the chance to play on the ice of the Philadelphia Flyers and it says something about the connections that are being made between the schools in the APAC so far. We’re working to give the kids a great opportunity for competition.”

Stewart noted that the vison the four member schools had of what the league should be is, to this point, being realized.

“There has been really good competition,” he said. “We set out to begin this under the leadership of a couple of the coaches at LaSalle and Holy Ghost Prep and we put some goals out of there of what we wanted to achieve this year in terms of ice time, schedule, varsity and JV play, and it has worked out great.”

Friars and Firebirds Make Memories at the Wells Fargo Center

A lot of history has been made at the Wells Fargo Center since the building opened 12-and-a-half years ago. Holy Ghost Prep and Malvern Prep made some history of their own Wednesday night when they met in an Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference game, but mostly, the players made lasting memories for themselves, memories they’ll be able to share for decades with teammates, family, and friends.

Kenny Connors scored two goals for the Friars in their 3-2 overtime win, including the game winner. He had skated on the Wells Fargo Center in the past as a participant in Mites on Ice, but playing a regulation game there was another matter. ”The environment with the (Malvern Prep student body) coming was a lot different,” he said. It was a lot more noisy environment, fun to play in.”

Connors said stepping on the ice for the warmup was a unique experience. ”You come to games here and you watch the guys play,” he said, “and to be able to be on that same ice as them is something special. And to have people come and watch and to be able to get a win out of it was something that was great for us.”


Malvern Prep 3, Holy Ghost Prep 2 OT

By Rick Woelfel

It was a finish fit for the wetting. Kenny Connors scored a dramatic goal 2minutes, 23 seconds into overtime to give Malvern Prep a 3-2 win over Holy Ghost Prep Wednesday night in front of an energized audience at the Wells Fargo Center.

The game-winner came moments after the Firebirds’ Byron Hartley fired wide at the other end. Malvern’s Nick Martino corralled the rebound and shot up the right wing, sending a cross-ice pass to Connors as the two plyers crossed the blue line. Connors delivered a forehander that beat Firebird netminder Sean Joyce.

“(Martino) had a really great look across and got me open,” the sophomore said. “The goalie came out too far, I thought.

“It was a great win. We played great defense and scored in transition.”

Connors scored two goals for Malvern Prep (11-3, 5-2 in the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference) and assisted on the third.

It took a goal from Kyle Washalavitch with 1:18 left in the third period for the Friars to force overtime.

The Firebirds took a 2-1 lead on Byron Hartley’s goal with 6:48 left in the third frame.

But following a Malvern Prep timeout at the 1:21 mark, the Friars won a faceoff in their offensive left wing circle and got the puck back to Waskalavotch at the point who beat Joyce with a wrister.

The teams traded goals in the first period. Connors put the Friars up just 80 seconds into the game. Evan Mudrick answered for Holy Ghost Prep (6-11, 0-7 in conference) when he scored in the midst of a flurry in front of Malvern Prep goaltender Dan Dougherty.

For Holy Ghost Prep, the result was another in a season-long string of frustrations. The Firebirds have lost four game this season in either overtime or a shootout.

“I didn’t think we played a very good second period,” said Firebird coach Gump Whiteside, “but our first period and our third period were great. In overtime, we had a lot of chances. We just can’t find a way to win right now. It’s frustrating.”




Notes—It’s the second this season the Friars have staged a late rally to get a win. They trailed St. Joseph’s Prep 1-0 with 2:52 left in the game on January 11th and won the game with a pair of shorthanded goals.

Malvern Prep swept the three-game series with Holy Ghost Prep this season. All three games were decided by one goal …. There was plenty of hitting but no nonsense. Referee Greg Liscino let the players play and didn’t call a single penalty.




Malvern Prep 1 0 1 1—3

Holy Ghost Prep 1 0 1 0—2

First-period goals: Kenny Connors (MP) from Quinn Dougherty, 1:20; Evan Mudrick (HGP) from Eric Pohl and Alex D’Angelo, 14:21

APAC Scoring Leaders

Here are the top scorers in the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference as of 1-29-19; conference games only.


GP     G     A     Pts

Sam Lipkin Ls                      6          7       9     16

Michael Casey Ls                   6         5       9   14

Daniel Sambuco Ls               6         5       9     14

Nick Martino MP                   5        7        5     12

Kyle Washkalavitch MP        6      3         4       7

Byron Hartley HGP               5       4          1      5

Jan Olenginski Ls                   5       2           3      5

Eric Pohl HGP                         6       2          2       4

Charlie Andress MP              5        1          3       4

Brandon Leer Ls                   6         3          1       4

SHSHL Statistics as of 1-29-19

Suburban High School Hockey League Leaders


Scoring Leaders                              GP        G      A      Pts

Coleman Peppelman LM                 11      31      19      50

Bryan Gary Wiss                             10      31       18     49

Sean Gary Wiss                                11      27      21      48

Dean Keller PW                               12      23      21      46

Vincenzo DeMaio LM                     12      26      18      44

Adam Bostock LM                           12      16      25      41

Tyler Greenstein NP                       13      16       17     33

Ari Nordlinger UD                            11      18      14     32

Jake Weikel PW                               12      16      15     31

Steven Avellino Tr                           10      24       6      30

Chris Trefz CBW                               11      7        23     30

Perry Carpenter Ab                         12      19      11     30

Reis Bracio CBS                                13      18      11     29

Eric Slater  Pr                                    9        22      6        28

Aidan Keogh PW                             11       20     8         28

Nathan Oh NP                                 13       10    17        27

Colin Franzoni PW                          12       16    11        27

Devin Green  LM                             11        11   15        26

Robert Seewagen Nesh                 11        16     9         25

Jake Nelson NP                                12        15    9         24

Matt Cade Wiss                               11         11   13       24

Sean Gorman CBE                           10        18     5        23

Jared Albano NP                              13        7      16      23

Josh Kaufhold NP                            12       8        15     23

Bobby Markus WT                          12       13      9       22




Goals Against                                  GP      Min     GAA

Luke Stranik Pr                                9         425     2.37

Oscar Levin CBS                              11       456     2.53

Chris McIntyre CBE                        8          240     2.60

Nick Ebbinghaus NP                      8         384       3.00

Brett Magloff CRS                          6         256       3.00

Andrew Zanoni NP                         5         240      2.80

Matt Ogonowski CBE                     7         336      3.14

Joe Gambino HH                           11        478       3.41

Steve Glik Nesh                             11        453       3.50

Ben Yuter PW                                11        483       3.88


Save Percentage                        GP         Min        Save Pct.

Chris McIntyre CBE                     8          240       .912

Steve Glik Nesh                           11         453      .900

Luke Stranik Pr                            9           425      .900

Oscar Levin   CBS                        11          456      .880

Jonathan Pritchard Soud          12           533     .879

Jeremy Kennard                         7            313       .879

Jimmy Sweeney CRS                  6            256      .879

Joe Gambino HH                        11          478      .876

Jeremy Wedul  Tr                       10          480       .873

Brett Magloff CRS                      6             256      .870




SHSHL Standings as of 1-29-19

Suburban High School Hockey League Standings

Class AA Continental and National Divisions

Won      Lost      Tied    Pts

C.B. South (9-3-1)                                        7              0          1       15

North Penn (8-2-3)                                     6              1           2      14

Neshaminy (5-4-2)                                      4              3            1       9

Pennridge    (7-2-1)                                     4               1            0       8

C.B. East (8-3-1)                                            4               3            0       8

C.B. West (6-6)                                               4              3           0        8

Pennsbury (4-5-2)                                         3             4            0         6

Council Rock South (5-5-2)                          2            3            2          6

Abington (3-6-3)                                             2           4            2          6

Truman (3-6-2)                                               2          4            1           5

William Tennent (3-8-2)                              1         6              2           4

Souderton (1-11-1)                                       0        8               1            1



Class A American Division                   Won      Lost       Tied      Pts

Wissahickon (8-1-2)                                   6           1             2          14

Lower Moreland (7-2-3)                            4            2            3          11

Plymouth Whitemarsh (9-3)                    5            3           0           10

Hatboro-Horsham (7-4-1)                         4            4           1           9

Upper Dublin (3-9)                                    0              9           0          0

Walter Jewell and How Wintersport Came to Be—A Historical Account

A lot of people have devoted considerable time and energy over the last four-and-a-half decades to make the Suburban High School Hockey League what it is today.

But if any one individual was particularly instrumental in getting the league off the ground, it likely would be Walter Jewell. He was present at the creation.

A native of Kent, England, Jewell emigrated to Canada with his family in 1956 and settled in Orangeville, Ontario, about an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto, and started coaching youth hockey there.

Three years later, the family moved to the United States, to Haddonfield, New Jersey and Jewell got involved with hockey at the old Cherry Hill Arena. He also began sponsoring exchange trips, taking teams from New Jersey north to Orangeville while a Canadian squad came to New Jersey in alternate years.
Those trips continued after Jewell settled his family in Glenside in 1966, began coaching hockey at the Wissahickon Skating Club, and launched an exchange with the Merrition Athletic Association in St. Catherines, Ont.

In October of 1971, Jewell put together a team, actually, two of them, to play in the Penn Jersey Hockey League, which operated at the original Grundy Rink in Bristol.  By this time he and his wife Iris owned a skate shop, which operated in the old Willow Grove Park Lanes bowling center, which was located near where the Willow Grove Mall is today. One team skated under the name of the Wintersport-Abington Hockey Club and the other as Willow Grove. The Wintersport Skate Shop sponsored one team and the Willow Grove Rotary Club the other. Jewell himself coached both teams, which were comprised primarily of Abington High School players.

The Wintersport team finished second in the Penn Jersey League’s regular season that year, 1971-72, but instead of participating in the league playoffs, Jewell took his teams to Conwall, Ontario on an exchange trip instead.

By this time, Jewell got the idea of building rink of his own, at least in part because ice time at Grundy was scarce. Eventually, he and his attorney Ray Reinl, formed the Willow Grove Ice Rink Corporation with the goal of constructing a rink on York Road in Willow Grove. Their plan was to have the rink up and running by July of 1972. Jewell and Reinl didn’t meet that target date but Wintersport Skating Arena, as it was called, opened its doors somewhere around November 11, 1972 and the skate shop, naturally enough, moved into the facility.

Once Wintersport was up and running, Jewell launched a league for high-school aged players, including his own two teams, which he removed from the Penn Jersey League. Abington won the league title, defeating a team called the Northeast Sabres 3-2 in the championship game.

The following season, 1973-74, Wintersport became the home of was then called the Suburban Collegiate High School Hockey League. Anecdotal evidence suggests the league consisted of eight teams: North Penn, Abington, Hatboro-Horsham, Lower Moreland, Upper Moreland Philmont (or Willow Grove), Northeast, and Plymouth Whitemarsh.

The 1973-74 season of course was the most memorable in the history of hockey in the Philadelphia area; it concluded with the Flyers winning their first Stanley Cup. The team’s success on ice, combined with the organization’s commitment to not just growing the game but educating the public about it, sparked the growth of high-school hockey throughout the region.

Walter Jewell continued to be involved in hockey for many years. He passed away in Salisbury, Maryland in July of 2007 at age 83.



Hockey Happenings is engaged in an ongoing effort to document the history of the Suburban High School Hockey League. We encourage those who played or coached in the league in its early years to contact us.


We thank the Upper Moreland Historical Association for their assistance in researching this account.


Hatboro-Horsham 6, Lower Moreland 5

WARWICK— Hatboro-Horsham and Lower Moreland kicked into overdrive Friday night. The Hatters and the Lions played run-and-gun hockey most of the evening before the Hatters emerged with a 6-5 win in a Suburban High School Hockey League American Division matchup at Revolution Ice Gardens.

Ben Lerner scored two goals for the Hatters who improved to 7-4-1 overall and squared their divisional record at 4-4-1. Marcus Soucy provided a goal and two assists.

Hatboro-Horsham coach Gianni Lafratta praised Soucy’s work with the puck. “He put the pressure on,” Lafratta said, “he created opportunities for his teammates. It was everything we preach; put pressure on the puck carrier, make them make mistakes, and we go the other way.”

Five different Hatboro-Horsham players scored goals and 10 Hatters got onto the scoresheet.

Adam Bostock delivered a hat trick for the Lions (7-2-3, 4-2-3) who were without Coleman Peppelman, the SHSHL’s leading scorer, who was away on club duty.

The first period was, to say the least, up tempo. It was Bostock who got the scoring started, 3:25 into the period. It was the first of five goals in the first frame, which ended with the Hatboro-Horsham holding a one-goal advantage. Seth Lerner, Aidan Esack and Ben Lerner scored for the Hatters before Bostock added a second goal for the Lions.

Bostock tied the game 2:08 into the second period on a brilliant move up the middle of the ice through the Hatter defense before beat netminder Joe Gambino.

But with Peppleman absent and only eight skaters available, Lower Moreland coach Gus Scalfitti had to make some adjustments. “I rotated the guys,” he said, “but we definitely were missing a big, big chunk of our offense.”

Ben Lerner scored his second goal of the game to put the Hatters up 4-3 just 25 seconds after Bostock completed his hat trick. By period’s end the Hatters held a 6-4 lead.

The key stretch of the third period came early on when the Hatters were able to kill consecutive penalties. Gambino made three big saves in a stretch of half a minute to kill off the first one.

The junior said he was able to refocus while his team was shorthanded. “You can’t worry about it,” he said. “You’ve just got to fight and keep playing.”

Tyler Scolnick scored for Lower Moreland with 4:51 left in the game to set up a wild finish. The Lions swarmed the net in the waning seconds before the final buzzer came to the Hatters’ rescue.

“I think for most of the game, we had control,” Lafratta said. “(At the finish) We got out of hand in our own defensive zone, scrambled, not doing the things we needed to do to support our goaltender.”

By Rick Woelfel

Hatboro-Horsham 3 3 0—6

Lower Moreland 2 2 1—5

First-period goals: Adam Bostock (LM) from Vincenzo DeMaio and Simon Pezalla, 3:25; Seth Lerner (HH) from Marcus Soucy, 5:17; Aidan Esack (HH) unassisted, 5:53; Ben Lerner (HH) from Seth Lerner and Alex Howieson, 7:58; Bostock (LM) from Devin Green, 12:10.

Second-period goals: Bostock (LM) unassisted, 2:08; Ben Lerner (HH) from Kyle Mullen, 2:33; Green (LM) from Alex Silverman, 5:51; Howieson (HH) from Vince Tarsi and Sayvion Jones, 7:08; Tarek Elsabash (HH) unassisted, 7:43.

Third-period goal: Tyler Scolnick (HH) from Bostock and Green, 11:09.

Shots: Hatboro-Horsham 31, Lower Moreland 23; saves: Joe Gambino (HH) 18, Jacob Lungin (LM) 25


The most significant stretch of the high-school hockey season is straight ahead. The Suburban High School Hockey League and the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference are in the final weeks of the regular season.

Following that; the league playoffs  and the 40th Flyers Cup tournament. We’ll be following all the action here at Hockey Happenings and here’s your opportunity to be part of it all.

Contact us to promote your product or service here at Hockey Happenings right through the Flyers Cup and the Pennsylvania state championship.

Our e-mail is rwoelfel2013@gmail.com


Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference Making Its Mark

The Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference has completed exactly two thirds of his inaugural season. LaSalle, Malvern Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, and St. Joseph’s Prep each have three conference games remaining, one each against each other.

APAC Commissioner Jim Britt expressed satisfaction with how the league has evolved. “It is a great start to what we hope is an ever-expanding and developing environment,” he said. “The kids are reacting well because of the support that the institutions, the school administrations, the high-quality coaching staffs that are involved.

“The kids are reacting and progressing as we’d hoped. It is a great environment to develop the students both through hockey and through the academic environment and it’s an exciting time for those programs. I’ve been very pleased with how well teams have been playing, the pace of the games, the skill quality, the fact that people are focused on playing the game right. You strip away some of the stuff that has marred (high-school hockey) in the past and it makes it a great experience for everyone involved. They’re very happy with it.”

Britt notes that a strong conference with a membership of schools committed to hockey is a major step forward for the sport.

“I think it’s important,” he said. I have been involved with high school hockey for over 20 years in a lot of different capacities. I have some very close friends who have given heart and soul, blood sweat and tears, to develop strong programs. I think what we’re doing here with the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference is the next step.

“I know coaches in various programs that are doing a bangup job in the Suburban League and the Intercounty League and (the APAC) takes it to the next step, it takes it to the next level of commitment by the institutions. And that’s important. It’s important at every level of these students’ development, that all of the adults are on the same page, all the adults are pulling for the right things, are trying to do the right things.”

In addition to facing each other three times each, the four APAC schools are all playing a group of four New Jersey institutions; Gloucester Catholic, St. Augustine, Princeton Day School, and the Hun School. Could the APAC expand?

Britt says the member schools are cautiously in that regard. “The approach is to basically take it one step at a time,” he said. The idea is to make sure that we’re doing it not just for the right way, but for the right reasons and that we don’t missing anything. That we’re not forgetting anything because of the way that we are structuring this.

“Having said that, we have had some discussions about the possibility of having other programs joining the conference.”

Batting weather complications, the SHSHL will conclude its league season on February 12. Playoff dates have yet to be announced.”


Wednesday January 30 Malvern Prep vs Holy Ghost Prep 7:00 at Wells Fargo Center

Friday, February 1  St. Joseph’s Prep at LaSalle   5:00 at Hatfield

Wednesday, February 6 Malvern Prep at Lasalle 4:00 at Hatfield

Holy Ghost Prep at St. Joseph’s Prep 4:30 at Class of 1923 Rink

Monday, February 11 LaSalle at Holy Ghost Prep 4:00 at Grundy

Tuesday, February 12 St. Joseph’s Prep at Malvern Prep, 3:55 at Ice Line

The most significant stretch of the high-school hockey season is straight ahead. The Suburban High School Hockey League and the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference are in the final weeks of the regular season.

Following that; the league playoffs  and the 40th Flyers Cup tournament. We’ll be following all the action here at Hockey Happenings and here’s your opportunity to be part of it all.

Contact us to promote your product or service here at Hockey Happenings right through the Flyers Cup and the Pennsylvania state championship.

Our e-mail is rwoelfel2013@gmail.com