C.B. South 2, North Penn 2

By Rick Woelfel

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP‑The much-anticipated matchup delivered on most expectations. But it did not produce a winner.

Central Bucks South and North Penn put on an impressive display of hockey at Hatfield Ice Thursday night before their Suburban High School Hockey League matchup ended in a 2-2 deadlock.

It was the second meeting of the season between the Titans and the Knights but this one counted in the SHSHL Class 2A division standings.

The Titans improved to 6-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the SHSHL. The Knights now stand at 6-2-2 and 5-1-1.

North Penn’s Jake Nelson scored what turned out to be the last goal of the evening 4:25 into the third period off a superb individual effort by his teammate, defenseman Ryan Cunningham, who carried the puck out of his own zone up the left wing before cutting to his right as he crossed the South blue line and moving in on Titan goaltender Oscar Levin. Levin made the save but Nelson put in the rebound.

“I knew (Cunningham) was going to shoot it,” Nelson said, “so I just went to the net, filled my lane, and looked for the rebound.”

Levin was superb in the Titans’ net, making 25 saves. His best work came just past the midway point of the second period when he denied first Nick Rowland and Josh Kaufhold in a 30-second span. “I usually use those to make sure our team gets the confidence to make sure we get back into our business,” Levin said, “where we can get good, quality shots on net and make sure that we can get as many shots as possible.”

North Penn was able to slow their foes down to some extent, outshooting the Titans 27-21.

“We want to try to get at least 10 shots every period,” said North Penn coach Kevin Vaitis. “We want to look to hold the other team to seven or less. (South) loves shooting the puck from all different angles and getting shots on net. We did a good job tonight of keeping their shots to the outside, keeping them to a minimum.”

South coach Shaun McGinty said his team was fortunate to come away with a point. “I think we were lucky to get out of there with a tie,” he said. “(North Penn) definitely deserved to win, they won all three periods. We definitely didn’t have the offense we’ve had.”

Ryan Gingras gave the Titans a 1-0 lead 8:45 into the first period with a long shot that caromed off the glove of North Penn goaltender Nick Ebbinghaus and into the net.

Nathan Oh drew the Knights even just seven seconds into the second frame but it took just another 1:23 for South to take a 2-1 lead thanks to Matt Milanesi’s power-play goal. Gingras set up the goal with a burst through the neutral zone

Notes—The Titans won the teams’ first meeting 5-2 on November 21. South is unbeaten in its last seven games

 

 

C.B. South 1 1 0—2

North Penn 0 1 1­—2

First-period goal: Ryan Gingras (CBS) from Reis Braccio and Brian Keilman, 8:45.

Second-period goals: Nathan Oh (NP) from Jared Albano, :07; Matt Milanesi (CBS) from Gingras, 1:30 (pp).

Third-period goal:  Jake Nelson (NP) from Ryan Cunningham and Tyler Greenstein, 4:25.
Shots: C.B. South 21, North Penn 27; saves: Oscar Levin (CBS) 25, Nick Ebbinghaus (NP) 19.

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