North Penn 5, C.B. East 4

WARWICK—It was a game that gave both coaches reason to smile. Jake Nelson’s goal with 6:21 left in the game gave North Penn a 5-4 win over Central Bucks East Wednesday night in a first-rate Suburban High School Hockey League matchup at Revolution Ice Gardens.

Nelson scored the game winner in the midst of a goal-mouth scramble, pushing the puck inside the right post past East netminder Matt Oganowski. The Patriots contended that the net became dislodged before the puck crossed the goal line, but referee Kevin Emore was in an ideal position and signaled immediately that it was a good goal.

With the win, the Knights (7-2-3, 6- 1-2 in league play) extended their unbeaten streak to four. The 14 points they’ve accumulated are the most of any Class AA team in the SHSHL.

Tyler Greenstein scored a goal for the Knights and assisted on three others, including the game winner. “Coach (Kevin Vaitis) just told us we had to be physical right off the bat,” he said, “and we were, and that helped us get right into the flow of the game and helped us with the speed and getting the pucks in deep.”

That aggressive approach helped North Penn take a quick 2-0 lead, Greenstein started things off 4:04 into the first frame after scooting down the right wing and beating Oganowski from just inside the right circle. Josh Kaufhold extended the lead with Greenstein getting the primary assist just 21 seconds later.

Sean Gorman got East (7-3-1, 4-3) on the scoreboard at the 11:42 before the Knights Luke van Why answered with a power-play goal at 13:34.

In the second period, it was the Patriots’ turn to step up. Connor Kelser and Gorman scored goals 80 seconds apart to make it a 3-3 game just 2:02 into the period. Kaufhold put North Penn back in front at 10:22 but Phil McIntyre re-tied the game for East at 12:18 mark.
Both goaltenders stepped up in the second period as well. North Penn’s Nick Ebbinghaus denied Nick LoCastro on a breakaway at the midway point of the session while Oganowski turned aside Nathan Oh with just over five minutes remaining.

Nelson’s effort was the only goal in the third period.

“I’m definitely pleased with getting two points coming out of tonight’s game,” Vaitis said. “I thought we did a number of things well.

“(East) is a good hockey team and I think they’ve proved it with some of the games they’ve played this year and some of the teams they’ve beaten.”
Despite the loss, East coach Ken Latchum believes his team is headed in the right direction. “I take (the loss) over a couple of the lousy wins we have,” he said. “We played a great game.

“I like the way they battled. From the top line all the way down.”




North Penn 3 1 1—5

C.B. East 1 3 0—4

First-period goals: Tyler Greenstein (NP from Jake Nelson, 4:04; Josh Kaufhold (NP) from Greenstein and Luke van Why, 4:25; Sean Gorman (CBE) from Rob Kern, 11:42; van Why (NP from Greenstein, 13:34 (pp).

Second-period goals: Connor Kelser (CBE) from Dan Tori and Max Ermigiotti, :42; Gorman (CBE) from Kern and Matt Cipriano, 2:02; Kaufhold (NP) unassisted, 10:42; Phil McIntyre (CBE) from Tyler Godown and Kelser, 12:18.

Third-period goals:  Jake Nelson (NP) from Kaufold and Greenstein, 9:39.
Shots: North Penn 31, C. B. East 21; Saves: Nick Ebbinghaus (NP) 17, Matt Oganowski (CBE) 26

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