BRISTOL‑ The point has come in the Suburban High School Hockey League season, when points are becoming precious. Neshaminy picked up two important points in the standings Thursday night.
Rob Seewagen scored three goals and added a pair of assists to propel his team to a 6-2 win over shorthanded Abington at Grundy Arena that was last seen heading for the exit at the final buzzer to beat the approaching snow.
The win lifted Neshaminy to 4-4-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league play. Seewagen himself leads his team in scoring with 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points.
The sophomore got things started by scoring the game’s first goal 1:57 into the first and assisting on Jacob Helms’s effort 62 seconds later.
“A lot of these kids I’ve grown up with,” Seewagen said. “Not only on the ice are we clicking, but in the locker room we’re really tight, we have a really good bond.”
Seewagen said the size of the squad lends to and increases the significance of the closeness of the group. “We don’t have a lot of guys,” he said. “On any given night, we only 13-14 guys, including the goalie. It’s definitely difficult when you’re out there every other shift, but when we’re that close like that, every shift you’re out there you’re playing for each other.”
The Galloping Ghosts (3-5-2, 2-3-1) got back in the game for a time when consecutive penalties to Joey DeMatteo (cross checking) and Joey Buday (tripping) gave them a two-man advantage for 56 seconds.
Neshaminy was able to kill one penalty buy not the second; Tommy Rourke scored the power-play goal at the 6:12 mark of the period, only to see DeMatteo answer back at 8:53.
Abington took the ice down four skaters and one backup goaltender for various reasons. Coach Ken Brzozowski said he team is still evolving. “We work hard in practice,” he said. “We’re missing a little bit of that translation from what we do I practice to the games. I think one we can get that to click we’ll continue to be competitive at the (Class AA level).”
Seewagen and Helms scored second-period goals for Neshaminy in a span of just 50 seconds.
Perry Carpenter, Abington’s top sniper, scored to make it a 5-2 with 4:07 left in the middle period before Seewagen completed his hat trick 6:44 into the third.
Abington 1 1 0—2
Neshaminy 3 2 1—6
First-period goals: Rob Seewagen (N) from Joey DeMatteo, 1:57; Jacob Helms (N) from Seewagen, 2:59; Tommy Rourke (A) from Joe Stelacio and Elijah Coston, 6:24 (pp); DeMatteo (N) from Joseph Hornung, 8:53.
Second-period goals: Seewagen, from Charles Potash, 7:15; Helms (N) from Potash and Seewagen, 8:05; Perry Carpenter (A) from Elijah Coston, 11:53.
Third-period goal: Seewagen (N) unassisted, 6:44