LaSalle 2, Central Bucks South 1 OT

By Rick Woelfel

HATFIELD— The start of a new hockey season always brings changes with it. Rosters change and even returning players assume new roles. But attention to detail matters.
A number of players who played key roles for the LaSalle team that won the Class AAA Flyers Cup and state titles last year are gone. But the program’s commitment to excellence remains as was demonstrated Monday night

Ryan Ferry scored 28 seconds into three-on-three overtime (a new feature of USA Hockey varsity competition this season) to give the Explorers a 2-1 non-league win over Central Bucks South at Hatfield Ice. Ferry collected a feed from Nate Benner out of the deep left-wing corner and beat Titan keeper Mason Moyer inside the left-wing corner. The puck hit the back of the net as Ferry was being checked to the ice.

It was the second non-league win of the season for the Explorers, who begin Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference play next week. But Ferry says he and his teammates still have some work to do. “I doin’t think we played up to our potential today,” he said. “But it was good just to get a win.”

Ferry, a senior, noted that this year’s LaSalle team is still taking shape. “We lost a lot of kids last year,” he said. “We have a long way to go. We’re not where we need to be right now. But I think if we all put in the hard work, we’re going to get there.”

LaSalle had the better of the opening period but South goaltender Mason Moyer kept the game scoreless most of the way by making 13 saves. His task was complicated by his teammates having to kill three minor penalties in front of him.

“Mason obviously played outstanding,” said South coach Shaun McGinty. “He does that game in and game out, he’s the vital piece in our puzzle. Every team needs a good goaltender; he played stellar tonight.”

Moyer finally yielded when junior Nate Benner scored off a turnover with 13 seconds left in the period while the Explorers themselves were shorthanded.

The Titans drew even with 12:18 gone in the second frame when Colin Abbonizio, their captain, beat William Gross off an offensive right circle faceoff.

LaSalle enjoyed a 29-18 advantage in shots. Aidan McCabe William Gross split the evening in the Explorer net with Gross taking over midway through the second session.

LaSalle coach Wally Muehlbronner said his team has to do the little things well to be successful. “We don’t have the ability to put a lot of pucks in the net right now,” he said. “We’ve got to play a simple game and be strong defensively. And the compete levels has got to get higher.”
C.B. South 0 1 0 0—1
LaSalle 1 0 0 1—2
First-period goals: Nate Benner (L) unassisted, 15:47 (sh)
Second-period goals: Colin Abbonizio (CBS) from David Kvecher, 12:18
Overtime goal: Ryan Ferry (L) from Benner, :28
Shots: C.B.South 18, LaSalle 29; Saves: Mason Moyer (CBS) 27, Aidan McCabe (L) 7 and William Gross 10
Records: Central Bucks South 0-1, LaSalle 2-0

SHSHL Ready for New Season

On Wednsday night, the Suburban High School Hockey League will kick off its 47th season. Four games are on the schedule.

Defending Class AAA Flyers Cup and state champion LaSalle will face off against Central Bucks South at 7:20 at the Hatfield Gray rink.

Elsewhere, Truman will take on Central Bucks East at 7:20 on the opening game of a doubleheader at Revolution Ice Gardens, with Hatboro-Horsham facing Abington in the 9:00 nightcap.

Plymouth Whitemarsh and Council Rock North are scheduled to square off at 9:00 at Grundy Arena.

All four games are non-league encounters.

Hockey Happenings will provide a recap of  the LaSalle-C.B. South game following its conclusion.

Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference Preparing for Year Two

The start of the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference’s 2019-20 season is at hand. Here’s a look at the conference’s four member schools.


Coach: Wally Muehlbronner (22nd season)

Last year: 22-5, 8-0-1-0 in APAC; won league, Class AAA Flyers Cup, and state titles

Key players: Sr. Aidan McCabe (G); Sr. Nathan Benner (F); Sr. Matt Bant (G); Sr. Collin Kleiser (D); Sr. David Brunner (F); Sr. Ryan Ferry (F); Jr. Liam Gross (G); Jr. Andrew Budzynski (D); Jr. David Kimmel (F); So. Nolan Woudenberg (D).

Outlook: The Explorers have some experience back, most notably in goal, where McCabe was a first-team All-APAC choice a year ago, but there are also some holes to fill; there will be 12 new players on the varsity roster.

Muehlbronner sees his team as being in transition mode this season, but the defending APAC, Flyers Cup, and state champions should still be very dangerous.


Holy Ghost Prep

Coach: Gump Whiteside (11th season)

Last year: 9-14, 1-5-0-3 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Sean Joyce (G); Sr. Byron Hartley (F); Sr. Dan Behr (F); Jr. Bobby Baesher (G); Jr. E.J. Pohl (F); Jr. Evan Mudrick (F); Jr. Jimmy Littley (D); So. Sean Marshall (F); So. Luke Panepresso (D); So. Colin Moore (D); Fr. Anthony Sparo (F).

Outlook: The Firebirds will feature a blend of experience and new faces. Ten seniors are gone from last year’s team but Joyce is a veteran in goal and Baesher is also solid between the pipes. Hartley, who will wear the captain’s C, will be counted on for scoring punch. Mudrick and Pohl are also experienced returnees.



Malvern Prep

Coach: Dave Dorman (seventh season)

Last year: 13-6, 5-3-1-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. John Dewey (F); Sr. Kyle Dorman (D); Sr. Chris Blango (D); Jr. Andrew Harder (D); Jr. Ryan Sambuco (F); Jr., Jack Constabile (F); So. Harrison Campbell (D); So. Quinn Dougherty (D); So. Matt Harris (F); So. Pierre Larocque (F).

Outlook: The Friars will put a veteran team on the ice this season, particularly on the blue line where there is an abundance of experience. There is talent up front as well where Constabile and Sambuco are among the returnees. They’ll be joined Larocque, who missed last season with an injury. Several contenders are vying to start in goal.


St. Joseph’s Prep

Coach: David Giacomin (seventh season)

Last season: 8-18, 1-7-1-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Jimmy Craig (F); Sr. Austin Amato (F); Sr. Body Piourde (F); Sr. Ben Briskin (F) Sr. Michael Urbani (D); Jr. Ryan Newby (D); Jr. Andrew Custer (G); So. Andrew Centrella (D); So. Matt Moresco (D).

Outlook: The Hawks reached the Class AAA Flyers Cup final a year ago. This year’s team will be a fairly young group with a new starting goaltender, but Giacomin is impressed with the group’s enthusiasm and hockey IQ.

“There is a strong belief that we have some unfinished business to attend to this season,” he said.

Craig and Urbani will serve as captains. Along with Amato and Briskin, they are the most experienced of the returnees.


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