APAC Update

Monday’s scheduled game between Malvern Prep and Holy Ghost Prep has been postponed until Monday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m.

SHSHL Update 1-31-21

                   National/Continental  Divisions              W  L   T   OTL Pts

                         Pennsbury (3-0-0-1)                              2  0  0      0   4                                     

                        Central Bucks South (1-3)                    1     0     0    0    2                   

                         Neshaminy (2-1)                                  1   0    0     0       2                        

                    Pennridge (3-1) 1 1 0 0 2

 Council Rock South (2-0-0-1)                0   0   0    1     1                          

                         Central Bucks East (2-0)                     0   0   0    0     0                         

                        North Penn  (1-2)                                 0    1  0     0       0                                     

                     Central Bucks West (0-3)                    0      1    0      0    0               

                     Souderton (0-3)                                   0      1    0     0     0 

                   American Division                                W     L   T  OTL  Pts

                   Wissahickon (4-0)                                  4     0   0    0      8

                    Abington (3-1)                                       3     1    0    0     6

                   Hatboro-Horsham (2-2-1)                    2     2   1    0     5 

                    Plymouth Whitemarsh (2-2-0-1)         2      2   0    1   5     

                   Truman (2-2)                                          2     2    0    0    4             

                   William Tennent   (1-2)                        1    2   1    0     3 

                     Quakertown (0-3-0-1)                          0      3  0    1     1

How the standings work: In the National/Continental Division each team plays four if its opponents twice and the other four once. When teams meet twice, thesecond meeting only  counts in the divisional standings. While the first meeting is not included in the division standings it is factored into the Flyers Cup rankings.

In the American Division, each team plays its opponents twice and both games count in the division standings.

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 National/Continental Scoring                   GP        G       A    Pts    

Adam Bostock (CBE)                                      2           7       5    12

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                                 4           4       6     10 

Robert Seewagen (Nesh)                              3         5        4     9

Blake Srewart (Pr)                                          4          4     5       9

Thomas Gallagher (Nesh)                              2        5       3       8

Shane Siegmund (Pb)                                     4         3      4       7

Colin Michalak (Pb)                                        4         3       4      7

Connor Keiser (CBE)                                       2          2        4     6

Aeryk Lehrhaupt (Pr)                                     4          5        1     6

Andrew David (Pr)                                          4         3         3     6

American Division Scoring                            GP      G       A     Pts        

Bryan Garry (Wss)                                            4         18    6      24

Nick Hussa (Wiss)                                             3          4      7    11 

Alex Howieson (HH)                                         5          7     4     11

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                                 4          2     8     10

Jeremy McCartney (Tr)                                    4          2     8      10

Jason Carrelli (WT                                              4          4     5       9

Antony Pagliei (Q)                                             4         6       3      9

Luke Weikel (PW)                                              5         2      7       9

Jack Mishkin (PW)                                              5         6      3       9

6 players with 8 points

 

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Holy Ghost Prep 5, La Salle 3

HATFIELD—A lead that once seemed safe was on the verge of slipping away. After holding a three-goal advantage with just over eight minutes left in regulation and a two-goal lead with little more than five minutes remaining, Holy Ghost Prep spent the rest of Friday evening trying to kill three penalties but hung on for a 5-3 win over La Salle in the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference season opener at Hatfield Ice.

The Firebirds (2-0 overall) were shorthanded the last 5:04 of regulation.

Sean Marshall’s empty-net goal with 35 seconds remaining finally settled matters but more importantly, the junior played a key role on his team’s penalty killing unit.

“We were up the whole game and we needed some big plays,” Marshall said. “I think we got them done on the (penalty kills). It was a total team effort.”

Goals from Michael Connelly, Brady Baehser, and Shaun Moore gave the Firebirds a 3-0 lead with 6:32 left in the second period. Michael Casey scored for La Salle (0-1) with 1:23 remaining in the period but Evan Mudrick’s power-play goal 7:50 into the third frame extended the Holy Ghost Prep lead to three goals once more.

That’s when things began to get interesting. Dan Whitock scored for the Explorers with 5:38 remaining to make it a 4-2 game. With 5:04 remaining, the Firebirds’ E.J. Pohl went to the box for cross checking. Landon Stout drew a tripping penalty just 34 seconds later, leaving Holy Ghost Prep two men short for 1:26.

Chase Hannon scored a power-play goal for La Salle with 2:22 left to make it a one-goal game with La Salle still on a power play for another 52 seconds.

The Firebirds survived that stretch unscathed but Luke Panepresso was sent off for hooking with exactly two minutes to play, leaving his team shorthanded for the balance of regulation unless La Salle scored the tying goal. Instead, Marshall shot the puck from his side of the red line down the middle of the ice and into the empty net.

“They put a lot of pressure on us toward the end there,” said Holy Ghost Prep coach Gump Whiteside. “We found a way to win. We had a good jump early. Have a 3-0 lead helps, but it’s never secure when these two teams are playing.”

It was La Salle’s first game action since the Flyers Cup quarterfinals last March. The tournament was never completed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We looked like we hadn’t played since March,” said La Salle coach Wally Muehlbronner. “We did some good things and we did a lot of things that looked like we hadn’t been playing together.”
Muehlbronner was pleased with the way his team rallied in the third period. “We definitely had some good opportunities,” he said. “Their goaltender (Bobby Baehser) did a great job, especially towards the end there. He did a great job. So, that’s something to build on.”

La Salle had a 27-25 edge in shots … The APAC has gone to a four-official system this season.

Holy Ghost Prep 1 2 2—5

La Salle 0 1 2—3

First-period goals: Michael Connelly (HGP) from Patrick McAneny, 9:40.

Second-period goals: Brady Baehser (HGP) unassisted, :21; Shaun Moore (HGP) from Cole Stevens and Ciaran Chambers, 9:28; Michael Casey (L) unassisted, 14:37.

Third-period goals:  Evan Mudrick (HGP) from E.J. Pohl, 7:50 (pp); Dan Whitock (L) from Max Maddalo and Casey, 10:22; Casey (L) from Chase Hannon, 12:38 (pp); Sean Marshall (HGP) unassisted, (sh), (en), 15:25.

Shots: Holy Ghost Prep 25, La Salle 27; Saves: Bobby Baehser (HGP) 24, Liam Gross (L) 20

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St. Joseph’s Prep 6, Haverford High 1

St. Joseph’s Prep 6, Haverford High 1—Connor Burman scored two goals as the Hawks opened their season with a non-league win over Haverford High Friday night at the Skatium. Joe Samango, Christian Short, Matt Moresco, and Jeffrey Hammond also scored.

Andrew Custer and Rocco Bruno split the game in goal.

Haverford 0 1 0—1

St, Joseph’s Prep 2 2 2—6

First-period goals: Jeffrey Hammomd (SJP) from Dominic Fantozzi, :44; Matt Moresco (SJP) from Hammond, 7:27.

Second-period goals: Mike McGeoch (H) unassisted, 6:44; Connor Burman (SJP) from Hammond, 7:20; Burman (SJP) from Hammond, 7:33.

Third-period goals: Joe Samango (HGP) from Hammond, 14:36; Christian Short (SJP) from Michael Ahearn, 15:39.

Pennsbury 9, North Penn 2

HATFIELD— Pennsbury prides itself on playing an uptempo game. That approach was on display Thursday night in the course of a 9-2 SHSHL National/Continental matchup at Hatfield Ice.

Andrew Falkenstein delivered a hat trick to propel the Falcons to their third victory in four starts (2-0) in divisional play. In their four games, the Falcons have scored 24 goals while playing their fast-paced style.

“Since I took over (three) years ago that’s one of the things we’ve been trying to do,” said Pennsbury coach Ryan Daley. “A lot of shots, fast tempo, we have the speed for it.
“It’s taken a while for everyone to buy in, but it seems like this year everything is clicking and it showed tonight.”

Falkenstein got the evening started at the 5:25 mark of the opening period when he beat North Penn netminder John Boyle. Reece Picker made it 2-0 at 6:47 before Falkenstein made it a 3-0 game just 14 seconds after that.

Falkenstein noted that he and his teammates enjoy playing an upbeat style of hockey. “We all have a good bond,” he said.”we all play great together.”

Ryan Kaufhold got North Penn (1-2, 0-1) on the scoreboard with1:29 left in the period but the Falcons broke the game open in the second frame with four unanswered goals, including Falkenstein’s third of the night.

Pennsbury also found success at the other end of the ice with Marek Jorgensen in goal. Jorgensen, who finished with 21 saves, had an abundance of defensive support.

“We’ve been working a lot on the defensive side as a team,” Daley said. “Also, Marek had a phenomenal game, the best game I’ve ever seen him play in between the pipes.

“It’s his first year as a starter, that goes a long way for him and for us. I was happy with how we played in the defensive zone too.”

The Falcons held a 31-23 edge in shots. Wednesday’s game was the only regular-season between the two teams.

Pennsbury 3 4 2—9
North Penn 1 0 1—2

First-period goals: Andrew Falkensteon (P) from Colin Michalak, 5:25; Reese Picker (P) unassisted, 6:47; Falkenstein (P) from Justin Martin, 8:01; Ryan Kaufhold (NP) from Joseph Silvotti and John Stinson, 8:14

Second-period goals: Reece MIllman (P) from Pocket and Eisler, 4:25; MIchalak (P) from Brendan McCainsh, 6:27; Falkenstein (P) from Shane Siegmund, 11:51; Millman (P) from Siegmund, 12:11.

Third-Period goals: Michalak (P) from Macainsh, 8:52; Jeremy Porubski (NP) from Derek Delong and Ben Mostochuck, 4:32; Siegmund (P) from Michalak and Jack Boyle, 9:10.

Shots: Pennsbury 31, North Penn 23; Saves: Marek Jorgenson (P) 21; Jon Boyles (NP) 22

Elsewhere: Central Bucks South defeated Souderton 4-1 Thursday night in a National/Continental matchup at Hatfield Ice.

Wissahickon 7, William Tennent 5

 HATFIELD—Bryan Garry stepped up Wednesday night when his team needed him to do just that. Garry scored two goals six second apart in the third period and those goals proved decisive in Wissahickon’s 7-5 win over William Tennent in a SHSHL American Division game at Hatfield Ice.

Wednesday’s game was the second and last meeting of the regular season between the Trojans (4-0 overall and in the division) and the Panthers (1-2). The first meeting, on January 13, saw the Trojans roll to an 11-1 win. Wednesday’s game was something entirely different, which came as no surprise to Wissahickon coach Ken Harrington.

“(Tennent) came to play,” he said. “I warned (his team) before the game that ‘You’re not going to see the same team that you played.’” 

Tennent rallied from a 3-0 second-period deficit to force a 4-4 standoff with 10 minutes left in regulation when Garry, who had already scored twice to that point, found his extra gear.

It took the senior 11 seconds to win a faceoff and score directly off that faceoff. It took him six additional seconds to win the subsequent faceoff and score again to give his team a two-goal lead.

Garry, who is also Wissahickon’s captain, said his team needed a lift. “We were just not playing as well as I thought we should have,” he said. “We were letting up a couple goals, so I kind of switched gears and decided that I was going to try to give it my all and see what I could do, and it worked out.”

Bryan Mesaro scored his second goal of the game for Tennent with 7:07 remaining to make it a 6-5 game before Will Hussa cashed in the Trojans’ insurance policy with 1:02 left.

For all Garry accomplished, the best player on the ice might have been Tennent goaltender Tom Lomas, who finished his night’s work with 36 saves. He did his best work in the first period, allowing the Panthers to go into the second period down just 1-0 despite being outshot 17-7 in the first frame.

“Tom played I think his best game of his career tonight,” said Tennent coach Nick D’Aurizio. “He’s had some really good games, but he’s been great this year. That first period, we’re down 3 or 4-0 on a normal night. He’s the reason we were in that game the whole time.

The Trojans finished with a 43-22 edge in shots. 

Garry also had two assists. In four games, he has scored 18 goals and added six assists for 24 points.

William  Tennent 0 2 3—5

Wissahickon 1 3 3—7

First-period goals: A.J. Pounds (W) from Bryan Garry and David Glazer, 3:49.

Second-period goals: Garry (W) unassisted, :08; Glazer (W) from Gary, 5:40; Jagger Azvolinski (WT) from Justin Carrelli, 8:09; Matt Castan (WT) from Carrelli and Gavin Loughlin, 10:56; Garry (W) from Pounds, 14:38, (pp).

Third-period goals: Carrelli (WT) unassisted, 4:51; Bryan  Mesaro (WT) unassisted, 6:00; Garry (W) from Pounds, 6:11; Garry (W) from Pounds, 6:17; Mesaro (W) from Nate Silberman, 7:07 (pp); Will Hussa (W) unassisted, 14:58.

Shots: William Tennent 22, Wissahickon 43; Saves: Tom Loms (WT) 36, Matt Bonnani (W) 17.

SHSHL Update 1-27-21

National/Continental  Divisions              W  L   T   OTL Pts

                         Pennsbury (2-0-0-1)                             1    0  0      0  2                                     

                         Central Bucks East (2-0)                     0   0   0    0    0                         

                     Council Rock South (2-0)                    0    0  0    0       0                          

                     Neshaminy (1-1)                                  0    0  0     0       0                        

                     North Penn  (1-1)                                0    0  0     0       0                                     

                     Central Bucks South (0-3)                 0       0    0     0     0                   

                     Central Bucks West (0-1)                  0     0     0      0   0               

                     Souderton (0-2)                                   0     0    0      0    0 

                     Pennridge (1-1)                                     0    1 0      0       0                                                   

                   American Division                                W     L   T  OTL  Pts

                   Wissahickon (3-0)                                  3     0   0    0      6

                    Abington (2-1)                                       2     1     0   0     4

                    Truman (2-1)                                          2     1    0    0    4             

                   Hatboro-Horsham (2-2)                        2    2   0    0     4 

                     William Tennent   (1-1)                        1     1  0    0      2 

                     Quakertown (0-1-0-1)                          0      1  0    1     1

                     Plymouth Whitemarsh (0-2-0-1)       0       2  0    1     1    

How the standings work: In the National/Continental Division each team plays four if its opponents twice and the other four once. When teams meet twice, the second meeting only counts in the divisional standings. While the first meeting is not included in the division standings it is factored into the Flyers Cup rankings.

In the American Division, each team plays its opponents twice and both games count in the division standings.

 National/Continental Scoring                   GP        G       A    Pts    

Adam Bostock (CBE)                                      2           7       5    12

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                                 3           4       4     8 

Connor Keiser (CBE)                                        2          2        4     6

Robert Seewagen (Nesh)                               2         3        2     5

J.J. Hathaway (Nesh)                                       2         0      4       4

Shane Siegmund (Pb)                                     3         2      2       4

Phil McIntyre (CBE)                                        2         3      1       4

Seth Grossman (Soud)                                   1          4     0       4

Blake Srewart (Pr)                                         2          2      2      4

American Division Scoring                            GP      G       A     Pts        

Bryan Garry (Wss)                                           3         14     4     18

Nick Hussa (Wiss)                                             3          4      7    11 

Alex Howieson (HH)                                         4          6     4     10

Matt Kramer (Ab)                                            3          5      2     7

Jeremy McCartney (Tr)                                    3          1     6      7

Frank Rosenberry (WT)                                    2          5     1      6     

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                                 3          0     6     6

Daniel Glazer (W)                                             3          4      2     6

Vince Tarsi (HH)                                                4          3      3     6

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Holy Ghost Prep Kicks Off 2021 Season

By Rick Woelfel

When Holy Ghost Prep Firebirds hit the ice Monday night, an easily disenable wave of positive energy swept through the Green Rink at Hatfield Ice.

After weeks of waiting, and wondering if they would have a season at all, the Firebirds were back to playing the game they loved.

“We’ve been through a lot as a country,” said Holy Ghost Prep coach Gump Whiteside. “It’s just nice to be back on the ice with these kids, and in the locker rooms, and seeing their smiles and practicing, and now to be able to play in a game, it’s just nice.

“This where they need to be, and it’s a nice way to kick off the season.”

Whiteside noted that playing their first game of the season gave his players a sense of normalcy. “This is where they thrive,” he said. “You can hear the laughter, the chatter, the camaraderie they have. It’s a special team and I’m just fortunate to be a part of it.”

Perhaps no one enjoyed the evening more than Firebird defenseman Jake Marek. The senior was making his return to the ice after missing his entire junior season because of a torn ACL that he sustained just prior to the first game of last season.

“I haven’t played with these guys in a while,” Marek said. “And some of the underclassmen I’ve never played with ever. So, going out, I was a little skeptical on how we were going to be as a team. But, it’s family. This team jells. And it was very, very nice to play with.”

Despite his injury, Marek remained with the team last season and at times could set his concerns about his injury and his hockey future aside.

“I was still with the team,” he said. “And, to be out there with the guys, I didn’t feel it.”

Not so long ago, Marek was thinking he might have played his last game with the Firebirds, but not because of his injury. “I knew I was going to come back from the injury no matter what,” he said.  “But with the pandemic, I was very, very scared. I’m very, very thankful to be in this spot today.”

Marek’s greatest concern is that his senior season of high-school hockey will be further interrupted. “I want a season,” he said. “I don’t just want a couple games, I want a season, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

Brady Baehser and E.J. Pohl scored twice for the Firebirds. Bobby Baehser got the win in goal. Mason Moyer was in goal for the Titans, his first action of the season.

The Firebirds and La Salle will open the APAC season Friday night at Hatfield Ice with a scheduled 6:50 start.

Holy Ghost Prep 4 2 2—8

C.B. South 0 0 0—0

First-period goals: Brady Baehser (HGP) from Brian Butler. 5:42; E.J. Pohl (HGP) from Jason Soule and Evan Mudrick, 8:17 (pp); Sean Marshall (HGP) and Sean Moore, 12:57 (sh); Baehser (HGP) unassisted, 14:47.

Second-period goals: Anthony Sparo (HGP) from Mudrick, 10:25; Pohl (HGP) from Moore and Mudrick, 15:58.

Third-period goals: Landon Stoudt (HGP) from Carlos Rodriguez, Jr., 5:32; Patrick McAneny (HGP) from James Littley, 8:30.

Council Rock South 5, Neshaminy 2

WARWICK TOWNSHIP—Starting a game with a two-goal lead would be a significant advantage for any hockey team. That’s essentially the situation Council Rock South found itself in Friday night, and the circumstance Neshaminy had to deal with.

The Golden Hawks scored twice off Neshaminy turnovers before the game was two-and-a-half minutes old and went on to take a 5-2 decision in a SHSHL National-Continental non-league matchup at Revolution Ice Gardens.

Jeremy Purcell gave the Hawks (2-0) the lead just 30 seconds after the opening faceoff, beating Brian Nelson after the ‘Skins (1-1) turned the puck over in deep in their own zone near the right faceoff circle. Gavin Nisenzon made it 2-0 at the 2:22 mark with a shot from between the circles that Nelson initally stopped but the puck trickled over the goal line.

‘It’s the turnovers that are killing us,” said Neshaminy coach Matt DeMatteo. “I don’t know if we’re just trying to do too much with the puck, but I think we need to simplify the game and stop trying to do too much. It’s too early in the season to overcomplicate things.”

Nolan Geria got the ‘Skins on the board at the 6:44 mark of the first frame off a feed from Robert Seewagen, who was stationed beyond the goal line and found his teammate in the slot.

Both teams had an abundance of chances after that but Nelson and Jimmy Sweeney, his South counterpart, stepped up; they combined for 54 saves, an abundance of them, at both ends of the ice, under duress.

Brennan Wright extended the South lead with a power-play goal 2:24 into the second frame. Seewagen answered for Neshaminy just 55 seconds later but would not score again. When Kyle Boss score for the Golden Hawks with just 26 seconds left in the second session, Sweeney had the same two-goal margin going into the third period that he enjoyed for most of the first.

“I felt like everyone on my team was sharp tonight,” he said. “Everyone played good. I felt like I was a little shaky in the beginning but then I felt like I settled in.”

Sweeney played some of his best hockey in the final period to keep Neshaminy at bay. He made his best save of the night when he denied Max Gallagher from close range with 1:49 left in the period to keep it a two-goal game. It was an effort that left him sprawled on the ice.

“I felt like (his teammates) found their extra gear,” Sweeney said. “Everyone was out there skating as hard as they could.

The only goal of the period came from South’s Douglas Lopez into an empty net with 56 seconds remaining.

• Friday’s game was the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. It will not count in the division standings but will have an impact on seedings for the Flyers Cup tournament. The ‘Skins and the Golden Hawks will meet again on March 17. That game will count in the division standings.

Neshaminy 1 1 0—2

Council Rock South 2 1 2—5

First-period goals: Jeremy Purcell (CRS) from Douglas Lopez, :30; Gavin Nisenzon (CRS) unassisted, 2:22; Nolan Geria (N) from Robert Seewagen, 6:44.

Second-period goals: Brennan Wright (CRS) from Kyle Boss, 2:24 (pp); Seewagen (N) from J.J. Hathaway and Max Gallagher, 3:19; Boss (CRS) from Julian Sarne and Juian Wagenmann, 15:34.

Third-period goal: Lopez (CRS) unassisted, 15:04 (en).
Shots: Neshaminy 31, Council Rock South 30; Saves:  Brian Nelson (N) 25, Jimmy Sweeney (CRS) 29.

APAC Teams Ready to Hit the Ice

           

After three months of Covid-mandated delays, the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference is ready to begin its third season. Here’s a look at what to expect from the four conference schools.

La Salle

Coach: Wally Muehlbronner (23rdseason)

Last year: 14-10-2, 3-3-2-1 in APAC; won league title

Key players: Sr. Liam Gross (G); Sr. Andrew Budzynski (D); Sr. Nick Astolfi (D); Sr. David Kimmel (F); Sr. Jake Hannon (F); Jr. Keenan Schneider (F).

Outlook: The Explorers enter the season as the two-time defending APAC champions. They are also the defending Class AAA Flyers Cup and state champions, since those events were not completed/did not occur last season.

This year’s team is deep and experienced. Twelve players return from last year’s roster, including the top scoring line and some experienced defensemen.

Muehlbronner’s hope is that his corps of returnees will bond quickly with a group of eager newcomers to create cohesiveness in a compressed season.

Kimmel. Hannon, and Schneider are all proven goal scorers while Budzynski heads the blue-line corps.

Holy Ghost Prep

Coach: Gump Whiteside (12thseason)

Last year: 16-5-1, 5-3-1-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Bobby Baeshser (G); Sr. E.J. Pohl (D); Sr. Jake Marek (D); Sr. Jimmy Littley (D); Jr. Luke Panepresso (D); Jr Brian Butler (D); Brady Baesher (F); Sr. Evan Mudrick (F); Sr. Cole Stevens (F); Sr. Carlos Rodriguez, Jr. (F); Sr. John Connelly (F); Sr. Michael Connelly (F); JR. Sean Marshall (F); Sr. Pat McAneny (F); So. Anthony Sparo (F).

Outlook:  The Firebirds’ lineup will feature an abundance of experienced veterans.  Mudrick and Stevens will be counted on up front while Pohl is a fixture on the blue line and Baehser is experienced in goal.

Whiteside is expecting his senior class to provide leadership but will be looking to his younger players to step up when called upon.

Malvern Prep

Coach: Bill Keenan (second season)

Last year: 8-8, 2-5-2-0 in APAC

Key players: Sr. Chris Blango (D); Sr. Ryan Sambuco (F); Sr. Jack Costabile (F); Jr. Matt Harris (F); Jr. Anthony Perti (G); Jr. Pierre Larocque (F); Jr. Quinn Dougherty (D); Fr. Jeremy Jacobs (F); So. Jimmy Jacobs (F); Fr. Brady Doyle (D).

Outlook: The Friars will enter APAC play having already played and won three non-league games. 

There is a strong core of returnees, featuring Perti in goal and Blango and Dougherty on the blue line. Harris, Constabile, Sambuco, and Larocque are being counted on up front.

St. Joseph’s Prep

Coach: David Giacomin (eighth season)

Last year: 15-13, 3-2-0-4 in APAC

Key players: St. Andrew Custer (G); Sr. Ryan Newby (D); Sr. Dominic Fantozzi (F); Sr. Connor Burman (F); Sr. Riley Abel (D); Sr. Ben Miraglia (F); Sr. Jack Yerger (F); Jr. Matthew Moresco (D); Jr. Nick Storti (D); So. Rocco Bruno (G); So. Jeffrey Hammond (F); So. Joe Samango (F).

Outlook: This season’s edition of the Hawks is lacking in experience but Giacomin likes this group’s enthusiasm.

“We can’t wait to get playing” he said. We have leadership in key areas”.

One of those key areas is in goal, where Custer and Bruno figure to be an effective tandem.

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