WARWICK—A new hockey program does not achieve maturity overnight. The process takes time and there are likely to be growing pains along the way. Quakertown is in its third season now in the SHSHL and progress the Panthers have made is readily apparent.
Melanie Pezzano and Anthony Pagliei scored two goals each as Quakertown built leads of 6-0 and 7-2 before going on to an 8-5 win over William Tennent Wednesday night at Revolution Ice Gardens.
The win lifts Quakertown to 4-3 in the SHSHL’s American Division and 4-5 overall.
Head coach Keith Krem took a moment to reflect on the progress has team has made over the course of its existence.
“We’re a much better balanced team than we have been in years past,” he said, “and playing a little bit better away from the puck, which has helped tremendously.”
Pezzano, a senior who skated at left wing on her team’s top line, has played a significant role in her team’s evolution.
“I think we got a good foundation from the last couple years,” she said. “I know we weren’t the best, but we really put in the work this summer and at the beginning of the year. I think we’re a really good group, where we are right now.”
Quakertown got off to a fast start. Brandon McNally and Anthony Pagliei scored goals to put their side up 2-0 8:55 into the opening period. William Shaw and Pezzano added goals in the second frame before Lucas Cunnane and Pezzano extended Quakertown’s lead in the third.
Frank Rosenberry got William Tennent (0-8, 0-5) on the board with back-to-back goals to make it a 6-2 game at the 7:15 mark of the final period.
At that point, the floodgates opened. A total of nine goals were scored in the third period, five of them over the last 9:45 of regulation.
Tennent coach Vince Rosica lamented his team’s sluggish start.
“It’s hard to win hockey games with 11 skaters, he said, “and it’s a lot harder to win hockey games when you only play 10 minutes of the game.
“I’ll always give my players credit for stepping on the ice very week knowing they’re half the roster size of (many of their opponents) but at the end of the day we need to find ways to compete all three periods. From the coaches to the players, all of us have to find ways to do so.”
Pezzano had a pair of assists to go with her two goals. McNally also had a four-point night. Andrew Metz scored two of Tennent’s goals.
Quakertown 2 2 4—8
William Tennent 0 0 5—5
First-period goals: Brandon McNally (Q) from William Shaw and Melanie Pezzano, 3:06; Anthony Pagliei (Q) from McNally and Pezzano, 8:55 (pp);
Second-period goals: Shaw (Q) unassisted, 2:45; Pezzano (Q) from McNally and Shaw
Third-period goals: Lucas Cunnane (Q) from Connor Elmore and Randy Rhodomoyer, 4:01; Pezzano (Q) from Elmore 5:00; Frank Rosenberry (WT) unassisted, 5:26; Rosenberry (WT) from Nate Silverman and Tre Dyer, 7:15 (pp); Jack Dilberto (Q) from McNally, 9:00 (sh); Andrew Metz (WT) from Silverman and Gavin Loughlin, 13:03 (sh); Metz (WT) from Loughlin, 14:05; Pagliei (Q) unassisted, 14:19 (pp); Quinn Morena (WT) from Brennan Corcoran, 15:18
Shots: Quakertown 43, William Tennent 29; Saves: Matt Krem (Q) 24. Thomas Lomas (WT) 35
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