Council Rock South exploded for four goals in the second period and then held on to knock Council Rock North out of the Suburban High School Hockey League playoffs. The win propels the top-seeded Golden Hawks (13-1-2) into the championship game against Pennridge Thursday at 7:10 at Hatfield Ice.
The Golden Hawks lost to Pennsbury in last year’s final.
The fifth-seeded Indians (9-7) broke out quickly in the first period, when Karson Grainey scored a goal with only 2:28 gone in the period. But CR South came right back with two goals, one by Bobby Gilbert and one by Blaize Pepe in a span of just over rwo-and-a-half minutes.
In the second period, the goals came fast and furious. South got goals from Mike Costantini and Sam Cherassky to get things going before Grainey got one back for North.
But South scored another, this one from Daniel Vergules and added a second from Blaize Pepe sandwiched around North goals from Jackson Accardi and Grainey.
The Indians attempted teo comeback in the third period as Zach Weissman cut into the Hawks’ lead. But Chase Tovsky finished off the scoring for South and for the game.
“I don’t think at any one time we had control of the game,” said South coach Joe Houk. If we had scored a couple more goals, like four or five, that would have been totally different.”
CR South 7, CR North 5
CR North 1 3 1 — 5
CR South 2 4 1 — 7
First period: Karson Gainey CRN (Noah Epstein) 2:28; Bobby Gilbert CRS (Blaize Pepe)11:19; B. PepeCRS (Eric Mostoller) 13:57 SH.
Second period: Mike Costantini CRS (Kevin Koles) 2:08; Sam Cherassky CRS (Koles) 5:44; Grainey CRN (Zach Weissman, Epstein) 7:06 PP; Daniel Vergules CRS (Koles) 8:38;Jackson Accardi CRN (Nicholas Hahn, Grainey) 9:42; Grainey CRN (unassisted) 14:02 SH; B. Pepe CRS (Gilbert) 16:47.
Third period: Weissman CRN (Accardi, Grainey) 2:23; Chase Tovsky CRS (B. Pepe, Cherassky)8:34 PP.
Shots: CRN 19, CRS 42. Saves: Ian Goldberg (CRN) 35, Carson Lopez (CRS) 12.