La Salle 4 Malvern Prep 3

La Salle built a 4-1 lead and held on for a 4-3 win over Malvern Prep Wednesday night in an APAC game at Ice Line.

Charlie Kennedy scored two goals for the Explorers, who picked up their first win after two season-opening losses. James Carpenter and Declan Kelly also scored for La Salle.

Jack Sharer scored twice for Malvern Prep, which lost for the first time in five starts. Both teams are 1-1 in the APAC.

Kennedy’s opening goal came with 9:01 left in the first period while his teammate Grant LaGreca was serving a roughing minor. The Friars lost the puck at the La Salle blue line and Kennedy took it the distance before beating Malvern Prep netminder Brandon Novabilsky with a backhander.

The goal proved a jump start to the Explorers in the game and perhaps for their season.

“It 100 percent did,” Kennedy said. “Definitely, I would have to say that. It definitely got us going, 100 percent, got us hyped.”

James Carpenter made it a 2-0 game just over two minutes later. Sharer scored for Malvern Prep with 3:24 remaining before Kelly answered for La Salle.

When Kennedy scored his second goal with 7:42 left in the second frame, it gave his team a three-goal advantage.

But the defending APAC and Class AAA Flyers Cup champions didn’t go away and outshot La Salle 15-6 in the third period.

Sharer scored his second goal of the night on a blast from the left point with 8:22 remaining and Caiden Canale followed with 4:12 remaining.

La Salle netminder Aries Carangi had to make some big saves down the stretch but the Explorers hung on.

Malvern Prep coach Bill Keenan “We knew La Salle was coming off a loss against (Holy Ghost Prep),” he said, “And we knew they were going to come out firing. “They outskated us, they outworked us. They were the better team tonight.”

Kennedy said he and his teammate were confident they would get things turned around after starting the season with two losses.
“We’ve had some good practices thanks to (Coach Wally Muehlbronner,” he said. “He definitely worked us hard and got us to do what we needed to do in order for us to get that work ethic that we needed, and it showed up.”

La Salle 3 1 0—4

Malvern Prep 1 0 2—3

First-period goals: Cgarlie Kennedy (L) unassisted, 7:59; (sh); James Carpenter (L) from Tim Whittck, 10:12; Jack Sharer (MP) from Jimmy Jacobs and Matt Barbacane, 13:36; Declan Kelly (L) unassisted, 15:12

Second-period goal: Kennedy (L) from Liam Donahue and Thomas Doucet, 9:18

Third-period goals: Sharer (MP) from Jeremy Jacobs, 8:38; Caiden Canale (MP) from Jacobs, 13:48

Shots: La Salle 30, Malvern Prep 31; Saves, Aries Carangi (L) 28, Brandon Novabilski (MP) 26

More details on this game to follow.

Elsewhere:

Central Bucks East 6, Central Bucks West 2

Pennridge 6, Souderton 5

Bux-Mont Catholic 8, HH/William Tennent 3

Council Rock North vs. Council Rock South

North Penn vs.  Central Buck South

Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury

Holy Ghost Prep 8 Father Judge 1

Flyers Cup Committee Lists Eligible Teams

A total of 66 teams, competing in five divisions, have been declared eligible for the 2023 Flyers Cup. The 44rd edition of the tournament will conclude the 2022-23 season.

The 66 eligible teams designated by the Flyers Cup Committee represent an increase of six teams over last year.

The boys’ teams were slotted based on enrollment, with line of demarcation between Class A and Class AA teams being 625 male students.

The biggest change will be in Class AAA where three co-op teams will be under consideration. Perkiomen Valley will combine with Coventry Christian, Archbishop Carroll will align with Pope John Paul while Bishop Shanahan has entered a co-op arrangement with Coatesville.

The co-op agreement those that the PIAA authorizes in other sports. Flyers Cup Committee President Eric Tye explains that the idea of the co-ops is to help new hockey programs get off the ground.

“It’s the Flyers Cup Committee trying to help new teams get started,” he said. “The co-op is only good for two years. So, in two years they need to do something.”

In recent years, the Class AAA bracket has been the exclusive domain of private schools.  The last public school team to win a Class AAA Flyers Cup was Council Rock in 1991.

The list below is up to date through November 18 and is subject to change. The number of teams that will actually be invited will be determined by the Flyers Cup Committee.

The tournament field will be named on February 26; the tournament kicks off on March 6.

Class AAA (10)

Archbishop Carroll/Pope John Paul II

Bishop Shanahan/Coatesville

Cardinal O’Hara

Father Judge

Holy Ghost Prep

La Salle

Malvern Prep

Perkiomen Valley

Roman Catholic

St. Joseph’s Prep

Class AA

Abington

Avon Grove

Bensalem

Boyertown

Central Bucks East

Central Bucks South

Central Bucks West

Conestoga

Council Rock South

Cumberland Valley

Downingtown East

Downingtown West

Haverford

Lower Merion

Neshaminy

North Penn

Owen J. Roberts

Pennridge

Pennsbury

Quakertown

Ridley

Souderton

Spring Ford

Class A (17)

Council Rock North

Garnet Valley

Hershey

Lower Dauphin

Marple Newtown

Palmyra

Penncrest
Plymouth Whitemarsh

Radnor

Springfield-Delco

Springfield-Montco

Strath Haven

Unionville

West Chester East

West Chester Henderson

West Chester Rustin

Wissahickon

New Jersey/Delaware (6)

Cherokee

Eastern

Kingsway

Moorsetown

Salesianum

Washington Township

Girls (10)

Avon Grove

Conestoga

Downingtown West

Kingsway

Pennridge

Radnor

Unionville

West Chester East

West Chester Henderson

West Chester Rustin

Thanksgiving Eve Celebrates High School Hockey

The night before Thanksgiving is a highlight of the high-school hockey season. The schedule features a number of traditional rivalries. Here’s a look at the schedule.

SHSHL

Central Bucks South vs. North Penn                   5:00 at Hatfield

Souderton vs. Pennridge                                      7:00 at Hatfield

Council Rock North vs. Council Rock South      7:00 at RIG 

Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury                                    7:20 at Grundy

Upper Moreland vs. William Tennent/HH          8:45 at RIG

C.B. East vs. C.B. West                                         9:00 at Hatfield

APAC

Father Judge vs. Holy Ghost Prep (non-league) 8:10 at FSZ 

La Salle vs. Malvern Prep                                       8:30 at Ice Line

ICSHL

Downingtown West vs. Downingtown East         5:10 at Ice Line

Marple Newtown vs Garnet Valley                       5:30 at Ice Works

Archbishop Carroll/PJP vs. Great Valley/P-vIlle   6:00 at PNY

Unionville vs. WC Henderson                                  6:10 at Ice Line

WC Rustin vs WC East                                              6:50 at Ice Line       

Haverford vs. Springfield Delco                               7:00 at Skatium

Oxford vs. Sun Valley/Chichester                          7:00 at IceWorks

Spring Ford vs. Perk Valley                                     7:00 at Center Ice

Kingsway Girls vs WC Rustin Girls                         7:45 at PNY

Conestoga vs. Radnor                                               7:50 at Ice Line

D-town Wet Girls vs. Avon Grove Girls                  8:30 at Ice Line

Strath Haven vs. Penncrest                                     8:30 at Ice Works

OJR vs. Boyertown                                                  9:00 at Center Ice

Conestoga Girls vs Radnor Girls                                9:30 at Ice Line                     

Peters Township 5 Malvern Prep 4

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP— It was game that turned into a shootout in very short order. In the end, Malvern Prep ran out of ammunition and fell to Peters Township 5-4 in the Class AAA Pennsylvania state championship game Saturday night at Ice Line.

Five different players scored goals for the Indians (18-5-1) who claimed their third Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup and sixth overall. They previously won Class AAA state titles in 2014 and ’17 and Class AA State titles in 2002, ’04, and ’05.

The goals came fast and furious Saturday night; six of them in the first period alone on a night when neither goaltender was particularly sharp.

Malvern Prep (16-4) scored first. Haydon Campbell beat Indian netminder Nolan Hilbert just 1:35 into the first frame. 

Kolby Ringwald tied the game for Peters Township on a shot that sailed high and wide of the Malvern Prep net and caromed off the end boards and back in front of the goal. Ringwald tucked the puck behind Anthony Perti at the 6:11 mark.

Quinn Dougherty put the Friars back in front just 13 seconds later but Camden Martin retied the game for the Indians at 7:56. Caleb Kovac put Peters Township for the first time at the 12:21 mark before Jimmy Jacobs retied the game at 14:15, on a shot that Hilbert couldn’t handle, to being down the curtain on a first period that featured some unexpected twists and turns.

“Each team capitalized on the other’s mistakes,” said Malvern Prep coach Bill Keenan. “Overall, I thought our boys came out and played the game. They worked hard. Unfortunately, some of the bounces didn’t go our way, but that’s the game of hockey.” 

It was more of the same in the second stanza. Jimmy Jacobs gave Malvern Prep the lead just 34 seconds into the period, but back-to-back penalties to Jack Sharer and Steve Getsie left the Friars two men short for 1:47 and the Indians took advantage. Austin Malley tied the game for the Indians with 5:50 left in the session. The penalty boxes were empty when William Tomko out in a rebound of Malley’s original shot with 3:11 left in the period.

That turned out to be the last goal of the game. The Friars picked up the pace in the third period but couldn’t net the equalizer.

“We tried to push the puck up the ice,” Keenan said. “Peters Township did a good job of keeping everything in front of them, put the puck deep, and just made us go the length of the ice.”

Malvern Prep was attempting to become the first Class AAA team to successful defend a state title since La Salle in 2009.

Peters Township 3 2 0—5

Malvern Prep 3 1 0—4

First-period goals: Hayden Campbell (MP) unassisted, 1:35; Kolby Ringwald (PT) from Colin Kimberling, 6:21; Quinn Dougherty (MP) from Jeremy Jacobs, 6:34; Camden Martin (PT) from Caleb Kovac and Kimberling, 7:56; Kovac (PR) from Martin and Kimberling, 12:21; Jimmy Jacobs (MP) from Caiden Canale, 14:15

Second-period goals: Jimmy Jacobs (MP) from Dougherty, :26; Austin Malley (PT) from Martin and William Tomko, 11:10 (pp); Tomko (PT) from Malley, 13:49

Shots: Peters Township 41, Malvern Prep 39; Saves:  Nolan Hilbert (PT) 35, Anthony Perti (MP) 36

Pennridge 4 Thomas Jefferson 3 2OT

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP—Pennridge and Thomas Jefferson matched each other stride for stride and shift for shift Saturday afternoon. At day’s end, it was the Rams who prevailed.

Kevin Pico’s goal 12:01 into the second overtime gave his team a 4-3 win over the Jaguars in the Pennsylvania Class AA state championship game in front of a full house at Ice Line.

The victory was well earned.

“That was a fabulous hockey game,” said Pennridge coach Montagna. “It was just a great game.”

Andrew Savona, Jack Lowery, and Tyler Manto scored regulation goals for Pennridge, which completed its season at 22-0-1.

The Rams enjoyed a 2-1 lead going into the third period but soon found themselves back on their heels.  Colby Bilski scored his second goal of the game off a turnover 3:43 into the period to draw Thomas Jefferson (21-2) even before setting up Nick Stock during a power play to put the Jaguars up 3-2 at 7:31.

Lowery noted and his teammates stayed on an emotional even keel at that point, despite being behind.

“There was not an ounce of panic on our bench,” he said. “We were calm. “We knew that we’ve come back in multiple games before. Every championship game we’ve been in (In the SHSHL and Flyers Cup finals) we’ve been down and come back and won. And there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that we were going to come out in this game on top.”

Indeed, the Rams responded. Tyler Manto tied the game with 5:22 left in the regulation to leave the two teams searching for whatever they might have left for overtime.

“We did not have a lot left in overtime,” Montagna said. 

In the end Pico scored the most significant goal of his career, after Manto and Savona worked the pick down low. The goal came off a rebound of Savona’s original shot

“That’s probably the biggest goal I’m ever going to score my whole hockey career,” Pico said.

Had it not been for Ryan Pico’s work in the Pennridge net, the drama might have ended differently. The senior goaltender faced 65 shots and turned 62 of them aside against an opponent Montagna called the best his team faced all season (the Rams were outshot 62-49).

“He was unbelievable,” Kevin Pico said of his brother. I’ve never seen him play that good in my whole life.”

Montagna echoed those sentiments. “Ryan Pico was absolutely incredible,” he said. “He kept us in there”

The postgame awards pentation and celebration was an emotional time for Lowery, one of the Pennridge captains.

“I feel like I’m top of the world right now,” he said. “No one can take me from that. We said all year, ‘Until this game is over, the job is not finished.’ And it feels great. The job is finally finished for us. 

“That’s a hell of a hockey team we played today. It really could have gone either way. But we came out, played our game and came out on top. That’s just all we could do.”

Thomas Jefferson 0 1 2 0 0—3

Pennridge 2 0 1 0 1—4

First-period goals: Andrew Savona (P) from Tyler Manto, 1:13; Jack Lowery from Aeryk Lehrhaupt, 9:41 (pp)

Second-period goal: Colby Biski (TJ) from Lance Smith, 10:10 (pp)

Third-period goals: Bilski (TJ) from Brett Smith, 3:43; Lance Smith (TJ) from Nick Stock and Bilski, 7:31 (pp); Manto (P) from Colin Dachowski, 11:38

Second-overtime goal: Kevin Pico (P) from Manto and Savona, 12:01

Shots: Thomas Jefferson 65, Pennridge 49; Saves: Billy Siemon (TJ) 45, Ryan Pico (P) 62

Pennridge Wins Flyers Cup Over Council Rock South

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP— If a single word were used to describe Pennridge’s performance Tuesday night, ‘relentless’ would be fitting. The Rams gradually wore down Council Rock South en route to a 5-1 win over the Golden Hawks in the Class AA Flyers Cup championship game in front of an overflow crowd at Hatfield Ice.

Shane Dachowski and Kevin Pico each scored two goals as Pennridge (21-0-1), the tournament’s top seed, claimed the first Flyers Cup in school history.

The Rams will conclude their journey by facing Penguins Cup champion Thomas Jefferson for the state title Saturday at 2:00 at Ice Line.

Pico was the recipient of the Bobby Clarke Award as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Dachowski, with six goals and three assists, led the tournament in scoring.

It was an emotional evening for Jeff Montagna, the Rams’ head coach. “Words can’t describe how satisfying this is,” he said. “I think what I’m most satisfied with is the way they did it. The way they did it and the ability to deal with expectation (of winning the Flyer Cup) all year.

“I really don’t know how you do that and play as well as they did.”

The third-seeded Golden Hawks (16-2-2-1) scored first. Blaise Pepe beat Ryan Pico in the Pennridge net 9:23 into the opening period. But that was all that South could manage, despite having a 46-36 advantage in shots.

Kevin Pico tied the game for the Rams from close range at the 13:16 mark when he bested South netminder Carson Lopez, then put his team in front for good 2:26 into the second frame. Shane Dachowski added back-to-back goals in the second period and Colin Dachowski provided one more in the third.

South coach Joe Houk was without forward Matt Constantini, who was out of the lineup with an injury. He noted his team couldn’t build on its early goal.

“We didn’t show up for all three periods,” he said. “We showed up for the first (nine) minutes and then just stopped working. (Pennridge) outworked us.”

Kevin Pico noted the Rams’ overcame a slow start. “We were a bit hesitant at first,” he said. “Nervous. But then, after that, we were just fine.”

The Rams’ defensive effort was particularly noteworthy since Aidan Boyle, arguably their premier blueliner, was serving a suspension due to his actions in the Rams’ Cup semifinal win over Avon Grove. With Boyle not available (he will also miss the state championship game), Montagna was forced to reposition his troops.

“Credit to Trey Mikulich and Jacob Lizak,” he said. “They logged a lot more ice time tonight then they have been. They were really good back there. They only thing we tweaked a little bit, we put (Tyler) Manto back there some and I thought we didn’t take as many chances.”

Ryan Pico lauded the collective efforts of his defense corps. “It was amazing,” he said. “We were down one of our best defensemen and to have everybody else play the way they did means a lot to our team.”

Notes: The Rams lost the Flyers Cup championship game to Conestoga in 2008. They fell to eventual champion Haverford in last year’s semifinals.

 The all-tournament team included forwards Kevin Pico, Andrew Savona, and Shane Dachowski, all from Pennridge, along with defensemen Colin Dachowski (Pennridge) and Kevin Koles (Council Rock South), plus Lopez in goal. 

Saturday’s game will be part of a tripleheader. West Chester East and Norwin will meet in the Class A final at 11:00 while Malvern Prep and Peters Township will play for the Class AAA title at 5:00

Council Rock South 1 0 0—1

Pennridge 1 3 1—5

First-period goals: Blaise Pepe (CRS) from Julian Wagenmann and David Vergules, 9:23; Kevin Pico (P) from Colin Dachowski, 13:16

Second-period goals: Pico (P) from Andrew Savona, 2:26; Shane Dachowski (P) from Aeryk Lehrhaupt and Jack Lowery, 4:00; Shane Dachowski (P) from Lehrhaupt, 15:05

Third-periods goal; Colin Dachowski (P) from Shane Dachowski and Lehrhaupt, 12:52

Shots: Council Rock South 46 Pennnridge 36; Saves: Carson Lopez (CRS) 31, Ryan Peco (P) 45

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West Chester East 6 Springfield Delco 2

West Chester East 6 Springfield Declo 2

Trey Jefferis III scored two goals and four other players scored one goal each as West Chester East downed Springfield Declo 6-2 Monday night to claim the Class A Flyers Cup title at Ice Line.
The Vikings will take a perfect 25-0 record into Saturday’ state championship game against Norwin (11:00 at Ice Line). The Cougars finished at 18-2-0-3.

The first period turned into a shootout that featured five goals. and ended with the Vikings holding a 3-2 advantage. Ronan Mulholland scored just 48 seconds to the game to give the Cougars the early lead. Before the ended West Chester East had secured a 3-2 advantage.

Jefferis, Henry Thornton, and Connor Watson all scored for the Vikings in the opening session while Colin Hannigan added a goal for Springfield.

West Chester East broke the game open early in the second period when Danny Tirendi and Chase Becnel scored goals in a span of 1:48. Jefferis added his second goal with 6:24 left in the period.

This marks the third time West Chester East has won the Class A Flyers Cup. The previous two came in 2008 and ’13.

 Springfield 2 0 0—2

West Chester East 3 3 0—6

First-period goals: Ronan Mulholland (S) from Adam Baumann, :48; Trey Jefferis (WCE)  from Michael Cardarelli, 9:34; Henry Thornton (WCE)from Kyle Gross and Cam Greenawalt, 12:12 (sh); Colin Hannigan (S) from Zach Crain and Dominic Romolini, 13:16 (pp); Connor Watson (WCE) from Cardarelli, 14:49

Second-period goals: Danny Tirendi (WCE) from Thornton and Chase Khounsacknarath,:44; Chase Becnel (WCE) Cardarelli, 2:32 (pp); Jefferis (WCE) from Becnel, 10:36

Shots: Springfield Delco 24, West Chester East 56; Saves: Luca DiMarcantonio(S) 50, Jesse Davis (WCE) 22

Malvern Prep 6 St. Joseph’s Prep 1

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP— Malvern Prep put on a hockey clinic Monday night. The Friars came out storming right from the opening faceoff and rolled to a 6-1 win over St. Joseph’s Prep in the Class AAA Flyers Cup final at Ice Line.

With the win, the Friars (16-3) became the first team to successfully defend the Class AAA Flyers Cup since 2014. It’s the 10th Cup title in school history.

“I think our mentality is just ‘We want it back,’” said senior Matt Harris. “That’s been the message all year. We knew that we had a mark on our back, but we knew, coming out here, we had to give our all and that for the seniors, it could be our last game out here.”

Harris shouldered his share of the load and then some. He scored three goals and assisted on another Monday night and finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals and two assists in two games while being named the winner of the Bobby Clarke Award as the tournament’s most valuable player.

Pierre Larocque, Jimmy Jacobs, and Jonathan Holt also scored goals for the Friars. Jacobs and Quinn Dougherty each contributed a pair of assists.

“We have the mentality on our team that anybody can step up and fill a role,” said Malvern Prep coach Bill Keenan. “I have guys that play club and I’ve got guys that don’t play club. 

“For me, it’s just looking for the right fits in our lineup every day. When the guys come to practice, they compete, they work hard, and they fill in the roles. It’s a ‘Next guy up’ mentality in this locker room and I think that’s what keeps the guys going.”

It didn’t take the top-seeded Friars long to gain a firm hold on the proceedings. Jeremy Jacobs found Larocque in front of the Hawks’ net and Larocque put the puck behind Rocco Bruno just 1:39 into the opening period.

Harris made it a 2-0 game at the 13:08 mark with a shot from the deep right wing off a deflection. He scored his second goal of the night 3:25 into the middle period when he put in a rebound of Jacobs’ shot from the low slot.

Holt found the back of the net at the 4:56 mark, leaving the third-seeded Hawks (10-9-1) down 4-0, prompting their coach, David Giacomin, to use his timeout.

“Unfortunately we gave up that one early,” he said. “The momentum we had coming out of the locker room I thought would have been high. But any time that happens and you’ve got a bunch of young kids, their heads drop a little bit and it took a little while for us to get our legs moving.”

The Friars celebrate with their fellow students following their win over St. Joseph’s Prep Monday night.

St. Joseph’s Prep got a goal from Nick Storti 1:49 into the final frame but Jacobs and Harris scored two minutes apart late in the period to clinch the Cup and send the Hawks into the state championship game against Penguins Cup champion Peters Township Saturday at Ice Line (5:00 start).

No Class AAA team has successfully defended the state title since 2009.

Notes—The All-Tournament team selected by the Flyers Cup Committee, included Harris, Jacobs, and Jeffrey Hammond from St. Joseph’s Prep at forward, Larocque and Storti on defense, and Malvern Prep’s Anthony Perti in goal.

St. Joseph’s Prep 0 0 1—1

Malvern Prep 2 2 2—6

First-period goals: Pierre Larocque (MP) from Jeremy Jacobs, 1:39; Matt Harris (MP) from Caiden Canale and Jimmy Jacobs, 13:08

Second-period goals: Harris (MP) from Jimmy Jacobs and Steven Getsie, 3:25; Jonathan Holt (MP) from Gavin Wilson and Aidan Kelly, 4:56

Third-period goals: Nick Stori (SJP) from Christian Short, 1:49; Jimmy Jacobs (MP) from Harris and Dougherty, 13:14 (pp); Harris (MP) from Dougherty, 15:12 (sh)

Shots: St. Joseph’s Prep 31, Malvern Prep 35; Saves: Rocco Bruno (SJP) 29, Anthony Perti (MP) 30

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