APAC Championship Preview

Founders Cup Championship Game

Wednesday, March 1

La Salle vs. Holy Ghost Prep

4:00 at Hatfield Ice

La Salle (12-9-2) Seed 1

Coach: Wally Muehlbronner

How the Explorers got here: Defeated The Hun School 5-1 in the semifinals. Dean Carvalho scored two goals and assisted on two others. James Carpenter scored a goal and added two assists. Matt Giordano and Michael Zarzycki, also scored goals.

Carpenter has scored seven goals for the Explorers in conference play, including the semifinal, and added six assists for 13 points. Carvalho has scored six goals and added six assists for 12 points. Evan Golato has contributed 7 goals and two assists for nine points.

Holy Ghost Prep (16-6) Seed 2

Coach: Gump Whiteside

How the Firebirds got here: Defeated St. Joseph’s Prep 4-1 in the semifinals. Brady Baehser scored two goals in the win. Kieran Mulholland and Zach Pers also scored goals.

Baehser, the APAC scoring champion, has 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points in conference games, including the semifinal. Mulholland has 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in conference play. John Servalli has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

This season

11-9  Holy Ghost Prep 6 La Salle 2

2-13 La Salle 6 Holy Ghost Prep 5

Past History

La Salle won the first two APAC titles in 2019 and ’20 and was declared a co-champion along with Malvern Prep in 2021 when the championship game was cancelled because of the pandemic. Holy Ghost Prep is seeking its first APAC title.

What Comes Next

The seedings for the Class AAA Flyers Cup tournament will be announced Sunday evening, February on the Flyers Cup YouTube channel. The result of the Founders Cup final will not affect those seedings.

La Salle Seeking APAC Laurels

With the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference playoff at hand, La Salle is where it accustomed to being; at the top of the standings. The Explorers win two of the APAC’s first four titles and were in position to play for a third before the 2021 championship game was cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic.

The 2023 playoff semifinals are set for Wednesday and the Explorers will face The Hun School to open the doubleheader at Hatfield Ice (4:00 start). The second game, scheduled for. 6:15 start, will match second seed Holy Ghost Prep and third seed St. Joseph’s Prep.

The Explorers claimed the APAC regular-season title with a 6-5 win over Holy Ghost Prep. Senior defenseman and captain Chase Hannon missed that game with a knee injury, but celebrated along with his teammates.

“We got the job done,” he said. “Everyone was ready to go, there was excitement in the locker room, I kind of new from the start get it done

 La Salle, as usual, started the season slowly, winning just one of its first five games but picked up the pace from there. The Explorers will take an 11-9-2 record into Wednesday’s semifinal. They’ve won four of their last five starts and six of their last eight.

Hannon is elated with how he and his teammates have responded after a slow start to the campaign.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “In the beginning, we weren’t too hot but we came together as a team, we all bought it for one goal. It’s been showing We’ve been doing well.”

Hannon said some juggling of the lineup contributed to the Explorers’ turnaround.

”We found guys that are going to get the job done, doing what coach wants,” he said, “and we just kind of bought in, listening to Coach (Wally Muehlbronner). We found our success doing that.”

APAC Update 3-6-23

                                              Won  Lost  OTW  OTL Pts  GF  GA

La Salle (13-9-2)                     6       2        0       0      18   33  23 

Holy Ghost Prep  (16-7)        4      2        1        1      15  39  33

St. Joseph’s Prep (14-6-2)     3      4        1      0         11  24  28

Hun School (11-13)               3       5        0      0        9     24  30

Malvern Prep (9-7)                2       5        0      1     4     23   28

This Week

Monday, 2-13

La Salle 6 Holy Ghost Prep 5

Tuesday, 2-14

Founders Cup Playoffs Play-in

Hun School 5 Malvern Prep 2

Wednesday, February 15

Wyoming Seminary 3 La Salle 2

Thursday, February 16

Hun School 5 Princeton Day 2

Semifinals at Hatfield Ice

4:00 La Salle 5 Hun School 2

6:15 Holy Ghost Prep 4 St. Joeph’s Prep 1

Monday, February 27

Malvern Prep 1, Salesianum 0

Wednesday, March 1

La Salle 7 Holy Ghost Prep 3

Scoring Leaders                             G      A      Pts

Brady Baehser (HGP)                    10      9       19

Joe Samango (SJP)                        11    4       15

Kieran Mulholland (HGP)             9      6       15

Jeremy Jacobs (MP)                      6       8      14

Jeffrey Hammond (SJP)               4       10    14

Justin LaPlante (HS)                    6        8    14

John Seravalli (HGP)                  4       8      12

Elian Estulin (HS)                  4      7       11

Triatan Winata (SJP)             4      6       10

Ryan Levesque (HS)            4       6       10

Playoff Semifinals

Wednesday February 22 at Hatfield Ice

Game Times 4:00 and 6:00

Wednesday, March 1

Founders Cup Championship Game hosted by highest seeded finalist

APAC Sets Playoff Dates

The Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference has set dates for the Founders Cup playoffs.

The postseason will commence the week of February 13 with a play-in game between fourth seed Hun School and fifth seed Malvern Prep on Tuesday, February 14 at 4:00. Hun School will ahve home-ice advantage. The winner swill advance to the semifinals and face the top seed, the winner of Monday’s game between Holy Ghost Prep and La Salle.

The semifinals will be played as a doubleheader on Wednesday, February 22 at Hatfield Ice, with game times set for 4:00 and 6:00. The Holy Ghost Prep-La Salle loser will be seeded second and face St. Joseph’s Prep, which will be seeded third

The Founders Cup championship game will be played Wednesday, March 1 and hosted by the highest seeded finalist.

That means the APAC champion will be determined after the Flyers Cup seedings are unveiled on February 26.

APAC Standings as of 2-8-23

                                              Won  Lost  OTW  OTL Pts  GF  GA

La Salle (10-8-2)                     5       2        0       0      15   27  18 

Holy Ghost Prep  (15-5)        4      1        1        1      15  34  27

St. Joseph’s Prep (14-5-2)    3      4        1      0         11  24  28

Hun School (9-12)              3       5        0      0        9     24  30

Malvern Prep (8-6)                2       5        0      1     4     24   25

Game Results

Wednesday, February 8

Hun School 2, Malvern Prep 1

La Salle 4 Council Rick South 0

Holy Ghost Prep 7 Pennsbury 5

More Reflections from the APAC Outdoor Classic

The Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference, its member schools, and fans, are basking in the glow of Wednesday’s APAC Outdoor Classic at the Spring Mountain resort

  APAC Commissioner Jim Britt was lavish in his praise for the inaugural Classic.

“It’s idyllic,” he said. “I am very impressed by what they’ve done here to develop this into an adventure; an outdoor classic. The amenities are set up, it’s easy to watch a game, the lighting is great. 

“The students are reacting tremendously. Everybody is having a great time and we really appreciate what they’ve done here to develop this and four teams being here for the APAC Outdoor Classic is something special to see.”

The results of the games mattered of course. La Salle bested St. Joseph’s Prep 5-1 in the back end of the twin bill but senior Tim Whitlock pointed out he and his teammates’ most vivid memories will be of the Classic itself.

‘The guys are excited,” he said Wednesday night. “It was a different type of game, kind of. It was a good game.

Whittock said the energy of the fans on hand added to the experience.

“Definitely a little more,” he said. “But, by the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the people on the sidelines. It matters about the boys on the ice.”


Malvern Prep in white ands Holy Ghost Prep line up for the National Anthem on Wednesday. (Max Mangigian)

Holy Ghost Prep senior and captain Brady Baehser helped his team to a 6-5 win over Malvern Prep to open the evening’s festivities.

“This is an experience we’re going to remember for the rest of our lives,” he said. 

Baehser noted that the conditions mandated the players make some adjustments.

“When we first got out there we were having trouble seeing the puck he said “and trouble with the lighting. But it’s the same for everyone so you get used to it and you play the game.”

Baehser was asked for his most vivid memory of the evening.

“Honestly when you first step on the ice,” he said. “You look around, and it’s a beautiful atmosphere.”

La Salle’s Ryan Wiley carries the puck Wednesday night. #33 for St. Joseph’s Prep is Dante Pasio (Max Mangigian)

St. Joseph’s Prep’s Tyler DiGirolamo moves the puck. (Max Mangigian)

Holy Ghost Prep’s Kieran Mulholland (in blue) is challenged by Malvern Prep’s Jack Sharer (Max Mangigian)

APAC Standings 11 PM 12-21-22

                                           Won     Lost  OTW   OTL    Points      GF    GA

Holy Ghost Prep (9-2)              3           0       0          1          10       21       12

La Salle (4-3-1)                         3          1       0          0           9        16      12

 Malvern Prep (6-2)                   1           2       0          0          3         9      12

Hun School (4-6)                       1          3        0        0          3         14       13    

St. Joseph’s Prep (7-2-1)           0          2        1         0          2      4       13


Scoring GP G A Pts

Brady Baehser (HGP) 4 5 5 10

Justin Laplante (HS) 4 5 3 8

Elian Estulin (HS) 2 2 5 7

Jeremy Jacobs (MP) 3 2 5 7

Caiden Caniale (MP) 3 5 1 6

Kieram Mulholland (HGP) 4 6 0 6

John Seravalli (HGP) 4 0 6 6

Dean Carvalho (Ls) 4 3 3 6

Scoring includes conference games only

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APAC Standings (11 p.m.) 12-7-22)

                                                  Won     Lost  OTW   OTL    Points      GF    GA

Holy Ghost Prep (6-2)              1           0       0          1          4             8       5

Hun School (4-3)                       1          0        0        0          3           7 0     

Malvern Prep (4-1)                   1           1       0          0          3             7      5

La Salle (2-3-1)                          1          1       0          0           3             6      9

St. Joseph’s Prep (6-2-1)           0          2        1         0          2             4      13


Hockey Happenings joins with the rest of the APAC community in extending our sympathies to Holy Ghost Prep coach Gump Whiteside whose father, William A. Whiteside Jr. passed away on December 4 at age 93.

Me. Whiteside’s obituary can be found HERE

Malvern Prep 4 St. Joseph’s Prep 1

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP—Caidan Canale scored two goals and assisted on another as Malvern Prep opened defense of its Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference title with a 4-1 win over St. Joseph’s Prep Friday night at the Skatium.
Brayden Baum and Jeremy Jacobs also scored for the Friars (3-0 overall). Four of the game’s give goals came in the first period.
Ben Kerson have the Hawks (3-1, 0-1 in the APAC) a 1-0 lead 5:02 into the first period but Jeremy Jacobs, Brayden Baum, and Canale scored goals in a span of 9:38 to give the Friars (3-0 overall) a 3-1 lead after the opening period.

Canale added his second goal of the night with 10:15 left in the game.

Brandon Novabilski got the win in goal, making 31 saves.

Malvern Prep 3 0 1—4

St. Joseph’s Prep 1 0 0—1

First-period goals: Ben Kerson (SJP) from Jeffrey Hammond, 5:02; Jeremy Jacobs (MP) from Caidan Canale, 7:04 (pp); Brayden Baum (MP) from Jacobs and Steven Gestie, 8:01; Canale from Gabe Bedwell, 16:42

Third-period goals: Canale from Jacobs, 6:45

Shots: Malvern Prep 39, St. Joseph’s Prep 32 Saves: Brandon Novabiliski (MP) 31, Rocco Bruno (SJP) 35

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