Quakertown 8, Hatboro-Horsham 3


WARWICK TOWNSHIP— A season’s worth of toil, sweat, and hard work paid off for Quakertown Friday night. Eric Orzehoski scored four goals and Austin Stoudt turned in a stellar effort in net as the Panthers bested Hatboro-Horsham 8-3 in a SHSHL American Division encounter at Revolution Ice Gardens.
The win was Quakertown’s first of the season after seven losses one of them in overtime.

“It feels great to get a win, finally,” Orzehoski said. “We’ve been improving throughout the entire year. To finally come out and win a game feels great.”

The Panthers took command from the start. Orzehoski scored a power-play goal just 1:49 into the first period. He added a second goal at 14:10 before Melanie Pezzano gave her side a 3-0 lead with 55 seconds left in the period.

Meantime, Stoudt, with the help of his defense corps, was keeping the Hatters (3-3-1-1) at bay at the other end of the ice.

“We’ve been taking about being better defensively,” said Quakertown coach Keith Krem. I think we were for a lot of the night and when we weren’t, Austin was pretty big in net and helped us out a couple times.”

Hatboro-Horsham coach Gianni Lafratta was impressed with Stoudt’s work.

“Goaltending was huge,” he said. “Give credit to their team and their entire coaching staff but the kid was on fire back there.”

Orzehoski completed his hat trick 5:50 into the second stanza and Jack Diliberto made it a 5-0 game with 21 second left in the period.

The Panthers were up 6-0 when Alex Howieson got the Hatters on the scoreboard 4:37 into the third period. Howieson later scored a second goal, sandwiched around an effort by Dominic Tarsi.

Orzehoski scored his fourth goal of the game in the final period, Diliberto his second, and John Connell added his first to complete the scoring for Quakertown.

Orzehoski had two assists, giving him a six-point night. Anthony Pagliei contributed three assists.

Krem said his team has been taking a back-to-basics approach of late and that mindset factored into Friday’s win. “We’ve had some talks these last few weeks about just simplifying our game,” he said, “and sticking to some good, basic, simple rules for ourselves. We did that, and we got rewarded with it.”

Krem pointed out that Orzehoski provides leadership for his team in addition to his skills. “When he playing well he’s consistent,” he said. “It’s a steadiness that takes over the entire team.”

Ice Chips—The Panthers outshot the Hatters 39-32 … No spectators were permitted at Friday’s game.

Quakertown 3 2 3—8

Hatboro-Horsham 0 0 3—3

First-period goals: Eric Orzehoski (Q) unassisted, 1:49 (pp); Orzehoski (Q) from Anthony Pagliei, 14:10; Melanie Pezzano (Q) from Orzehoski and Pagliei, 15:05.

Second-period goals: Orzehoski (Q) unassisted, 5:50; Jack Diliberto (Q) from Pagliei and Orzehoski, 15:39.

Third-period goals: Diliberto (Q) unassisted, 1:57; Alex Howieson (HH) from Aidan Esack, 4:37; Dominic Tarsi (HH) from Vince Tarsi, 5:41; Orzehoski (Q) unassisted, 9:04; Jack Connell (Q) unassisted, 13:18; Howieson (HH) from Jimmy Cortez and Vince Tarsi, 15:26.

Shots; Quakertown 39, Hatboro-Horsham 32; Saves Austin Stoudt (Q) 29, Mason Rash (HH) 31

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Wissahickon 10, Hatboro-Horsham 6

WARWICK—After spotting their opponent a significant head start, Wissahickon took control of its Suburban High School Hockey League Class A semifinal against Hatboro-Horsham Wednesday night.

Trailing 3-0 in the first period, the Trojan scored nine goals in the equivalent of one period of hockey and went on to a 10-6 win at Revolution Ice Gardens. The third-seeded Trojans (10-8 overall) will face top-seeded Plymouth Whitemarsh in Thursday’s final (8:30) at Hatfield Ice.

Prior to the opening faceoff, Wissahickon figured to be playing uphill. Leading scorer Nicholas Hussa and Daniel Glazier were serving suspensions while Ben Junker was sidelined with an injury. With next week’s Flyers Cup opener against Unionville already set, it would have been understandable had the Trojans struggled.

Alex Carrozza, their captain, admitted that focusing was a bit difficult. “A little bit,” he said. “Especially since we played them the last game of the regular season (a 9-1 win for the Hatters last Friday). They kind of put a couple goals in on us. It was tough for us to play. We were able to come back and actually put a good team together.”

The second-seeded Hatters (11-6-0-1) were in command at the start, thanks to a goal from Nick Long and two from Aidan Esack, which gave them a 3-0 lead just 6:07 into the first period.

The flow of the game changed however when Carrozza scored for the Trojans with 54 seconds left in the opening session.

“I thought it was important to score that goal.” said Wissahickon coach Ken Harrington.”

It wasn’t apparent immediately, but Carrozza’s effort was a preview of what was to come.  Wissahickon’s Bryan Garry and the Hatters’ Seth Lerner traded girls early in the second period before the Trojans scored seven times in a span if 5 minutes, 49 seconds to take a 9-5 lead with 48 seconds left in the 17-minute period.

Garry scored three times in that span. A.J. Pounds added two goals during the spurt, while Carrozza and Nolan Ryan also scored.

Hatter coach Gianni Lafratta felt his team got away from what it defensively in the opening period. “We had guys in the slot, we kept everything outside,” he said.” Gary, I think, had three shots on net.

“We had that three-goal lead and the little things started to fall apart, the passing, the presence in the defensive zone.”

Garry added a fifth goal in the third period. He also had an assist.


Ice Chips—Plymouth Whitemarsh defeated Truman 12-2 in the evening’s other semifinal. Aidan Keogh scored four goals for the Colonials before the game was called with 10:54 left in the third period. Luke Weikel, Colin Franzoni, and Dean Keller added two goals each.

Wissahickon 1 8 1—10

Hatboro-Horsham 3 2 1—6

First-period goals: Nick Long (HH) unassisted, 1:28; Aiden Esack (HH) from Alex Howieson and Jack Steinberg, 3:31; Esack (HH) from Marcus Soucy, 6:07; Alex Carrozza (W) from Nolan Ryan, 16:06.

Second-period goals: Bryan Garry (W) from Michael Bonanni, 3:23; Howieson (HH) from Tarek Eisabbagh, 4:38; A.J. Pounds (W) from Ty Schiff, 10:23; Garry (W) unassisted, 10:32; Carrozza (W) unassisted, 11:27 (pp); Seth Lerner (HH) from James McCoy and Howieson, 12:19; Pounds (W) from Garry, 13:17; Nolan Tyan (W) uunassisted. 15:40; Garry (W) from Pounds and Schiff 15:49; Garry (W) from Pounds, 16:12

Third-period goals: McCoy (HH) unassisted, 4:13; Garry (W) unassisted, 15:36

Shots: Wissahickon 47, Hatboro-Horsham 27; Saves: Chris Shea (W) 20, Joe Gambino (HH) 37


Class AA Semifinals

Central Bucks South 5, Neshaminy 2

Council Rock South 4, North Penn 2

Thursday Schedule

6:30 Central Bucks South vs. Council Rock South

8:30 Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. Wissahickon

Both games at Hatfield Ice




Updated Playoff Schedule

Wednesday, February 26

4:00 APAC Founders Cup Final: La Salle vs Holy Ghost Prep at Grundy Arena

At Hatfield Ice

6:30 SHSHL Class AA Semifinal C.B. South vs. Neshaminy

8:30 SHSHL Class AA Semifinal North Penn vs C.R. South

At Revolution Ice Gardens

7:20 SHSHL Class A Semifinal Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. Truman

9:00 SHSHL Class A Semifinal Hatboro-Horsham vs. Wissahickon

Thursday, February 27

6:30 SHSHL Class AA Final at Hatfield Ice

8:30 SHSHL Class A Final at Hatfield Ice

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Plymouth Whitemarsh 4, Hatboro-Horsham 3


WARWICK— It has been said by some observers that a hockey goaltender plays the most demanding position in any team sport. Playing the position well, in fact, at all, requires a unique mindset.

Friday’s Suburban High School Hockey League matchup between Hatboro-Horsham and Plymouth Whitemarsh offered a strong thesis to support that argument.

Aidan Keogh gave the Colonials a 4-3 win with 1:09 left in overtime when he stole the puck at the Hatter blue line and went in alone to score the winning goal.

It was the Colonials’ second win over the Hatters in eight days; thy were victorious 13-3 last Friday.

The storyline at Revolution Ice Gardens revolved around the two goaltenders, the Colonials’ Ben Yuter and Hatboro-Horsham’s Joe Gambino. Between them they faced 65 shots and made 58 saves. Gambino stopped 35 shots, Yuter 23. Both made some truly remarkable saves.

Plymouth Whitemarsh assistant coach Chris Zawislak was in charge behind the bench, filling in for the absent Josh Aiello.

“I thought both goaltenders played a great game today,” he said. “I saw their goaltender make at least three or four saves that kept them in the game as we made one of our big pushes in the second period, and especially in the third period … our goaltender came up huge.”

Each team scored a goal in each regulation period. The Hatters (6-2, 1-2 in the American Division) took a 3-2 lead 1:37 into the third frame when Alex Howieson beat Yuter from just inside the right faceoff circle. But with 2:23 left in regulation, the Colonials (6-1, 3-0) answered. Keogh took the puck behind the Hatboro-Horsham net and found Dean Keller in front who in turn deposited the puck behind Gambino to draw his team even.

Yuter had to come up big once more when his teammate Colin Franzoni drew a high sticking penalty with 1:17 left in regulation. The abbreviated power play was constricted further when the Hatters’ Nick Long was sent to the box himself with 11 seconds of regulation time remaining. As a result of all this, the Colonials spent some early portions of the overtime with four skaters to three advantage. Franzoni came close to ending the game he hit a post some 100 seconds into the five-minute session.

Both teams went three on three with 2:11 remaining before Keogh’s solo effort brought down the curtain on an entertaining evening of hockey.

Yuter enjoyed being tested by a quality opponent in the Hatters and facing a quality opposing goaltender in Gambino. “I’m always on my A game,” he said, “It’s just a reason to want it even more. We all just feed off of each other’s energy. When we’re able to score off a goaltender like that, it really just pumps us up. He’s an amazing goaltender, he had some really quality saves out there.”

Hatboro-Horsham coach Gianni Lafratta summed up the evening. “Both goalies stood on their heads,” he said. “At times they had support of all five teammates, at times they had to call their own shots.

“ It’s definitely not a game you want to lose, but definitely a tight battle and a better response to last week’s loss

Plymouth Whitemarsh 1 1 1 1—4

Hatboro-Horsham 1 1 1 0—3

First-period goals: Seth Lerner (HH) from Marcus Soucy, 4:23; Aidan Keogh (PW) from Jake Weikel, 13:46.

Second-period goals:  Aidan Esack (HH) from Tarek Elsabbagh and Ziyad Elsabbagh, 6:49; Dean Keller (PW) from Logan Westerfer and Ben Lubas, 9:36.

Third-period goals: Alex Howieson (HH from Esack and Ziyad Elsabbagh, 1:34; Keller (PW) from Keogh, 13:37.

Overtime goal: Keogh (PW) unassisted, 3:51.

Shots: Plymouth Whitemarsh 39, Hatboro-Horsham 26; Saves: Joe Gambino (HH) 35, Ben Yuter (PW) 23.


Other scores: Pennsbury 9, Council Rock North 1

St. Joseph’s Prep 4, Father Judge 2


School Days: Tom Feeley Recalls His Days as a High School Hockey Player

At the other end of the telephone, Tom Feeley recalled his days playing high-school hockey.

“It was simpler times,” he said. “We were on the ice with referees and the goaltenders had equipment.”

Feeley graduated from Archbishop Wood in the spring of 1975. He skated for the Vikings in the 74-75 season, the first year the school had a team. The year before, as a junior, he played for Hatboro-Horsham in the Suburban High School Hockey League’s inaugural season.

A lot of high school kids wanted to play hockey around that time. The reason was the Philadelphia Flyers, who won their first Stanley Cup the same year the SHSHL got started.

“The Flyers were doing great,” Feeley said. “It was just so cool to be on the ice. Playing hockey and occasionally scoring goals and lifting your stick up it just felt like you were a Flyer; you felt like you were not a professional, but you kind of better understood the game and watching it by playing it.”

Feeley grew up in Southampton. He and his friends got their start like many others did in that time and place, playing street hockey.

“That’s where most of us learned how to play,” he said. “We would play very day after school in the backyard of one of the neighbors who had an asphalt court about one third the size of a regular basketball court.

“We usually ended up with one net, one goalie, and that goalie would play full-time goalie for both teams. That’s where we were all the time.
“Then, when the local pond or creek froze, we got a chance to put skates on, but most of the time it was street hockey in sneakers.”

By 1973-74, Feeley’s junior year of high school, the Flyers were starting their seventh season and attracting a fair amount of attention A lot of teenage boys wanted to be hockey players. That combination of circumstances led to the launch of the SHSHL that year.

While Archbishop Wood didn’t field a team that year, Hatboro-Horsham did. The issue of ‘purity’, of players actually attending the high school they played for, wasn’t as big a factor then as it would later become, which explains why Feeley spent his junior season in the Hatters’ red and black instead of the Vikings’ black and gold.

“I think we may have wanted to get a team going at Wood my junior year,” he said, “and there just wasn’t enough interest.

“There were a couple of us from Wood that wound up playing for Hatboro-Horsham; I don’t know how that happened; someone must have known someone there.”
The Hatboro-Horsham program had its origins in the 1972-73 season.  While it was founded by three Hatboro-Horsham students, Bob Sands, Gary Rossler, and John Wszalek, it was less a high-school hockey team than a community hockey club, one that was open to men as well as boys. The group would get together at the Wintersport rink on York Road in Willow Grove.

The following year, the group became the Hatboro-Horsham Ice Hockey Club. The founders became the first coaches and the team joined the high-school league that had been created at Wintersport midway through the previous season.

The 1973-74 is considered the Suburban High School Hockey League’s first official season. All league games were played at Wintersport, usually late on Friday nights or Saturday mornings and occasionally on Sundays.

They were not necessarily prime time games,” Feeley said. “Maybe during the playoffs they would mostly have evening games, but we had a couple games that would start at like 10:00 on Saturday morning.”

Wintersport was a no-frills facility. In those days, there was no glass above the boards.

“There was a black chain link fence that went around behind the goalies,” Feeley said. “It kind of stretched up to maybe the blue line and then it was kind of open in between.”

Feeley recalls that Hatboro-Horsham’s first head coach was Ray Reynolds. “His son, Ray Junior played on the team,” he said. “He was probably, if not our best, one of our best two players. He was fast, he could skate, and he had come from a background of hockey He was one of the few kids on our team that actually played some hockey before they started playing high school.”

Feeley notes that primary job of the coaching staff was to make sure the players came off the ice when they were supposed to. “They tried to control the line shifts,” he said, “but there was many a time when I player didn’t come off and his teammates were yelling at him, ‘Come on, come on,’ because it would mess up the lines. For most the part, we would short shift everyone would come on as a group and go off as a group.”

There were no organized practices because of the cost of the ice so the players sharpened their skills by continuing to play street hockey.

“I remember taking a piece of plywood and putting car wax on it,” Feeley said, “It was a piece of paneling actually. and using that in my driveway and shooting a regular, vulcanized puck with a hockey stick off of that to try to develop a wrist shot and shooting that against the garage door.

“We would come up with ideas and ways to get some practice, even though it wasn’t on the ice.”

Feeley was a defenseman throughout his high-school career. “ I was a pretty good  skater,” he recalls. “We had a few guys who were definitely better skaters I but could skate. And with defense, you’re just on the ice longer because we typically went with two pairs of defensemen. We had a third pair but we’d get more ice time, an extra shift a period, if you played defense.

“So I played defense and I tried to be more of an offensive defenseman. My partner at Wood, Ron Fetch, was more stay-at-home.”

That 1973-74 season saw the Hatters win one of nine games. The following year, Archbishop Wood had a team organized by Ray Reinhl, an influential figure in the early years of the SHSHL.

Feeley scored the team’s first official SHSHL goal in a 4-2 season-opening win over North Penn. That team reached the league championship series before losing to Abington two games to one.

Feeley recalls that he and his teammates were enthralled by the opportunity to play hockey. The players had a do-it-yourself attitude.

“There would be a core group of spectators at every game,” he said, “Sometimes kids from school, sometimes some parents, but back then, you didn’t have parents involved in every single thing your kids did.. We took ourselves to the games, and practices. Our parents would come but they weren’t in the face of the coach, they weren’t trying to influence who gets to play. It was pretty pure back then.

“It was right around the (oil embargo) in the early 70s; sometimes you didn’t know if you were going to get enough gas in your car to get to the rink and back but the playing was just pure fun.”

After high school Feeley headed to California University of Pennsylvania. His efforts to start a club team there were unsuccessful, although he did play in some pickup games

He played in a men’s league for a time after college but today he’s a successful businessman in the Pittsburgh area and an ardent fan of the Penguins.

He looks back fondly on his days playing high-school hockey. “It was just fun, joyful, low stress,” he said. “No one was playing for a scholarship, no one was playing for any other reason than because we enjoyed it.”


SHSHL Class 2A Standings Update

If all 12 Class 2A teams in the Suburban High School Hockey League were in one division, here is what the standings would look like. Records include divisional games only through results reported through Thursday. January 11.

It is still to be determined whether the SHSHL playoffs will be seeded by division or on points.


Won Lost Tied Points
Central Bucks South   6       0     0       12

Council Rock South    5        0     1       11

Pennridge                   5      0      0       10

Council Rock North     3     3       1        7

North Penn                 3      1      0        6

Central Bucks West    3      2      0        6

Souderton                   2      3      0        4

Central Bucks East      2     4      0        4

William Tennent         1     5      2        4

Neshaminy                  1     4       1       3

Truman                        0     2      1        1

Pennsbury                   0      7      0        0
The Class 2A league season consists of 11 games.

Coming later tonight, a recap of the Hatboro-Horsham-Upper Moreland Class A game.

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