Souderton 6 C.B. West 1

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP— Souderton found out a lot about itself Thursday night. Coming off an emotional last-second loss 24 hours earlier, the Big Red responded with a solid effort in a 6-1 SHSHL National win over Central Bucks West at Hatfield Ice Arena.

It was Souderton’s first win in four tries while the Bucks dropped to 1-2. The result will not factor into the divisional standings as the two teams are scheduled to play again on January 25th.

But that mattered little to Souderton coach Ryan Uchniat, whose team came into the game thirsting for a win.

“I think they showed a lot of resiliency, he said. “They showed a lot of resiliency  last night coming back in the third period.

“This team has a real positive attitude, they’ve a little bit of a giddy up. It’s fun to see, it’s fun to be a part of as well.”

Souderton’s top line had a big night. Nick Smith delivered a three-goal hat trick. Seth Grossman scored two goals and assisted on three others while Maxwell Ryon provided a goal and an assist.

Smith noted the win was especially satisfying after 4-3 loss to Council Rock North on Wednesday that saw the Big Red surrender the winning goal with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

“It felt good,” he said. “After a tough loss like that with two seconds left, it felt good to finally win.”

Smith made his presence felt early on, scoring twice to put his team up 2-0 just 7:45 into the opening period.

The Bucks got closer when Adam Ricci won a goal-mouth scramble to put the puck behind Big Red netminder Noah Connor during a power play at the 8:21 mark of the second period.

But Souderton put its resiliency on display when Ryon answered back at 10:26 before Smith completed his hat trick with exactly four minutes left in the period.

Grossman scored his two goals in the third frame.

The Big Red enjoyed a 42-21 advantage in shots. West goalkeeper Liam Rogers did some quality work between the pipes to keep his team in the game for most of the way.

Smith spoke to the speed and skill of the Big Red’s number-one line.”I think that’s our strong point,” he said. “The first line has a lot of skill.”

Smith believes that Thursday’s performance is a sign of things to come. Souderton has scored nine goals in its last two games after scoring just three in its first two games combined.

“I think we can win some games finally,” Smith said. “We’re starting to finally score and not scoring one goal a game. I think we can finally capitalize on some opportunities.”

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C.B. West 0 1 0—1

Souderton 2 2 2—6

First-period goals: Nick Smith (S) from Seth Grossman and Caden O’Neill, 2:50; Smith from Maxwell Ryon, 7:45

Second-period goals: Adam Ricci (CBW) from Luke Tremmel, 8:21 (pp); Ryon (S) from Grossman, 10:26; Smith (S) from Grossman and Matt Malanga, 13:00

Third-period goals: Grossman (S) unassisted, 3:31; Grossman (S) unassisted, 8:00

Shots: C.B. West 21, Souderton 42; Saves: Liam Rogers (CBW) 36, Noah Connor (S) 20

Pennridge 6 C.B. South 5

HATFIELD—A lot went on at Hatfield Ice Thursday night. Much of it in the realm of the unexpected.

Pennridge rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-1 to post a 6-5 overtime win over Central Bucks South in a Suburban High School Hockey League National Division non-league matchup.

Kevin Pico delivered the game winner for the Rams 34 seconds into overtime after the last period was shortened to nine minutes from the usual 17 after a combination of 10 goals and an abundance of penalties consumed the bulk of the allocated ice slot.

Six different players scored for the Rams (1-1). Andrew Savona, Dane Fichte, James Rush, Shane Dachowski, and Josh Kelly found the back of the net before Kevin Pico pocketed the game winner. South netminder Dom Varacallo stopped Savona’s initial shot before Pico put in the rebound.

“We needed something to wake us up,” said Pennridge coach Jeff Montagna, who team squared its record at 1-1. “We needed to find that edge that we’ve been lacking in practice. Early in this season, we haven’t had it. And, I think getting down tonight against a rival with as much emotion as there was going in here, woke us up.”

The Titans (1-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead before the first period was seven minutes old. Aydin Thierolf scored twice with a goal from D.J. Lindenmuth in between.

Colin Mendham and Michael Nemec added goals to give South a 5-1 lead 5:46 into the second frame.

Dane Fitchett drew the Rams a bit closer with 5:55 left in the period. Pico had a chance to bring his team closer when the Rams were awarded a penalty shot with 15.8 seconds left in the second period but was denied by Varacallo.

Both teams saw there efforts hampered by repeated trips to the penalty box. The officials whistled a total of 19 infractions, 12 of them to the Titans.

The number of stoppages and altercations resulted in the final period being shortened to nine minutes at the direction of rink management. Faced with a three-goal deficit, the Rams wasted no time.

 Rush made it a 5-3 game 1:20 into the final session. Dachowski followed at 5:54 and Kelly tied the game at 6:58.

 The five-minute, three-on-three overtime was allowed to go forward and it took Pico and Savona just moments to end matters.

“Our guys let off the gas,” said South coach Shaun McGinty, “and they’re a good team. A good team is going to find a way to win. We allowed them a little bit of momentum and momentum is a big part of the game in a team sport.”

Ice chips—The decision to shorten the the third period was part of a joint effort between the SHSHL and area rinks to complete scheduled games within their allocated 90-minute ice slots. The C.B. South-Pennridge contest was followed by a game between North Penn and Central Bucks West which was succeeded by an adult league game.

C.B. South 3 2 0 0—5

Pennridge 1 1 3 1—6

First-period goals: Aydin Thierolf (CBS) from Sean Cutter, 3:06; D.J. Lindenmuth (CBS) from Matt Crouch, 4:14; Thierolf (CBS) unassisted 6:57 (pp); Andrew Savona (P) unassisted, 16:34

Second-period goals: Colin Mendam (CBS) unassisted, :38; Michael Nemec (CBS) from Justin Keilman, 5:46; Dane Fitchett (P) from Trey Mikulich, 11:05

Third-period goals: James Rush (P) from Mitchell Mothersbaugh, 1:20; Shane Dachowski (P) from Savona, 5:54; Josh Kelly (P) from Andrew Lizak and Tyler Manto

Overtime goal: Kevin Peco (P) from Savona, :34

Shots: Pennridge 35, C.B. South 28; Saves: Dom Varacallo (CBS) 29, Jacob Winton (P) 23

SHSHL History: Can You Help?

A query from SHSHL President Kenny Haas

Hopefully most of you saw our Varsity Championship trophy during the playoffs.  It lists all the past champions since the formation of our league.  However, we are missing a few years.

I am asking for a favor that will require some work.  Please dig into your Club archives, check past trophies, articles, banquet programs, call past Presidents and coaches.  We need to determine the Playoff Champion for the following dates.  We will only place a team’s name on the trophy if the championship can be confirmed by a trophy, news article, program, etc.

2006-2007

Varsity A division from 2003-2004 back to 1973-1974 (I don’t think we had a VarA division much before this)

1995-1996 both AA & A

Anyone with information should contact Kenny Haas or contact us here at Hockey Happenings. Thank you for helping us to document the history of the SHSHL.

SHSHL Recap

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (17-0-1)                             9     0     1       0       19 

Council Rock South (13-1-2-1)            9    0       1       0       19

Pennsbury (11-4-1)                            8      2     0      0       16

Central Bucks South (6-6-1-2)             6     3     0      1         13

Neshaminy (8-6-1)                             5     5     0      0         10

Council Rock North (9-7)                  5      5     0      0        10

Central Bucks East (6-9)                    5     5     0      0         10

Souderton (7-8)                                  4      6     0      0         8

Bensalem (3-11)                                 1      9     0      0         2

Central Bucks West (5-9)                   2      8     0      0         2

North Penn (1-13)                               0      10   0       0       0

American Division-Class A                   W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (15-1)                                      12  0  0     0         24

Plymouth Whitemarsh (11-5)               9     3    0   0        18

Wissahickon (9-8)                                    8     4  0     0        16

Quakertown (7-9)                                    7     5  0     0        14

William Tennent (3-12)                          3      9  0    0         6

Upper Dublin (3-10-0-1)                          2    8   0     1        5

Hatboro-Horsham (1-13)                       0    11     0   0       0 

Overall records include playoff games

Playoff Results

Class AA
Quarterfinals

Council Rock South 9 Souderton 0

Council Rock North 4 Central Bucks South 3 OT

Pennridge 5 Central Bucks East 1

Pennsbury 5 Neshaminy 2

Semifinals

Council Rock South 7 Council Rock North 5

Pennridge 6 Pennsbury 3

Finals

Pennridge 5 Council Rock South 4 OT

Class A

Semifinals

Abington 6 Quakertown 2

Wissahickon 6 Plymouth Whitemarsh 4

Finals
Abington 4 Wissahickon 2

Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         29      15     44

Shane Siegmund (PB)                        18     24       42

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                     23     16      39

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                     18     15      33

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                13     20      33

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                 10     21      31

Shane Dachowski (Pr)                        18      7       25

Aeryk Lehrhaupt (Pr)                         17       8       25

Jackson Accardi (CRN)                       16       9      25

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                        14       11     25

David Vergules (CRS)                          11       12     23

Class A                                                     G       A      Pts

Luke Weikel (PW)                                  38      21     59

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                 18      41     59

Matt Kramer (Ab                                    30      20    50

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                    18      25     43

Pat Stelacio (Ab)                                    24      14     38

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                 19      17     36

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   19     15     34

Matthew Flynn (PW)                              9       23     32

Matt Cholaj (Ab)                                     16     15     31

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                               21       9    30

Jack Bocul (UD)                                      22        7    29  

Nick Hussa (Wiss )                                 13        16    29     

Siegmund Leading Falcons Into Flyers Cup

Shane Siegmund is entering the final phase of his scholastic hockey career. The Pennsbury senior will take the ice with his teammates on Tuesday in the first round of the Class AA Flyers Cup Tournament. The fourth-seeded Falcons will take on 13th-seeded Owen J. Roberts in a 6 p.m. game at Hatfield Ice.

Siegmund has had an impressive senior season, scoring 18 goals and adding 24 assists for 42 points, a total that ranked him second in scoring in the SHSHL’s National Division.

Most importantly, he wears the captain’s C. As the reader is aware, the captain of a hockey team fills a unique position in terms of leadership and setting the tone they want their teammates to emulate. 

This is Siegmund’s second year in the captain’s role and his fourth in the Falcons’ varsity lineup. “I was selected by my coaches my junior year,” he said. “I was given the (assistant captain’s position)  my sophomore year. And I just think that kind of led up to it, and my leadership, trying to push my teammates and it gave the coaches I guess a clear choice for captain.”

Siegmund focuses on communicating to his teammates and setting a tone via his own play on the ice.

“I try to do a little bit of everything,” he said. “I try to lead by example. I love to push my teammates and keep them going in the game. But just getting behind everyone, helping everyone out when they’re at their worst point in the game is what I love best. You’re just picking the team up and really getting them into a rhythm is what I like to say.”

Siegmund made it a point to learn from the captains who preceded him, Jake Sieger in his freshman season and Ben Dous the following year. 

I’ve always been a big teammate person,” he said. “I’ve always loved hanging out with my teammates and all that, but I definitely looked up to the previous captains that had been my captains. They have helped me so much and I just love to pass that on.”

Siegmund takes pride in his ability to relate to his teammates whether they’re veterans, newcomers, or in between.

“I try and speak to everyone the same,” he said. “I have the same respect for everyone on the team and as long as we can communicate and get to the final destination, that’s what I’m happy about.”

Combing Through History

The SHSHL is working to complete its list of all-time league champions. The list is about 95 percent complete but there are still some holes.

Here is what we’re looking for.

Overall champion: 1995-96 it is possible no champion was crowned that year.

Class AA champion: 2006-07

Class A champion: 2002-03

                                  2003-04

We need documentation that a team won a championship in a particular season. Documentation can be provided through newspaper accounts, photos, and/or videos.

Anyone with relevant information should contact me at rwoelfel2013@gmail.com

Wissahickon 6 Plymouth Whitemarsh 4

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP— Wissahickon charged out of the starting gate Thursday night and maintained its momentum all night long. The Trojans scored three times in the first period and went on to a 6-4 win over Plymouth Whitemrsh in a SHSHL American Division semifinal at Hatfield Ice.

Third-seeded Wissahickon (9-7) will face top-seeded Abington next Thursday at the same venue for the American Division title; the Trojans are the defending champions. The second-seeded Colonials dropped to 11-5.

Both teams are hoping to land bids in the Class A Flyers Cup tournament; the field will be revealed Sunday night.

Wednesday’s game wasn’t as close as the final score might have indicated. Ty Schiff, Will Hussa, and Nick Hussa scored the Trojans’ early goals and the Colonials spent the rest of the evening playing catchup.

“We’ve been turning it on lately,” said Wissahickon coach Ken Harrington,” and playing more as a team.”

The Trojans have won four of their last five games and Harrington says his players have enjoyed the emotions that that success has generated.

“They may not know it, but they know the feel of winning,” he said.

Luke Weikel scored consecutive goals for the Colonials, the first with nine seconds left in the first period, the next at the 3:01 mark of the second, to make it a one-goal game for a time. Hudson Honeycutt and Will Hussa responded for the Trojans however and while Plymouth Whitemarsh stayed close enough to force their opponent to stay focused, the Colonials never posed a serious threat.

That was due in part to the work of Michael Bonnani in the Wissahickon net, the senior made 32 saves. Bonnani was pressed into service as a goaltender two-and-a-half seasons ago. He says he’s grown as a player since then.

“I definitely have felt improvement,” he said. “I’ve come a long way from just flopping around in the net and getting hit in the face with pucks.  I still get hit in the face but I’ve learned to deal with it better.”

Bonnani had a stout defense corps in front of him. “We played a defensive game,” said. “That’s how you beat these teams in this league. You have to play defense.

“We learned that throughout the season. We were getting scored on a lot and we had to switch it up and play team defense.”

Plymouth Whitemarsh coach Josh Aiello said the Trojans quick start proved too much to overcome but he was impressed with his players’ collective efforts.

“There’s no quit in the team,” he said. “(The game) didn’t start off favorably for us but we were dedicated and continued to nettle.

“We knew there would be a lot of back and forth especially with Wissahickon. They got the better of us tonight but I’m proud of our players.”

Wissahickon 3 2 1—6

Plymouth Whitemarsh 1 2 1—4

First-period goals: Ty Schiff (W) from Nick Hussa, 6:22 (pp); Will Hussa (W) from Schiff, 9:37; Nick Hussa (W) unassisted, 15:48; Luke Weikel (PW) from Aidan Keogh, 16:51

Second-period goals: Weikel (PW) from Dylan Novitski, 3:01; (PW); Hudson Honeycutt (W) from Griffin Lynch, 5:50 (pp); Will Hussa (W) from Honeycutt, 12:09; Timothy Murphy (PW) from Weikel, 13:45

Third-period goals: Nick Hussa (W) from A.J. Pounds, 4:34; Isaac Mishkin (PW) from Weikel, 16:46

Shots: Wissahickon 43, Plymouth Whitemarsh 36; Saves: Michael Bonnani (W) 32; Kolton Galie (PW) 37

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SHSHL Update for 2-21-22

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (14-0-1)                             9     0     1       0       19 

Council Rock South (11-1-2)            9    0       1       0       19

Pennsbury (10-3-1)                            8      2     0      0       16

Central Bucks South (6-7-1)             6     3     0      1         13

Neshaminy (8-5-1)                             5     5     0      0         10

Council Rock North (7-7)                  5      5     0      0        10

Central Bucks East (6-8)                    5     5     0      0        10

Souderton (7-7)                                  4      6     0      0         8

Bensalem (3-11)                                 1      9     0      0          2

Central Bucks West (5-9)                   2      8     0      0        2

North Penn (1-13)                               0      10   0       0        0

American Division-Class A                   W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (13-1)                                      12  0  0     0         24

Plymouth Whitemarsh (11-4)               9     3    0   0        18

Wissahickon (8-7)                                    8     4  0     0        16

Quakertown (7-8)                                    7     5  0     0        14

William Tennent (3-12)                          3      9  0    0         6

Upper Dublin (3-10-0-1)                          2    8   0     1        5

Hatboro-Horsham (1-13)                       0    11     0   0       0 

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Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         26      16     42

Shane Siegmund (PB)                        15     22       37

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                     19      12      31

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                     16     13       29

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                13      15     28

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                 10     18       28

Jackson Accardi (CRN)                       16        9     25

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                        13       10     23

Aydin Thierolf (CBS)                           15      7        22

Anthony Pagliei (Q)                            13        8      21

Reece Millman (Pb)                           10       11     21

Class A                                                     G       A      Pts

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                 18      40     58

Luke Weikel (PW)                                  36      19     55

Matt Kramer (Ab                                   28      16     44

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                    18      21    39

Pat Stelacio (Ab)                                    22      12     34

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                 18      16     34

Matthew Flynn (PW)                              9       23     32

Jack Bocul (UD)                                      22      7      29       

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   16      15     31

Jack Bocul (UD)                                       22       7    29

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                              21       8      29

SHSHL Updated Playoff Schedule

Wednesday, February 23

Class AA Quarterfinals

1 CR South vs. 8 Souderton 7:50 at Rev. Ice Gardens

4 C.B. South vs. 5 C.R. North 8:30 at Hatfield Ice

2 Pennridge vs. 7 C.B. East     7:20 at Hatfield Ice

3 Pennsbury vs. 6 Neshaminy  7:20 at Grundy Arena

Thursday, February 24

Class A Semifinals

1 Abington vs 4 Quakertown 7:10 at Hatfield

2 Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. 3 Wissahickon 8:50 at Hat. Ice

Wednesday 3-2

Class AA Semifinals at Hatfield

7:10 Top half of Bracket

7:50 Bottom half of Bracket

Thursday Match 3

Championship Night at Hatfield

7:10 Class AA Final

8:30 Class A Final

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Council Rock South 3 Pennridge 3

Kevin Pico scored with 5:26 remaining in the third period to give Pennridge a 3-3 tie with Council Rock South Wednesday night at Grundy Arena. The result left the teams deadlocked at the top of the SHSHL Class AA standings with identical 9-0-1 divisional records.

Council Rock South will be seeded first for next week’s SHSHL playoffs on the basis of fewer goals allowed in divisional play (15 to 16).

Aeryk Lehraupt and Shane Dachowki also scored for the Rams. Julian Sarne, Kevin Koles and Julian Wagenmann all scored for the Golden Hawks.
Wagenmann’s goal with 5:06 remaining in the second period gave South a 3-2 lead before Pico’s goal tied the game.

Neither team scored during overtime and the SHSHL does not utilize shootouts.

Pennridge 1 1 1 0—3

C.R. South 2 1 0 0—3

First-period goals: Julian Sarne (CRS) from Kevin Koles, 7:01; Aeryk Lehrhaupt (P) from Shane Dachowski and Jack Lowery, 9:33; Koles (CRS) from David Vergules and Julian Wagenmann, 12:49;

Second-period goals: Wagenmann (CRS) unassisted, 11:54; Shane Dachowski (P) from Andrew David, 13:43

Third-period goal: Kevin Pico (P) from Tyler Manto, 11:34