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Bensalem

Coach: Jordan Roth (second season)

Last year: 3-11

Key players: Jr. Ricky Gonzalez (G); Sr. Danny Mackley (D-F); Jr. Alex Hood (F-D); So. Alex Bazylevich (F-D); Fr. Lucas Gonzalez (F-D)

Outlook: The Owls took some big strides in their inaugural season last year and are looking continue that trend moving forward.

“This year we’re emphasizing the importance of ‘team’ Roth said. “Everything we do represents our team, our passion, and our purposeAs a team, we are ready to lead by example and be tough to play against.”   

Central Bucks East

Coach: Jeff Mitchell (third season)

Last year: 6-10, Flyers Cup participant

Key players: Sr. Matt Magiacapre (G); Jr. Kyle McIntyre (D) Sr. Stephen DiRugeris (F); Jr. Corey Kosick (F)

Outlook: The Patriots feature a lineup that blends youth and experience. They’re backed by Mangiacapre, one of the area’s premier netminders.

Central Bucks South

Coach: Shuan McGinty (ninth season)

Last year: 6-7-1-2, Flyers Cup participant 

Key players: Sr. Matt Crouch (D); Jr. Aidan Linso (D); So. Jake Stepp (D); Sr. Aydin Thierolf (F); Jr. Colin Mendham (F); Jr. D.J. Lindenmuth (F)

Outlook: The Bucks endured an up and down campaign a year ago but all signs point to brighter days on the horizon. As usual, McGinty will be counting on his veterans to lead the way

“It is time for the Titans to get back on track,” he said.

Central Bucks West

Coach: Dave Baun (19th season)

Last year: 5-9

Key players: Jr. Liam Rogers (G); Sr. Sammy Poliak (D); Jr. Johnny Cherubini (D) Sr. Luke Tremmel (F); Jr. Nick Bruno (F); So. Anthony Dowd (F); So. Jack Misoda (F); So. Zane Sanders (F)

Outlook: The Bucks feature a solid group of returnees, led by Rogers in goal. The veterans will be supplemented by a talented group of young players that Baun is counting on, especially up front.

Council Rock North

Coach: Greg McDonald (second season)

Last year: 10-8. Flyers Cup participant 

Key players: So. Ian Goldberg (G); So. Jackson Accardi (D); Jr. Nick Hahan (D); Sr. Noah Epstein (F); Jr. Karson Grainey (F)

Outlook: The Indians did a lot last year with a team that was lacking in experience and numbers. McDonald expects to be able to dress a full roster of 20 this season and his troops will have an additional year’s experience. It shapes up as a promising season.

Council Rock South

Coach: Joe Houk (17th season)

Last year: 16-2-2-1, SHSHL and Flyers Cup finalist

Key players: Sr. Carson Lopez (G); Jr. Kevin Koles (D); Jr. Blaize Pepe (F); Jr. Chase Tovsky (F)

Outlook: The Golden Hawks played for the SHSHL and Flyers Cup titles last season. This season they return a team that is deep and talented. Houk has three quality lines and five solid defensemen to call on, plus an outstanding goaltender. The ingredients are on hand for what could be a very special season.

Neshaminy

Coach: Matt DeMatteo (sixth season)

Last year: 10-7-1, Flyers Cup participant

Key players: Jr. Cory Hemberger (G); So. Liam Mooney (D); Sr. J.J. Hathaway (D); Sr. Max Gallagher (F); Sr. Nolan Geria (F); Sr. Danny McColgan (F); Sr. Noah Seewagen (F); Sr. Michael Knipple (F); So. Ryan DeMatteo (F)

Outlook: The ‘Skins are perhaps the most experienced team in their division. Eleven seniors return from a unit that reached the Flyers Cup quarterfinals last season.

DeMatteo is optimistic about what the future could hold.

“We’ll look to continue to build on the success we had in the regular season and the Flyers Cup to take the next step forward together as a team,” he said.

North Penn

Coach: Kevin Vaitis (14th season)

Last year: 1-15

Key players: St. Nick Crist (G) Sr. Sam Mostochuck (D); St. Tyler Porubski (D); Fr. James Boyle (D); Jr. John Stinson (F); Jr. Joey Silvotti (F); So. Cole Pluck (F); Sr. Derek Delong (F)

Outlook: The Knights endured a long, cold winter last season. Vaitis is looking to turn things around with a back-to-basics approach.

“We are focusing early on this season on coming together as a team,” he said, “focusing on key system specifics, and hard work. We do not want to be outworked during the season. Another area we are focusing on is getting puck support in the zone with lots of shots and traffic in front.”

Pennridge

Coach: Jeff Montagna, fifth season

Last year: 22-0-1, defensing SHSHL, Class AA Fyers Cup and state champions

Key players: So. Nick Young (D); Jr. Colin Dachowski (D); Jr. Trey Mikulich (D); Jr. Kevin Pico (F); So. Shane Dachowski (F); Jr. Andrew Savona (F); Jr. Tyler Manto (F): Sr. Dane Fichette (F)

Outlook: The 2022 edition of the Rams put together one of the most remarkable seasons on record. This year’s group is looking to pick up where they left off. An abundance of firepower returns up front and there is experience within the blue-line corps. The only question mark may be in goal.

Pennsbury

Coach: Ryan Daley (sixth season)

Last year: 12-5-1, Flyers Cup participant

Key players: Jr. Aaron McDaniel (G); Sr. Justin Marlin (D); So. Chris Sarver (D-F); Sr. Brendan MacAinsh (F); Sr. Andrew Falkenstein (F)

Outlook: As they launch a new season the Falcons are confronting some heavy graduation losses.

“Luckily we have a strong and talented group of underclassmen ready to fill their shoes,” Daley said. 

Souderton

Coach: Ryan Uchniat (fifth season)

Last year: 7-7

Key players: Sr. Noah Connor (G); So. Patrick Callahan (D); Jr. Seth Grossman (F); Jr. Jacob Chow (F); Jr. Liam O’Neill (F); Sr. Timmy Alexander (F)

Outlook: The Big Red matured last year and are hoping to build on that success. Uchniat expects his team to be solid up front with a strong defense backed by quality goaltending.

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American Division

Abington

Coach: Ken Brzozowski (sixth season)

Last year: 15-2, defending divisional champion; Flyers Cup participant

Key players: Sr. Sam Nemec (G); Sr. Sean Doyle (D); Sr. Pat Stelacio (F); Sr. Matt Kramer (F); Sr. Ian Heydt; Sr. Griffin Carpenter (F)

Outlook: The Galloping Ghosts not only won the SHSHL’s American Division (Class A) title last season but earned a place in the Class AA Flyers Cup tournament. Brzozowski is looking to pick up where last year’s team left off.

“The team has been working hard in practices,” he said, “and looks forward to picking up where we left last year with winning results.”

Plymouth Whitemarsh

Coach: Dave Cox (first season)

Last year: 11-6, Flyers Cup participant

Key players: Sr. Chris Maslij (G); Sr. Conlan Carpenter (D); Sr. Jacob Elgart (D); Sr. Matt Flynn (F); Sr. Jeffrey Mencken (F)

Outlook: Cox, a Plymouth Whitemarsh graduate, takes over for Josh Aiello. He inherits a roster that’s deep in experience, one that should make an impact in the division.

Quakertown

Coach: Keith Krem (fourth season)

Last year: 7-9

Key players: Jr. Matt Krem (G); Sr. Jack Diliberto (F-D); Sr. Will Shaw

Outlook: The Panthers are thin in numbers; there are just 10 skaters on the roster. But they are an experienced group. There are five seniors on hand and Krem is a quality goaltender who will keep his team in games. 

Springfield

Coach: Bernie Gillespie (first season)

Last year: No team

Key players: So. Liam Baskin (G); Sr. Lucas Davidson (D); Jr. Kenny Granderson (D); So. Felix Boccella (D); So. Gabe Wells (F); Fr. Grayson Quinn (F); So. Chris Cahill (F); So; Thomas Manchester (F); Jr. Marcel Camper (F)

Outlook: The Spartans are new to the SHSHL but not to hockey; the roster features players who are experienced at the club level.

“We’re looking forward to our first season in the league,” Gillespie said.

Wissahickon

Coach: Ken Harrington (eighth season), Flyers Cup participant

Last year: 9-9, Flyers Cup participant

Key players: So. Aiden Brooks (D); Sr. Konrad Foulk (D); Sr. Griffin Lynch (F-D); Sr. Will Hussa (F); So. Danny Hussa (F)

Outlook: The Trojans are likely to be lacking in numbers this season and Harrington is searching for a goaltender. But they should excel at putting the puck in the net.

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C.B. East 3 North Penn 1

HATFIELD—Any hockey team wants to make an impression at the start of a season. Central Bucks East did just that Wednesday night, scoring a 3-1 decision over North Penn at Hatfield Ice to help the Suburban High School Hockey League open its 50th season.

Corey Kosick scored two goals to help East start off its season on a winning note. Kosick, a junior, noted that this year’s edition of the Patriots runs the gambit when it comes to experience and that getting used to the style of play at the high-school level takes time.

“It’s all about being used to our level of play,” he said. “It’s all about hard work. Hard work is alway going to beat talent in the end and that’s why we came out on top today.”

Ethan Cenci gave the Patriots the early lead on a power-play goal 5:46 into the opening session and the two teams battled on even terms through the first two periods.

The  officials kept a tight rein on the proceedings during that span, whistling 11 penalties for a total of 39 minutes. 

With 15 seconds left in the second frame an engagement involving North Penn’s Sam Mostochuck and East’s Carter Keiser resulted in a major penalty and a game misconduct to Keiser and a three-minute power play for North Penn. The Knights however were unable to capitalize on their advantage.

“I think that sort of sums up our night,” said North Penn coach Kevin Vaitis. “We had aa bunch of power plays early in the game and couldn’t really get any momentum going in the zone, had trouble getting out of our own zone, getting set up in there and working the puck around.

“Their first goal was a power play. It was 1-0 through two periods If you capitalize on one of those (power plays), you’ve got a 1-1 game going into the third.”

Kosick extended the Patriots’ lead with a goal 6:43 into the third frame. John Stinson made it a one-goal game when he scored for the Knights at the 9:09 mark but Kosick answered back just eight seconds later.

The final period featured six additional penalties, three to each side. East coach Jeff Mitchell stressed the importance of his team staying out of the box.

“The first goal definitely got the energy started in the right direction,” he said. “I think the penalties really killed us at the start of this game I think the refs did a great job moderating between both teams. But we’ve got to be able to stay out of the box and be able to keep five men on the ice and keep pucks in the net.”

C.B.East 1 0 2—3

North Penn 0 0 1—1

First-period goal

Ethan Cenci (CBE) from Patrick O’Brien and Charlie Keiser, 5:46 (pp)

Third-period goals

Corey Kosick (CBE) from Keiser and Cenci, 6:43; John Stinson (NP) unassisted, 9:09; Kosick (CBE) from Keiser, 9:17

Shots: C.B. East 33, North Penn 26; Saves: Matt Mangiacapre (CBE) 25, Nick Crist (NP) 30

Flyers Cup First Round Games

Flyers Cup Schedule for Monday, March 7

Class A First Round

Radnor 10 Plymouth Whitemarsh 8

Council Rock North 7 Penncrest 3

Palmyra 9 Strath Haven 4  

West Chester Henderson 6 Wissahickon 0

Tuesday, Match 8

Class AA First Round

1 Pennridge vs 16 Ridley 6:30 at Hatfield Gray

8 Downingtown East vs 9 Cumberland Valley 6:45 at Ice Line 3

4 Pennsbury vs 13 Owen J. Roberts 6:00 at Hatfield Blue

5 Avon Grove vs 12 Central Bucks East 6:30 at Ice Line 1

3 Council Rock South vs 14 Abington 8:10 at Hatfield Blue

6 Downingtown West vs 11 C.B. South 8:30 at Ice Line 1

7 Conestoga vs 10 Neshaminy 9:15 at Skatium

2 Haverford vs 15 Souderton 7:30 at Skatium

Quarterfinals in both classes are scheduled for Thursday, March 10. Game sites and times to be determined.

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Abington 6 Quakertown 2

HATFIELD TOWNSHIP— Abington took its first steps on its postseason journey Thursday night. Matt Kramer and Jordan Heydt scored two goals each as the Galloping Ghosts downed Quakertown 6-2 in a SHSHL American Division semifinal at Hatfield Ice.

Top-seeded Abington (14-1) will learn Sunday if it qualifies for the Class AA Flyers Cup field before taking the ice against Wissahickon for the American Division title Thursday.

Fourth-seeded Quakertown, playing its first playoff game in its three-year tenure in the SHSHL, finishes at 7-9.

Abington coach Ken Brzozowski noted his team turned in a workmanlike effort. “It’s kind of what we’ve been doing all year,” he said, “working hard. Our philosophy is ‘Carry the puck wide, get it deep, and and then go to work. We’ve got got some skilled guy that have got some pretty good hands and can find a little hole there through open space.”

Kramer and Heydt scored first-period goals to stake their team to a 2-0 lead.

Heydt extended his team’s lead with a backhander from the low slot midway through the second session. Ryan Porter made it a 4-0 game with 56 seconds left in the period.

The Panthers however did not back down. Anthony Pagliei and Lucas Cunnane scored goals 45 seconds apart to make it a 3-2 game 3:01 into the third period.

But Quakertown couldn’t get closer. Kramer scored his second goal of the game midway through the period before Sam Paulik added a goal of his own down the stretch.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the boys,” said Quakertown coach Keith Krem. “They came out and they played hard. It didn’t go where we want it to go but we were happy to be in a playoff game and taking our season to a new step.”

Quakertown 0 0 2—2

Abington 2 2 2—6

First—period goals: Matt Kramer (A) from Joe Stelacio, 9:48; Jordan Heydt (A) unassisted, 13:33

Second-period goals: Heydt (A) 8:13; Ryan Portner (A) from Stelacio, 16:04

Third-period goals: Anthony Pagliei (Q) unassisted, 2:16; Lucas (Q) from Wilham Shaw, 3:01; Kramer (A) from Heydt and Brian Murdoch, 8:32; Sam Paulik from Pat Stelacio,15:50

Shots: Abington 29, Quakertown 20;

SHSHL Update for 2-9-22

National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (13-0)                                8     0     0       0        16 

Council Rock South (10-1-1)            8     0     0       0        16

Pennsbury (8-3-1)                              6      2     0      0        12

Neshaminy (8-3-1)                             5     3     0      0        10

Central Bucks South (5-6-1)              5     3     0      0       10

Council Rock North (6-6)                  4      5     0      0        8

Souderton (6-6)                                  4      5     0      0        8

Central Bucks East (4-8)                    3     5     0      0        6

Bensalem (3-9)                                   1      7     0      0        2

Central Bucks West (4-8)                   1      7     0      0       0

North Penn (1-11)                               0      8    0       0       0

American Division-Class A                  W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (10-1)                                        9     0  0     0         18

Plymouth Whitemarsh (10-2)               7    1  0     0          14

Wissahickon (6-6)                                   6     3  0     0        12

Quakertown (6-7)                                   6     5  0     0        12

William Tennent (3-10)                          3      7  0    0         6

Upper Dublin (3-9-0-1)                          2    7   0     1        5

Hatboro-Horsham (1-11)                     0    10     0     0        0 

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Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         22      13     35

Shane Siegmund (PB)                         14     21       35

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                     18      11      29

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                     14     13      27

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                  8       17     25

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                11       13     24

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                        12       10     22

Reece Millman (Pb)                            10       11     21

Aeryk Lehrhaupt (Pr)                           13      6      19

Aydin Thierolf (CBS)                             12      7      19

Julian Sarne (CRS)                                14      4       18

Class A                                                     G       A      Pts

Luke Weikel (PW)                                  30      17    47

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                 13      33     46

Matt Kramer (Ab                                    22      13     35

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                    16       17    33

Matthew Flynn (PW)                               8       21    29

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                              20       8      28

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   14      14     28

Jack Bocul (UD)                                      20      6       26 

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                 14     12      26

Matt Cholaj (Ab)                                    10     12       22

Frank Rosenberry (WT)                         12      9      21

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SHSHL Update for 1-18-22

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (9-0)                                  5     0     0       0        10 

Council Rock South (7-1-1)               5      1     0       0      10

Neshaminy (6-1-1)                             3      1     0      0         6

Council Rock North (4-4)                  3      3     0      0        6

Souderton (5-5)                                  3      4     0      0        6

Pennsbury (4-2-1)                              2      1     0      0        4

Central Bucks East (3-6)                    2     3     0      0         4

Central Bucks South (2-5-1)              2      2     0      0       4

Bensalem (3-4)                                   1      2     0      0        2

Central Bucks West (3-5)                   0      4     0      0       0

North Penn (1-8)                                 0      5    0       0       0

American Division-Class A                  W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (7-1)                                         6     0  0     0         12

Wissahickon (5-4)                                   5     1  0     0         10

Quakertown (4-6)                                   4      4  0     0         8

Plymouth Whitemarsh (5-1)                3      1  0     0         6

Upper Dublin (3-6)                                 2    4   0    0           4

Hatboro-Horsham (1-6)                         0    5  0     0           0 

William Tennent (0-8)                           0      5  0     0          5

Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Shane Siegmund (PB)                          10      14      24

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         16      7        23

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                         9       9        18

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                      11     7        18

Alex Hood (Bens)                                 10     5       15

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                 8       7        15

Brendan Macainsh (Pb)                     10      5        15

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                  6       9        15

Julian Sarne (CRS)                               11      3        13

Jackson Accardi (CRN)                        8        5       13

Class A                                                     G       A      Pts

Matt Kramer (Ab                                  20      9      29

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                10     18     28

Luke Weikel (PW)                                  17      10    27

Jack Bocul (UD)                                     20      6       26 

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   13       11    24

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                     10       14    24

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                                16       5      21

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                   10     10      20

Matt Cholaj (Ab)                                       8       9        17

Nick Hussa (Wiss)                                    5        11      16

SHSHL Update for 1-9-22

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (8-0)                                  4     0     0       0        8 

Souderton (5-4)                                  3      3     0      0        6

Council Rock South (6-1-1)               4      1     0       0      8

Neshaminy (5-1-1)                             2      1     0      0        4

Central Bucks East (3-5)                    2     2     0      0         4

Bensalem (3-3)                                   1      1     0      0        2

Central Bucks South (2-5-1)              2      2     0      0       2

Pennsbury (3-2-1)                              1      1     0      0        2

Council Rock North (3-4)                  2      3     0      0        4

Central Bucks West (3-4)                   0      3     0      0        0

North Penn (1-7)                                 0      4    0       0       0

American Division-Class A                  W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Abington (5-1)                                         4     0  0     0          8

Wissahickon (4-4)                                   4     1  0     0          8

Quakertown (4-5)                                   4      3  0     0         8

Plymouth Whitemarsh (5-0)                 3      0  0     0         6

Upper Dublin (3-5)                                  2    3   0    0          4

Hatboro-Horsham (1-6)                         0    5   0    0         0 

William Tennent (0-8)                           0      5  0     0          5

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Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         13      7        20

Shane Siegmund (PB)                           9       10      19

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                      11      5        16

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                         8       7        15

Nick Hahn (CRN)                                  6       9        15

Alex Hood (Bens)                                 9        5       14

Julian Sarne (CRS)                               10      3        13

Kevin Koles (CRS)                                 6       7        13

Jackson Accardi (CRN)                        8        4       12

Seth Grossman (Soud)                        7       5        12

Class A G A Pts

Matt Kramer (Ab                                   14      8      22

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   11       10    21

Jack Bocul (UD)                                     14      5      19 

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                    8     11      19

A.J. Pounds (Wiss)                                10     8       18

Danny Hussa (Wiss)                             15       3     18

Matt Cholaj (Ab)                                    8       9      17

Aidan Keogh (PW)                                 7         9    16

Nick Hussa (Wiss)                                  5        11   16

Anthony Pagliei (Q-town                     7        8     15

C.B. South 3 Neshaminy 2

BRISTOL—A hockey team trying to find its way took a big leap forward Thursday night. Aidan Gaffney scored two goals as Central Bucks South surprised previously unbeaten Neshaminy 3-2 Thursday night at Grundy Arena.

It was the first win for the Titans in seven starts this season (1-5-1 overall, 1-1 in Class AA divisional play.

Assistant coach Tyler Skroski noted it was a team win in the truest sense of the term.

“We relied on our older guys, our seniors were coming through,” he said. “Our top players were coming through. That’s a full team win.”

The Titans also got a big contribution from a younger guy; freshman goaltender Jason Magaruh, who was credited with 50 saves.

Dan Kvechner gave South the first lead of the night just 2:28 into the opening period. Jacob Adami responded for the ‘Skins (4-1-1 overall 1-1 in the division) at the 12:50 mark on a shot from the right circle on which Magaruh was screened and it seemed the hosts were getting a handle on things. 

 But Gaffney put South ahead for the second time just 1:32 into the second period.

“The mindset was just north-and-south hockey,” he said. “We wanted to get pucks in deep and shoot everything we possibly could.”

The Titans skated themselves into a corner at the start of the third period. Kvechner was set off for tripping after 43 seconds. When Justin Montagna was flagged for the same offense at 1:25 South found itself skating two men short. When J.J. Hathaway tied the game for Neshaminy at the 2:22 mark the ‘Skins still had a full minute of power-play time left.

But Magaruh bolstered by his defense corps, held form.

“He’s a young goalie,” Gaffney said. “We’ll always support our goalie no matter what.

Gaffney’s game-winning goal came with 2:20 left in the game off a faceoff.

The ‘Skins enjoyed a 52-36 edge in shots on goal. Neshaminy coach Matt DeMatteo lamented the fact that an abundance of his team’s shot attempts never got to the net.

“I think that their defense stepped up,” he said. “Not that their goalie didn’t play well. We had trouble getting pucks through to him. We got some shots on, but they blocked a ton of shots.

 “I think that was their game plan going in to load up the middle and block shots. We just had trouble getting the pucks through to the goalie.”

Gaffney believes the win will be a springboard for the Titans and give them momentum. 

“Definitely,” he said. “It’s definitely a turnaround. “We’re looking to turn it around for the rest of the games and I definitely think we can.”

C.B. South 1 1 1—3

Neshaminy 1 0 1—2

First-period goals: Dan Kvechner (CBS) from Matt Crouch, 2:28; Jacob Adami (N) from J.H. Hathaway, 12:50

Second-period goals: Aidan Gaffney (CBS) from Justin Keilman and Aydin Theirolf, 1:32

Third-period goals: Hathaway (N) from Max Gallagher, 2:26 (pp); Gaffney (CBS) from Adam Cusick, 12:40

Shots: C.B. South 36, Neshaminy 52; Saves: Jason Magaruh (CBS) 50, Brian Nelson (N) 33

SHSHLUpdate for 12-6-21

Standings

 National/Continental-Class AA     W     L     T    OTL     Pts

Pennridge (5-0)                                  2      0     0       0        4 

Souderton (4-2)                                  2      1     0      0        4

Pennsbury (3-1-1)                              1      0     0      0        2

Council Rock South (3-1-1)               1      0     0       0       2

Neshaminy (4-0-1)                             1      0     0      0        2

Central Bucks East (2-3)                    1     1     0      0        2

Bensalem (2-2)                                   0      0     0      0        0

Central Bucks South (0-5-1)             0      1     0      0        0

North Penn (1-4)                                 0      1    0       0       0

Central Bucks West (2-3)                  0      2     0      0         0

Council Rock North (1-3)                  0      2     0      0        0

American Division-Class A                  W    L   T    OTL      Pts

Wissahickon (2-2)                                   2     0  0     0          4

Abington (3-1)                                        2     0  0     0           2

Upper Dublin (2-3)                                 1    1   0    0           2

Plymouth Whitemarsh (3-0)                 1      0  0     0        0 

Hatboro-Horsham (1-3)                        0     2  0     0          0 

Quakertown (1-4)                                  1      2  0     0          0

William Tennent (0-5)                           0      2  0     0         0

Scoring

Scoring

Class AA                                                  G      A      Pts

Shane Siegmund (PB)                           9       9      18

Karson Grainey (CRN)                         10      5        15

Max Gallagher (Nesh)                         8       6        14

Nick Hahan (CRN)                               5       6         11

Brendan Macainsh (PB)                      6       4       10

Seth Grossman (Soud.)                    6       4       10

Kevin Pico (Pr)                                  6       4       10

Class A                                                     G       A      Pts

Matt Kramer (Ab                                   12      6       18

Will Hussa (Wiss)                                   9       5       14

Joe Stelacio (Ab)                                    3      11      14

Matt Cholaj (Ab)                                    8       6       14

Jack Bocul (UD)                                     10     4      14  

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SHSHL Overview

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is the first guidepost on the SHSHL calendar.

Here is an overview of how the season has evolved to date.

By Jared Roberts

The Suburban High School Hockey Leagues is celebrating their 49th season. There is a lot to expect in the upcoming season from each division, and here is what we are looking at.

Continental Division

Central Bucks East: Under Head Coach Jeff Mitchell, the Patriots are look to blend the old and the new Junior Goalie Matt Mangiacapre enters the week with a 4.24 GAA, as well as senior Forward Phil McIntyre with 1 goal and 1 assist on the season. East, currently 1-2 on the season.  On Nov 24 when they take on rival Central Bucks West. 

Central Bucks South: The Titans and eight-year Head Coach Shaun McGinty are looking to remain sharp, with the young players looking to the veterans to set the stage for them,. Key players include senior Forward Daniel Kvecher who has 3 assists on the season mixed with sophomore Forward D.J. Lindenmuth, who has 2 assists of his own of the season. South currently sits at 0-2-1 and will look to capture their first victory of the season on Nov 24 against North Penn.

Central Bucks West: Under18-year Head Coach Dave Baun, the optimism is there, with young talent mixed with senior leadership, which seems to be the ultimate recipe for success. Key players include senior Forward Evan Hee, who has logged 1 goal and 2 assists this season, mix with sophomore Defenseman Grant Funseth, who has 1 goal and 5 assists on the season. West is currently 2-1 on the season and will look to carry the momentum into their next game against rival Central Bucks East on Nov 24. 

Pennridge: Head Coach Jeff Montagna to replicate what the Rams did last season. He will look to players like senior Goalie Ryan Pico, who is 2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .939SV%, as well as junior Forward Aeryk Lehrhaupt, who has been active in the young season, scoring 3 goals and having 1 assist so far. Pennridge has yet to lose this season, currently at 3-0 and will look to stay perfect when they take on Souderton on Nov 24. 

Souderton:, Head Coach Ryan Uchniat, now in his his fourth season, looks to guide the young team towards success. He is will looking to junior goalies Noah Connor and Liam Kelly, who combined have a 2.92GAA, as well as freshman Forward Nicholas Smith who has 4 goals so far this season. Souderton sits at 2-1 and will look to take first place when they play division leader Pennridge on Nov 24. 

North Penn:. Head Coach Kevin Vaitis is looking to lead this group to make a deep run with relying on the young players to step up. Forward Justin Yothers has shown promise early in the season, as he has 1 goal and 2 assists, as well as Defensemen John Stinson, who has logged 1 goal and 1 assist. North Penn is still looking for their first victory of the season, sitting at 0-3, and will look to capture it on Nov 24 when they take on Central Bucks South. 

National Division

Bensalem: The Owls are starting with the one of the youngest teams in the SHSHL.  Although they had no varsity team last season, first year Head Coach Jordan Roth, is optimistic about their chances in the division. With key players such as sophomore Goalie Ricky Gonzalez with a 1.45GAA and a .930SV% on the young season and sophomore Forward Alex Hood who has 4 goals and 1 assist this season. Bensalem looks to make a name for itself when they take on Wissahickon on Dec 1. 

Pennsbury: The defending SHSHL Class AA champions and show no signs of slowing down this season., Head Coach Ryan Daley us encuring that the team is as sharp as they can be, and intends to stick to the gameplan that  it had last season. With young sophomore Goalie Aaron McDaniel, who is 2-0-1 with a 0.94GAA and a .926SV% on the season, as well as senior Forward Shane Siegmund, who has 4 goals and 4 assists on the season. Sitting at 2-0-1, Pennsbury will look to continue their win streak on Nov 24 when they take on Neshaminy and look to take first place.

Council Rock North: Similar to Bensalem, Council Rock North did not have a varsity team last season, however they make their return under first season Head Coach Greg McDonald. Another young team, North has judst one senior on their team, captain Wilton Pasch, who has logged 1 assist on the young season. Another notable name is freshman Defenseman Nicholas Hahn, who has 2 goals and 4 assists so far this season and shows no signs of slowing down. Council Rock North is currently 1-1 on the season and will look to continue their rise in the division as they take on Council Rock South on Nov 24. 

Council Rock South: Head Coach Joe Houk, who is entering his sixteenth season with the club, has most of that team returning for the season. There is not much doubt that they should carry over that success into this season. Looking at players such as senior Goalie Carson Lopez, who sports a 1.88GAA and a .915SV% in 2 games this season, as well as Defenseman Kevin Koles who has been lighting it up with 4 goals and 3 assist on the year. Council Rock South is currently 2-0-1 and will look to add another W on Nov 24 when they take on Council Rock North. 

Neshaminy: Neshaminy is coming off a season which was a learning experience for the younger players on the team, going 6-6-1, with the same group, now juniors, they look to make a serious run this season under fifth year Head Coach Matt DeMatteo. senior goalie Brian Nelson, who has a 2.45 GAA and a .904 SV%, the team also will lean on junior forward Max Gallagher who has been dominant, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games. Neshaminy currently sits atop of the division at 2-0-1 and will attempt to hold onto first place when they take on Pennsbury Nov 24. 

American Division

Abington: Coming off of a season in which they went 7-4 and went to the SHSHL American Division title game, Abington, under fifth year Head Coach Ken Brzozowski, will look to continue their dominance. Rolling up on the season with an experienced lineup is always a big key to success, and Brzozowski has a lineup filled with them. Junior Forward Matthew has been sharp over the course of the early season, having 5 goals and 2 assists, and add senior Forward Joe Stelacio who has been just as electric, scoring 2 goals and 5 assists on the season. This team is hungry to win, and the seniors will have one last chance to bring it all home and will look to prove it when they take on Hatboro-Horsham Dec 3. 

Hatboro-Horsham: First year Head Coach Shane Smith will have his work cut out for him on the season. haa some experience with some of the players, such as senior Goalie Mason Rush who is 1-1 with a 4.85GAA and a .853 SV%, as well as senior Forward Tarek Elsabbagh, who has 2 goal and 2 assists on the year. Hatboro-Horsham, currently 1-1, will look to bounce back in the W column when they take on Moreland/New Hope Nov 24. With the seniors leading this team, the younger players and the new coach should have a real shot of making some noise in the division.

Plymouth Whitemarsh: Josh Aiello will enter his eighth season as Head Coach of Plymouth Whitemarsh. Expectations are high this season, however, that added pressure adds fuel to the fire with senior Goalie Kolton Galie, who is 2-0 with a 3.50 GAA and a .879 SV%, looks to carry the dominance throughout the rest of the season. Also feared on the team is senior Forward Luke Weikel, who has 3 goals and 3 assists on the year. Plymouth Whitemarsh will look to stay undefeated when they take on Quakertown on Dec 1. 

Quakertown: Head Coach Keith Krem enters his third season with a majority of the same team he has coached for the past two year With a good blend of young and old, Quakertown looks to build on the foundations of youth and to have the experienced players pass the torch to their younger players. Junior Defensemen William Shaw has turned some heads in the early goings of the season, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist, as well as senior Forward Anthony Pagliei, who has 2 goals and 1 assist of his own. Quakertown is currently sitting at 0-3 and will look to capture their first win when they take on Plymouth Whitemarsh on Dec 1. 

Upper Dublin: Upper Dublin is getting get back into the mix of the SHSHL after being on a two-year hiatus due to roster issues. Head Coach Anthony Richichi is entering his sixth season with the team, and his second stint as the head coach.  He will lean on the seniors to be beacons for the younger players. Sophomore Forward Jack Bocul has had an electric start to the season, with 7 goals and 1 assist, and the same could be said about Forward Louis Gamburg, who has 5 goals and 1 assist. Upper Dublin is currently 1-3 on the year and will look to carry momentum into their Dec 1 game against Council Rock North. 

William Tennent: Vincent Rosica enters his first season as head coach of William Tennent, taking over for Nick D’Aurizio.. Rosica has a lot of work to do with this team. Forward Frank Rosenberry has been a spark in the offense so far this season, posting 5 goals and 3 assists, paired with Forward Matthew Castan’s 3 goals, the team certainly has the offensive prowess to make a statement. William Tennent currently sits at 0-3 and will look to capture their first victory on Nov 24 when they take on Archbishop Wood. 

Wissahickon: Wissahickon is looking to defend the SHSHL American Division/Class A title. Head Coach Ken Harrington, entering his seventh season, is dealing with some graduation losses, however, the optimism is that they can repeat. Seniors Will and Nick Hussa will be heavily relied on, with Will having 8 goals and 5 assists in 3 games this season and Nick with 2 goal and 9 assists in the same time frame. Another big name to watch out for is freshman Forward Danny Hussa, who has 6 goals and 2 assists on the season, a good sign that both the younger and older players are mingling well together. Wissahickon currently stands at 2-1 and will look to stay undefeated when they take on Bensalem Dec 1.