SOL SHSHL Ice Hockey Notebook (1-30-19)

This week’s notebook features Souderton, Harry S Truman and Lower Moreland and includes the top scoring and goalie stats.

By Rick Woelfel

Continental Division Snapshot
Indians looking for a bright future - It’s been a difficult season at Souderton. The Big Red has won just once this year in 13 starts. But first-year coach Ryan Uchniat is optimistic about what the future holds and how his team has matured through the course of the season.

“We have a really young team,” he said, “and have been missing players (because of club duty).”
John Gray is leading the team in scoring with 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 11 games. Tyler McPhee is next with 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 11 appearances. Both are sophomores.

Souderton is getting some solid play on the blue line from senior David Murphy whom Uchniat embraces for his leadership skills as well as his on-ice talents.

“He’s a great leader,” Uchniat said. “He doesn’t make too many bad passes and he’s always in good position.”

Carter Povazan has also turned in some good work on the blue line, after transitioning from his role as a forward.

The unsung hero for the Big Red this season however, is likely goaltender Jonathan Pritchard. In 11 appearances between the pipes he has faced 671 shots, or an average of 61 per each 48-minute game.  He’s faced 54 shots or more no fewer than eight times and more than 70 shots three times. His season high was 81 shots in an 11-4 loss to North Penn December 13. For all this, Pritchard’s save percentage at the start of the week was .879 which put him fifth among all SHSHL goaltenders who have played a minimum of five full games.

If the regular season had concluded at the start of this week, five of the six Continental Conference teams would qualify for the SHSHL playoffs; Central Bucks South, North Penn, Pennridge, Central Bucks East and Central Bucks West.

National Division Snapshot
Tigers looking to finish strong - In seasons past, the Truman Tigers have struggled with numbers. On many nights, they were unable to field as many as a dozen skaters. The manpower situation has improved this season, there are 16 skaters and a goaltender on this year’s roster.

Steven Avellino leads the Tigers in scoring with 24 goals and six assists for 30 points. Truman coach Bill Keyser is quick to point out that Avellino, a senior, does his best work when he’s moving the puck.

“Teams have been fixating on him, Keyser said, “and he hasn’t always been able to get the puck to the open man. When he does move the puck, he actually (opens up) the ice.”

John Saxton has been his team’s best defenseman.

“He’s fast and he can move the puck,” Keyser said. “He sees the ice well and doesn’t get beat very often. He keeps opponents on the outside.”

Senior Jeremy Wedul has been solid in goal with a solid save percentage of .873.  Wedul, a senior, is playing his first season of varsity hockey, although he’s experienced at the club level.

Truman will play its annual cancer awareness/benefit game against Pennsbury Friday at Grundy Arena. A middle-school game will precede the varsity contest, which has a scheduled puck drop of approximately 7:20. Truman started the week with an overall mark of 3-6-2, 2-4-1 in league play.

If the season had ended prior to this week, Neshaminy would be the only National Division team assured of a SHSHL playoff spot with a 4-3-1 league mark that puts it in third place as the week begins. As it stands now, the other five teams in the division - Pennsbury, Council Rock South, Abington, Truman, and William Tennent - are in effect playing for two playoff spots.

The playoff/overall Class AA standings are available at www.hockeyhappenings.wodpress.com

American Division Snapshot
Short-handed Lions making noise in American - The numbers game caught up to Lower Moreland last Friday night. The Lions had only eight skaters in uniform for their 6-5 loss to Hatboro-Horsham.

It was Lower Moreland’s first loss in 10 games. The Lions are 7-2-3 overall and 4-2-3 in divisional play, three points behind first-place Wissahickon; the teams were scheduled to meet Wednesday night at Hatfield Ice.

The Lions are known for their scoring prowess; in Coleman Peppelman (50 points), Vincenzo DeMaio (44 points) and Adam Bostock (41) they feature three of the top six scorers in the entire SHSHL, in part because of the amount of ice time those players receive, or have to shoulder because of numbers issues.

Lower Moreland Coach Gus Salfiti says his players must, on occasion, fight the temptation to watch Peppelman at work. “Even the better players get caught watching once in a while,” he said. “Because he is mesmerizing.

The Lions feature just two regular defensemen, seniors Arthur Rubinshteyn and Simon Pazalla. Other players rotate through the blue line when needed.  By the time the third period rolls around, the lack of available bodies is often a factor.

“I make a habit of calling timeout halfway about through the third period to give then a break,” Salfiti said.

In addition to the Lions and the Trojans, Plymouth Whitematsh and Hatboro-Horsham will be playoff qualifiers.

It should be noted that the results of the SHSHL playoffs will have no impact on the Flyers Cup seedings.

Class AA Scoring Leaders

GP

G

A

Pts

Tyler Greenstein NP

13

16

17

33

Steven Avellino Tr

10

24

6

30

Chris Trefz CBW

11

7

23

30

Perry Carpenter Ab

12

19

11

30

Reis Bracio CBS

13

18

11

29

Eric Slater  Pr

9

22

6

28

Nathan Oh NP

13

10

17

27

Robert Seewagen Nesh

11

16

 9

25

Jake Nelson NP

12

15

9

24

Sean Gorman CBE

10

18

5

23

Jared Albano NP

13

7

16

23

Josh Kaufhold NP

12

8

15

23

Bobby Markus WT

12

13

9

22

 

Class A Scoring Leaders

GP

G

A

Pts

Coleman Peppelmn LM

11

31

19

50

Bryan Gary Wiss

10

31

18

49

Sean Gary Wiss

11

27

21

48

Dean Keller PW

12

23

21

46

Vincenzo DeMaio LM

12

26

18

44

Adam Bostock LM

12

16

25

41

Ari Nordlinger UD

11

18

14

32

Jake Weikel PW

12

16

15

31

Aidan Keogh PW

11

20

8

28

Colin Franzoni PW

12

16

11

27

Devin Green  LM

11

11

15

26

Matt Cade Wiss

11

11

13

24

 

Goals Against

GP

Min

GAA

Luke Stranik Pr

9

425

2.37

Oscar Levin CBS

11

456

2.53

Chris MvIntyre CBE

8

240

2.60

Andrew Zanoni NP

5

240

2.80

Nick Ebbinghaus NP

8

384

3.00

Brett Magloff CRS

6

256

3.00

Matt Ogonowski CBE

7

336

3.14

Joe Gambino HH

11

478

3.41

Steve Glik Nesh

11

453

3.50

 

Save Percentage

GP

M

SvPct.

Chris McIntyre CBE

8

240

.912

Steve Glik Nesh

11

453

.900

Luke Stranik Pr

9

425

.900

Oscar Levin CBW

11

456

.880

Jonathan Pritchard Soud

12

533

.879

Jeremy Kennard CBW

7

313

.879

Jimmy Sweeney CRS

6

256

.879

Joe Gambino HH

11

478

.876

Jeremy Wedul Tr

10

480

.873

Brett Magloff CRS

6

256

.870