SOL SHSHL Ice Hockey Notebook (2-13-19)

This week’s notebook features CB East and Neshaminy and also highlights the American Conference race and includes the scoring leaders and goalie stats.

By Rick Woelfel

Continental Division Snapshot:
East’s McIntyre back between the pipes - As the Suburban High School Hockey league season heads into its final two weeks, Chris McIntyre has a lot of feel good about. The Central Bucks East goaltender returned to action last week after missing more than a month because of medical issues.

After three days of practice, he responded with two solid performances on back-to-back nights in a 5-1 win over Truman followed by a 2-2 standoff against Abington.

“It feels great to be back on the ice,” the sophomore goalie said. “It feels great. I enjoy it a lot.”

McIntyre said he only had to deal with a minimal amount of rust as he prepared for a return to game competition.

“A little bit on Monday,” he said, “but that was it, and I kind of got back into it.”

McIntyre started the week tops among SHSHSL goaltenders (who have played the equivalent of five full games) in save percentage at .920. He’s second in goals-against average at 2.29. His goaltending partner Matt Oganowski has played well too; he started the week with a goals-against average of 3.25 and a save percentage of .855.

Oganowski and McIntyre are getting plenty of help from their defense corps. The Patriots have allowed just 40 goals in 15 games, or 2.7 per game. They’ve held opponents to three goals or less four times. The exceptions are North Penn, Central Bucks South, and Pennridge, arguably the three most potent offensive teams in the SHSHL, along with crosstown rival Central Bucks West.

East stands at 9-4-2 overall and, at 5-4-1 in league play, is assured of a SHSHL playoff spot. It will close the regular season against Pennsbury Wednesday night at Grundy.

National Division Snapshot:
Neshaminy finishing strong - Neshaminy will close the regular season with matchups against Central Bucks West on Thursday and Truman next Wednesday. Matt DeMatteo’s troops are playing some quality hockey at present, they’re unbeaten in their last five starts.

We’re really finding our stride right now,” DeMatteo said. “The boys are really jelling for a playoff push.”

Robert Seewagen continues to lead the team in scoring with 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points. Joe DeMatteo is next with 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. At the other end of the ice, Joey Buday has been leading the blue-line corps while veteran Steve Glik has been solid in goal.

Neshaminy has the best record of any team in the National Division, which is irrelevant as far as the playoff seedings are concerned, but is indicative of the progress this team has made over the last two seasons.

Heading into the week, Neshaminy carries a record of 6-4-3, 4-3-2 in league play. That record included an early-season win over Pennridge, a one-goal loss to central Bucks South, and a tie against North Penn. Were the playoffs to start today, Neshaminy would be seeded sixth.

“We feel on any given night we can compete with any team,” DeMatteo said. “We feel we’re right there with any team in the league.”

American Division Snapshot:
Lower Moreland & Wissahickon battle for regular season crown - The regular-season race in the Class A American Division is going right down to the wire. Lower Moreland starts the week with a 6-2-3 divisional mark, one point in front of second-place Wissahickon, but the Trojans (6-2-2 in the division) have a game in hand. The Lions will finish their league schedule on Thursday against Upper Dublin, which is winless in divisional play while the Trojans will have two stiff tests in Plymouth Whitemarsh on Wednesday and Hatboro-Horsham next Wednesday; games that will likely determine the regular-season title and both teams’ seeding for the Flyers Cup tournament.

Lower Moreland comes onto the week having won five of its last six while the Trojans have won four out of five.

Both teams will be counting on their goaltenders to step up. Wissahickon’s Michael Henderson is carrying a goals-against average of 4.23, a solid number in the offense-oriented American Division, with a save percentage of .829. His Lower Moreland counterpart, Jacob Lungin, is at 5.21/.799

Playoff Ponderings—The SHSHL playoffs will commence on Monday, Feb. 25, with four Class AA quarterfinal games, two at Hatfield Ice and two at Revolution Ice Gardens. Wednesday, Feb. 27, will feature the semifinals in both Class AA and Class A, one of each at both Hatfield and Revolution Ice Gardens. The championship games in both classes are set for Thursday, February 28 at Hatfield.

The results of the SHSHL playoffs will not impact the seedings for the Flyers Cup. Those seedings and pairings will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Class AA Scoring Leaders

Name

School

GP

G

A

Pts

Eric Slater

Pr

12

26

13

39

Tyler Greenstein

NP

14

18

17

35

Reis Braccio

CBS

14

 20

 13

 33

Chris Trefz

CBW

10

8

25

33

Perry Carpenter

Ab

11

21

11

32

Steven Avellino

Tr

12

24

6

30

Nathan Oh

NP

14

11

18

29

Robert Seewagen

Nesh

13

17

11

28

John Gray

Soud

13

16

12

28

Sean Gorman

CBE

13

21

5

26

 

Class A Scoring Leaders

Name

School

GP

G

A

Pts

Coleman Peppelmn

LM

13

35

22

57

Bryan Gary

Wiss

11

31

18

49

Sean Gary

Wiss

11

27

21

48

Adam Bostock

LM

14

21

27

48

Vincenzo DeMaio

LM

14

29

18

47

Dean Keller

PW

14

23

21

44

Jake Weikel

PW

14

19

20

39

Ari Nordlinger

UD

13

22

14

36

Colin Franzoni

PW

14

17

11

28

Devin Green

LM

12

11

16 27

 

 

Goals Against Average

Name

School

Min.

GAA

Luke Stranik

Pr

537

2.05

Chris McIntyre

CBE

336

2.29

Oscar Levin

CBS

466

2.47

Nick Ebbinghaus

NP

432

2.78

Andrew Zanoni

NP

240

2.80

Brett Magloff

CRS

256

3.00

Joe Gambino

HH

526

3.19

Matt Oganowski

CBE

384

3.25

Steve Glik

Nesh

501

3.64

Jeremy Kennard

CBW

393

3.79

 (Min. 240 minutes played)

Save Percentage

Name

School

Min.

GA

Save Pct.

Chris McIntyre

CBE

336

16

.920

Luke Stranik

Pr

537

23

.909

Steve Glik

Nesh

501

38

.895

Jeremy Kennard

CBW

393

31

.888

Joe Gambino

HH

526

35

.884

Oscar Levin

CBS

466

24

.882

Jonathan Pritchard

Soud

629

92

876

Jeremy Wedul

Tr

576

60

.871

Brett Magloff

CRS

256

16

.870

Jimmy Sweeney

CRS

304

27

.859

 (Min. 240 minutes played)