Check out the recaps for SHSHL ice hockey teams in action this week. Pennsbury/NP photos provided courtesy of Keith Clemens Photography. Abington/Quakertown photos courtesy of Kathy Leister Photography. Check back for galleries of both games.
PENNSBURY 9, NORTH PENN 2
HATFIELD - Pennsbury wants to be a high school ice hockey team that can score goals in bunches. The Falcons are confident they can do just that every time they take the ice.
Thursday night at Hatfield Ice Arena, Pennsbury displayed its offensive prowess with a thorough 9-2 win over North Penn in a Suburban High School Hockey League game.
“Oh yeah, we’ve been looking for offense for the last three seasons,” said Pennsbury coach Ryan Daley. “Every year we’ve got more pieces. It just seems like this year anyone on any line can score, our blue line can score. It’s nice to not have to worry about it as much.”
Sophomore center Andrew Falkenstein was the team’s top scorer on Thursday, with three goals.
“Honestly, we were all just moving well,” Falkenstein said. “We were picking up what we learned from practice real well, and, honestly, I think we can be one of the top teams in the league this year.”
Early in the first period, Pennsbury (3-1), had a power play opportunity, but didn’t generate much offense and squandered that chance, but it didn’t take long after that for the Falcons to get going.
Off the feed from forward Eric Eisler, Falkenstein beat North Penn goaltender Jon Boyles for the game’s first goal with 10 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the period.
Just over a minute later, Brendan Macainsh scored to make it 2-0, and then Falkenstein added his second with 7:59 left and the Falcons were up by three goals.
North Penn’s Ryan Kaufhold put his team on the board 11 seconds later, and the Pennsbury lead stood at 3-1 after one period.
“I wasn’t too nervous,” Daley said. “All three of our games prior have been one-goal games. They’ve been tight the whole way. We don’t have the lead very often. We haven’t had it in the past few years and I think everyone was feeling that vibe, being up, controlling the game. They just kept doing what we asked them to do - shoot the puck, win the battles. Everything just kind of worked out. It was nice.”
Pennsbury scored four straight goals in the second period to make it 7-1. Reece Millman scored two goals, Colin Michalak had his first, and Falkenstein picked up the hat trick with his third goal. Michalak’s second of the night early in the third made it an 8-1 game.
“We have so many offensive threats that can shoot the puck, that can score, that can do anything,” Falkenstein said. “The biggest thing is that we’ve all played since we were little kids, so we all know each other real well.”
Like all sports, high school ice hockey leagues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 10 months. The SHSHL schedule didn’t begin until after the first half of the year, but not being school affiliated, teams were able to practice in the fall and a majority of the players were able to play travel hockey in the offseason.
“From what I understand, kids were playing, maybe not as much, but they were playing travel,” Daley said. “Some leagues took breaks from travel. I know New Jersey had a little bit of a stoppage and we have some kids that play for Lawrenceville. But for the most part, there wasn’t too much rust to knock off when we started practicing. I wanted to make sure that everyone was conditioned enough so when we started games we weren’t getting hurt.
“I think we were lucky enough to have practices. We started only a little bit later than we usually do. We started I think mid to late September. Obviously, the league didn’t tell us when games were going to start, but we had the ice, and we were allowed to at that time, so we were practicing. Took a little bit of a break when (Pennsylvania) stopped doing high school sports, but then we picked back up at the New Year, and kind of picked up where we left off.”
As for this Pennsbury team, Daley said they have talent on each line and at every position.
“I’ve got a lot,” he said. “We have our older guys like Eric Eisler and Connor Coyne on defense, Reece Millman on defense, and then you’ve got Shane Siegmund our captain, a great leader, great player. Brandon Macainsh, who is a sophomore, plays like he’s been on the team for five years.
“We have a lot of guys stepping up. It’s hard to narrow it down to just a couple, but definitely those guys are big impact players for sure.”
What will it take to continue the success the team has shown so far? Scoring 24 goals in four games is a good place to start.
“Honestly, just putting pucks in the net, that’s going to win us games,” Falkenstein said. “That’s going to be the key for us.”
Pennsbury 3 4 2-9
North Penn 1 0 1-2
First period: Andrew Falkenstein (P), 10:35; Brendan Macainsh (P), 9:12; Andrew Falkenstein (P), 7:59; Ryan Kaufhold (NP), 7:48
Second period: Reece Millman (P), 11:35; Colin Michalak (P), 9:33; Andrew Falkenstein (P), 9:09; Reece Millman (P), 3:49
Third period: Colin Michalak (P), 15:08; Jeremy Porubski (NP),10:28; Shane Siegmund
Shots: Pennsbury 31, North Penn 23; Saves: Marek Jorgenson (P) 21; Jon Boyles (NP) 22
PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 7, HARRY S TRUMAN 3
Isaac Mishkin’s goal late in the opening period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Colonials a lead they would not lose. Mishkin and Aidan Keogh both turned in four-point nights with Mishkin scoring three goals and assisting on another while Keogh had two goals and two asssits. Luke Weikel (three assists) and Jack Mishkin (two goals, one assist) also came up big.
Keogh spotted the Colonials a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, using assists from Isaac Mishkin and Weikel. Dylan Meske scored the equalizer for the Tigers with assists from James Gallagher and Jeremy McCartney. Mishkin’s go-ahead goal – which turned out to be the game-winner – was assisted by Keogh and Jack Mishkin.
The Colonials led 4-1 after back-to-back goals by Jack Mishkin (Conlan Carpenter/John Cubbin assists) and Isaac Mishkin (Weikel/Cubbin assists) in a two-minute span to open the second period. Truman’s Jeremy McCartney (Sean Dougherty) broke PW’s run with a goal, but Jack Mishkin scored late in the period with a Matthew Flynn assist to give the Colonials a 5-2 advantage.
Eric Stofan scored for the Tigers early in the third period, using a McCartney assist. Isaac Mishkin (Weikel/Keogh assists) and Keogh answered for the Colonials.
Kolton Galie recorded 22 saves in goal to earn the win for PW. Truman’s Connor Pilla was credited with 33 saves.
Plymouth Whitemarsh 2-3-2 7
Harry S Truman 1-1-1 3
First period: 1. Aidan Keogh PW (Isaac Mishkin/Luke Weikel) 8:56; 2. Dylan Meske HST (James Gallagher/Jeremy McCartney) 9:06; 3. Isaac Mishkin PW (Aidan Keogh/Jack Mishkin) 13:50.
Second period: 4. Jack Mishkin PW (Conlan Carpenter/John Cubbin) 0:25; 5. Isaac Mishkin PW (Luke Weikel/John Cubbin) 2:11; 6. Jeremy McCartney HST (Sean Dougherty) 4:02; 7. Jack Mishkin PW (Matthew Flynn) 11:25.
Third period: 8. Eric Stofan HST (Jeremy McCartney) 2:19; 9. Isaac Mishkin PW (Luke Weikel/Aidan Keogh) 8:45; 10. Aidan Keogh PW, 11:46.
Shots: PW 40, HST 25. Saves: Kolton Galie (PW) 22, Connoro Pilla (HST) 33.
NESHAMINY 11, CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 1
Neshaminy gave new meaning to the phrase ‘balanced scoring’ in Thursday’s big win as 12 players put their names in the scoring column. Thomas Gallagher’s five-point game (three goals, two assists) led the Redskins. Robert Seewagen had a four-point game (two goals, two assists).
Seewagen‘s goal with a Gallagher assist 31 seconds into the contest set the tone and was followed by goals from Matt Buchanski (Matthew Duke/Seewagen assists), Nolan Geria (JJ Hathaway assist) and Seewagen, and before the game was five minutes old, the Redskins led 4-0.
They added four more goals in the second period – two by Gallagher, the first short-handed and the second with assists from Joey Hornung and Michael Knipple. Jack Halloran (Knipple assist) and Jacob Adami (Seewagen assist) also scored.
Gallagher scored seven minutes into the third period to complete his hat trick. Jacob Helms assisted. West’s Keith Orlando broke up the Redskins’ shutout bid with an unassisted goal. Nolan Geria (Daniel McColgan assist) and Helms (Jack Halloran/Gallagher assists) each found the net for the Redskins for the 11-1 final.
Neshaminy’s Any Nau stopped nine of 10 shots to earn the win in goal. West’s Kyle Fasolak was credited with 53 saves in a standout effort in goal.
Central Bucks West 0-0-1 1
Neshaminy 4-4-3 11
First period: 1. Robert Seewagen N (Thomas Gallagher) 0:31; 2. Matt Buchinski N (Matthew Duke/Robert Seewagen) 2:54; 3. Nolan Geria N (JJ Hathaway) 3:009; 4. Robert Seewagen N, 4:48.
Second period: 5. Thomas Gallagher N, 1:30; 6. Jack Halloran N (Michael Knipple) 3:21; 7. Thomas Gallagher N (Joey Hornung/Michael Knipple) 4:34; 8. Jacob Adami N (Robert Seewagen) 12:38.
Third period: 9. Thomas Gallagher N (Jacob Helms) 6:54; 10. Keith Orlando CBW, 8:08; 11. Nolan Geria N (Daniel McColgan) 8:50; 12. Jacob Helms N (Jack Halloran/Thomas Gallagher) 10:08.
Shots: Neshaminy 64, CBW 13. Saves: Kyle Fasolak (CBW) 53, Andy Nau (N) 12.
Wednesday, Jan. 27
PENNRIDGE 4, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 3 (OT)
The Rams edged the Golden Hawks in a classic SHSHL battle at Hatfield Ice on Wednesday. It was Jack Lowery providing the overtime heroics, connecting for the game-winner 2:27 into the extra period with an assist from Aeryk Lehrhaupt.
The two teams took turns exchanging goals during regulation. The Rams struck first when Richie Shanks scored a power play goal with an assist from Blake Stewart six-and-a-half minutes into the game. With 90 seconds remaining in the period, Sam Cherkassky found the net with the equalizer. Julian Sarne had the assist.
Lehrhaupt put the Rams on top 2-1 with a short-handed goal two minutes into the second period, using a Ryan Schuler assist. Again, Rock South answered. This time it was Kevin Koles scoring with a Cherkassky assist, and the two teams entered the third period deadlocked 2-2.
Cherkassky picked up his third point of the night 3:37 into the third period, connecting on a power play goal with an assist from Kyle Boss to give the Golden Hawks their first lead, 3-2. That lead stood until midway through the period when Pennridge’s Andrew David scored with a Blake Stewart assist. Neither team scored the rest of the way, and the stage was set for OT.
Pennridge’s Ryan Pico turned away 26 of 29 shots he faced to earn the win in goal. Jimmy Sweeney came up big for the Golden Hawks, recording 48 saves on 52 Pennridge shots.
Council Rock South 1-1-1-0 3
Pennridge 1-1-1-1 4
First period: 1. Richie Shanks P (Blake Stewart) 6:36; 2. Sam Cherkassky CRS (Julian Sarne) 14:23.
Second period: 3. Aeryk Lehrhaupt P (Ryan Schuler) 2:02; 4. Kevin Koles CRS (Sam Cherkassky) 5:48.
Third period: 5. Sam Cherkassky CRS (Kyle Boss) 3:37; 6. Andrew David P (Blake Stewart) 7:47.
Overtime: 7. Jack Lowery P (Aeryk Lehrhaupt) 2:27.
Shots: CRS 29, Pennridge 52. Saves: Jimmy Sweeney (CRS) 48, Ryan Pico (P) 26.
WISSAHICKON 7, WILLIAM TENNENT 5
Sparked by the glittering six-point effort of Bryan Garry, who had four goals and two assists, the Trojans earned a hard fought win over the Panthers Wednesday.
AJ Pounds (Garry/Daniel Glazer assists) put the Trojans on the board 3:49 into the opening period. That 1-0 lead held until Garry scored just eight seconds into the second period. A goal by Glazer five minutes later with a Garry assist put the Trojans on top 3-0, but the Panthers came roaring back.
Goals by Jagger Azvolinsky (Justin Carrelli assist) and Matthew Castan (Carrellli/Gavin Loughlin assist) in a three-minute span pulled the Panthers to within one, 3-2. Garry (Pounds assist) found the net on a power play goal, and the Trojans took a 4-2 lead into the final period.
The Panthers refused to go away, rallying to knot the score with unassisted goals by Justin Carrelli and Bryan Mesaros in a span of just over a minute early in the third period. The tie lasted less than a minute as Garry scored with a Pounds assist to put the Trojans on top by one. Garry’s fourth goal of the night gave the Trojans a 6-4 advantage, but Mesaros – a minute later – scored to pull the Panthers to within one. Will Hussa scored a late goal to give the Trojans their final margin of victory. Michael Bonanni was credited with 17 saves in a winning effort in goal for the Trojans. Tennent’s Thomas Lomas kept his team within striking distance stopping 36 of 43 shots.
William Tennent 0-2-3 5
Wissahickon 1-3-3 7
First period: 1. AJ Pounds W (Bryan Garry/Daniel Glazer) 3:49.
Second period: 2. Bryan Garry W, 0:08; 3. Daniel Glazer W (Bryan Garry) 5:40; 4. Jagger Azvolinsky WT (Justin Carrelli) 809; 5. Matthew Castan WT (Justin Carrelli/Gavin Loughlin) 10:56; 6. Bryan Garry W (AJ Pounds) 14:38.
Third period: 7. Justin Carrelli WT, 4:51; 8. Bryan Mesaros WT, 6:00; 9. Bryan Garry W (AJ Pounds) 6:11; 10. Bryan Garry W, 6:14; 11. Bryan Mesaros WT (Nate Silberman) 7:07; 12. Will Hussa W, 14:58.
Shots: WT 22, Wissahickon 43. Saves: Thomas Lomas (WT) 36, Michael Bonanni (W) 17.
ABINGTON 5, QUAKERTOWN 3
The Ghosts jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Panthers didn’t go down quietly, battling to the final horn. Leading the Ghosts attack were Joe Stelacio and Sam Paulik with four points each. Paulik had three goals and an assist while Stelacio had two goals and two assists.
It was Paulik scoring an even strength goal with a Stelacio assist 11 minutes into the opening period. That 1-0 lead stood until Paulik found the net again just over nine minutes into the second period. Stelacio and Griffin Carpenter assisted. Stelacio’s unassisted goal 14:14 into the frame put the Ghosts on top 3-0 until Jack Diliberto (Eric Orzehoski assist) found the net in the final minute. Paulik got that goal back 39 seconds later, and the Ghosts took a 4-1 lead into the third period.
Eric Orzehoski’s power play goal (William Shaw assist) made it a 4-2 game, but again the Ghosts had an immediate answer. This time it was Stelacio scoring with a Paulik assist. Orzehoski (Diliberto/Shaw assists) connected for his second goal of the night with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but that’s as close as the Panthers would get.
Abington goalie Sam Nemec stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced. Quakertown’s Austin Stoudt was credited with 28 saves.
The Ghosts held a 34-33 advantage in shots.
Quakertown 0-1-2 3
Abington 1-3-1 5
First period: 1. Sam Paulik A (Joe Stelacio) 10:53.
Second period: 2. Sam Paulik A (Joe Setlacio/Griffin Carpenter) 9:21; 3. Joe Stelacio A, 14:14; 4. Jack Diliberto Q (Eric Orzehoski) 15:20; 5. Sam Paulik A (Griffin Carpenter) 15:59.
Third period: 6. Eric Orzehoski Q (William Shaw) 11:38; 7. Joe Stelacio A (Sam Paulik) 11:58; 8. Eric Orzehoski Q (Jack Diliberto/William Shaw) 14:31.
Shots: Quakertown 34, Abington 33. Saves: Austin Stoudt (Q) 28, Sam Nemec (A) 31.