#8 BOYERTOWN 5, #1 CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH 4 (OT)
By Ben Reese
HATFIELD -- There are only two reactions following an overtime ice hockey game.
One team is elated. The other team is searching for reasons why.
Central Bucks South is the team searching. The Titans came into the Flyers Cup tournament as the No. 1 seed in the 16-team field.
The team they were facing in the quarterfinals, Boyertown, was the eighth seed. Boyertown was the elated team after winning a 5-4 overtime thriller Thursday at Hatfield Ice. Alex Harmon ended the sudden-death period with an unassisted goal with 2:24 gone in the OT.
Titans’ coach Shaun McGinty was disappointed, to say the least. To say the most, he was upset.
His reason for being upset was the waving off of a goal in the third period that would have given South a 5-4 lead with slightly more than three minutes remaining. His feelings about this lost goal were strong.
"I'm going to say it because I should," he said. "It was a goal.
"The goalie made a great reaction pulling it out (of the net) fast. Everyone behind the net saw it. It went in but the refs, once they make a decision, they're not going to change their mind."
It probably would have been enough for the Titans to advance into the semifinals on Thursday, March 12.
However, it was not the only goal waved off by the officials. The Bears also had one disallowed in overtime with only 51 seconds gone in the extra period.
McGinty also had some words of consolation for his team.
"The kids gave it everything they had," he said. "Fifty-two shots (actually 53 as South outshot Boyertown 53-30) - there's nothing more they could have done.
"The kids kept going. We had chances after that. When (Boyertown) had the chances, they capitalized.
"We were given a power play (in the third period) and we didn't capitalize. That's what happens at this level. You've got to step up on special teams. We didn't do it."
Boyertown grabbed the lead in the first period. Jackson Novak scored an unassisted goal at 4:39 for the only goal in the stanza.
But, as McGinty said, the Titans had chances. At the 6:40 mark, with the Bear goalie down on the ice, a South player shot at the open net but the puck hit the goalie and stopped before going into the net.
South got back in the game in the second period. The Titans scored twice, once by Colin Abbonizio and once by Dominic Patrone, to take a 2-1 lead.
"I thought our second period wasn't that good," said McGinty. "We got outplayed. We were outshot so we got outplayed."
Boyertown had 11 shots and South eight in the period.
Things got a bit frantic in the third period. The Bears outscored South 3-2 in the period to even the score at 4-4.
Harmon scored the first Boyertown goal and Adam Hennessey followed it up for a 3-2 Bear lead. But Abbonizio came right back to tie it at 3.
Boyertown again took the lead at 4-3 on Chase Canestra's goal. Once again the Titans rebounded on Ryan Gingras' goal for the 4-4 deadlock.
Then came the overtime. The Bears got three shots at Titan goalie Mason Moyer while South could manage only one.
The second Boyertown shot was the disallowed goal. The third ended the game.
"They controlled the overtime," said McGinty. "And they found the back of the net."
Boyertown 5, CB South 4 (OT)
Boyertown 1 0 3 1 -- 5
CB South 0 2 2 0 -- 4
First period: 1, Jackson Novak B (unassisted) 4:39 PP.
Second period: 2, Colin Abbonizio CBS (Stephen McMillan) 2:34; 3, Dominic Patrone CBS (Audin Thierolf, Matt Milanesi) 14:44.
Third period: 4, Alex Harmon B (Noah Miller) 2:00; 5, Adam Hennessey B (Cole Whitman) 2:41 SH; 6, Abbonizio CBS (Ryan Gingras, Daniel Kvecher) 4:06; 7, Chase Canestra B (Nelson Gruber) 7:02; 8, Gingras CBS (Abbonizio) 9:58 PP.
Overtime: 9, Harmon B (unassisted) 2:24.
Shots: B 30, CBS 53. Saves: Owen Yancey (B) 49, Mason Moyer (CBS) 25.
#3 PERKIOMEN VALLEY 4, #6 COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 3
The Golden Hawks fell behind early but rallied to knot the score only to watch Vikings connect for a goal that turned out to be the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in regulation, bringing the Hawks’ season to a disappointing end.
Goals by Hunter Ringwood and Jake Stasyk in the final six minutes of the opening period gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead. A goal by Billy Harrelson 1:21 into the second period with an assist from Antii Autere cut PV’s lead in half.
But not for long. Ringwood connected for his second goal two minutes later. The Golden Hawks knotted the score late in the period, thanks to goals by Michael Roby (Autere/Douglas Lopez assists) and Harrelson (Brennen Wright assist).
That 3-3 tie stood until 63 seconds remained when Adam Carter (Ringwood/Matt Maiden assists) found the back of the net with the game-winner.
PV held a 37-32 advantage in shots. Viking goalie Christopher Cowgill recorded 29 saves in the win. Rock South’s Jimmy Sweeney turned away 33 shots.
Council Rock South 0-3-0 3
Perkiomen Valley 2-1-1 4
Shots: CRS 32, PV 37. Saves: Jimmy Sweeney (CRS) 33, Christopher Cowgill (PV) 29.
First period: 1, Hunter Ringwood PV (Adam Carter) 10:46; 2, Jake Stasyk PV (Jordan Siegfried) 15:59.
Second period: 3, Billy Harrelson CRS (Antii Autere) 1:21; 4, Hunter Ringwood PV (Matt Maiden/Jake Stasyk) 3:30; 5, Michael Roby CRS (Antii Autere/Douglas Lopez) 11:33; 6, Billy Harrelson CRS (Brennen Wright).
Third period: 7, Adam Carter PV (Hunter Ringwood/Matt Maiden) 14:57.
#2 HAVERFORD 8, #10 PENNRIDGE 1
Daniel Quartapella scored two goals and assisted on two others. His four-point game led a balanced Fords’ attack. The Rams, who managed just 14 shots, were all but taken out of the game in an opening period that saw the Fords open up a 5-1 lead.
Alex Gattone put the Fords on the scoreboard 7:01 into the opening period. Less than a minute later, Andrew David scored the equalizer, using assists from Richie Shanks and Aidan Boyle. A power play goal by Jacob Orazi ignited a 4-0 Haverford tear to close out the period. The Rams never threatened.
Tyler Cassidy turned away 13 of 14 shots he faced to earn the win in goal. Pennridge goalie Ryan Pico stopped 27 shots.
Pennridge 1-0-0 1
Haverford 5-1-2 8
Shots: Pennridge 14, Haverford 35. Saves: Ryan Pico (P) 27, Tyler Cassidy (H) 13.
First period: 1, Alex Gattone H (Jacob Orazi) 7:01; 2, Andrew David P (Richie Shanks/Aidan Boyle) 7:51; 3, Jacob Orazi H (Nathan Radadam/Jagur McClelland) 10:21; 4, Quinn Hawley (Andrew Daly/Daniel Quartapella) 10:49; 5, Jagur McClelland H (Quinn Hawley/Daniel Quartapella) 12:36; 6, Jacob Orazi H, 14:06.
Second period: 7, Daniel Quartapella H, 7:46.
Third period: 8, Daniel Quartapella H (Jagur McClelland/Alex Gattone) 4:39; 9, Michael McGeoch H (Nicholas Kunigus) 14:31.
#5 DOWNINGTOWN WEST 3, #4 NORTH PENN 2