Ben Reese features CB South’s come-from-behind win over Neshaminy. Check all the recaps from Wednesday and Thursday’s action. Pennsbury/Quakertown and CB West/Pennridge photos provided by Keith Clemens Photography. Check back for galleries.
CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH 7, NESHAMINY 3
By Ben Reese
HATFIELD -- For the first 16 minutes of Central Bucks South's game against Neshaminy, it appeared that someone else was wearing the blue and white sweaters with Titans on the front.
It certainly didn't look like the CB South that has won state titles and Flyers Cups. The 'Skins – 24 hours removed from a 10-0 rout of William Tennent - dominated play the entire first period and came out of it with a 3-0 lead.
Midway through the first period, Titan coach Shaun McGinty called a timeout. He blistered his team, telling them what they had to do to get back into the game.
It seems to have worked. South came out for the second period and scored five times en route to a 7-3 Suburban High School Hockey League win.
"I just think that it, unfortunately, was a bad start," said McGinty. "I don't think the kids were looking (past) anybody. I just don't think they came ready to play.
"They were flat in the first period. We're never flat in the first period."
And the timeout?
"I actually wanted to do that after the first goal," he said, "but (assistant coach) Tyler (Skroski) called me off.
"They just needed to wake up. I don't think that they purposely came unprepared or that they overlooked Neshaminy. Three to nothing was a hard thing to come back from. I just pulled them in, challenged them as much as I possibly could to get them back on track."
It worked. In the space of nearly five minutes of the second period, the Titans had tied the game and then added two more goals in the second and two more in the third for the win.
"We had them on the ropes," said Neshaminy coach Matt DeMatteo. "They switched some things up, and we just didn't adapt as well as I would have liked."
South forward Colin Abbonizio, who scored three goals, gave credit for the comeback to the coaches and his veteran teammates.
"When you see they're up three goals, you say we've got to get our stuff together," he said. "A lot of it was from the coaches.
"They really kept us in it. We just went out there and played our game and got seven goals.
"We have a lot of upperclassmen leading the younger guys along pretty well. The younger guys are always listening. They're willing to take what they can get from the older guys.
"Neshaminy's a playoff team. We told these guys that this was a playoff game. You've got to come out ready to play."
In the opening period, the 'Skins got goals from Matt Buchinski, Nolan Geria and Joey DeMatteo to jump out to that 3-0 lead after one stanza.
But things changed rapidly once the second period started. Abbonizio got South going 37 seconds into the period with his first goal. At the 3:18 mark, Matt Milanesi cut the deficit to one goal, and at 4:53, Abbonizio tied the game at 3-3.
Slightly more than five minutes later, Dominic Patrone broke that tie. Abbonizio notched his third goal of the game and the second period at 13:25.
Patrone and Ryan Gingras added icing to the cake with third-period goals. Patrone's came short-handed and Gingras' goal was on the power play.
One thing the Titans did well, even in the first period, was to keep Neshaminy's Robert Seewagen – who came into the game with 15 goals - off the scoreboard.
"With someone of Seewagen's capability, we really wanted to take our top defenseman, Gingo (Ryan Gingras), and mirror him," McGinty explained. "From our red line into our zone, Gingo has his eye on him. He (Seewagen) is the kind of kid who can really open up a game."
"I thought Robert played a good game," DeMatteo said. "Any team that plays us is going to key on Rob. There's a few guys on our team you know to key on and he's one of them."
When push came to shove on Thursday, CB South turned itself around and looked like it has in the past.
Neshaminy 3-0-0 3
CB South 0-5-2 7
First period: 1, Matt Buchinski N (Joey DeMatteo) 2:43; 2, Nolan Geria N (unassisted) 7:02; 3, DeMatteo N (unassisted) 12:02.
Second period: 4, Colin Abbonizio CBS (Brian Keilman, Matt Milanesi) 0:37; 5, Milanesi CBS (Dominic Patrone) 3:18; 6, Abbonizio CBS (Daniel Kvecher) 4:53; 7, Patrone CBS (Milanesi) 10:06; 8, Abbonizio CBS (Stephen McMillan) 13:25.
Third period: 9, Patrone CBS (Keilman) 1:47 SH; 10, Ryan Gingras CBS (Patrone) 7:27 PP.
Shots: N 30, CBS 34. Saves: Brian Nelson (N) 27; Mason Moyer (CBS) 27.
WISSAHICKON 7, HARRY S TRUMAN 1
Nicholas Hussa connected for a hat trick and also had one assist. His four-point night led the Trojans.
The Tigers took their only lead of the game when Robert DiCrosta (Jeremy McCartney/Jacob Oliver assists) scored six minutes into the game. Daniel Glazer’s power play goal 13:13 into the period and a short-handed goal by Hussa gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead after one period.
Wissahickon added three unanswered goals in the second period. Hussa scored 1:42 into the period, and with three minutes remaining in the period, Nolan Ryan (Hussa/Samuel Junker assists) found the net. A minute later, Samuel Junker scored with a Chris Shea assist, giving the Trojans a 5-1 advantage.
The Trojans added a pair in the third period for the 7-1 final.
Chris Shea turned away 12 of 13 shots in goal to earn the win for the Trojans. Truman’s Connor Pilla had 26 saves.
Wissahickon 2-3-2 7
Harry S Truman 1-0-0 1
Shots: W 33, HST 13. Saves: Chris Shea (W) 12, Connor Pilla (HST) 26.
First period: 1, Robert DiCrosta HST (Jeremy McCartney/Jacob Oliver) 6:05; 2, Daniel Glazer W, 13:13; 3, Nicholas Hussa W, 14:56.
Second period: 4, Nicholas Hussa W, 1:42; 5, Nolan Ryan W (Nicholas Hussa/Samuel Junker) 13:07; 6, Samuel Junker W (Chris Shea) 14:13.
Third period: 7, Nicholas W, 3:28; 8, (Alex Carrozza) 10:00.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
HATBORO-HORSHAM 8, WISSAHICKON 2
The Hatters used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Trojans. Tarek Elsabbagh (two goals, one assist), Nick Long (one goal, two assists), Ziyad Elsabbagh (one goal, two assists) and Alex Howieson (one goal, two assists) each had three-point games to lead the attack.
The Hatters took a lead they would not lose when Seth Lerner scored 8:24 into the opening period. A goal by Marcus Soucy (Nick Long/Ben Lerner assists) put the Hatters on top 2-0 after one period.
Wissahickon cut that lead in half when Nicholas Hussa (Alex Carrozza assist) scored 9:30 into the second period, but goals by Seth Lerner and Alex Howieson (power play) gave the Hatters a 4-1 advantage heading into the final period.
Long and Tarek Elsabbagh each scored a goal in the opening minutes to put the Hatters on top 6-1. Samuel Junker broke the Hatters’ run with a goal, but Tarek Elsabbagh and Ziyad Elsabbagh answered with back-to-back goals to close out the scoring.
Joe Gambino turned away 24 shots to earn the win in goal for the Hatters.
Wissahickon 0-1-1 2
Hatboro-Horsham 2-2-4 8
Shots: W 26, HH 30. Saves: Chris Shea (W) 22, Joe Gambino (HH) 24.
First period: 1, Seth Lerner HH 8:24; 2, Marcus Soucy HH (Nick Long/Ben Lerner) 9:16.
Second period: 3, Nicholas Hussa W (Alex Carrozza) 9:30; 4, Seth Lerner HH (Marcus Soucy/Nicholas Creneti) 12:00; 5, Alex Howieson HH (Ziyad Elsabbagh) 15:18.
Third period: 6, Nick Long HH (Alex Howieson/Tarek Elsabbagh) 2:42; 7, Tarek Elsabbagh HH (Alex Howieson/Nick Long) 3:34; 8, Samuel Junker W (Nicholas Hussa/Ben Junker), 3:34; 9, Tarek Elsabbagh HH (Ziyad Elsabbagh) 9:15; 110, Ziyad Elsabbagh HH 13:10.
PENNSBURY 9, QUAKERTOWN 1
Edward Bossler (three goals), Beau Brusius-Yedman (two goals, one assist) and Erik Eisler (one goal, two assists) all contributed three-point nights to lead the Falcons to the decisive win.
Andrew Falkenstein put the Falcons on the scoreboard 5:28 into the opening period, and goals by Reese Picker and Reece Millman put the Falcons on top 3-0 after one period.
Edward Bossler scored the only goal of the second period, and when Lucas Cunnane scored for the Panthers in the opening seconds of the third period, it was a 4-1 game. The Falcons closed it out with a flourish. Eisler and Bossler scored in an 18-second span, and then Brusius-Yedman connected on back-to-back goals. Bossler’s power play goal closed out the scoring.
Austin Stoudt recorded 59 saves in a busy night in goal for the Panthers. Marek Jorgenson was credited with five saves in the win for the Falcons.
Pennsbury 3-1-5 9
Quakertown 0-0-1 1
Shots: P 68, Q 6. Saves: Marek Jorgenson (P) 5, Austin Stoudt (Q) 59.
First period: 1, Andrew Falkenstein P 5:28; 2, Reese Picker P (Brendan Macainsh/Beau Brusius-Yedman) 12:40; 3, Reece Millman P (Jack Boyle/Andrew Falkenstein) 14:23.
Second period: 4, Edward Bossler P (Reece Millman) 9:49.
Third period: 5, Lucas Cunnane Q, 0:21; 6, Erik Eisler P 3:15; 7, Edward Bossler (Erik Eisler) 3:33; 8, Beau Brusius-Yedman P (Justin Marlin) 7:54; 9, Beau Brusius-Yedman P (Erik Eisler) 12:34; 10, Edward Bossler P (Shane Siegmund/Justin Marlin) 14:23.
NESHAMINY 10, WILLIAM TENNENT 0
Robert Seewagen scored three goals and added an assist. His four-point night led a balanced Redskin attack in Wednesday’s shutout win. Charles Potash (two goals, one assist) and Michael Knipple (three assists) both contributed three-point games.
The Redskins took care of business in a hurry, erupting for five first-period goals. JJ Hathaway scored a goal that would be the game-winner two minutes into the opening period, using a Nolan Geria assist. Back-to-back goals by Seewagen – the second a short-handed goal with assists from Geria and Matt Buchinski – put the Redskins on top 3-0. Goals by Joseph Hornung and Ryan McColgan to close out the period gave the ‘Skins their five-goal advantage.
In the second period, Seewagen, Joey DeMateo and Potash each scored, and goals by Trevor Kuhn – on the power player – and Potash brought an early end to the contest in the third period.
Neshaminy 5-3-2 10
William Tennent 0-0-0 0
Shots: N 32, WT 4. Saves: Brian Nelson (N) 4, Thomas Lomas (WT) 22.
First period: 1, JJ Hataway N (Nolan Geria) 2:00; 2, Robert Seewagen N (Charles Potash/Noah Seewagen) 5:44; 3, Robert Seewagen N (Nolan Geria/Matt Buchinski) 6:44; 4, Joseph Hornung N, 8:52; 5, Ryan McColgan N (Daniel McColgan/Max Gallagher) 12:09.
Second period: 6, Robert Seeewagen N (Michael Knipple) 7:44; 7, Joey DeMatteo N (Ma Gallagher) 8:58; 8, Charles Potash N (Nolan Geria) 9:51.
Third period: 9, Trevor Kuhn N (Robert Seewagen/Michael Knipple) 1:41; 10, Charles Potash N (Michael Knipple) 2:06.
COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 10, SOUDERTON 0
Antil Autere had a busy night setting up his teammates in Thursday’s mercy rule win, assisting on six goals and scoring another. Michael Roby Jr had a six-point night with three goals and three assists while Douglas Lopez added two goals and an assist to finish with three points.
The Golden Hawks blew the game wide open in a seven-goal first. Roby scored his first of two goals in the period 27 seconds in, and the Hawks were off and running. Also contributing first-period goals were Derek Steudler, Autere, Douglas Lopez, Kenny Duffield and Sam Cherkassky.
In the second period, Lopez connected on a power play goal and Roby completed his hat trick. Kyle Schneider’s third-period goal brought an early end to the contest.
Jimmy Sweeney turned away all nine shots he faced to earn the shutout in goal for the Golden Hawks.
Souderton 0-0-0 0
Council Rock South 7-2-1 10
Shots: S 9, CRS 42. Saves: Noah Connor (S) 32, Jimmy Sweeney (CRS) 9.
First period: 1, Michael Roby Jr CRS (Antil Autere/Douglas Lopez) 0:27; 2, Derek Steudler CRS (Brennen Wright) 1:27; 3, Antil Autere CRS, 3:40; 4, Michael Roby Jr CRS, 7:54; 5, Douglas Lopez CRS (Michael Roby Jr/Antil Autere) 11:07; 6, Kenny Duffield CRS (Antil Autere) 14:00; 7, Sam Cherkassky CRS (Julian Same/Kyle Schneider) 14:16.
Second period: 8, Douglas Lopez CRS (Michael Roby Jr/Antil Autere) 6:08; 9, Michael Roby Jr (Antil Autere/Derek Steudler) 13:01.
Third Period: 10, Kyle Schneider CRS (Antil Autere/Michael Roby Jr) 2:35.