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Hockey notebook: East, West are peaking

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Pennridge (14-0-1) stayed unbeaten last Wednesday with its 7-4 win over North Penn.

Four different Rams helped to build a 4-0 lead – that nearly evaporated in the second period after the Knights found the back of the net three times in a three and a half-minute span. Kevin Pico’s second goal of the game with ticks on the clock in the second put Pennridge up 5-3. Ram Andrew Savona scored his 31st goal of the year.

All three Central Bucks schools were in action last Wednesday. Central Bucks East (9-4-1) clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Neshaminy. Drew Trask’s goal with 1:38 remaining in the game broke a 1-1 tie. East is unbeaten in its last five games, in large part to a defense that has surrendered just nine goals over that span. Goalie Cole Breen has a .940 save percentage during the streak.

In the week’s marquee matchup, Council Rock South (14-1) earned a hard fought 2-1 win over Central Bucks South. Nikita Volobuiev assisted on Jake Weiner’s opening goal and then scored one of his own to stake CR South to a 2-0 late first period lead. Both goalies – the Titans’ Nathan Napolitano and the Golden Hawks’ Trevor Rakszawski – stepped up and allowed just one more score, from the Titans’ Ryan Montagna, the rest of the way.

A tough week continued the next night for the Titans (10-4-1). In a game with more flip-flops than a Jimmy Buffett concert – there were eight lead changes – Souderton upset CB South in overtime 9-8. South’s D.J. Lindemuth had a hat trick and has 18 goals on the year.

CB West (3-11-1), after a mid-season slump, has won two straight after beating Souderton 4-2. The Bucks closed with four unanswered goals, including two from Nicholas Bruno. Bucks goalie Liam Rogers played an outstanding game, saving 51 shots.

Council Rock North had been knocking on the door of its second victory; the team finally broke through against Pennsbury in a 6-3 win. Nicholas Hahn had two early goals while Jackson Accardi had a hat trick in the third period alone. Ian Goldberg turned away 31 Falcons shots to preserve the win. The next evening, CR North (2-13) lost to North Penn 5-2. The Indians, who struggled out of the gate, have a win or one-goal loss in four of their last six games.

This week’s games

Late Wednesday

– Pennsbury at Pennridge. Pennridge needed a game-winner with 6:05 left to beat the Falcons 3-2 just before Christmas. It is a down year for Pennsbury but the Falcons have taken most opponents to the limit.

– CR South at North Penn. Jackson Mosley followed his hat trick against CB West with a two-goal game on Jan. 17 when the Golden Hawks beat the Knights 7-2.

– CB East at CR North. Trask’s overtime goal to give the Patriots the win over the Indians two weeks ago was his third of the year … and by far his biggest.

Thursday

– CB South at CB West. The Titans dominated the first meeting 12-1, although West was forced to put a position player in goal. West faces one of the SHSHL’s best defenses but anything goes in rivalry games.

Friday

– North Penn at CB East. Breen turned away 33 of 34 Knights shots to give the Patriots a 2-1 win when these teams played in late December.


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