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Hockey notebook: Rivalries highlight Thanksgiving Eve

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Give thanks for your rivals.

It may not have the history of Pennridge-Quakertown football, but Central Bucks West and CB East continued their traditional Thanksgiving Eve rivalry last Wednesday night at Revolution Ice Gardens. The Patriots got to celebrate Thanksgiving early, topping host West 5-4 in an overtime thriller.

Jasen Cluckey’s short-handed goal put the Patriots up 3-2 in the second. West took a 4-3 lead with 5:30 remaining in regulation; Jack Boland’s tally tied it and Jake Lang’s 17th goal of the year put the Bucks up.

Victory seemed certain but with just six ticks on the clock, Sean Gorman scored his 11th goal this season on an East power play to knot the game at four. The Patriots’ Bogden Borodenko scored the first and last goals of the contest. Borodenko ended it two minutes into overtime.

East and West left with identical 4-0-0-1 records. The Bucks scored an outrageous 44 goals in their first four games.

The nightcap featured another rivalry but Council Rock South’s 11-1 win over Council Rock North (1-4) was not as exciting. Michael Roby had a hat trick before the first period was over and Antii Autere added three assists as the Golden Hawk offense broke out in a big way. Despite a 1-2 record, CR South goalie Jimmy Sweeney has an impressive .917 save percentage on the year.

Other area icers saw action on Thanksgiving Eve. CB South (4-0-0-1) extended its win streak to four with a 5-1 win over North Penn at Hatfield. Dominic Patrone and Colin Abbonizio each scored twice; Abbonizio now has five goals in his last two games while Patrone added to his four-game point streak. Defensively, goalie Mason Moyer and the Titans didn’t allow North Penn to score until just 1:49 remaining. The Titans have surrendered just seven goals in five games and have outscored SOL opponents 22-5 in their four wins.

In the later game of the Hatfield twinbill, Pennridge (2-2) got back on a winning track with a 6-1 thumping of Souderton. A Flyers Cup semifinalist last year, the Rams outshot Souderton 58 to 9. Five different Rams had goals. Jack Lowery scored twice, to add to his team-leading six points. Cooper White’s second period goal made the game 2-0 and proved to be the game winner.

Most area teams returned to the ice Wednesday. Quakertown (0-2), in its inaugural varsity season, searched for its first win against Upper Moreland in Warwick. CB South hosted Souderton in Hatfield while Pennridge played Upper Dublin in the precursor. CB East went to Neshaminy in an important intra-divisional game between four-win teams. All results were unavailable at press time.


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