By Ben Reese
WARWICK -- North Penn has a history of strong goaltending.
The Knights had the duo of John Roberts and Jake Snyder for several years. But both of them have moved on, leaving head coach Kevin Vaitis without a varsity-experienced goalie.
That might have been true at the beginning of the Suburban High School Hockey League season. But it doesn't hold true now.
Off Thursday night's performance, Kate Winstanley has projected herself into that elite goalie status. Despite the fact that she gave up two goals to Central Bucks South -- both scored by Matt Stoll -- in a 2-1 loss to the Titans, Winstanley, in hockey parlance, stood on her head all night.
She faced 40 shots, which is normal for CB South to throw at an opponent. But the Titans are also used to getting more than two goals from that output.
"I expect 35-plus shots," said South coach Shaun McGinty. "I feel that for every 10 shots, you get one goal."
Actually, Winstanley got what she expected from South.
"With them coming off a state championship, I did (expect a lot of shots)," she said. "My defense did a great job of keeping them short. It could have been a lot more."
Stoll tipped his hat to the Knights’ goalie.
"We did have a lot of shots so I give credit to the goalie," he said. "We had the chances but sometimes you've just got to finish.
"We were around our shooting range where we get 40 shots, but she was just a wall tonight. I think we had our chances and we could have buried more but ... "
Vaitis was more than happy with Winstanley's performance.
"She played awesome," he said. "She did a very good job of playing solid for us in net.
"We know that they were going to be looking to shoot the puck a lot because they always shoot the puck. They put up 40 shots and she makes 38 saves, you'll take that any time."
The obvious question for Winstanley was why she opted to play goalie.
"I honestly don't have a story behind it," she said. "I was about eight or nine when I decided to be a goalie.
"I liked it from the start. I think I liked that I got to play the whole game, honestly."
And Stoll was familiar with her.
"I actually played mites with her," he said. "Her dad was the coach. I grew up with her (in hockey)."
This is Winstanely's first and last high school varsity season. She is a senior, but she will be continuing her hockey career in college.
"I'm verbally committed to Norwich University to play for the Cadets," she said.
That sits about right with McGinty.
"I hope the right people are watching her for college," he said before being told of her commitment to Norwich. "She played strong."
And she did play strong. In the first period alone, she face 11 shots and was only beaten on a breakaway by Stoll early in the period.
She also allowed a power play goal by Stoll in the second stanza. She faced 14 shots in that period.
In the third, the Titans put 15 shots on net, and Winstanley kicked out all of them. The Knights cut the Titans’ lead in half with Nathan Oh's goal in the waning seconds of the game.
Vaitis realized what he had in net before the season started.
"I knew she was a very good goalie," he said. "With Johnny and Jake and some of the goalies we've had in the past, this was her opportunity to make the varsity team and contribute. She's done a great job for us this year. She stood on her head and played great for us."
By the way, don't think that the Titans took it easy because there was a female in goal. They didn't.
"We did play well," said McGinty. "I was excited to see what was going to happen as we got into the second half of our season.
"I thought for the most part we played well. We moved the puck; we cycled well.
"I'd like to see more shots not at the goalie, not to take anything away from her. She played very well.
"I thought my upperclassmen played very, very well tonight. It's that time of the year when they need to start doing that."
North Penn couldn't generate any offense until that late third-period goal. The Knights took only 12 shots on goal all night.
CB South 2, North Penn 1
North Penn 0 0 1 – 1
CB South 1 1 0 – 2
First period: 1, Matt Stoll CBS (unassisted) 13:17.
Second period: 2, Stoll CBS (Josh Sklar) 9:00 PP.
Third period: 3, Nathan Oh NP (Corey Stouffer) 15:54.
Shots: NP 12, CBS 40. Saves: Kate Winstanley (NP) 38; Tim White (CBS) 11.
Wednesday, Jan. 4
CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 7, NESHAMINY 1
Eleven different players were involved in the scoring for the Bucks in Wednesday’s victory. No player had more than two points on the night, and if ever there was a team win, this was it.
The Bucks went on top 2-0 in the first period. Shawn Philipps (Christian Young/Griffin Shields assists) put West on the scoreboard seven minutes into the game. Luke McCleerey’s power play goal with a Joe Anton assist in the final minute of the period gave the Bucks their two-goal advantage.
That lead grew to 4-0 after back-to-back shorthanded goals within an 11-second span in the second period – the first by Dalton Karl and the second by Anton with a Karl assist. Neshaminy’s Aric Miller found the net on a power play goal with an assist from Antonio Alicea, but Christopher Tefz got that goal back in the closing minutes of the period to put the Bucks on top 5-1.
Third period goals by Phillipps (shorthanded) and Shields closed out the scoring.
Neshaminy’s Steven Glik recorded 40 saves while West’s Patrick Ventresca and Jeremy Kennard combined for 21 saves.
Central Bucks West 2-3-2 7
Neshaminy 0-1-0 1
Shots: CB West 49, Neshaminy 22.
Saves: Sean Kain (N) 2, Steven Glik (N) 40, Patrick Ventresca (CBW) 9, Jeremy Kennard (CBW) 12
CBW: Shawn Philipps (Christian Young/Griffin Shields)
CBW: Luke McCleerey (Joe Anton)
CBW: Dalton Karl
CBW: Joe Anton (Dalton Karl)
N: Aric Miller (Antonio Alicea)
CBW: Christopher Trefz (Jacob Janik/Owen Shields)
CBW: Shawn Philipps (Brandon Savona)
CBW: Griffin Shields (Christian Young/Michael Samson)
PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 5, ARCHBISHOP WOOD 3
The Colonials opened up a 2-0 lead after one period, and the Vikings spent the rest of the night playing catch-up. Chris Zawislak led a balanced PW attack with three points on a goal and two assists.
Zawislak’s power play goal with an assist from Steven Fandozzi put the Colonials on the board just over two minutes into the game. Dean Keller (Daymond Bonsall/Nathaniel Slowik assists) made it a 2-0 game 8:27 into the period.
Wood’s Timothy Cordero scored with an assist from Michael Carrelli to make it a 2-1 game early in the second period, but back-to-back goals by Luke Brzozowski sent the Colonials into the final period with a 4-1 lead.
The Vikings trimmed that to 4-3 after goals by Patrick Sheehan and Brendan Cullura within a 63-second span. They would get no closer, and Keller’s goal in the final minute gave the Colonials their final margin of victory.
PW goalie Cole Shula turned away 30 of 33 shots to earn the win. Wood’s Joseph Danig was credited with 24 saves.
Archbishop Wood 0-1-2 3
Plymouth Whitemarsh 2-2-1 5
Shots: AW 33, PW 29.
Saves: Cole Shula (PW) 30, Joseph Danig (AW) 24.
PW: Chris Zawslak (Steven Fandozzi)
PW: Dean Keller (Daymond Bonsall/Nathaniel Slowik)
AW: Timothy Cordero (Michael Carrelli)
PW: Luke Brzozowski (Chris Zawislak)
AW: Patrick Sheehan (Timothy Cordero/Brendan Cullura)
AW: Brendan Cullura (Evan Capinas/Patrick Sheehan)
PW: dean Keller (Nathaniel Slowik/Ben Lubas)
CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 2, PENNSBURY 2
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but the resilient Patriots scored a pair of goals – the second at the final horn – for the hard-earned tie.
Sujit Hiremath (Nathan Raccagno assist) and Raccagno (Jake Sieger assist) scored back-to-back goals within seconds of each other just over six minutes into the second period. That 2-0 lead turned out to be anything but secure.
Bryan McIntosh (Colin Quinn/Richard Keiser assists) made it a 2-1 game 4:19 into the third period, and it looked like that score would hold until Jeff Carp scored at the 15:59 mark to give the Patriots the dramatic tie.
August Dous recorded 28 saves in goal for the Falcons, and for the Patriots, Jake Semrow recorded 12 saves.
Central Bucks East 0-0-2 2
Pennsbury 0-2-0 2
Shots: CBE 30, Pennsbury 14.
Saves: Jake Semrow (CBE) 12, August Dous (P) 28.
P: Sujit Hiremath (Nathan Raccagno)
P: Nathan Raccago (Jake Sieger)
CBE: Bryan McIntosh (Colin Quinn/Richard Keiser)
CBE: Jeff Carp
HATBORO-HORSHAM 8, LOWER MORELAND 3
The Hatters broke a 2-2 tie with three straight goals to close out the second period on their way to the convincing win. Dylan McClure led the Hatters with a four-point night that included a goal and three assists. Nathan Reilly added a hat trick, and Jacob Mueller also added three points on a goal and two assists.
Reilly spotted the Hatters a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, using a Jordan Gillis assist. Coleman Peppelman’s power play goal evened the score midway through the period, but Reilly (Jacob Mueller/Dylan McClure assists) gave the Hatters a 2-1 lead when he scored a power play goal in the final minute of the period.
Lower Moreland knotted the score on a goal by Brennan Bostock 1:33 into the second period, but that tie lasted less than a minute as Reilly (Adam Sheerr assist) answered with a goal that gave the Hatters a lead they would not lose. Goals by Ziyad Elsabbagh and Mueller sent the Hatters into the third period with a 5-2 advantage.
It was a 7-2 game after goals by Eric Wrenn and McClure before Peppelman and Elsabbagh exchanged late goals for the 8-3 final.
Ryan Bell recorded 24 saves in goal for the Hatters in the win while Lower Moreland’s Ryan Hoffman was credited with 28 saves.
Hatboro-Horsham 2-3-3 8
Lower Moreland 1-1-1 3
Shots: HH 36, LM 27
Saves: Ryan Bell (HH) 24, Ryan Hoffman (LM) 28.
HH: Nathan Reilly (Jordan Gillis)
LM: Coleman Peppelman
HH: Nathan Reilly (Jacob Mueller/Dylan McClure)
LM: Brennan Bostock
HH: Nathan Reilly (Adam Sheerr)
HH: Ziyad Elsabbagh (Jacob Mueller/Dylan McClure)
HH: Jacob Mueller
HH: Eric Wrenn
HH: Dylan McClure
LM: Coleman Peppelman (Campbell Manin/Simon Gratowski)
HH: Ziyad Elsabbagh (Dylan McClure/Jonathan Herbert)