SHSHL Playoff Wrap (2-25-10)

Ice Hockey Wrap

Council Rock South rallied back from a 2-1 first period deficit to advance to the SHSHL Class AA finals with Council Rock North with a 7-4 semi-final win over Central Bucks South at the Face Off Circle in Warminster.
“We got off to a slow start, but we got stronger and took control as the game went on,” said Rock South coach Joe Houk. “Honestly, I am glad that we are playing North in the final rather than Pennsbury.
“Our style is much like North in that we have a more open style – back and forth up the ice,” added Houk. “It should be a great series.”
The Golden Hawks received another superlative performance from its first line in the win.
Patrick Grilli – the leading scorer in the SHSHL during the regular season with 40 goals and 35 assists – registered the hat trick for the winners.
Other goal scorers for the Hawks were Thomas Kopania – with a pair of goals – along with Peter Malamud and Dan Ufberg.
Kevin Carter scored a pair of goals for CB South, while Nick Gibson and Dan Pulse scored single goals for the Titans.
Wissahickon needed a strong third period to defeat Plymouth Whitemarsh and advance to the SHSHL Class A finals, 7-5. The game was played at the Hatfield Ice Rink in Hatfield.
The Trojans will meet Upper Dublin in a best of three finals to begin on March 2nd at the Face Off Circle in Warminster at 7 pm.
“The players are really excited about playing Upper Dublin,” said Wissahickon head coach Ryan McLaughlin. “We beat them during the regular season, but you can’t underestimate anyone during the playoffs.”
Wissahickon and PW battled to a 4-4 tie over the first two periods. However, the Trojans outscored the Colonials 3-1 in the critical third period.
Sean Delaney led the Wissahickon scoring with a pair of goals. David Ko, Pat Wilson, David Pataki, Evan Weiss, and Joey Sutkow each scored single goals for the Trojans.
Plymouth Whitemarsh had a hat trick scored by Matt Puglia to lead its offensive effort. Brendan McQuiston and Shawn Pester each scored solo goals for the Colonials.
Upper Dublin rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Hatboro-Horsham – 3-2 – in overtime in a game played at Warwick Ice Arena in Warwick.
“It was a great high school hockey game,” said Upper Dublin head coach Chris Seamens. “We were down, but our young kids stepped up and played a great game.”
“We had the lead until the last two minutes of regulation,” said Hatboro-Horsham head coach Mike Shiels. “(Hatter goalie) Jimmy Salfiti played a great game for us, but give Upper Dublin credit for keeping the pressure on.”
Salfiti stopped an incredible 38 shots in defeat.
Hatboro-Horsham had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Brian Smith and Chris Flannery. UD countered with a single goal by Brian Markman.
The Flying Cardinals scored the game-tying goal with 2:03 left in the game on a goal off the stick of Sam Etskovitz. Ben Hoffman scored the game winner for Upper Dublin in the overtime.