HATFIELD— The celebration resembled ine that traditionally follows the presentation of the Stanley Cup. The Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials completed their climb to the summit Thursday night with an 8-3 win over Wissahickon in the Suburban High School Hockey League Class A championship game.
A large and enthusiastic audience at Hatfield Ice looked on as the top-seedbed Colonials won for the 18th time in 19th starts. Dean Keller and Luke Weikel each scored twice to help their teammates capture the second SHSHL title in school history; the first came in 2009.
“It feels fantastic,” said Plymouth Whitemarsh coach Josh Aiello. “This has been not just a long season coming (but) a lot of years coming.
“These guys have trained day in and day out ... I’m just so proud of our players.”
Wissahickon (10-9) built a 3-1 lead by the 2:19 mark of the second period on goals from Ty Schiff, Alex Carrozza, and Nicholas Hussa, but the Trojans never scored again.
Jack Mishkin, Keller, and Ben Lubas scored goals in a span of 2:59 to give the Colonials a 4-3 lead and additional goals from Aidan Keogh sand Jake Weikel made it a 6-3 game before the period ended. Luke Weikel added both his goals in the third period.
The Colonials were just as effective inside their own zone, keeping Bryan Garry, Wissahickon’s top offensive threat, off the scoresheet.
“They did a good job of that,” said Wissahickon coach Ken Harrington. “We made some mistakes like (allowing breakaway opportunities).”
Harrington said penalties took his team out of its rhythm. “When you’re killing or on the power play, it distrusts everything,” he said. “They kind of messes up your flow, We weren’t able to play our third line that much.”
Keller, the Plymouth Whitemarsh captain, reflected on winning a championship.”It means everything,” he said. “The last four years we’ve really been working hard. We’ve been starting in August, just getting ready for games like these and its great that it finally paid off.”
Wissahickon goaltender Chris Shea became was involved in an altercation after they final buzzer and received a major penalty and a game misconduct. That brings with it an automatic one-game suspension.
Ice chips—Both teams will begin Flyers Cup play on Monday night. The Colonials,, who are seeded eighth, will face Lower Dauphin in an 8:45 game at Ice Line. Wissahickon, the 11th seed, will take on Unionville at 6:45 at the same rink.
Wissahickon 2 1 0—3
Plymouth Whitemarsh 1 5 2—8
First-period goals: Ty Schiff (W) from Nicholas Hussa, 3:25 (pp); Dean Keller (PW) from Conlan Carpenter, 6:06; Alex Carrozza (W) unassisted, 6:46.
Second-period goals: Nicholas Hussa (W) from Schiff and A.J. Pounds. 2:19 (pp); Jack Mishkin (PW) from Zach Spera, 6:16 (pp); Keller (PW) from Mishkin, 8:21; Ben Lukas (PW) from Aidan Keogh and Jake Weikel, 9:15; Keogh (Pw) from Keller, 13:53; Jake Weikel (Pe) from Keller, 15:26.
Third-period goals: Luke Weikel (PW) from Matt Flynn, 4:48; Luke Weikel from Jake Weikel, 13:56.