North Penn sunk by CB South

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By AN­DREW MAR­CUS

WARMIN­STER — It was the North Penn ice hockey team’s first trip back to War­wick Arena to face Cen­tral Bucks South since last sea­son. It was then when the Ti­tans com­pleted a spir­ited se­ries sweep in the SHSHL AA cham­pi­onship. But as showed Thurs­day night, it does not take a ti­tle shot to bring the best out of both sides.

In the first reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing be­tween the two con­tend­ing clubs, the Knights net­ted the first goal and the Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence teams traded scores all evening. As ex­pected, the score was square 2-2 head­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod and much like last sea­son cham­pi­onship se­ries, the Ti­tans found a way to pull out the win.

“South is a phys­i­cal team that is go­ing to get up in your face and grind it out,” Knights coach Kevin Vaitis said. “We are a fi­nesse team with a lot of skill and a lot of speed. We need to use that to our ad­van­tage and we kind of got away from it.”

The 5-3 win was pro­pelled by two third pe­riod goals by the Ti­tans. Ev­ery time the Knights (11-4-1, 9-3-1) at­tempted to take con­trol, the de­fend­ing champs came storm­ing back down the ice for an equal­izer. The Ti­tans’ (13-3-1, 11-2-1) Bren­den Cle­ments con­nected for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son with four min­utes re­main­ing to seal the vic­tory. Jake Bauer’s sec­ond goal of the night put the cherry on top with an empty-net­ter.

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