North Penn sunk by CB South
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.