Come­back win for Wis­sahickon

Garry’s PK sends Tro­jans past Hat­ters

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter [email protected]­tu­ry­ @khunter10 on Twit­ter

HAT­FIELD TWP. >> With barely a minute to play and the score dead­locked at one apiece, Wis­sahickon’s con­sis­tent pres­sure on the Hat­boro-Hor­sham net had pro­duced a penalty shot.

Sean Garry’s plan was soon set in mo­tion.

“I knew what I was gonna do be­fore I even skated down. I came down, looked at the spot, saw it was open, and just ripped it right past him,” the se­nior said.

Garry beat Hat­ters keeper Joey Gam­bino, who, for most of the night had been im­pen­e­tra­ble, to send the Tro­jans to a 2-1 come­back vic­tory over the Hat­ters and keep Wiss un­beaten in the Sub­ur­ban High School Hockey League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence at 3-0-1.

“I think this re­ally shows how strong we are as a team,” Garry said of the win, punc­tu­ated by his win­ning PK with 1:07 to go.

“It was a heck of a game to watch,” said Tro­jans coach Ken­neth Har­ring­ton.

Wiss got a strong per­for-

mance in net from Michael Hen­der­son, played tough de­fense through­out and turned up the heat late in third to get the game tied.

“The first goal was re­ally one of the only times we got it out in front,” Garry said of Matt Cade’s tally with 6:51 to go. “We re­ally cap­i­tal­ized on that.”

For most of the evening, Hat­boro-Hor­sham (2-2, 2-2 con­fer­ence) had kept the Tro­jan of­fense in check.

“They were stack­ing the mid­dle, just try­ing to keep us to the out­side,” Garry said. “They did a good job of cut­ting off most of the pass­ing lanes but I felt like once we got the puck in the mid­dle, we could do what we wanted.”

Tarek Elsab­bagh scored in the se­cond pe­riod to put Hat­boro in front, 1-0. Gam­bino helped keep it that way, mak­ing 28 saves.

“It was very in­tense,” Gam­bino said of the con­test at Hat­field Ice. “You just gotta keep your­self fo­cused.”

“Joey is gonna play but of course it takes the five guys in front of him, shut­ting down the Garry broth­ers, of course. It’s six men out there work­ing to­gether,” Hat­ters coach Gianni Lafratta said.

In an evenly-played con­test, Hat­boro had the slight edge in shots, 31-30. The Hat­ters shut out the high-pow­ered Tro­jans (42) for nearly 42 min­utes, and then Garry worked his magic with a minute to play.

“It was a fan­tas­tic game, ex­cept for the out­come,” Lafratta said with a smile. Wis­sahickon 2, Hat­boro-Hor­sham 1


Hat­boro-Hor­sham’s Ai­dan Esack goes to free the puck from Wis­sahickon’s goalie Michael Hen­der­son dur­ing their game Wed­nes­day.

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