April 9, 1997 |
Maybe the college coaches will start visiting more often. Maybe they'll store the names of Philadelphia-area scholastic ice hockey players in their memory banks. And why not? The Philadelphia Junior Flyers finished as the nation's third-best team at the United States National Tier 1 championships last week in Marlboro, Mass. The tournament is a showcase for some of the country's best players under 19. "We were getting all kinds of comments about the Philadelphia-area kids," said John Graves, the team's general manager and the Malvern Prep coach.
March 27, 2003 |
Members of the Malvern Prep ice hockey team sat in their locker room looking at each other last night before their Flyers Cup AAA championship game against La Salle at the First Union Spectrum. They knew what was at stake before they took the ice, and they didn't want to say anything that would jinx their chances. The teams played a taut game before Malvern Prep's Chris Campanale scored in the third period to give the Friars a 2-1 victory. When the teams met in the regular season, Malvern Prep posted a 1-0 win. The victory made Malvern Prep the first team to win three straight AAA titles.
March 24, 2011 |
Wally Muehlbronner doesn't see goalie Nick DiSimone as a 14-year-old boy, but instead as a mature player who brings what the La Salle ice hockey coach said is a great approach and mental mind-set to the game. It was the final week of the season when the Explorers turned to DiSimone in goal, as Muehlbronner said it felt like the right decision to make. His instincts paid off. The freshman led the Explorers to their third Class AAA Flyers Cup in four seasons and a berth in Saturday's state-championship game against Penguins Cup winner Upper St. Clair at 4 p.m. at Ice Line in West Chester.
March 20, 1997 |
No longer the eternal understudy, Dan O'Donnell is enjoying life as goalie of the year. The Episcopal Academy senior has played a gigantic role for the Churchmen, who took a 21-0 record into the Flyers Cup tourney. In his first year as a starter, O'Donnell owns a 19-0 record, a goals-against average of 2.08, and a save percentage of 90. He also was a member of the Eastern League all-star team. The Churchmen opened Flyers Cup play last night against Conestoga at Ice Line, near West Chester.
November 21, 1994 |
West Chester Henderson, the Inter-County League's turnaround team of the season, had been trampling its opponents lately, but Friday night at Ice Line, it was severely tested by Division AA rival Conestoga. The Warriors survived with a 10-6 victory, moving to 6-1 in the league with their sixth straight victory. But the game also proved that the Warriors - who were 1-14 last season - are not going to skate unchallenged to a division title. Henderson found itself in a battle with the Pioneers to the very end. The Warriors were ahead, 4-1, in the second period, but allowed Conestoga to tie the game at 4-4. At one point in the third period, the Warriors trailed, 6-5. Things could have disintegrated further when Conestoga went on a power play, but Henderson turned the game around at that point, getting a shorthanded goal from Jim Henry to tie at 5-5. Two minutes later, they went ahead on Dan Markle's score.
March 20, 1995 |
Fifty-four seconds remained in Thursday night's game when Downingtown goalie Travis Sinden sprinted to the bench, his team trailing, 2-1, to Monsignor Bonner in the second game of a best-of-three final for the Eastern League title. Pulling Sinden for the extra skater was a last-ditch effort by Downingtown - which had lost the series opener, 4-0, last Monday - and the Whippets were hoping for a miracle of sorts, the kind they found back in January when they were down a goal to Bonner, pulled Sinden, and scored with 3 seconds remaining to forge a tie. Thursday, it didn't happen.
March 31, 2003 |
The Radnor ice hockey team kept a secret to itself after losing to Serra Catholic last year in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A state championship game. The Red Raiders knew they would be back. They also knew they would win. Radnor let the secret out yesterday. The Red Raiders ended Westmont's fairy-tale season with their 2-1 victory at Ice Line in West Chester. The Red Raiders (25-1) became the first Class A team from the East to win a Pennsylvania Cup title since Haverford High in 1992, and the first Eastern team to win a state title since Conwell-Egan in 1999.
November 26, 1997 |
The roller-coaster ride that is the Conestoga-Unionville ice hockey rivalry appears to be taking another twist. Conestoga, which ended a seven-game losing streak against Unionville in the Inter-County League Class AA championship game last spring, also beat the Indians in last Friday's regular-season game, 5-2. "I think we played a great game and got a few breaks," Conestoga coach Mike Stagnaro said. "Unionville is a great team. We wanted to prove that what happened last year wasn't a fluke.
December 2, 1998 |
Bryan Aronchick still has his first set of old, leather goalie pads and he still admires Flyers goalie Ron Hextall. "He's not as good as he used to be," Aronchick said of the veteran goaltender, "but you have to stay with him. The press puts him down and he keeps coming back. " Aronchick, Episcopal Academy's all-star goalie, who played in West Chester with the Quakers when he was 15, is also loyal to the Philadelphia area. He's good enough to play for the established prep schools in New England and upstate New York, but he'd rather play against them as he prepares for a possible Division I ice hockey career.
January 8, 1995 |
Twin ice rinks that opened just five months ago are turning away hockey teams looking for game time, figure skaters looking for practice time, and families looking for fun time. So the six partners who created the $4.2 million Ice Line Twin Rinks on Andrew Drive have decided to add one more rink on 3.5 adjoining acres they are purchasing from West Chester developer John Drury. Each week from September through mid-December, about 3,000 people flocked to the rinks to skate, to watch high school and college hockey, to snack at the cafe, or to play video games in the arcade.