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CB East stays unbeaten against Neshaminy

DON LEYPOLDT

Central Bucks East may have had a little Thanksgiving food coma on Nov. 28 in Warwick, when it took to the ice against Neshaminy.

East (4-0-1) was coming off an emotional, 4-2 win at CB West on Thanksgiving Eve.

“The Thanksgiving game was the first one we had gotten in the past couple of years, so it was emotional,” said Sean Gorman. “We tried to ride that wave and hopefully we can continue.”

But in the Patriots’ next contest, Neshaminy’s Robert Seewagen had 2/3rds of a hat trick just 3:25 into the game.

“They kind of sleepwalked for the first three of four minutes,” said East coach Ken Latchum. “We reminded them that they had to earn it. But they finally came out and started gelling.”

Latchum’s charges woke up to remain unbeaten while handing Neshaminy (2-1-1) its first loss in a 6-3 Patriot win.

Just 15 seconds after Seewagen’s power play goal gave Neshaminy a 2-1 lead, East’s Jasen Cluckey knotted it at 2.

“I tried to get the puck deep from the beginning and drive to the net,” Cluckey described. “We got the shot off and I got my stick, kept putting it on net and got the goal.”

From that point, it was all East. Rich Kaczmarczyk recorded his first goal of the year with two minutes left in the first period to put East up for good 3-2. Gorman streaked down the right side of the ice and slapped a shot in goal with 27 seconds remaining in the first, giving the Patriots a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.

“Obviously 29 (Seewagen) is their best player so we wanted to stay on him, make sure we got the pucks deep and kept the pressure on,” Cluckey said. “We knew the goals would come.”

“It was teamwork,” said Gorman, who is just a freshman yet ranks second on the Patriots in points. “My teammates got me the puck and I was fortunate enough to put the puck in the net.”

Brendan Lynch muscled in East’s next goal; the Patriots had five different players tally their first five goals after Owen Connor commenced the scoring early in the first period.

“We’re very balanced,” Latchum noted. “We don’t have any superstars. Tonight, we had three lines and the third line was better than the first two. That’s a plus.”

Wednesday marked Rob Kern’s second straight two-assist game and Gorman’s second consecutive two-goal game. Gorman’s slap shot with 3:19 left in the second put East up 6-2.

From there, all eyes were on goalie Matt Ogonowski. He saved 20 shots and yielded just one goal in the game’s final 44:35.

“After the first two goals that they scored, we started to get our feet under us,” said Ogonowski, who stopped several hard slap shots on Neshaminy power plays to keep the Redskins off the scoreboard for over 38 minutes.

“Chris Mangiacapre and Owen Conner played awesome, as did the rest of the guys on defense,” Latchum praised. “Our goaltender started off a little slow but came on strong.”

Ogonowski’s best save came on a dive to stop a sure goal on a Neshaminy give-and-go. “It was a 2-on-1 and I saw (Seewagen) pass. I slid across the crease and tried to make the save, which I did,” Ogonowski observed.

CB East has not allowed more than three goals in a game this year, helping to explain its four-game win streak. “The kids are working hard. They want it,” Latchum said.

“We’re working hard,” Cluckey echoed. “We’re not giving up when we get down.”

The Patriots hosted Souderton (0-4) Wednesday night. Results were unavailable at presstime.




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