Bucks County Herald

Titans chase another title

DAVID CAMPBELL

The bad taste of losing to eventual state champion Downingtown East in March’s Flyers Cup Class AA semifinals still lingers in Central Bucks South’s mouth.

“Everyone remembers that,” Titans senior Joe DeLaurentis said. “Everyone remembers losing. We’re not going to forget it. In the past, we’ve won state championships and because of that, it just makes us want to win even more. It fires us up.

“When we’re winning these games early in the season,” DeLaurentis continued, “it’s helping our confidence and it’s getting us ready for later in the year.”

CB South handed Council Rock South its first loss of the year last Wednesday evening at Warwick’s Revolution Ice Gardens. The 3-1 outcome was the closest any Suburban High School Hockey League (SHSHL) Class AA club had come to knocking off the Titans in the early going.

DeLaurentis, Dominic Patrone and Matt Milanesi had the Titan goals. Frank Carter had a pair of assists.

“You start off strong, you can only get better, really,” senior Matt Stoll said. “We’re just gaining more confidence with each other, gaining that chemistry.”

The DeLaurentis-Stoll duo is arguably the best in the league.

“Nowadays,” Stoll said, “I know where Joe’s going to be on the ice. I can just put the puck anywhere and he’ll be there – and vice versa.”

It’s not just them, though. CB South appears to have a ton of balance.

“Guys are putting the puck in the net; they’re sharing the wealth,” said head coach Shaun McGinty, in his second year behind the bench. “We have a high-powered offense. At the same time, we’re playing well on defense. Your offense is only as good as your defense. If the defense is able to get the puck out and get that breakaway going, our forwards can do what they do best.”

The Titans have scored in bunches. Not including a 4-0 setback to Class AAA Holy Ghost Prep on Nov. 16, CB South has outscored SHSHL opponents 30-4 in amassing a 4-1 league record with Neshaminy scheduled to pay a visit to Warwick this Thursday. CB South also owns an impressive 1-0 triumph over nonleague Downingtown East last Thursday. DeLaurentis scored the lone goal in the second period.

“Everyone pretty much has [at least] one point this year,” Stoll said. “That’s what we want. We want everyone producing; we want everyone getting the job done.”

“Everyone is contributing right now,” DeLaurentis echoed. “It’s nice to have depth. It’s going to help us in the long run.”

Stoll (five goals, three assists) and DeLaurentis (eight goals) each have eight points to lead the team. There are a slew of Titans chasing them for the points lead, however.

Tyler Boylan has netted three goals, while Carter has six assists to pace the Titans.

James Schuler and Reis Braccio each have five assists.

A sophomore, Patrone, who has four assists, drew Stoll and DeLaurentis’ praise.
Stoll called Patrone “nasty,” in a good way.

“He works hard, gets shots off,” Stoll said. “He gets in the ‘dirty’ areas [of the ice] where some people don’t want to be.”

McGinty has used both of his goalies, Oscar Levin and Tim White. Levin made 34 saves in CB South’s victory over the Cougars. Levin also helped the Titans shut out North Penn, 7-0, on Nov. 22; he had 19 saves. Levin is 4-0 as a starter and has a .962 save percentage and a goals against average of 0.76; White’s save percentage is .919.

“It’s nice to see the whole team doing well,” DeLaurentis said. “It’s exciting.”

It’s not uncommon. The Titans have been a Pennsylvania player since 2014 when they won their first state championship. They won their second in 2016. Stoll scored four in CB South’s most recent state title game; DeLaurentis had one goal.

“We’ve always had a good culture here. The kids know what to expect of each other.

Our strong leadership came back,” said McGinty, speaking of Stoll and DeLaurentis.

“The leaders of the team have been around for a long time.”

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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