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2012 Flyers Cup Overview
33rd Annual Flyers Cup Scholastic Championships

MARCH 20: Flyers Cup A & GIRLS Championship

Flyers Cup A
#3 Springfield            1
#1 West Chester Rustin    4

A stellar performance by goalie Zach Sheriko (27 saves) and power forward Colin Clark (2 goals) lifted West Chester Rustin to victory over defending Flyers Cup A champion Springfield.  The Knights captured their third title in four years, tying Radnor for the most in single-A Flyers Cup history.

Flyers Cup GIRLS
#2 Lansdale Catholic        0
#1 Unionville            5

From start to finish, it was pure domination by the Indians who took home their third straight Flyers Cup Girls title. The game could have gotten out of control if not for the stellar goaltending of Lansdale Catholic’s Jessica Mares, who made 61 saves. Indians’ sensation Annabeth Donovan (2 a) captured her third MVP award after leading the tournament with seven points in two games.

MARCH 19: Flyers Cup AA Championship

#9 Cherokee            2
#3 Council Rock South    5

With the title on the line, Golden Hawks Senior Vincenzo Primavera (2 g, 1 a) tied the game up with a minute to play in the first period to help shift the momentum. Kyle Walter (2 g) followed up with a second period tally to give CR South a 2-1 lead.

After a goal by Cherokee’s Jason Spieker with 14 seconds left in the 2nd, the teams entered the dressing rooms for the intermission tied at two. 

The battle tested Golden Hawks came out flying, as Walter sniped a shot past Chiefs goalie Dan Navarra just 21 seconds into the third period. Thomas Kozior and Primavera each added a goal in the ensuing minutes, cushioning the lead to 5-2. The MVP award went to Council Rock South’s goalie Justin Houk (17 saves) who only allowed five goals in four tournament games. The team captured their third Flyers Cup AA title in the past four years.


Flyers Cup AA Semi-Finals
#7 Downingtown East        0
#3 Council Rock South    3

Nick Keck (1 g, 1 a) clinched his second game winner of the tournament as he gave the Golden Hawks the lead with 2 minutes to play in the first period. The Cougars were shut down by goalie Justin Houk (21 saves) who made a nifty save on sharpshooter Geordie Lukas in the third period.

The Golden Hawks will now attempt to win their third title in four years as they battle against Cherokee on Sunday, March 18 at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30pm.

#9 Cherokee        5
#5 Conestoga        4

Brian Miller (3 g, 1 a) netted the game winner with 7:42 remaining, and Cherokee advanced to the Flyers Cup AA Final for the first time in program history.  Cole Zucker also chipped in with a four-point effort (2 g, 2 a).  Conestoga’s Doug MacDonald picked up four assists in a losing effort.

The Chiefs will try to become the first South Jersey school to win a Flyers Cup title since Washington Township took the Single A crown in 1994.  No South Jersey team has ever won the Flyers Cup at the AA level.


Flyers Cup AA

#7 Downingtown East     5
#2 North Penn            4 OT
David DeFazio (2 g) sent the game to overtime when he tallied with two minutes to play in regulation, while his teammate Ryan Knight scored the game-winner as Downingtown East upset the Knights.


Flyers Cup A
#9 Downingtown West     3
#1 W.C. Rustin        5
David Dunn (3 a) and Ben Kinch (1 g, 1 a) helped lead the Knights to victory as they advanced to the semifinals.

#6 W.C. East        3
#3 Springfield        4
Billy McGugan (2 g) and goalie Mike Rice (29 saves) paced Springfield as they squeaked past the Vikings.

#7 W.C. Henderson    10
#2 Methacton        2
Cory Daskiewicz (3 g, 2 a) and Jeffrey Larmer (2 g, 3 a) showcased their talents by tallying 5 points each, helping the Warriors crush Methacton and advance to the semifinals.

#13 Archbishop Carroll    1
#12 Lansdale Catholic        2 OT
Anthony Valerio delivered the game winner in OT while goalie Ben Mills was solid in net, stopping 36 shots and lifting LC past the Patriots.

Flyers Cup AA
#9 Cherokee            2
#1 Central Bucks South    0
Dylan Bradley (1 g, 1 a) scored the game winner in the 2nd and goalie Dan Navarra was lights out, stopping all 24 shots and leading the Chiefs to victory.

#20 Washington Township    0
#5 Conestoga            4
Griffin Lee (2 g, 1 a) and Tim Quinn (1 g, 2 a) each tallied 3 points for the Pioneers as they shut down Washington Township.

#11 Boyertown        1
#3 Council Rock South    4
Stephen Junod (1 g, 1 a) and Kyle Walter (1 g, 1 a) each picked up 2 points for the defending AA champion Golden Hawks as they advanced to the semifinals.


Flyers Cup AA
#20 Washington Twp.        3
#4 Perkiomen Valley        2
Doug Sanders (1 g, 1 a) tallied two points while goalie Ryan McCuster (41 saves) continued to stay hot in helping his team earn the upset over the Vikings.

#14 Pennsbury            2
#3 Council Rock South    3
The Golden Hawks scored 2 unanswered in the 3rd to rally past Pennsbury. Nick Keck (1 g, 1 a) gave his team the lead with less than a minute to play in regulation.

#17 Hempfield        2
#1 Central Bucks South    5
Connor Bechtal (2 g, 1 a) and Nick DeLaurentis (1 g, 2 a) each picked up 3 points for the Titans as they cruised past the Black Knights.

#11 Boyertown     5
#6 Pennridge        2
Justin Finnerty (1 g, 2 a) scored the go ahead goal in the 2nd to help lift the Bears over the higher-seeded Rams.

#2 North Penn        4
#15 Avon Grove    3 OT
North Penn squandered a two goal lead late in the 3rd, but Ryan Merk’s overtime goal helped the Knights prevail over upset-minded Avon Grove.

Flyers Cup A
#19 Wissahickon    1
#3 Springfield        10
Billy McGugan (1 g, 4 a) and Ryan Brawley (1 g, 3 a) helped lead the defending champion Cougars to an easy victory over Wissahickon.

#13 Archbishop Carroll    5
#4 Archbishop Wood        2
John Parker (3 g, 1 a) recorded a hat trick for the Patriots as they upset the Vikings in dominating fashion.  Carroll outshot Wood 33-16.


Flyers Cup AAA Semi-Finals
#3 Father Judge    1
#2 Holy Ghost Prep    8   

Stellar performances by Kevin Kerr (1 g, 4 a) and Matthew McEntee (2 g, 3 a) helped the Firebirds cruise into the AAA finals. James Smith (2 g) celebrated this victory on his 18th birthday.

In the net, Peyton Jones was solid, stopping 17 of 18 shots. The Firebirds are now one step closer to their goal of hoisting the Flyers Cup AAA trophy.

#4 Cardinal O’Hara    2
#1 La Salle        8

Within the first 2 minutes, both Andrew Romano (1 g, 2 a) and Brett Supinski (2 g, 1 a) pounced on loose pucks to give the La Salle a quick 2-0 lead. One minute later, O’Hara responded with a goal to cut the lead in half.

The Explorers tallied 4 goals in the 2nd period to give them a commanding 6-1 lead. La Salle will now try to win back-to-back Flyers Cup titles as they face off against Holy Ghost Prep in the finals, next Wednesday (7:20 pm) at Hatfield Ice.


Flyers Cup A
#18 Radnor            3 OT
#15 Upper Moreland        2
Cullen McNally (1 g, 1 a) spoiled the Bears Flyers Cup debut by potting the game winner in overtime to help lift the Raiders to victory.

#11 Governor Mifflin        2
#6 WC East            6
Strong performances by Zach Higgins (1 g, 2 a), Stephen Garrell (1 g, 2 a,) and Cyle Knopf (1 g, 2 a) helped glide the Vikings past first-time Flyers Cup participant Governor Mifflin.

#10 Hershey        4
#7 WC Henderson    7
Cory Daskiewicz (3 g, 3 a) put up an astonishing 6 points for the Warriors as they defeated Hershey.  

Flyers Cup AA
#12 Parkland        3
#5 Conestoga        10
Tim Quinn (5 g, 1 a) and Doug MacDonald (2 g, 2 a) dazzled and Conestoga cruised to a victory over the Trojans.

#10 Central York        1
#7 Downingtown East        3
David DeFazio (1 g, 1 a) and Tom Tapper (1 g, 1 a) each tallied two points to help rout the Panthers.

#9 Cherokee            4
#8 Council Rock North    1
Brian Miller (2 g, 1 a) led the Chiefs to victory as they outskated the Indians.


Flyers Cup A
#9 Downingtown West    4
#8 Penncrest         3
Sean Higgins (2 g, 1 a) and Eric Rankle (1 g, 2 a) each tallied three points to lead the Whippets to a win over Penncrest.

#17 Williamstown    12
#16 Upper Dublin    3
Williamstown rolled over the Cardinals in a first round match-up.

#19 Wissahickon    5
#14 Garnet Valley    4
Wissahickon rallied in the 3rd period, and Dustin Rabinowitz (2 g, 2 a) clinched the game winner with 12 seconds left to help his team defeat the Jaguars.

#12 Lansdale Catholic     10
#7 Moorestown        7
Defensive hockey went out the window, and the Crusaders upset Moorestown by a field goal to earn their first Flyers Cup victory.

#20 Unionville        2
#13 Archbishop Carroll    6
The determined Patriots received balance offense, as six different players tallied in a victory over Unionville.

Flyers Cup AA
#20 Washington Township    4
#13 Souderton             0
Doug Sanders (2 g) and goalie Ryan McCusker (12 saves on 12 shots) helped Township send the favored Indians to an early exit. 

#18 Wilson        1
#15 Avon Grove     8   
The Devils rolled past first-time Flyers Cup participant Wilson.

#19 Spring-Ford    1
#14 Pennsbury        2
Will Richards’ back-to-back goals in the 2nd period helped the Falcons soar pass the Rams.

Flyers Cup AAA
#7 St. Joseph’s Prep    0
#2 Holy Ghost Prep     9
John Motto (2 g, 1 a) and Dylan Cerebe (1 g, 3 a) helped spark the Firebirds’ offense to their largest win of the season. 

#6 Malvern Prep    1
#3 Father Judge    3
Judge used a solid defensive effort to advance to the AAA semifinals, where they’ll meet their old rivals Holy Ghost Prep

#5 Roman Catholic    4
#4 Cardinal O’Hara    8
Jeff Beck (4 g, 1 a) paced the Lions as they roared past Roman Catholic and into the semifinals, where they’ll meet defending champion La Salle.


Invites have been handed out to 51 of the top high school hockey programs in the Philadelphia region, and the brackets have been finalized. The 33rd annual Flyers Cup Scholastic Championships are set to begin on Monday, March 5, and will run through Monday, March 19.  By the time the Flyers Cup wraps up, hardware will be distributed to the champions in four divisions (AAA, AA, A, and Girls).The #1 seeds were awarded to La Salle (AAA), Central Bucks South (AA), West Chester Rustin (A) and Unionville (Girls Division).

La Salle enters Flyers Cup play as the overwhelming favorite in AAA, having compiled a 12-0 record in AAA play, and a 22-2 overall mark.  The defending-champion Explorers are paced by Nick Master, who scored the overtime game-winner in last year’s Flyers Cup Final against Malvern Prep.  Master led the team with 21 points in AAA play (7g, 14a).

Central Bucks South is seeking it’s first-ever Flyers Cup AA championship.  The Titans cruised through the Suburban High School Hockey League with a 16-0-1 record (21-3-2 overall). Connor Bechtel led the way during the regular season with 47 points (23 g, 24 a).  Defending AA Champion Council Rock South is seeded third.

In the A Division, West Chester Rustin is back in familiar territory, having claimed the Flyers Cup title in both 2009 and 2010.  This season, they’ve received solid goaltending from Zack Sheriko (13-2-2, 1.88 GAA, .915 save pct.) and plenty of offense from Ben Kinch (24 g, 14 a). The Knights compiled a 13-1-2 record in a very competitive Ches-Mont National Division (14-2-2 overall).  2011 Flyers Cup A Champion Springfield (Delco) will enter the tournament as the #3 seed, and with plenty of motivation to repeat.

In the Girls Division, Unionville has emerged as a powerhouse.  The 2010 and 2011 champions return as the top seed, thanks to a 12-1-2 regular season.  The Indians are led by Lyndsey Wenzel (18 g, 8 a) and goaltender Jenna Lisicky (8-1-2, 1.20 GAA).

The top 51 high school hockey teams from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, separated into four tiers (AAA, AA, A, and Girls)

Participating leagues include the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL), Suburban High School Hockey League (SHSHL), South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League (SJHSHL), Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (CPIHL), East Penn Scholastic Hockey League (EPSHL), and the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL)

Preliminary-round games begin on Monday, March 5, with the Championship Games taking place on the following dates:
* AAA Final – Wednesday, March 14 @ 7:20 pm (Hatfield Ice, Colmar, PA)
* AA Final – Sunday, March 18 @ 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia)
* A Final – Monday, March 19 @ 6:30 pm (Ice Line, West Chester, PA)
* Girls Final – Monday, March 19 @ 8:45 pm (Ice Line, West Chester, PA)

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