Tonight begins the 40th season of the Flyers Cup, and twenty-three Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL) teams will be vying for the Scholastic Championship.
The 2019 Flyers Cup will include more than 50 teams competing in five divisions – AAA (private/parochial schools), AA (large public), A (small public), New Jersey/Delaware, and the Girls Division. In addition to the ICSHL, participating teams come from the Suburban High School Hockey League (SHSHL), the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League, Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (CPIHL), Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League and Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference.
The ICSHL contingent is comprised of twenty boys’ teams and three girls’ teams.
WC Bayard Rustin is the number seed in the A bracket while Downingtown East is the top seed in the AA bracket and Unionville is the top seed in the girl’s bracket.
The tournament will conclude on March 17 will all five championship games will be held at the Wells Fargo Center.
The following ICSHL teams will be participating in the A bracket:
1. WC Bayard Rustin
2. Strath Haven
3. WC Henderson (Ches-Mont Champion)
4. WC East
5. Lower Merion
6. Owen J. Roberts
10. Sun Valley
The ICSHL teams participating in the AA bracket are:
1. Downingtown East
2. Conestoga (Central Champion)
4. Boyertown (Liberty Champion)
5. Garnet Valley
6. Perkiomen Valley
7. Downingtown West
The AAA bracket includes the following ICSHL teams:
1. Cardinal O’Hara (PCL Champion)
2. Father Judge
3. Roman Catholic
The three ICSHL girls’ teams participating are:
2. WC East
3. WC Bayard Rustin
WC Henderson 6 @ WC Bayard Rustin 4
Fourth seed WC Henderson upset second seed WC Bayard Rustin 6 – 4 to win the Ches-Mont championship. Matt Owens got the Knights on the board just nineteen seconds into the game to give Rustin a 1 – 0. The Warriors then would score six straight goals. First, it was Brendan Boyko who tied the game at one with 1:48 left in the first. Then Alex Holloway would score his first of two goals to give the Warriors a 2 – 1 lead at 4:53 into the second period. David Matousek would score his first of three short-handed goals with 5:36 left in the second. After trailing 6 – 1 entering the third period, the Knights’ Owens would complete a natural hat trick and Jack Page added another to make it 6 – 4 but the deficit was too deep, and the Warriors hung on to win it.
Lower Merion 4 @ Conestoga 7
Second seed Conestoga defeated fourth seed Lower Merion 7 – 4 to win the Central championship. Schuyler Dillon gave the Aces a 1 – 0 lead just 3:35 into the first period. The Pioneers’ Frank Konopasek would knot the score at one just eleven seconds later. David Wilf lit the lamp at 4:35 into the opening period to give Lower Merion a 2 – 1 lead. Will Schnorr then would score two straight goals to make it 3 – 2 Conestoga entering the second period. Konopasek and Schnorr would score again in the middle stanza to make it 5 – 2 Pioneers going into the third. Dillon and Shane Leonard would hit the back of the net for the Aces but Konopasek and Schnorr would complete their respective hat tricks and Jack Tabata added another goal for Conestoga to close out the scoring at 7 – 4.
Owen J. Roberts 3 @ Boyertown 6
North seed number one Boyertown defeated North seed number two Owen J. Roberts 6 – 3 to win the Liberty division championship. Sam Diehl and Phillip Shiffler scored to give the Wildcats an early 2 – 0 lead. But Jake Harman, Jackson Novak and Ryan Kuhar scored consecutive goals to give the Bears a 3 – 2 lead going into the second period. Harman would make it 4 – 2 but Gunner Winget cut the Owls deficit to 4 – 3 with fifty-six seconds left in the middle period. With sixteen seconds remaining in the second period, Sean Sutterby would extend the Bears lead by two. Owen Sheppard added an insurance goal with 7:15 left in the game to close out the Bears scoring and give Boyertown a 6 – 3 victory.
Father Judge 4 @ Cardinal O’Hara 5 – Double Overtime
Matt Beck scored 5:32 into double overtime to give number one seed Cardinal O’Hara a 5 – 4 victory over second seed Father Judge to win the PCL championship. The Lions roared to a 3 – 0 lead after the first on goals by John Paul Allen, Michael Roney and Steve Graney. Dominic Corrado got the Crusaders on the board at 4:38 into the second on a penalty shot goal. Then Robert Werner and Owen Newhouse would score to knot the game at three going into the third period. Newhouse would score his second goal of the game with 4:49 remaining to give Judge a 3 – 2 lead. Beck would tie the game at three with a goal at 2:12 left in regulation. After a scoreless first overtime, Beck would set off a wild celebration after scoring the game winner in the game’s fifth period.
WC Henderson @ WC Bayard Rustin
WC Henderson finished in fourth place in the Ches-Mont division during the regular season with an 8-4 record for sixteen points, four points behind division leader Downingtown East and second place Rustin. Henderson was seeded fourth in the playoffs. They defeated fifth seed Downingtown West 5 – 4 in overtime and then beat first seed Downingtown East 4 – 3 in overtime to advance to the finals.
Rustin finished the regular season in second place with a 9-1-1-1 record for twenty points. They were seeded second and received a first-round bye. They beat third seed WC East 5 – 1 to advance to the championship game.
Rustin swept the season 2 – 0 with both games being routs (10 – 0 and 10 – 2). The Knights’ Matt Owens had eight goals in two games. Tonight’s game is at 6:30PM at Ice Line.
Lower Merion @ Conestoga
The Aces finished in fourth place in the regular season with an 11-0-4-1 record for 23 points, five points behind division leader Strath Haven. Lower Merion also was the fourth seed in the playoffs. The Aces beat fifth seed Springfield 5 – 4 and then beat first seed Strath Haven 2 – 1 to advance to the championship game.
The Pioneers ended the season in second place with a 13-2-0-0 record for 26 points. They earned a first round bye and defeated six seed Ridley 5 – 4 in overtime to advance to the divisional finals.
The teams split their two-game series this season. The Pioneers won the first game 8 – 5 while the Aces won the second game 3 – 2. The Aces Schuyler Dillon scored four goals while the Pioneers Frank Konopasek and Jayden Sison each scored three goals. Tonight’s game is at 7:30PM at IceWorks.
Father Judge @ Cardinal O’Hara
The Crusaders finished in first place with a 7-1-0-2 record for 16 points. However, since they played one more game than second place Cardinal O’Hara, Father Judge were the second seed in the playoffs. The Crusaders had a first-round bye and easily defeated third seed Salesianum 8 – 1 to advance to the division finals.
The Lions finished the regular season in second place with a 7-1-1-0 record for 15 points, but they had a game in-hand on the first-place Crusaders, earning the Lions the number one seed and first-round bye. Cardinal O’Hara advanced to tonight’s championship game by defeating fifth seed Roman Catholic 6 – 0.
The Lions swept their two game regular season series this season. They won the first game 4- 3 in overtime and then won game two 3 – 0. John Paul Ahern led the Lions with three goals while Matt Ryan had two goals for the Crusaders. The championship game will be played at the Skatium at 8:00PM.
Owen J. Roberts @ Boyertown
The Wildcats finished the regular in second place in Liberty North with a 9-3-0-0 record for 18 points, six points behind division leader Boyertown. Owen J. Roberts were the North’s seed number two and defeated South seed St. Marks 10 – 0 and North seed number four Perkiomen Valley 5 – 4 to advance to the divisional finals.
The Bears finished in first place during the regular season in Liberty North with a 12-0-0-0 record for 24 points. They earned the North number one seed. They defeated South seed number four Interboro 3 – 1, and they defeated South seed number two Appoquinimink 6 – 5 in overtime to advance to the championship game.
Boyertown won both their games against the Wildcats this regular season, winning the first game 9 – 2 and the second game 5 – 2. The Bears’ Jake Harman led all scorers with four goals. Tonight’s game will be played at 8:30PM at Ice Line.