The 11th renewal of the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES’ (DFRC) Hockey for a Cause, featuring four high school ice hockey teams based in the First State, is slated for Friday, December 14 at the Fred Rust Arena on the University of Delaware campus.
The foundation, a philanthropic cornerstone of Delaware since 1956, is dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support and enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disabilities.
“We emphasize abilities,” says Dr. Tony Glenn, executive director of the DFRC. “We believe that every life that comes into the world is sacred. It comes with power and meaning. We look at the person first, not the disability. DFRC understands that by helping others, all of our lives are enriched, not just the people we are trying to help.”
The first half of the charity doubleheader features Appoquinimink and Delaware Military Academy squaring off at 5 p.m., while the second game pits two-time defending Flyers Cup champions Salesianum against longtime rival St. Mark’s. Both games will air on Delaware Hockey Night Radio, which streams live at www.dehockeynight.com.
Leading up to Hockey for a Cause, players and coaches from all four teams will host a “buddy night” at the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, Del. Teams will invite their “buddies” onto the ice for a shared experience, passing pucks, taking shots on goal, and giving the student-athletes a direct hand in the mission of the DFRC.
Tickets for the doubleheader are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Additionally, silent auction items will be available and 50-50 drawings and “Chuck-a-Duck” contests will take place through the course of the evening. All proceeds will benefit the efforts of DFRC, which has distributed over $6.2 million into Delaware programs designed to benefit and empower Delawareans with intellectual disabilities to maximize their potential and independence. In its first decade, Hockey for a Cause has raised over $64,000 toward DFRC’s mission.
“We look forward to expanding the goal of ‘abilities first’ with the game as we move forward,” concludes Glenn.
For more information about Hockey for a Cause, sponsorship opportunities and program advertisements, visit the DFRC website (https://www.dfrc.org/events/hockey-for-a-cause.html) or contact the DFRC office at 302.454.2730.
Strath Haven 4 @ Conestoga 6
The Conestoga Pioneers scored three, third period goals to break a 3 – 3 tie entering the final period to defeat the Strath Haven Panthers 6 – 4. Frank Konopasek would net his second goal on the night 4:16 into the third to give the Pioneers a 4 – 3 lead. Less then a minute later, Robert Latulippe made it a 5 – 3 game. With 8:55 left in the game, Blayden Reid brought the Panthers within one. Strath Haven’s Ryan Spanier was called for holding to give the Pioneers the man advantage. A minute later Conestoga’s Jack Tabata would score his second goal of the game to close out the scoring to make it 6 – 4. The Panthers Blayden Reid (1 goal and 2 assists) and Ryan Spanier (all assists) each had three points while Konopasek had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) and Tabata had three points (2 goals and 1 assist) respectively for Conestoga. Malcolm Roeder turned aside 39 of 43 shots in the win while Kadin Matotek stopped 14 of 20 shots in the loss. Box score.
Sun Valley 1 @ Appoquinimink 4
Marple-Newtown 0 @ Kennett 10
Lower Merion 1 @ Haverford High 2
Boyertown 1 @ WC Bayard Rustin 7
Father Judge 6 @ Salesianum 3
Going into the second period tied at two, Father Judge broke open the game with three goals in the middle period. Matt Ryan had two goals on the night (including the game winner) for the Crusaders. Mark Allendorf stopped 15 of 18 shots in the win while Henry Annone turned asided 27 of 33 shots.
Haverford High 4 @ Lower Merion 1
The Fords benefitted from Daniel Morris’ and Daniel Quartapella’s power play goals in the first period just three minutes apart to lead Haverford to a 4 – 1 win over Lower Merion. Jacob Orazi had three points (1 goal and 2 assists) for the Fords. Tyler Cassidy got the win saving 30 of 31 shots while Curtis Williams picked up the loss turning aside 31 of 35 shots. Box Score.
Conestoga 7 @ Ridley 0
WC East 5 @ Unionville 3
Kennett 5 @ Appoquinimink 6 – OT
Harriton 0 @ Interboro 5
Own J. Roberts 6 @ Bishop Shanahan 2