Souderton and Central Bucks South entered Friday night's Suburban High School Hockey League Continental Division game with matching 2-1 records.
It was not hard to see how the two teams had similar records as from the opening faceoff it was apparent the two teams were evenly matched. The Titans outlasted the Indians to get the hard-earned 7-6 win.
CB South held a 3-2 lead after the first period, but it wasn't until second period when the intensity got turned up. Both teams found themselves in the penalty box a lot and it seemed as if no play could end without some pushing and shoving. The two teams combined for 29 penalties for 90 minutes.
"[We] have to stay out of the box,' Souderton coach Matt Montagna said. "It's not a kissing contest, but we've got to stay out of the box.'
The Titans forechecking and defense disrupted the Indians offense except its top line made up of Alex Politsky, Clay Anders and Daniel Rock. The top line for Souderton accounted for every point scored on the night. Politsky and Rock had three goals apiece with Anders chipping in with two assists.
"They scored all six goals, and they're as good as they get in this league,' Montagna said. "When they're on the ice, they're a threat at all times.'
CB South found its offense from the heavy shot of Mike Pilla and the speed of Jake Bauer. Both Bauer and Pilla scored twice. Bauer not only impacted the game with his scoring, but his smooth skating and puck handling helped open up an otherwise clogged rink.
"Pilla's been trying to find it the last couple weeks, it was good to see him get a little bit of room and get some shots off,' CB South coach Tom Coyne said. "Jake's got the ability to take over a game with his size and everything. I expect that from him every week and tonight was a good time to step up.'
The Titans had a 7-4 lead in the third period, but the Indians would not go quietly as Rock put in a power play goal followed by Politsky netting a shorthanded goal with just over a minute to go, but it was too little too late for the Indians.
"We gave up way too much,' Montagna said. "And I think they'd say the same thing. I was happy with the way we clawed back. We fell short, we lost in a [7-6] hockey game.'