Coming into Wednesday night's SHSHL Continental clash, Central Bucks South and Pennridge were two teams going in completely different directions. While the Titans were on the rise, the Rams were just trying to find their first win of the season. The result emphasized both.
CB South dominated every facet of the game en route to a 10-0 win over Pennridge in a shortened game due to the mercy rule. Although Pennridge showed some fight, the Titans' offensive firepower was overwhelming. The Rams held CB South to just two goals in the first period, but a seven-goal second doomed them.
"We came in knowing that CB South was a very good team and that it was going to be a tough game,' Pennridge coach Wade Witzaney said. "We lost to a better team. I was happy with how our guys came in. They played hard and they never gave up.'
CB South had the pressure on early, but the Pennridge defense and netminder Michael Weaver, who ended with 27 saves, held the Titans off for the first 10 minutes. However, Mike Pilla and Kevin Casey scored within minutes of each other at the back end of the period to start the goal-scoring spree that reached full blast in the second period.
Casey opened the second with his second goal of the game, followed by two goals by Jake Bauer and one by Damon Delaurentis, all of which came in the first eight minutes. After a brief spell of offense by Pennridge, Pilla added his second goal, while Dominic Bova and Thomas Liberta notched one each.
"We have not been playing as strong as I would like, so we really needed this win,' CB South coach Shaun McGinty said. "We did a lot of things well tonight. We try to break the periods into three smaller games and tonight was the first time we put three periods together.'
The Rams showed heart, but found themselves being scored on from long and short range, on breakaways and off rebounds. An encouraging thing on the night was that despite losing big, the Rams showed discipline and didn't give away power plays.
"They didn't care that it was 10-0, they still wanted to play,' Witzaney said. "We just have to take the good with the bad right now.'
Bova scored early on in the third period to clinch the win. It was a frustrating night for Pennridge, which is still looking for answers, but CB South feels right on track.
"We try to use our speed and size to our advantage,' McGinty said. "I want 40 shots every game. We are a high powered offensive team and we have the defense and goalkeeping to continue to have that. I liked our physicality. It was good to see a complete game from the guys, hopefully this continues.'