HATFIELD TWP. — Souderton Area dominated early and came on even stronger in the third period to finish off an impressive 5-1 win over rival Neshaminy in the first round of the Class AA Flyers Cup Wednesday evening at Hatfield Ice.
The win sends fourth-seeded Big Red to a quarterfinal showdown with No. 5 Haverford, 9 p.m. Friday back at Hatfield Ice.
The Indians out-shot the 13th-seeded Skins 8-2 in the early going and put two of those shots away for a 2-0 advantage. Alex Politsky redirected one into the net, beating Neshaminy goalie Matt Sheley, to put Souderton in front.
Daniel Rock's slap shot just a few minutes later put Souderton firmly in control, 2-0, heading into the second.
"We got in deep, forechecked hard, got in on them,' Politsky said, "and put the puck in.'
The Skins played the Indians even in the second period, even cutting into the deficit with a power-play goal by Nick Verdi.
But the third period was all Big Red.
"We've always been a good third-period team,' Politsky said. "Even if we get out to a slow start, in the third period we're forechecking hard and moving our feet.'
Politsky provided some breathing room with his second goal of the night, making it 3-1, and additional tallies by Rock and Charles Kakreka had Big Red going into the quarterfinals with plenty of momentum.
"It's a pleasure to play with Rock and Clay (Anders),' Politsky said. "They're great linemates and feed me the puck well. It's a good line. "
Souderton out-shot Neshaminy 19-1 in the third as the Skins racked up a ton of penalty minutes. The Skins' only shot of the period was as time expired.
Souderton now gets ready for Haverford.
"Getting a lot of shots is key for us — we just crash the net,' Politsky said of the win. "I don't know too much about Haverford but we're gonna come out the way we usually do. Hopefully we have good intensity and we'll be fine.'
Flyers Cup First Round
Souderton 5, Neshaminy 1
Neshaminy 0 1 0 — 1
Souderton 2 0 3 — 5
S-Alex Politsky (Kyle Milosek, Daniel Rock), 8:31; S-Rock (Politsky), 12:35
N-Nick Verdi (power play, Mark Hullings), 8:36
S-Politsky (power play, Chris Malanga), 1:40
S-Rock (Malanga), 4:20
S-Charles Kakreka, (powerplay, Malanga), 8:19
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