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Council Rock defeats Central Bucks in the SHSHL championship and advances to the Flyers Cup

March 21, 1988

Council Rock swept a two-game Suburban Hockey League championship series with Central Bucks last week to advance to the 1988 Flyers Cup Scholastic Championship. The Indians will face Northern Scholastic Hockey League champion Archbishop Wood tonight at 9:15, in the second game of a round robin doubleheader at the host site of all Flyers Cup games, the Haverford Skatium. In the 7:30 p.m. opening game, Inter County Scholastic Hockey League champion Conestoga will play defending Flyers Cup champion Malvern Prep from the Eastern High School Hockey League. On Wednesday, play continues at 7:30 p.m. as Wood meets the champion of the Lower Bucks County Scholastic League Bishop Egan. Malvern Prep plays New Castle County Scholastic Hockey League champion William Penn in the 9:15 p.m. game. On Thursday, round-robin play concludes as Council Rock plays Bishop Egan at 7:30 p.m., and Conestoga meets William Penn at 9:15 p.m. Semifinal games are scheduled for next Monday and March 29, and the championship game will be played at 8 p.m. March 30.

Chris Cervellero scores for Council Rock early in the first period

The final slot for the Flyers Cup bracket was not decided until Council Rock could defeat pesky Central Bucks to win the SHL title. The Indians defeated the Blazers 2-1 Tuesday and 7-4 Thursday at the Face-Off Circle in Warminster to complete a two game sweep. “We wanted to play well and not be embarrassed,” Central Bucks coach Andy Richards said. “We knew that they were a better team, and we wanted to try and push them to a three-game series if we could. We didn’t push them to that third game, but I was very pleased with the effort the kids gave.” Central Bucks gave a good effort in the 2-1 loss Tuesday. The Blazers looked as if they were going to make a solo goal by Mike Henke in the second period stand up as the game winner, but a pair of Council Rock goals in the final period proved to be enough. Council Rock got a goal from Ryan Geiges to tie the score and got the game-winner from Chris Cervellero with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the game. “Council Rock is an explosive offensive hockey team that has averaged over 13 goals a game,” Richards said. “We played great defense and great defense and limited them to just 13 shots on goal and only 2 goals. It was a great game for us, even though we scored only the one goal.” The goalies from both teams were superb. The Blazers’ John Mott stopped 11 quality Indians shots, while Council Rock goaltender Brian Bradley stopped 22 Central Bucks shots. “I think their goaltending experience might have been the difference in the series,” Richards said. “Brad- ley is a very good goalie.” Good enough to help the Indians win the second game. Central Bucks outshot Council Rock, 29-28, but lost, 7-4. Woody Martin got the Indians on the board first with a first-period goal, and Steve Karl’s goal gave the Rock a 2-0 lead. Steve Richards scored a goal for the Blazers to close out the first period scoring at 2-1. Cervellero scored the first goal of the second period to help take Council Rock take a 3-1 lead. However, Central Bucks rallied to a 3-3 tie on goals by Tom Cole and Richards. The Indians rallied on goals by Cervellero, Geiges and Cervellero again to complete his hat trick to take a 6-3 lead. Richards completed his hat trick for the Blazers to make the score 6-4, and Karl scored his second goal of the game to make it 7-4. The season is still not over for Central Bucks or William Tennent. The second-place finishers in the SHL and the NSHL, along with eight other second-place finishers in the state, will compete for the President’s Cup. The Blazers and the Panthers will meet in a first-round game tonight at the Face-Off Circle in Warminster at 7:30. The winner will advance to a semifinal round. The loser will be eliminated from postseason play.

CREDIT: The Philadelphia Inquirer

By Scott Huff – Special to the Inquirer