2015-16 Winter All-Area: Boys ice hockey

FIRST TEAM Forwards Brett Christie, Sr., West Chester Rustin: Christie has always been able to make a name for himself on Rustin and his senior year was no different. Though he played in just 15 games this season, Christie still led his team in points (32) and goals (18). Once again, his play was elevated…

La Salle routs Cathedral Prep for title

STATE COLLEGE — The seniors on the La Salle hockey team finally got redemption for their lost championships. In 2014 and 2013, La Salle made it to the Pennsylvania State High School Hockey AAA Championships, but lost to Peters Township and North Allegheny. This time, however, La Salle didn’t just win that coveted state title,…

W.C. Rustin looks to three-peat at states

STATE COLLEGE — After two successful seasons coming to Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena, West Chester Rustin finds itself returning to Happy Valley to go for three. Three consecutive Pennsylvania High School Hockey A Championships, that is. Rustin won the title in 2014 over Quaker Valley, in 2015 over Mars and now, the Golden Knights…

W.C. Rustin captures third Flyers Cup title

WEST GOSHEN — Maybe it’s just coincidental that every other year since 2012, West Chester Rustin has faced Springfield (Delco) in the Flyers Cup A championship game. But maybe it’s almost destiny that in all three of those games in 2012, 2014 and now 2016, Rustin has won to reach the state championship with a…

D-East falls just short in title game

HATFIELD — If there was ever a theme for Downingtown East’s hockey team this year, it was the players’ ability to show their heart in games — never quitting, pulling off amazing comebacks and even beating some of the best teams around, no matter the situation. But on Thursday night, their heart just wasn’t enough…

Three is a charm for Rustin

WEST GOSHEN — Although scoring the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation to send your team to the championship game is pretty special, the fact that it was also West Chester Rustin head coach Nick Russo’s 300th win made it even more so. “We have a great bunch of kids in…

Vikings edged in Flyers Cup semifinal

WEST GOSHEN — West Chester East’s checklist was left unfinished Wednesday night after a 3-2 loss to Springfield in the Flyers Cup A Semifinals at Ice Line. After going 15-1-1 in the regular season, finishing first in the Ches-Mont and being selected first overall in the Flyers Cup tournament, East ran into a team who…

Unionville pulls off crazy comeback

WEST GOSHEN — “Nail-biter,” “thrilling” and “heart-stopping” can’t even describe Unionville hockey’s win over Crestwood in the Flyers Cup A Quarterfinals Monday night. Facing a two-goal deficit with just 5:30 left in the game, Unionville’s big players stepped up when they were needed most, and in a span of just 71 seconds, scored three goals…

D-East hangs on for win over CR South

WEST GOSHEN — It was a nail-biter in the dying minutes of the game between Downingtown East and Council Rock South in the Flyers Cup AA quarterfinals on Friday night, though the Cougars held on for the 3-2 win. Second-seeded D-East had a two-goal lead twice in the game, only to have the seventh seed…

Malvern Prep turns back Archbishop Carroll

WEST GOSHEN — As Malvern’s head coach Dave Dorman told his players, they played traditional Friars hockey Thursday night in a first-round win over sixth-seeded Archbishop Carroll in the Flyers Cup AAA tournament. “(Carroll) is a really rugged, hard-nosed hockey team and they come hard,” Dorman said. “They have some guys that can put the…

D-East rolls in first-round game

WEST GOSHEN — It was as if the hockey gods themselves had scripted for the two Downingtown hockey teams to face each other in the Flyers Cup AA tournament. D-East’s depth proved to be the deciding factor as the Cougars won, 8-1, in a first round match-up Wednesday night. “You never want to play a…

Shanahan’s season ends against Ryan

PHILADELPHIA — Try as hard as they might, the Bishop Shanahan boys ice hockey players couldn’t keep their season alive on Tuesday night. Facing No. 7 Archbishop Ryan in a play-in game of the Flyers Cup AAA tournament, No. 10 Shanahan fell, 7-1. Shanahan became a bit like the “little-team-that-wouldn’t-quit” during the regular season with…