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Strath Haven storms back to win opener

Surrendering two goals in 34 seconds wasn’t the start Strath Haven’s hockey team wanted.

But the Panthers put together their preferred ending.

Liam Carney scored two of his three goals in a five-goal outburst in the second period as the Panthers roared back to top Garnet Valley, 7-5, in Central League action Monday.

Ryan Lowe scored what proved to be the game-winner at 10:01 of the second to go with three assists. Ryan Spanier collected a goal and two helpers, and Blayden Reid added three assists for Haven, which got 33 saves from Lukas Bernaus.

Matthew Wood set up Gannon Stuart’s goal 26 seconds in, then scored off a feed from Stuart eight ticks later to stake the Jags to an early lead. Wood finished with a goal and three helpers, while Stuart, Vincent Starz and Lee Wheeler each paired a goal with an assist. Stephen Paulus made 41 saves in net.

Also in the Central League:

Conestoga 8, Ridley 5 >> Michael Giampapa registered a hat trick to go with two assists, but the Green Raiders couldn’t keep pace with the Pioneers offensively.

Jake Cross scored twice to go with three helpers, and Michael Desio and Nate Dunning provided two assists each, but that was the extent of the offense for Ridley.

Conestoga’s Frank Konopasek also put away a hat trick, while Turner Kaufmann scored twice. Malcolm Roeder stopped 37 shots for the Pioneers.

In the Catholic League Blue:

Cardinal O’Hara 8, Archbishop Ryan 3 >> Nick Donato scored twice and added two assists as three unanswered goals in the second period did the trick for the Lions.

Liam McCanney paired a goal with two helpers, Michael Roney finished with one and one and Jon Melanchuk chipped in two assists for O’Hara.

Girls Hockey

Alexa and Alana Lamplugh scored twice each, but Garnet Valley couldn’t recover from spotting West Chester Rustin the game’s first four goals, as the Knights held on for an 8-5 victory.

Alissa Zhank also scored for Garnet Valley.

Jess Ciarrocchi fired home six goals to go with an assist for Rustin, which barraged Garnet Valley with 53 shots on goal.

Strath Haven 2, Avon Grove 1 >> Sarah Polo scored on a breakaway in the final moments to give the Panthers the win late Sunday night.

Simone Fera also scored for Haven, which played with just eight skaters, while goalie Maggie Fleming made 21 saves.

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