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CHA skaters defeat Raiders

Instead of sweeping in from the Steppes, the Hun School Raiders came across the Scudders Falls Bridge from Princeton, arriving last Wednesday afternoon at the Old York Road ice rink that’s the home venue for Chestnut Hill Academy’s hockey squad.

The Blue Devils had suffered a 4-1 loss to Hun back in December, but the New Year brought a different outcome as CHA won last week’s rematch, 2-1.

Goals by freshman Robert Jacoby and eighth-grader Harmar Rappoport helped the Devils raise their season record to 2-2-1, while the Raiders left with a mark of 5-3-1.

The youth of the two goalscorers bodes well for the future of the Chestnut Hill squad, which has five freshmen and two eighth-graders on the roster this season.

The school graduated seven seniors from last year’s team, including a co-ed player from Springside School, Samantha “Sami” Pulley. The daughter of second-year CHA coach Phil Pulley and the sister of current Blue Devils junior Ben Pulley, Sami is now playing Division I ice hockey for the Lady Terriers of Boston University. The only other Pennsylvania player on the B.U. team is a senior from West Chester who had the benefit of playing high school hockey at a New England boarding school.

In last Wednesday’s CHA game, an uneventful first period slipped by quickly, without any goals or penalties, and a smattering of shots that required only routine saves by the goalies.

Just eight seconds into the second period, Chestnut Hill found itself a man down due to a slashing penalty, but this seemed to spur the Devils on to play with greater intensity, and they came up with a shorthanded goal. Junior Laddy St. George earned an assist on the play with his pass to Jacoby, who scored from about eight feet away from the right post. A few minutes later Hun had a good chance to tie when Bill Sweetland made a nice centering pass from the left wing, but CHA junior Zack Baron cleared the puck out of the slot before any of the Raiders could get there.

Hun’s Sweetland left the ice on a boarding call with 8:30 to go in the period, but his teammates successfully killed the penalty. CHA started out slowly in the man-up situation, and wound up taking three shots that were off-net and three more that were saved.

The Raiders came back to pen CHA up in its own end for the last five minutes of the second round, and it was only the quick reflexes of goalie Bobby Petrushansky that preserved the Devils’ 1-0 lead until the end of the period. One of only two seniors on the Chestnut Hill roster, Petrushansky would finish with 19 saves on the afternoon.

The third period began with offsetting penalties that still left the two teams going five-on-five out on the ice. Hun School tied the game at 1-1 with 2:14 elapsed, as Ryan Samuels converted off an assist from Sawyer Deitz. Approaching the left side of the Raiders’ goal with about nine minutes to go, CHA’s Rappoport looked for a go-ahead goal but sent a shot into the outside wall of the net.

The Blue Devils kept pressing, and eventually the Devils netted the game-winner with 3:14 on the clock. Sophomore Crosby Harris got the puck to Ben Pulley up near the right face-off circle, and Pulley centered it to set up the score by Rappoport in front of the cage. Two minutes later, the eighth-grader had another shot saved by the Hun keeper, James Nawn.

The Raiders pulled out Nawn to gain an extra forward in the final minute, but they couldn’t generate a serious scoring threat.



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