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Friday, February 8
Pa Hockey Tournament Link
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Wednesday, April 20
Pa Hockey Foundation Events - 2012

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2012 National Invitational Scholastic Showcase

November 30th & December 1-2, 2012 ~ Jamestown Savings Bank Arena  – Jamestown, NY

 NISS – USA Hockey ‘Governor’s Cup’    Your school is invited to apply for participation in a 16 team showcase of the top Varsity high school teams from across the United States. This event will host the best teams regionally and nationally to compete for the Governor’s Cup at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in New York. This event is open to Schools with USA Hockey Rosters, National Federation Status and Hockey Canada Travel Permits. This Invitational event will be open to State Champions, Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Exempt Champions and we will attempt to limit to a total of four schools from any particular area [State or Region] to ensure that each school participating will face three out-of-state opponents in the preliminary round of competition. The tournament will be played on 2 rinks in prime time for this round robin event

  UPDATE 11-15-12 - National Invitational Scholastic Showcase 

Final ~ 16 Schools Registered for the 2012 NISS including 4 Western Pa, 1 Eastern Pa, 1 Erie, Pa, 3 Ohio, 2 Indiana, 2 Illinois, 1 Maryland,  1 Hamilton, Ontario and defending champs Ontario Hockey Academy

2012 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase

17th Annual Director’s Cup

December 28-31, 2012 ~ BladeRunners - Harmarville – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania       The 17th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase at the Harmarville in Pittsburgh,, Pennsylvania being held on December 28-31, 2012, that will feature the top teams in Western Pennsylvania and additional schools regionally and nationally.  Your school is invited to participate in a 16-team showcase of the top Varsity high school teams from Western Pennsylvania and the USA. The 17th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase will host the best teams locally, regionally and nationally to compete for the coveted Director’s Cup. This year’s field will include the top teams from Western Pennsylvania Hockey and teams from across the United States.

UPDATE 11/15/12 ~ 2012 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase     

Final ~ 12 Schools Registered for the 2012 PAHSS from AAA [5], AA [3] A [1], New Jersey [1]Erie, Pa. [1] Harrisburg [1] and Washington DC [1] 

Should you have any questions, please contact Jeff Mauro at 412-848-3750 [Cell Phone] E-Mail at JEFFMAURO@AOL.COM

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Tuesday, August 18
2009 - 2010 Pa Hockey Tournament Schedule

2009 - 2010 Pa Hockey Tournament Schedule

  Greensburg CC Invitational [Kirk Nevin] 

      Champions ~ Latrobe Wildcats


  17th Annual St Margaret  Fall Face-Off [Harmarville] - 

        Champions - Seneca Valley Raiders

  4th Annual National Invitational Scholastic Showcase [Jamestown, NY] - December 3-5, 2009

        Champions - New Trier Green Trevians  

   14th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase [Delmont] - December 26-30, 2009

        Champions - Loyola Gold Ramblers   

  IceLine Extravaganza [West Chester] - December 28-30, 2009 

        AA Champions ~ Pennsbury

        A Champions ~ West Chester East

   Meadville Bulldog Invitational [MARC] - January 15-17, 2009

      Champions - Cleveland St Ignatius [Ohio}

   Bethel Park MLK Tournament [Bethel Park] - January 2009


            Upper St Clair 6 Bethel Park 3 

            Gilmour Academy 4 North Allegehny 2

       Finals ~ Upper St Clair 4 Gilmour Academy 3 Shootout


   Mt Lebanon Presidents Day Tournament [Mt Lebanon] - February 2009    

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Monday, September 8
2008 - 2009 Pa Hockey Tournament Schedule

September - October 2008

     Greensburg CC Invitational - Kirk Nevin Arena

   Championship ~ Latrobe 1 Franklin Regional 0

     Tournament Website ~

December 5-7, 2008

    3rd Annual National Invitational Scholastic Showcase - Jamestown Savings Bank Arena

   Championship ~ New Trier Green Illinois 6 Fenwick Illinois 1

     Tournament Website ~

December 26 - 30, 2008 

    13th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Center Ice Arena - Delmont, Pa.

       Director's Cup Champions - Latrobe 5 Seneca Valley 3

     Tournament Website ~

    IceLine Extravaganza - IceLine - West Chester, Pa.  

       AAA - St Mary's NY 6 DeMatha Catholic MD 2

         AA - John Jay NY 5 Neshaminy 3

            A -  North Penn 8 Coatesville 7  

 January 16-19, 2009

   Meadville Bulldog Invitational - MARC Meadville, Pa.

      Tournament Website ~

   Bethel Park MLK Tournament - BladeRunners - Bethel Park, Pa.   

       Tournament Website ~


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Friday, August 15
2007 - 2008 Pa Hockey Tournament Schedule

Pa Hockey 2007 - 2008 Tournament Schedule

Please refer here for ALL of the information on Tournaments across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and some National Tournament news throughout the season.


Greensburg CC Invitational 

   2007 Champions - Franklin Regional Panthers  


 15th Annual St Margaret Fall Face-Off

    2007 Champions - North Allegheny Tigers  


Moon Airport Invitational 

    2007 Champions - Serra Catholic Eagles  

18th Annual Central Catholic Invitational

    2007 Champions - De LaSalle Oaklands [ONTARIO]


14th McDowell Invitational

    2007 Champions -  McDowell Trojans

2nd Annual National Invitational Scholastic Showcase

      2007 Champions -  Niagara Wheatfield Falcons


13th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase

     2007 Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks    


IceLine Extravaganza

     December 28-31, 2007 - IceLine West Chester

       2007 Class AAA Champions - West Chester 

       2007 Class AA Champions - Perkiomen Valley   

13th Annual Meadville Bulldog Invitational

      2008 Champions - LaSalle Explorers


Bethel Park Martin Luther King Tournament

     2008 Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks      

Friday, August 4
2006-2007 Pa Hockey Tournament Schedule
2006 Greensburg CC Invitational

2006 St Margaret's Fall Face-Off
Champions: Bethel Park Blackhawks

2006 Kittanning Invitational
Champions: Conestoga

National Invitational Scholastic Showcase
Champions: Buffalo St Francis NY

2006 Central Catholic Invitational
    Champions: Bethel Park Blackhawks

2006 ~ 13th Annual McDowell High School Tri-State Invitational         
    Champions: McDowell Trojans defeated Beavercreek OHIO 4-3
2006 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase
December 26-31, 2006
Center Ice Arena Delmont, Pa
***See Schedule on Home Page***
    Champions - Prairie Ridge, Illinois

2006 Ice Line Extravaganza
December 28-31, 2006   
Iceline West Chester, Pa.
AAA - St Marys 4 Hershey 0
AA - Haverford 4 Bayard Rustin 0

2007 Meadville Bulldog Invitational
January 12-14,2007
Meadville Area Recreation Center
   Champions - LaSalle Explorers

2007 Bethel Park Martin Luther King Tournament
January 12-14, 2007   
Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks

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2005-2006 PA Hockey Tournament Schedule
Please stay tuned for more information on these Annual events:

2005 Greensburg CC Invitational
    Champions - Greensburg CC

2005 Moon Airport Invitational
    Champions - Quaker Valley

2005 St Margaret's Fall Face-Off
    Champions - Fox Chapel

2005 Kittanning Invitational
    Champions - Conestoga

2005 Central Catholic Invitational
    Champions - Mt Lebanon

2005 ~ 12th Annual McDowell High School Tri-State Invitational         
    Champions - Orchard Park NY

2005 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase
      Champions - North Allegheny

2005 Ice Line Extravaganza
      Champions - AAA - St Mary's NY
      Champions - AA - Haverford High

2005 St. Edwards Eagles Classic (Cleveland, OH)
      Champions - St Edwards OHIO

2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational
       Champions - Mt Lebanon

2006 Bethel Park Martin Luther King Tournament
      Champions - North Allegheny

Check out the COMPLETE Bulldog Invitational History thru 2004 !
2003-2004 Pa Hockey Tournaments
Bethel Park
Check out the Martin Luther King Schedule !
2003-2004 Tournament Schedule

~ Meadville Bulldog Invitational [January 16,17,18]
*See the History of this Tournament by Clicking on Pa Hockey Logo*

    Sunday January 18, 2004
      Malvern Prep 4 LaSalle 0
      St Ignatius 5 Meadville 1

       Malvern Prep 5 St Ignatius 2
          Highlights: Justin Martin with the hat trick and Chris
            Campanale with a goal & 2 assists as Friars capture the

Preliminary Round
    Meadville 7 Toledo St Francis 1
       Highlight: Phil Siverd with 2 goals & Rick Thomas with 4
             pts for the Dawgs   
    Central Catholic 3 St Ignatius 3
          Highlights: Sean O'Malley scores 2 goals for Ignatius in
             3-goal 3rd period to erase 3-0 CC lead   
    Malvern Prep 8 Sylvania Northview 3
          Highlights: Chris Campanale with 6 pts and Warren Byrne,
             Justin Martin and Tim Gehring each with a pair as
             Friars bomb Sylvania
    LaSalle 6 Thomas Jefferson 0
    Central Catholic 7 Sylvania Northview 1
    Malvern Prep 3 St Ignatius 2
       Highlights: Friars comeback from 2-1 deficit to beat
    Meadville 7 Thomas Jefferson 1
    LaSalle 7 Toledo St Francis 1
    St Ignatius 9 Sylvania Northview 2
    Malvern Prep 6 Central Catholic 1
    Toledo St Francis 5 Thomas Jefferson 4
    Meadville 5 LaSalle 2
~ Bethel Park Martin Luther King Tournament

Carmel Ind 2    Orchard Park 1   in   OT
Mt. Lebanon 5    Lancaster 2
    Highlight: Tony Valerino and Mike Jordan 2 goals each for Lebo

    Mt Lebanon 5 Carmel [Indiana] 1
       Highlights: Eric Sloan, Billy Leckenby, Michael Jordan,
            Chad Uddstrom and Bartkowski score for Mt Lebanon, while
            Matt Vaughan is spectacular with 30 Saves                                
   Bethel Park 2 Mt Lebanon 1                                        
   Dematha 6 Hudson 5 [Shootout]                                
   Orhard Park 5 Downingtown 0                                   
   Lancaster 4 Carmel 3 [Shootout]                                
   Orchard Park        5 Bethel Park 1                 
   Mt Lebanon 5 Downingtown 0
   Lancaster 9         Dematha 0
   Carmel 7 Hudson 3
   Bethel Park 4 Downingtown 1                        
   Mt Lebanon 2 Orchard Park 1
   Carmel 4 Dematha 2                                        
   Lancaster 8         Hudson 0                                



Peters Twp 03 Directors Cup
7th Annual Pa Hockey Director's Cup - Peters Twp
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2002-2003 Pa Hockey Tournaments
Meadville 2003 Champs
7th Annual Bulldog Invitational - Meadville
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For information on these tournaments, please contact Pa Hockey !

2002-2003 ~ Completed Tournament Results

Airport Invitational
Champions - Moon

Greensburg CC Pre-Season
Champions - Greensburg CC

Kittanning Invitational
Champions - Kittanning

Central Catholic Invitational
Champions - Dunbarton [Canada]
Columbus Tournament
Champions - Central Catholic

7th Annual PA Hockey Scholastic Showcase
   Champions - Peters Twp

    [Click on Peters Twp Picture for Tournament Results]
Mt Lebanon Invitational
Champion - Upper St Clair

Ice Line Extravaganza
AAA ~ St Mary's [New York]
AA ~ Kittanning
A ~ Haverford High

7th Annual Meadville Bulldog Invitational                            
Champion ~ Meadville         
[Click on Meadville Picture for Tournament Results]

Bethel Park MLK Invitational
Champion ~ Lancaster NY   

Blackdog Cup ~ Sunday January 26
    Meadville 3 Bethel Park 2 [OT-Shootout]

Bethel Park
See the BP MLK Tournament Schedule !
2001 - 2002 Pa Hockey Tournaments
2001 - 2002 Tournaments (CONTACT PA HOCKEY

Click for 2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Results ! !

2000 - 2001Pa Hockey Tournaments
Scholastic Showcase
Meadville Invitational
Bethel Park Martin Luther King
South Park "Knights on Ice"
IceLine Christmas Extravaganza
Canevin Thomas Henderson
Central Catholic Invitational
Kittanning Invitational
St Margarets
Greensburg CC Invitational

Click here for Information on the 2007 Chicago Showcase
Wednesday, January 31
2007 Chicago Showcase
2007 Team Pittsburgh
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2007 Chicago Showcase
April 18-22, 2007
The Edge ~ Bensenville, Illinois

Team Pittsburgh Schedule
   Michigan 4 Pittsburgh 1
      HIGHLIGHTS: Michigan builds a 3-0 lead until Chris Urso scored on a rebound.
   Pittsburgh 3 North Dakota 2
      ***GAME SUMMARIES***

   Pittsburgh 4 Illinois 1
       ***GAME SUMMARIES***
Saturday April 21st ~ Quarter-Finals
   Michigan 4 Ohio 7
   Minnesota 2 New York 3
   Pittsburgh 2 Missouri 1
             ***GAME SUMMARIES***
   Northern New England 1 Wisconsin 6
Sunday - Semi-Finals
    Pittsburgh 5 New York 4
             ***GAME SUMMARIES***
    Wisconsin 7 Ohio 0

    Pittsburgh 5 Wisconsin 4 [Shootout Pittsburgh 5 Wisconsin 4]
          ***GAME SUMMARIES****   

2007 Team Pittsburgh

        KENNY LEHMANN        BETHEL PARK        F
        DAVID SPADACENE        BETHEL PARK        F
        LOGAN BANNON        BETHEL PARK        F
        BRYAN BROWN        BETHEL PARK        F
        ZACH HEPLER        FREEPORT        D
        LUKE KILLMEYER        MEADVILLE        F
        KEVIN BISHOP        MONTOUR               D
        MICHAEL ROMAN        MT LEBANON        D
        ROB BEHLING        MT LEBANON        G
        MAX RICHARDS        NORTH ALLEGHENY        G
        PHIL TROMBETTA        PINE RICHLAND        F
        NICK JONES        SENECA VALLEY        D
        MATT JARRETT        SENECA VALLEY        F
        TYLER URDA        SERRA CATHOLIC        D
        JONO LOHMAN        UPPER ST CLAIR        F
        JIM MCVAY        BETHEL PARK        HEAD COACH
        DAVE FRYER                         ASSISTANT
       GINA COLLIGAN                   TEAM MANAGER
        DAVID KLASNICK                       TEAM MANAGER

Last year's teams was coached by Mt Lebanon's Paul Taibi and with wins over Minnesota, New York and Tri-State advanced to the Semi-Finals in the A Bracket before losing a tough contest to North Dakota. The Schedule for Team Pittsburgh in the 2007 Chicago Showcase is as follows:

Team Philadelphia Schedule
   Philadelphia 3 Texas / Oklahoma 3
    HIGHLIGHTS: Wissahickon's Jayson Richey, CB West's Eric DeFelice and Justin
       Krute of the Hill School score for Philly who rallies for the tie
   Philadelphia 11 Kentucky/West Virginia 0
    HIGHLIGHTS: Cardinal O'Hara's Jim Murray earns the shutout as Philadelphia
       pounds KY-WV. HIll School's Justin Krute picks up a hat trick and gets a pair
       of from North Penn's Robby Mcdyre   
   Wisconsin White 4 Philadelphia 2
   Philadelphia 14 Florida 4
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan Seifert of Liberty scores the hat trick and Justin Krute of
       the Hill School scores twice as Philadelphia pounds Florida

Team Philadelphia 2007

Wes Bonnell Salesianum Forward 5/18/90 Jr 6' 0" 170
Kevin Burke Cardinal OHara Forward 2/4/89 Sr 6' 0" 165
Alex Cottle West Chester Henderson Forward 12/27/89 Jr 5' 8" 155
Eric Defelice Central Bucks West Forward 7/2/90 Jr 6' 1" 165
Andrew Dornblaser Central Bucks West Defense 6/29/89 Sr 5' 9" 170
Andrew Gregoire Haverford High Forward 3/4/89 Sr 5' 11" 165
Justin Krute The Hill School Forward 9/30/89 Jr 5' 10" 165
Andrew Lengyel North Penn Forward 1/13/90 Jr 5' 6" 155
Robby McDyre North Penn Forward 2/2/90 Jr 6' 2" 175
A.J. Moyer Pennridge Forward 12/13/89 Jr 5' 10" 170
Jimmy Murray Cardinal OHara Goal 9/14/89 Jr 5' 9" 155
Mike Noce Upper Dublin Defense 8/13/89 Jr 5' 11" 145
Jayson Ritchey Wissahickon Forward 2/12/90 Jr 6' 0" 190
Ricky Rodriguez Notre Dame Defense 10/19/89 Jr 6' 0" 160
Ryan Seifert Liberty Forward 9/16/89 Jr 6' 0" 176
Joshua Shoffstall Manheim Township Goal 5/29/89 Sr 6' 1" 168
Kevin Struempfler Avon Grove Defense 3/4/90 Jr 6' 0" 180
Kevin Weller Archbishop Ryan Defense 9/15/90 Jr 5' 6" 150
Mac Winchester Cardinal OHara Defense 4/3/88 Sr 6' 2" 205
Kyle Zoldy La Salle College Forward 2/18/90 Jr 5' 10" 165

Pa Hockey will be on hand to provide all of the coverage from the Edge in Bensenville, Illinois of the 2007 Chicago Showcase.   

2007 Flyers Cup
2007 Team Philadelphia
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Team Pittsburgh - 2006
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Wednesday, February 22
2006 Chicago Showcase
Mt Lebanon's Paul Taibi's 2006 Team Pittsburgh
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Team Pittsburgh

   Head Coach Paul Taibi of Mt Lebanon has been selected to guide Team Pittsburgh at the 2006 Chicago Showcase. Coach Taibi has led the Blue Devils to a perfect 22-0-0 regular season in Class AAA heading into the 2006 Penguins Cup playoffs and 2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships at RMU Island Sports Center on April 8th.

    The 22nd Chicago Showcase will be held on April 19 - 23, 2006 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The tournament features teams from all over the United States and Team Pittsburgh will compete TOP A Bracket [J.J. O'Conner] with the likes of Minnesota, New York , and California and others. A year ago Team Pittsburgh went on a near magical run losing in the Semi-Finals to Team Minnesota.

    This tournament is a great opportunity to be seen by Junior A, Division 1 and NCAA Collegiate and ACHA Division 1 scouts and an opportunity to further a players high school career into a higher education and also continue playing hockey.
Tryout information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

   ***THE 2006 Team is posted***

Wednesday April 19, 2006
Team Pittsburgh 7 Team New York 1
    HIGHLIGHTS: Pittsburgh breaks open a 2-1 game in the third period with five
       unanswered goals. Chris Urso scores a pair and Shane Ferguson adds a goal
       and 3 assists and Josh Mandic and Josh Fodor notch a goal and two assists
       each. Brendan Conlon also scores a 3rd period tally.

Team Philadelphia 12 Team Kentucky/West Virginia 3
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ian DeLong scores four goals and Kent Kovalsky adds three assists
         as Philly gives Kentucky/WV a rude welcome to the Chicago Showcase.

Thursday April 20, 2006
Team South 10 Team Kentucky/West Virginia 4
Team Connecticut 4 Team Philadelphia 1
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ian DeLong breaks Connecticut's shutout bid in the thrid
Team Pittsburgh 5 Team California 1
    ****GAME SUMMARIES****

Friday April 21, 2006
Team Philadelphia 5 Team South 2
    HIGHLIGHTS: Philly gets the hat trick from Kevin Burke and singles from Ian
       DeLong and Trey Milstead to win 2nd game of the tournament.

   Team Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota 3
    ****GAME SUMMARIES****

Saturday April 22, 2006
   Consolation Round
    Team Philadelphia 5 Team Ohio 5
       HIGHLIGHTS: Colin Henny, Chris Gaunt, Ben Souders, Trey Milstead, Trey and
       Daniel Altland score as Philly goes 2-1-1 in the 2006 Showcase   

    Pittsburgh 4 Tri-State 3
       ***GAME SUMMARIES***
    New Jersey 5 Northern New England 4 [OT]
    Minnesota 6 Illinois 5 [OT]
    North Dakota 4 Wisconsin 2

Sunday April 23, 2006
    Team New Jersey 6 Team Minnesota 5 [OT]
    Team North Dakota 5 Team Pittsburgh 4
          ****GAME SUMMARIES****

    New Jersey 3 North Dakota 2

Follow all of the actions of the 2006 Chicago Showcase with Pa Hockey and look for
a complete recap Monday on Pa Hockey

Click here for Chicago Showcase information

2004 Chicago Showcase
The Chicago Showcase Site
2005 Chicago Showcase
Follow 2005 Team Pittsburgh's march to the Semis !
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   The 21st Chicago Showcase tournament will be played on April 13th through the 17th at the AHAI Center in Naperville, Illinois. Team Pittsburgh and Team Philadelphia will participate again in this years Showcase and the tryouts will be held in March to select the teams to participate in this event. Pa Hockey will be there today to cover all the action !!!

    Saturday April 16, 2005
         Consolation Round   
             Ohio 5 Philadelphia 2 ***GAME SUMMARIES***
                Highlights: Ohio breaks open a 2-2 game in the 3rd period to defeat

         Quarter Finals
          Minnesota 8 Team SouthEast 2
          Wisconsin 4 Team New York 2
          North Dakota 4 Team New Jersey 1
          Pittsburgh 5 Team California 4 ***GAME SUMMARIES***
             Highlights: Pittsburgh is down 4-2 with a little over 5 minutes to go in the
                3rd. Stephen Adams of Pine Richland scores on the power play to cut it to 4-3
                and Mark Polidor of West Allegheny ties the game with 1:40 left on a
                wraparound. The miracle finish concluded as Mike Penkrot of USC scored on a
                Dan Sidle [Penn Trafford] rebound with just 24 seconds left to win it.

       Sunday April 17, 2005
            Minnesota 7 Pittsburgh 1
                ***GAME SUMMARIES***
            Wisconsin 4 North Dakota 3
            Minnesota 5 Wisconsin 4

    Wednesday April 13, 2005

       Team North Dakota 5 Team Pittsburgh 4
          Highlights: Furious rally by Team Pittsburgh falls short as Mark Polidor [WA], Ryne
             Savisky [WA], Mario Panucci [Montour] and Dan Sidle [Penn Trafford] score for

       Team Tri State 7 Team Philadelphia 4
         Highlights: Andrew Marenco, George Melanchuk, John Williams, and Jon Golden score for

      Thursday April 14, 2005
       Team Pittsburgh 3 Team Wisconsin 1 ***GAME SUMMARIES***
          Highlights: Kyle Sidle [Penn Trafford] , Shane Ferguson [Mt Lebanon] and Mario
             Panucci [Montour] score and Drew Stanton [Canon McMillan] turns back
             26 of 27 shots
         Team Philadelphia 5 Team Florida 4
          Highlights: Philly overcomes a 4-3 defeicit in the 3rd to defeat Fla      

       Friday April 15, 2005
         Team Southwest 6 Team Philadelphia 3
          Team Pittsburgh 1 Team Northern New England 1 ***GAME SUMMARIES***
             Highlights: Ryan Zapolski [Cathedral Prep] stops 28 of 29 shots and Ray Gillies
               scores in the 2nd period as Pittsburgh advances to the quarterfinals   

See Team Pittsburgh's 2002 march to the Semi's !
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2002 Chicago Showcase
See the results of the 2002 Chicago Showcase for Team Philadelphia and Team Pittsburgh

Click to see the 2002 Chicago Showcase results !

Wednesday, April 5
2006 Chicago Showcase
Team Philadelphia

    The 22nd Chicago Showcase will be held on April 19 - 23, 2006 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The tournament features teams from all over the United States and Team Philadelphia will compete in the C Bracket.

    This tournament is a great opportunity to be seen by Junior A, Division 1 and NCAA Collegiate and ACHA Division 1 scouts and an opportunity to further a players high school career into a higher education and also continue playing hockey.
Tryout information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

   ***THE 2006 Team is posted***

Team Philadelphia

   Team Philadelphia will compete in the C Bracket with Team South, Team Connecticut and for the first time ever, Team West Virginia/Kentucky. The team will be led by Germantown Academy Head Coach Gump Whiteside and General Manager Ken Reddy

Visit the Chicago Showcase Site

2003 Team Pittsburgh
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2003 Team Pittsburgh and Team Philadelphia
2003 Team Pittsburgh and coach John Mooney
Coach John Mooney and his staff has selected Team Pittsburgh for the 2003 Chicago Showcase.

Thursday, April 20
Team Pittsburgh looking strong over California
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A special report for the 2006 Chicago Showcase

    Many people who attended the 2005 Chicago Showcase walked away amazed after Team Pittsburgh's stunning four goal rally late in the 3rd period to defeat defending champions of the Chicago Showcase California 5-4. This game would serve as a rematch of sorts as California would have a chance at redemption from a year ago. Should Team Pittsburgh be able to defeat California again, they wuld clinch a spot in Saturday's Quarter-Finals and face Minnesota, who soundly defeated Pittsburgh a year ago in the Semi-Finals, for the top spot in the A bracket.

      California took advantage of an early power play at 11:22 of the opening period scoring on a wrist shot from the center point, which eluded Bryan Ross for a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh would answer as Phil Trombetta would bang home a Matt Bartkowski rebound to knot the score at one apiece. Pittsburgh held a 12-7 shot advantage in the opening period.

       On to the second period and Pittsburgh would play opportunist shorthanded as Josh Fodor buried a snapshot high over the glove side of Adam Krauss at 16:22 after a terrific steal and feed by Shane Ferguson to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. Kruase robbed Brendan Conlon with a sliding save with 9:18 remaining to keep it a one goal game as Pittsburgh increased the territorial advantage at 7-4 for the second period.

      Pittsburgh would start the third period with a fibe minute power play which was partially killed off by some aqgressive penalty killing by Team California. Pittsburgh continue to dominate play in the third period and capitalized on their next man advantage as Matt Bartkowski scored on a big slapshot after a perfect feed from Phil Trombetta at 11:51 to make it 3-1 and again at 10:23 as Josh Mandic coverted a cross ice feed from Kevin Miller to increase the lead to 4-1. Team Pittsburgh outshot California 11-3 in the final period and continued to pressure them in mistakes. Timmy O'Brien hit the post on a nice setup by Chris Urso at 7:09, but Alan Halipin would put an exclamation point on a 5-1 victory for Team Pittsburgh just moments later as he intercepted an errant clearing pass and beat Krause to the glove side. The win sets up a battle for the top spot in the A bracket against Minnesota tomorrow evening at the Edge in Bensenville.




Friday, April 21
The dream continues ........Pittsburgh rallies over Minnesota 4-3 !!!
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A special report from Pa Hockey

   So Team Pittsburgh defeated New York and California in the opening two games of the 2006 Chicago Showcase and with a 2-0 record to guarantee a spot in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Now the fun is to begin as they would have the honor of sharing the ice with Team Minnesota, the same team who has won the Chicago Showcase countless times over the years under the late great coach Ted Brill and more recently under Dave Hendrickson, who is a joy to talk to every time one comes to the rink and I have gotten to know over the past few years.

   Last year's schooling of Team Pittsburgh 7-1 in the semi-finals would be a reminder to the returning players of last years team of the significance of Minnesota High School Hockey to the rest of the United States as a leader of the sport and how programs should model and conduct themselves in this sport. As a casual fan its just a thrill to watch our boys from Western Pa match up against the 'Institution' of Interscholastic Sports in America. Former Team Pittsburgh players Ryan Vesely of Greensburg CC and Chris Perry of Hempfield were on hand
with their Team Pittsburgh to cheer on the team, seven years removed from Team Pittsburgh's lone trip to the finals in 1999, a 6-2 setback to no other than Team Minnesota.

    The early part of this contest consisted of some penalty killing by Team Pittsburgh of the lethal Minnesota power play and some great goaltending by Thomas Jefferson's Cody Krynock, who is a great story because he didn't start tendinmg goal for the Jaguars until January after a stint on defense. Team Minnesota had a better of the chances and the shot advantage at 10-6 but the opening 17 minutes was a fast paced scoreless tie.

    The second period Team Pttsburgh would get a golden opportunity at 16:07 as Brock Heinauer kept the play alive in the Minnesota zone and Chris Urso found Timmy O'Brien on the back door who just missed and Urso banged home the rebound to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Minnesota kept plugging away at Pittsburgh and capitalized on a turnover as Brian McMillin fired a low slapshot past Cody Krynock at 11:57 to tie the game at one apiece. Pittsburgh failed to clear the zone again at 5:26 and McMillin was open again on the weak side beating Krynock on a slapper to give Minnsota a 2-1 lead. Pittsburgh did start to get more chances late in the period with a 12-11 shot advantage and almost ties it at the buzzer as Timmy O'Brien and Brock Heinauer both had great chances, but Minnesota goaltender Alex Petersen made a spectacular save throwing his body at the loose puck and keeping Minnesota in front 2-1 at the ice cut.

    So Pittsburgh had to be satisfied playing the Minnesota team to a one goal game and could have settled for the great effort guys speech, but this team would be tested even further when they put Minnesota on the power play at 15:17 and then yielded a PPG goal at 14:43 as Alex Braden redirected a pass past Krynock after some excellent puck movement to make it 3-1 in favor of Minnesota. Matt Bartkowski hit both posts on a slapshot at 13:30 and the deficit remained two. Moments later Pittsburgh dug another hole with a penalty at 13:02, but was able to kill it off and gain a little momentum. A power play came their way at 11:26 that turned into a 5 on 3 at 10:19 putting Pittsburgh in a nice position to get back in the game. Then Tean Pittsburgh seized the moment as they moved the puck quickley and Kevin Miller beat Petersen on a wrist shot low to the glove side to cut the lead to 3-2 with 9:05 remaining in a definite change of momentum. Pittsburgh turned up their game and applied the pressure to Minnesota with 6 1/2 left in regulation.

    Josh Fodor, who has been part of Team Pittsburgh's best forward lines with Ferguson and Mandic at both ends of the ice showed great patience and found a wide open Kevin Pawlos on the doorstep, who made no mistake and buried a wrist shot high up under the crossbar past Petersen with 4:56 to play to knot the score at 3-3 in a dramatic turnaround. With 3:32 remaining, Josh Mandic gathered the loose puck in the neutral zone and found two streaking linemates creating a 3 on 1 and as Josh Fodor drove the Minnesota defenseman to the net, Shane Ferguson served as the trailer and took a nice feed from Mandic and buried it low to the glove side erupting the Pittsburgh bench and the Team Pittsburgh faithful in attendance giving the a 4-3 lead. Team Pittsburgh played to win in the final minutes and penned up Minnesota in their zone with quick shifts and tenacious forechecking to seal a monumental victory for this team and a watershed win for Western Pennsylvania hockey, who is now on the map and this group can relish an accomplishment 22 years in the making. Coach Paul Taibi showed his class by presenting team manager Dev Klasnick with the game puck for his 22 years of service and class to Team Pittsburgh, who is now the # 1 seed heading to the quarter-finals
of the 2006 Chicago Showcase. Sounds nice..............but it was a great thrill to watch and people from Western Pa should really be proud of this great moment !

Saturday, April 22
Team Pittsburgh moves on to Semis for 2nd straight year !
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   A special report for Pa Hockey

      The day after Team Pittsburgh shocked Team Minnesota in a game with many twists and turns lead the Western Pa contingent to the quarter-finals against Tri-State, who pummeled Team Connecticut 11-1 in the C Bracket finale. Pittsburgh found itself in an interesting position facing a team made up of high school players from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, which is essentially the all-star team of the Iowa High School Hockey League, who entered the 1/4 finals with a 4-0-0 record with wins over Ohio, Florida, Northwest and the aformentioned Connecticut, which is hardly the road of Team Pittsburgh.

      Early in this contest the casual hockey fan could see that Team Pittsburgh gave Tri-State fits with a superior skill level and speed. With the early domination in territorial play Pittsburgh looked to take advantage, but a couple of ill-advised penalties put Tri State right in the hockey game even though being dominated on the shot total, the score remained scoreless through one period. Teamn Pittsburgh's bestr chance came as Shane Ferguson got behind the Tri-State defense with 1:37 remaining but Nick LeQuire was equal to the task.

       Pittsburgh took another penalty early in the second period and it cost them as Bryan Beaman redirected a Geoff Vicek shot from the right point past Bryan Ross high over the glove side to give Tri-State a 1-0 lead and a power play with 15:14 to play in the 2nd period. Tri State put Pittsburgh on the power play at 14:46 and Shane Ferguson tied the score at 1-1 backhanding a Matt Bartkowski rebound past LeQuire. Bryan Ross made a terrific stop from point blank range at 12:33 to keep the 1-1 score. At 9:56, Matt Bartkowski made a good play to settle the puck at the point and move it to Ferguson in the corner, who cycled the puck with Josh Fodor who found a streaking Josh Mandic who made no mistake depositing the puck into an empty net with 9:56 to play and give Pittsburgh its first lead 2-1. The goal was as pretty a passing play as you will see in any hockey game. Pittsburgh put Tri State back on the power play at 9:43 and on a 5 on 3 at 8:56 and gave Tri State a chance to ie the score again, which they did as Derek Kohles banged home a rebound to make it 2-2 with 8:27 to play. As mentioned last night, the line of Fodor, Ferguson and Mandic has been on fire in this tournament and Josh Fodor seized the moment to gain control of this hockey game as he took the puck end-to-end, walked to the middle of the ice and fire a wrist whot high over the glove side of LeQuire, who may have had trouble seeing the shot go in, but Pittsburgh regained the lead 3-2 with 5:20 remaining in the middle period. Pittsburgh went on the power play with 1:37 remaining in the period and Paul Dittrich hit the post with a blistering wrist shot low to the far post and Team Pittsburgh headed to the third period with a slim 3-2 advantage.

      Pittsburgh has dominated the third period on this tournament outscoring opponents 8-1 in three games and compiled a staggering shot totoal advantage in those periods. Josh Mandic just missed just thirty seconds in as the puck was just brushed wide by the Tri State goaltender. The play of this hockey game came with 13:38 to play in regulation as Josh Mandic picked the pocket of a Tri State forward in the neutral zone and sent Ferguson and Fodor in on a two on one, which Fodor used Fergy as a decoy and blistered a wrist shot up under the crossbar to give Pittsburgh a semmingly comfortable 4-2 lead. Team Pittsburgh effectively ran the lines and kept the pressure on Tri State, who seemed to struggle against the speed and tenacity of Pittsburgh. Bryan Ross made a real nice save from point blank range with 3:15 to play. Two goals are unsafe because one mistake can put a team right back in the hockey game and that's exactly what happened as after a bad clearing attempt Tri State scored on a rebound to cut the lead to 4-3 with 51 seconds to go. Pittsburgh would shut the door in the final minute as Tri State never got the puck out of their zone and Tean Pittsburgh won a little differently, not playing their best game, but good enough to move on to the semi-finals of the 2006 Chicago Showcase for the second straight year. Mt Lebanon's Matt Bartkowski was named the Most Valuable player of the 2006 Chicago Showcase, with solid play at both ends of the ice in the first four games.

Sunday, April 23
Team Pittsburgh falls short as North Dakota moves on to the finals
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Special Report to Pa Hockey

   North Dakota is facing Pittsburgh for the third time in each of the past three years and the first two meetings in pool play resulted in victory for Team North Dakota, including a 5-4 game a year ago in Pool A play, prior to Pittsburgh running off wins to advance to the Semi-final before bowing to Minnesota. Team North Dakota is unique collection of players from the North Dakota High School Hockey League, in which totals 18 schools from the hockey fanatic areas of eastern North Dakota of Grand Forks and Fargo bordering Minnesota to the far reaches of the flatlands in places like Devil's Lake, Williston, Bismarck and of course Minot. It's a special group of players who represent the pride of North Dakota hockey and the 2006 version has much of the flavor with players who have come together from over 450 miles apart to form the team.

    North Dakota battled through the preliminary round after a setback to Michigan in the opening game to mount a big comeback to tie New Jersey after trailing 3-0 and then defeating rival Wisconsin twice on consecutive nights to make their way in to the Semi-Finals. Pittsburgh would be making its second consecutive semi-final appearance and hoping to advance to the finals for the 2nd time in 22 years and the first time since 1999.

       North Dakota came out smoking in the opening minute as Cody Krynock made two big saves on good scoring chances and earned a power play opportunity at 16:11. ND's Andrew Peterson scored the games first goal with a wrist shot just inside the far post from the bottom of the circle. A Pittsburgh miscue at 13:34 resulted in another scoring opportunity as North Dakota just missed taking an early two goal advantage. Pittsburgh's hot line of Fodor, Mandic and Ferguson went to work and created the first opportunity just a half a minute later. The momentum from that shift carried Pittsburgh to its first power play at 10:45 and they capitalized as Chris Urso set up on the far boards and threaded a perfect pass to Matt Bartkowski, who blistered a slapshot just inside the post to tie the game at 1-1 at 9:37. North Dakota came right back and pounced on a Pittsburgh miscue as Devil's Lakes Peter Jerome jammed home a loose puck to give ND a 2-1 lead at 9:17. Pittsburgh came back as Dustin Roux weaved through the high slot and set up Zach Hepler, who bombed a snapshot high over the glove side of goaltender Anthony Kringstad to tie the game again at 2-2 with 6:11 to go in period one. Dustin Roux gave Pittsburgh its first lead of the game as he fought off three North Dakota defenders and chipped the puck past Kringstad with 5:36 remaining to make it 3-2. After Pittsburgh killed off a North Dakota power play opportunity, the game had a huge momentum swing as Marc Mikulka took a puck from behind the goal line and banked it off the backside of Cody Krynock with 2:22 left in a wild first period and the score was tied 3-3 as North Dakota outshot Pittsburgh 12-7.

    North Dakota played opportunist early in the 2nd period as the Pittsburgh defense mishandled the puck and Mike Harrie scored on a shot from in between the circles with 15 and a half left in period two to make it 4-3. Another bad clearing attempt resulted in disaster for Team Pittsburgh as Dakota's David Hovet swooped in and buried a rebound past Bryan Ross, who replaced Krynock late in the first and now Pittsburgh was in a hole and down 5-3. Pittsburgh picked up their game a this point and pulled back within a goal on the power play as Josh Fodor finished off a nice passing sequence as Timmy O'Brien, Matt Bartkowski, Paul Dittrich and Josh Mandic touched the puck before the goal at 11:09 cut the lead to 5-4. Team Pittsburgh outshot North Dakota 17-7, but goaltender Anthony Kringstad would deny Pittsburgh for the remainder of the period.

    On to the third period and while Pittsburgh began to pour the shots on Kringstad, the North Dakota goaltender just seemed to get sharper stopping all 12 Pittsburgh shots in the final period, while North Dakota only managed to post five on Bryan Ross. Josh Fodor nearly tied it with 12:52 to play in regulation on a tip of Shane Ferguson's shot. A Pittsburgh power play ensued but Pittsburgh seemed out of rhythm. The Pittsburgh team's climb would get much steeper as Matt Batrkowski was whistled for a hit from behind resulting in 12 minutes in penalties with 9:44 to play. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh the call was made but the team forged on as their captain could only sit and watch the remaining 10 minutes from the penalty box. Pittsburgh dominated play and their best chance to tie the game came with 3:25 to play as Zach Hepler was in alone but Anthony Kringstad stopped him to keep North Dakota on top 5-4. A play in the final minute was the peak of frustration for Pittsburgh as with a player from North Dakota down behind the net, Josh Mandic had control of the puck coming out of the corner with a golden scoring opportunity and the referee inadvertantly blew the whistle stopping play with 52 seconds left to the dismay of the Pittsburgh bench. Team Pittsburgh pulled their goalie in the final minute and could not get the equalizer ending their dreams of moving onto the finals with a 5-4 setback to North Dakota. Pittsburgh outshot ND 36-24, including 29-12 over the final two periods only scoring one goal on Anthony Kringstadm the North Dakota goaltender from Grafton / Park River, who didn't appear in any of the post season honors in the ND State Tournament, but scored a huge victory for North Dakota hockey.         

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Bensenville, Illinois

Team Pittsburgh vs Team Minnesota

       Ok so its Sunday morning and while many of us from Western Pennsylvania expected to be in our cars on our way home, instead for the dozen to two dozen of us who started this journey, we all were treated to a real thrill watching our boys from Western Pennsylvania provide a miracle finish against California with three goals in the final 4 ½ to gain a spot besides the mecca of Interscholastic Hockey Minnesota in the 2005 Chicago Showcase semi-finals. Team Pittsburgh has defied the odds with getting here and for more reasons which I will expand upon in this summary.

         An opportunity to visit with Minnesota Head Coach David Hendrickson yesterday was a pleasure and discovery as I found that the head man of a powerhouse from this Chicago Showcase once coached Steve Carlson, who played professional hockey and spent some time in Johnstown playing and coaching a team called Bishop McCort to some Pennsylvania State titles. As a gesture of goodwill to the coach was a Pa Hockey Yearbook and one of respect for what Minnesota Interscholastic Hockey has done as a model program for the now 43 states who compete for State Championships across the United States. And an opportunity for Team Pittsburgh to compete against the best the sport has to offer and for all you historians out there, we can point back to the 1999 finals when Pittsburgh went all the way to the finals and lost 6-2.

            As Paul Dittrich, who was seriously injured in last night’s game came out to take the warm up, it just was another little reminder of what this means for this group of kids and possibly an inspiration to the other 19 guys of how the belief and will to win can overcome the most trying of circumstances. What gives Pittsburgh a chance is maybe a stellar goaltending performance by Ryan Zapolski or maybe an over achieving group effort, but the best approach would be a simple hockey game of clearing the zone and playing disciplined with 51 minutes of hard work and maybe just maybe they’ll provide some more excitement.

          The opening minutes where in the Pittsburgh end and survival. At 13:03, Pittsburgh had their first chance as Mark Polidor broke free and just missed. Minnesota continued their possession game and Pittsburgh kept surviving early on. At 11:27, Minnesota went on the power play and Mark Polidor made as he has this whole tournament another big play forcing the Minnesota defenseman to pull him down nullifying the man advantage. Then a mental mistake as Mike Penkrot left the bench early resulting in another Minnesota power play. With 4:15 remaining in the first, Pittsburgh was whistled for a play after the whistle and then Minnesota was whistled for the same at 3:01. Then at 2:40, Minnesota struck as Jamie Ruff tipped a shot from the point past Ryan Zapolski for a 1-0 lead. A marginal tripping call on Pittsburgh at 2:05 put Team Pittsburgh in a 4 on 4 situation. Ryan Zapolski made his first terrific save with just two ticks left and Minnesota took a very rare undisciplined penalty putting Pittsburgh on the power play to start the second.

          At 10:46 of the 2nd Minnesota found a wide open backside and Scott Kozlak chipped it past Ryan Zapolski for a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh went on to the power play at 7:29 which was nullified after a scrum in front of the Minnesota net. Minnesota took advantage of a 4 on 4 situation as sniper Josh Brodeen finished off a super cross ice pass over the shoulder of Zapolski to make it 3-0 with a little over six minutes left in the seconds period. Pittsburgh was overmatched physically and started to show more undisciplined taking another penalty. With 1:01 left, Minnesota’s Ryan Guentzel made a beautiful tip of a shot from the left point off the stick Pat Fogerty for another power play goal and a 4-0 lead.   

      The third period would be a test of character for Team Pittsburgh. For the first time in this tournament they were overmatched physically and had a big hole to climb being down 4-0. An opportunity on the power play at 16:10 for Pittsburgh, which they didn’t score on but at 13:13, Bill Repass stole the puck and was in on a breakaway and converted to make it 4-1. Then at 11:39 another bad penalty killing an momentum for Pittsburgh and another opportunity for the lethal Minnesota power play and with 10:56 the dagger came as Mitch Ryan tipped a perfect feed past Zapolski. Just 32 seconds later at 10:24 Cory Johnson converted an odd man break as Shea Walters threaded a perfect pass to make it 6-1. With 7:10 left Cory Johnson served the toast for breakfast and an exclamation point for another trip to the finals for Team Minnesota turning the Pittsburgh defense inside out and lofting a dart over the glove side of Ryan Zapolski for a 7-1 lead and went on to victory and a spot in the finals.

       For Team Pittsburgh a great tournament and a measuring stick of where we stand nationally. We are not at Minnesota’s level, but we learned that we can compete with and beat some of the premiere programs chasing Minnesota in the United States. What it will take is to bring our best AAA midget players here to Bensenville, which is no knock on the 20 who suited up, but 7-1 doesn’t cut it at this level. It was a great effort by mostly a group of high school and midget players, who started a ride of the unknown Wednesday and then where like many other teams in this event sent back to school by the masters, who exploited the lack of discipline of Team Pittsburgh by playing hockey the way its supposed to be played Minnesota style.

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Cathedral Prep's Ryan Zapolski wins 2005 Fikis Award
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    Team Pittsburgh's trip to the Semi-Finals brought a prestigious individual award to Cathedral Prep's Ryan Zapolski, who was named the most outstanding goaltender of the 2005 Chicago Showcase. Ryan joins McDowell's Brent Klimow in 2001, Bethel Park's Keith Stanich in 1997 and Forest Hill's Martin Wilde in 1995 as recipients of awards for the Chicago Showcase. Congratulations to Ryan and Team Pittsburgh for an outstanding finish !

Monday, January 18
14th Annual Meadville Bulldog Invitational


2010 Tournament Schedule        
SCHEDULE         1/18/2010 8:16  
Pool A   Record Points Pool B   Record Points
St Ignatius   (2-0-1)   St Edwards   (2-1-0)  
Mt Lebanon   (2-1-0)   LaSalle   (2-1-0)  
Meadville   (1-2-0)   Sylvania Northview   (1-2-0)  
McDowell   (0-2-1)   Ft LeBouf   (0-3-0)  
1 16-Jan-10 4:45 PM Friday Meadville 5 McDowell 3
2 16-Jan-10 6:30 PM Friday Mt Lebanon  0 St Ignatius  2
3 16-Jan-10 8:15 PM Friday Ft LeBouf 4 St Edward 6
4 16-Jan-10 10:00 PM Friday LaSalle 1 Sylvania Northview 4
5 17-Jan-10 7:15 AM Saturday St Ignatius  2 McDowell 2
6 17-Jan-10 9:00 AM Saturday Mt Lebanon  3 Meadville 2
7 17-Jan-10 11:00 AM Saturday St Edward 2 LaSalle 4
8 17-Jan-10 12:45 PM Saturday Sylvania Northview  W Ft LeBouf L
9 17-Jan-10 2:45 PM Saturday McDowell 2 Mt Lebanon 5
10 17-Jan-10 4:30 PM Saturday St Ignatius  6 Meadville 4
11 17-Jan-10 6:15 PM Saturday LaSalle 11 Ft LeBouf 0
12 17-Jan-10 8:00 PM Saturday Sylvania Northview  L St Edward W
13 18-Jan-10 8:00 AM Sun St Ignatius  4 LaSalle  1
14 18-Jan-10 10:00 PM Sun St Edward 3 Mt Lebanon 0
15 18-Jan-10 3:00 PM Sun St Ignatius  4 St Edward 2

2004 Chicago Showcase
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2004 Chicago Showcase
Team Pittsburgh
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Team Pittsburgh and Team Philadelphia will participate in the 2004 Chicago Showcase celebrating its 20th year. The Showcase will be played April 14-18, 2004 in Chiacgo, Illinois.

Team Pittsburgh [ A Pool] Schedule
Wed 4/14   ~ North Dakota 4 Pittsburgh 2
             Highlights: Peters Twp Chris Clackson and Shady Side's
               John Mortimer score as Team Pgh loses close one with
               ENG. Meadville's Danny O'Sharuk stops 31 of 34 North
               Dakota shots.
Thurs 4/15 ~ Minnesota 9 Pittsburgh 2
             Highlights: Quaker Valley's Ben Herring & SHady Side's
               John Mortimer score as Team Pittsburgh falls to
Fri 4/16   ~ Pittsburgh 11 Indiana 1
             Highlights: Team Pittsburgh scores five power play goals
               as Penn Hill's Ryan Jones, Mt Lebanon's Bill Leckenby,
               TJ's Luke Wawrzeniak, and Steel Valley's Anthony
               Bonacorsco each score two goals. Peter's Chris
               Clackson adds 3 assists and Timmy Johnson stops 19 of
               20 shots. North Hill's Tyler Cummings, Central's Eddie
               Martin and Andrew Wroblewski also score.   

Sat 4/17 ~ Colorado 7 Pittsburgh 2
             Highlights: Ryan Jones and Chad Uddstrom score as
               Pittsburgh finishes Chicago Showcase 1-3-0 for the
               first time since 1996

Team Philadelphia [C Pool] Schedule
Wed 4/14   ~ Connecticut 8 Philadelphia 2
             Highlights: Boyertown's Greg Herneisen and Hempfield's
                Steve Stack as team Philadelphia drops Game 1    Thurs 4/15 ~ Florida 5 Philadelphia 1
             Highlights: Abington's Eric Tufman scores lone Philly
                goal in loss to Florida   
Fri 4/16   ~ Philadelphia 10 Team Northwest 0
             Highlights: James Santacroce of North Penn turns back
                  22 shots and Abington's Eric Tufman has a goal and
                  5 assists in a rout of Northwest. Ian Windle of
                  Downingtown and Christopher Brogan of Hershey add
                  a pair of goals apiece, while Sean Guenther, C.J.
                  Schneider, Stephen Klenk, Tom Mergen and Matt
                  Koelzer add single scores.

Sat 4/17 ~ Philadelphia 4 Team South 3
            Highlights: Team Philly rallies from 3-1 deficit in the
             3rd period as Downingtown's Ian Windle scores at 13:37,
             Abington's Eric Tufman ties it with 4:44 left and
             Abington's Justin Schorr scores the game winner with
             2:23 left. Tufman assisted on the 2nd goal and the game


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2005 Chicago Showcase
Bensenville, Illinois

Team Pittsburgh vs Team Wisconsin

          Team Pittsburgh opened up the 2005 Chicago Showcase with a heartstopping 5-4 loss to North Dakota. Mario Panucci [Montour], Mark Polidor [West Allegheny], Ryne Savisky [West Allegheny] and Dan Sidle [Penn Trafford] scored as Team Pittsburgh rallied for three goals in the 3rd period but could not score the equalizer controlling the play, but in hockey you must play three periods. As they headed in to the second game with a highly touted Wisconsin club, one had to wonder if Team Pittsburgh would win a game and possibly fall out of the coveted A Bracket, where they have competed since 1997.

          Team Pittsburgh has competed in the Chicago Showcase for every year since 1984 and the past 18 years under the guidance of Dave Klasnick, who serves as General Manager for the team and provides a great experience for the players who are fortunate to make the team after the rigorous four day tryout and two weeks of practices. Head Coach Ed Figas of Serra Catholic along with assistant Kevin Zielmanski of Central Catholic, were joined by Dave Fryer of Canon McMillan for a big test for the team. So the homage to Bensenville, where I joined the Montour boys and an intimate gathering of folks who made the trip to Chicago, which was my first since 1998 after 3 years.

          In the opening minutes of the game, Wisconsin put Team Pittsburgh on their heels with good pressure, but where limited in their chances. Team Pittsburgh stuck first as Billy Repass [Elizabeth Forward] made a tremendous play to intercept a pass and throw it to the net and across the goal line, but the referee was out of position and waived the goal off. Then at 10:31 of the first on the power play, Kyle Sidle [Penn Trafford] dug the puck out of the corner and fed it to the slot where Mario Panucci was stationed and fired a bullet high over the glove side of Wisconsin goaltender Jeff Henderson for a 1-0 lead. Team Pittsburgh used it’s speed and played tenaciously against a much bigger and supposedly more physical opponent and countered hit for hit. Then a heads up play by Shane Ferguson [Mt Lebanon] at 5:27 led to the next goal as Fergy caught Henderson off balance and fired a snapshot on the ice to the far corner and Pittsburgh now had a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh continued playing pretty smart defense but got a little sloppy late in the 1st period as Wisconsin’s Shay Tainter incepted a pass and beat Drew Stanton [Canon McMillan] on the short side.

       Back and forth the teams went in the 2nd period and both goaltenders shined as Pittsburgh held a shot advantage of 13-8. Wisconsin had their chances, but Drew Stanton stood tall and Wisconsin showed undisciplined play nullifying several power play chances and essentially killed their momentum or any momentum as Pittsburgh took a slim 2-1 advantage to the third.

         Wisconsin nearly tied the game at 10:07 of the third period as Brett Olson was robbed by Drew Stanton from point blank range. Team Pittsburgh had a couple of power plays midway through the third period and was looking for the knockout punch and they did it as Kyle Sidle [Penn Trafford] slammed home a rebound after a great setup by Josh Jones [Serra Catholic] and Paul Dittrich [North Allegheny] for a 3-1 lead with 6:15 left. Drew Stanton closed the door on Wisconsin stopping 26 of 27 shots including a statement save on towering Sean Wiles with 2:25 remaining for a hug 3-1 win for Team Pittsburgh and secure a spot in the playoff round, which begins Saturday.

2005 Chicago Showcase
Bensenville, Illinois

Team Pittsburgh vs Team Northern New England

               After defeating Wisconsin on Thursday evening, Team Pittsburgh all but secured a berth in Saturday’s Quarter-Final round. A win over Northern New England could propel Team Pittsburgh into a preferable matchup in next step. In 1999, Team Pittsburgh danced to the finals before falling in the Championship to Minnesota and in 2001 a semi-final appearance falling to Minnesota once again. Both of those teams were laiden with players, who have since moved on to the Division 1 level from AAA midget and Junior A. This team is a little different not because of the talent, but more emphasis on this group is the team chemistry, character and unselfishness of a group of 20 players not expected to do anything in a tough A Bracket

          At 7:55 of the opening period, Ryan Zaploski [Cathedral Prep] made a great leg save from right in front and moments later Pittsburgh went on the power play, but could not capitalize, but built momentum and started to get scoring chances. Goaltenders Raymond Quattrucci of Northern New England and Ryan Zapolski faced 16 and 12 shots respectively in a scoreless opening period.

            In the second period, when it looked like Team Pittsburgh was in trouble Ryan Zapolski kept NNE out and then the speed kicked in as Kyle Sidle [Penn Trafford] set up Raymond Gillies [Serra Catholic], who buried a snapshot past Quattrucci for a 1-0 lead at 11:06 of the 2nd. At 7:26 of the 2nd New England went on the power play and then at 6:49 Ryan Zapolski made another great save sliding across to stop a chance on the back side. In a very entertaining two periods of hockey, Team Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead to the locker room.

          On to the third we went and in the opening minute Team Pittsburgh did a lot of running around and failed to clear the zone and through that struggle did not give up a goal, but committed a penalty at 12:48 giving NE an opportunity on the power play and this time they converted as Dan Rautenburg snapped a rebound over a fallen Zapolski to tie the game at one apiece. At 11:04, Team Pittsburgh went on the power play, which became a 5 on 3 at 9:57 with a golden opportunity to take the lead. At 9:25, Mark Polidor was absolutely robbed by Quattracci, who sprawled got a glove on it at the last moment. Pittsburgh went back on the power play with 5:56 left and Quatracci made another big save on Polidor with a little over 4 minutes remaining in regulation. At 2:36, Tyler Martin got stone by Zapolski with the glove. With 1:48 left, Pittsburgh went on the power play and at the buzzer Mark Polidor’s slap shot rang of the post and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.                     

2005 Chicago Showcase
Bensenville, Illinois

Team Philadelphia vs Team Ohio

      Team Philadelphia entered this morning’s contest against Team Ohio with a 1-2-0 record in the 2005 Chicago Showcase under Germantown Academy coach Gump Whiteside. The amazing fact if you look at the Team Philadelphia lineup is the absence of the best players from Malvern Prep [Nick Averona did participate], Germantown Academy [Jack Morrison was injured], Archbishop Carroll, Archbishop Wood and even Pennsylvania Class A State Champions Penncrest are nowhere to be found. The Chicago Showcase is to represent ‘the best players’ in each area and it doesn’t. In fact, of the Pa Hockey top 25 in Eastern Pa, Philly has a half dozen to a dozen players, which may answer why it is stuck in the C bracket of the Chicago Showcase.

       They don’t have to look far as the next bench over to Team Ohio, which seems to have the same dilemma as their lineup does not include any participants from perennial State Champs St Edwards and Ohio powers Bowling Green, St Ignatius among others.
These are states who have been playing interscholastic hockey for well over 30 years and should be competitive with the rest of the country and they are competing in brackets with Florida, Team South [Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia & Mississippi] and Team Southwest [Arizona, New Mexico, Texas & Oklahoma]. The cost may be one issue which can be addressed [currently $ 500 – 700 per player] and possibly a little more publicity through Webcasting the event for Team Pittsburgh and Team Philadelphia, which will be put on the table for next season’s event, with the proceeds from sponsorship over and above the costs going to fund both teams and giving people across the country an opportunity to tune in to a great event.   

         Team Ohio struck first at 13:32 as Andrew Lachiewicz [Troy HS] took a pass from Jake Coyle [Padua] and beat Alex Adoni [Plymouth Whitemarsh] to give Ohio a 1-0 lead. At 5:22 of the first, LaSalle’s John Williams got loose shorthanded and buried a wrist shot upstairs past Craig Butler [Kent Roosevelt] to tie the score at 1-1. Ian DeLong [Kutztown] made a great play at 1:43 left in the opening period with a backhand upstairs to give Philly a 2-1 lead.

          At 3:52 of the 2nd, Team Ohio’s Jake Coyle tied the game on a deflection of a pass from the sideboards. Less than a minute later, Team Ohio regained the lead as Mike Kasmer crashed the net and beat Adoni to make it 3-2.

          With 15:22 left in the third period, LaSalle’s L.G. Gattison had a chance on a breakaway but was stopped by Butler. Then with 13:53 left in the final period, Ohio’s Mike Kasmer [Trinity] scored on a wrist shot from the top of the circle to give Ohio a 4-2 advantage. With 25 seconds left Ohio put the game on ice as David Goldsmith [Shaker Heights] scored on a wide open chance on a nice setup by Charlie Fox [St Francis DeSales], which was almost a gimme to make the final 5-2 in favor of Team Ohio.

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2005 Chicago Showcase
Bensenville, Illinois

Pittsburgh snatches victory from the jaws of defeat over defending champ California !

Pittsburgh vs California

       It is a long time from Wednesday morning when Team Pittsburgh began their voyage of the unknown in the 2005 Chicago Showcase. A narrow 5-4 loss to semi-finalist North Dakota in a game where the team will admit that they didn’t play three periods of hockey, but a superb third period almost yielded a tie game. The complete game victory of another semi-finalist Wisconsin 3-1, which was easily one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. A thrilling 1-1 tie in the final game of the preliminary round featuring a goaltending dual between Northern New England’s Raymond Quattrucci and Team Pittsburgh’s Ryan Zapolski [who was the winner of the Peggy Fikis award for the outstanding goaltender of the 2005 Chicago Showcase, joining Brent Klimow of Erie McDowell in 2001 and Martin Wilde of Forest Hills H.S. in 1995 as Team Pittsburgh’s recipients of Chicago Showcase award winners].

      So now Team Pittsburgh sets up to face a Team Cailfornia team, who are the defending champions of the Chicago Showcase, for the privilege to meet Team Minnesota, who has dominated the Chicago Showcase tournament since its inception in 1984. California, like Team Pittsburgh, has enjoyed a tempermental Showcase with a 3-2 loss to Minnesota in a tight contest, defeated Michigan 4-2 and then lost to Illinois 4-3 to complete the round robin at 1-2-0. California is a very good team with a core group of players from a strong AAA midget program out of Los Angeles.

       The decision to start the line of Billy Repass, Alan Halapin and Lee Heilman paid off as they penned up California in the opening minute. Then it was Mark Polidor, who made a great individual effort and slipped a backhand past Bryan Roden at 15:52 to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Then a great breakout pass by Kyle Sidle to brother Dan Sidle netted a wrist shot which fooled goaltender Roden low on the stick side at 13:26 for a 2-0 Pittsburgh lead. At 11:29, Mario Panucci almost made it 3-0, but goaltender Roden made a great stop sliding to the opposite post. At 10:45, California went on the power play with a chance to cut into the early lead and Pittsburgh killed it impressively. California struck at 5:23 of the first as Alan Aiken buried a wrist shot on the short side past Drew Stanton to make it 2-1. With 1:35 left in the opening period, Team Pittsburgh committed another penalty as a result of running around and another killing the penalty with 48 seconds left giving California a golden opportunity to tie the game. And with 24 seconds left the LA Kings Midget AAA line struck fast as Richard Leitner took a back door pass from Ramin Taheri and deposited it past Drew Stanton to erase a 2-0 lead of Pittsburgh.

       On to the second we went and Pittsburgh still had to kill a minute on the 2nd power play and the didn’t as the forward Richard Lietner sped through the middle of the ice and blistered a wrist whot low to the stick side for a 3-2 California lead and another power play goal. Pittsburgh went on the power play at 15:42, but could not capitalize. At 12:19, Pittsburgh got caught pinching and Drew Stanton made a great stop on Lietner. At 8:36, California went on another power play and Pittsburgh killed it off. Great effort by Ryne Savisky drew a penalty on California at 6:07, giving Pittsburgh a chance on the power play to no avail and another power play with 2:37 left and a 5 on 3 with 1:27 left and another 5 on 3 with 1:10 to work with 36 seconds left, which was nullified by an undisciplined penalty by Pittsburgh with 2 seconds left.

          At 16:17 of the 3rd Period, Drew Stanton made a great save on Cal’s John Stoddard sprawling out and keeping the puck out and the game 3-2. Bryan Roden returned the favor on Mario Panucci at 14:50 from point blank range. Then the arena was silenced as Anton Volkov, via the Ukraine ***ula of California, who blistered a wrist shot high over the shoulder of Drew Stanton on the short side at 12:50 to give California a huge insurance tally and a 4-2 lead. Pittsburgh went on the power play with 10:50 left and a chance to get back in the game and then again at 8:05, but was nullified by another undisciplined penalty by Pittsburgh. Another power play # 5 at 6:51 and not a chance. Steven Adams scored on his first opportunity on the power play with a wrist shot high over the glove side to cut the lead to 4-3. Another power play # 6 with 4:50 left and the chance again to tie it and no goal. With 2:13 left, another power play # 7 and only one goal to show for it. The chances and time were running out on Team Pittsburgh and then a miracle goal with 1:27 left as Mark Polidor threw the puck to the front of the net and it bounded past the California goaltender to tie it at 4 apiece. Then with 24 seconds left, Dan Sidle threw it to the net and Mike Penkrot rammed it home to give Pittsburgh a miracle 5-4 lead. And they held on to win and play another day against Team Minnesota in the semi-finals of the 2005 Chicago Showcase with a heartstopping 5-4 win.   

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Team Pittsburgh and Team Philadelphia will compete at the 2003 Chicago Showcase in Bensenville, Illinois ~ April 16-20, 2003. Follow all the action on Pa Hockey and the official Website of the Chicago Showcase.

The schedule is as follows :

Head Coach ~ John Mooney - Serra Catholic

Wednesday April 16th
Team Pittsburgh 1 Team North Dakota 1
Highlight: Steve Leppo's 2nd period goal ties it for Pittsburgh as Danny O'Sharuk and Kyle Kittleberger combine to stop 17 of 18 North Dakota shots.

Thursday April 17th
Team Pittsburgh 4 Team Massachusetts 2
Highlight: Serra's Steve Leppo's goal at 12:26 of 3rd puts Team Pgh ahead as Peters Twp's Matt Schwartz adds two goals and Meadville's Danny O'Sharuk shines between the pipes

Friday April 18th
Team Wisconsin Red 5 Team Pittsburgh 2
Highlight: Team Wisconsin races to 4-0 lead in 2nd to hand Team Pgh its 1st loss

Saturday April 19th
Team California 6 Team Pittsburgh 3
Highlight: California scores 3 in 1st and 3 more in 2nd to eliminate Pittsburgh in Quarter-Finals   

Head Coach - Wally Muhlenbronner - LaSalle

Wednesday April 16th
Team Washington 5 Team Philadelphia 1
Highlight: Team Washington races to 4-0 lead to defeat Philadelphia

Thursday April 17th
Team Philadelphia 4 Team Southwest 3
Highlight: Archbishop Carroll's Matthew Balke scores GWG to lead Philly to win

Friday April 18th
Team Philadelphia 3 Team South 3
Highlight: Martin Moucha scores with 3:55 left to gain tie

Saturday April 19th
Team Philadelphia 5 Northwest 3
Highlight: Anthony Orner's hat trick and Martin Moucha adds a pair to pace Philly to 2-1-1 Showcase for coach Muehlenbronner

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2001 Team Pittsburgh & Team Philadelphia Results
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Team Philadelphia Results   
North Dakota 5 Philadelphia 0
Alaska 2 Philadelphia 1
New Jersey 6 Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia 4 Ohio 2      

Team Pittsburgh Results
Michigan 4 Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh 6 Illinois 0
Massachusetts 4 Pittsburgh 1
Michigan 3 Pittsburgh 2 (Quarter-Finals)
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Thursday, April 19
Pittsburgh holds off North Dakota rally for a 3-2 victory !
Pittsburgh 3 North Dakota 2

2007 Chicago Showcase

      Team Pittsburgh opened the 23rd Annual Chicago Showcase with 4-1 loss to a very strong and talented Michigan team. Head Coach Jim ‘Mort’ McVay and assistant Dave ‘the Boy Wonder’ Fryer are pretty studious coaches and had an opportunity to scout North Dakota and Illinois on Wednesday afternoon and any time you give good coaches an chance to see their next opponent, the adjustments and game plan can be made. This is exactly what the coaches hoped to accomplish and from knowing these two guys for a few years, I can tell you that they were pretty confident that Pittsburgh could get back on track. History is another story as North Dakota has been a thorn in Pitssburgh’s side the past few years in the A Bracket, most recently knocking off Team Pittsburgh to advance to the finals of the 2006 Chicago Showcase, were they were defeated by New Jersey.   

         Pittsburgh came out flying in the opening minutes as there appeared to be a mismatch in speed as they caught North Dakota flat footed a couple of times. Seneca Valley’s Matt Jarrett chipped a lead pass to Central Catholic’s Chris Urso, who made a great move on ND goaltender Jamall Wold on a deke and beat him on the forhand for a shorthanded goal and a 1-0 lead at 7:01. Pittsburgh continued to pile on the shots in the opening frame and Bethel Park’s Bryan Brown scored on his own rebound at 5:58 to make it 2-0 in favor of Pittsburgh. With the shots 14-7 in favor of Pittsburgh in the first, a huge one came off the stick of Freeport’s Zach Hepler as his long wrist shot from the right point made it’s way through traffic and past Wold on the stick side at knee level to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead with 4:21 to go in the first period.

       North Dakota was able to muster some offense in the 2nd period as they began to pressure Pittsburgh, but North Allegheny’s Max Richards came up big at 7:53 of the period stopping the best Sioux scoring chance of the hockey game at 7:53. Pittsburgh countered with some offense of its own as well in the period resulting in a power play with a little over two minutes remaining and continued to control the play, but could not score. North Dakota had a golden opportunity with a shorthanded 2 on 1, but Seneca Valley’s Nick Jones made a terrific play to intercept a pass and Pittsburgh headed to the ice cut with a 3-0 lead and 26-15 shot advantage through two periods.

       One of the most dangerous leads in hockey is 3-0 and Pittsburgh had many opportunities in the 2nd period to extend the lead to 4-0. North Dakota was able to get on the board at 13:53 as Zach Welding got behind the Pittsburgh defense and beat Max Richards to cut the lead to 3-1. Pittsburgh took a penalty and North Dakota capitalized as Zachery Miller was on the back door and roofed a pass from Scott Samuelson for a power play goal and the lead was now only 3-2 for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh took another penalty giving ND a chance to tie the game, but the Sioux took a hooking call behind the play to nullify the man advantage at 9:43. Pittsburgh took another penalty at 8:37, but a very questionable call and break for Pittsburgh came at 7:15, which kindof killed the North Dakota at that point of the game. Pittsburgh and North Dakota battled over the last half of the third period and each team had their chances and the score remained 3-2 in favor of Pittsburgh. With :52 to go in regulation, Pittsburgh was whistled for too many men creating a 6 on 4 power play for North Dakota. Pittsburgh’s defense and Max Richards stiffened and they held the Sioux off the board to earn a 3-2 victory over nemesis North Dakota.   

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Saturday, April 21
Pittsburgh pitches a defensive gem against Illinois 4-1
Pittsburgh 4 Illinois 1

2007 Chicago Showcase

      Team Pittsburgh opened the 23rd Annual Chicago Showcase with 4-1 loss to a very strong and talented Michigan team and rebounded to defeat nemesis North Dakota 3-2, holding off a 3rd period rally by the Sioux and killing he clock. The opponent for a crucial play-in game for the Elite 8 of the 2007 Chicago Showcase is the host of the annual tournament Team Illinois. The winner of this hockey game will claim the # 3 seed in tomorrow’s playoff round and the loser MAY be playing for pride. This year’s Illinois squad is comprised of some familiar teams for those who follow Interscholastic Hockey Nationwide in New Trier Green, Fenwick, Glenbrook North and Loyola Gold and the Illinois squad is headed by Bob Melton of New Trier. Pittsburgh Head Coach Jim McVay knows the names as his Bethel Park squad has faced New Trier and Fenwick over the past few years and is very familiar with the caliber of hockey needed to be successful against them. Illinois opened the Showcase with a 6-4 win over North Dakota and then succumbed to Michigan 4-2 after holding an early 2-0 advantage. Donned in their Virginia Tech attire, coaches McVay and Fryer went to work to help Pittsburgh advance.

       With 14:59 remaining in the opening period, Illinois had the first opportunity on the power play and Pittsburgh killed it. Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson had a partial break at 9:35 only to be turned aside by Bartlett’s Steven Tomczyck. Central Catholic’s Chris Urso almost gave Pittsburgh the lead but was turned aside by Tomczyck. Pittsburgh’s first opportunity came on the power play at 7:45, which Illinois methodically killed off. Pittsburgh got another opportunity at 2:19, which was killed by Illinois, but West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller nearly scored in the closing seconds on a strong move to the net. Pittsburgh held a 6-3 shot advantage after the opening period.

       At 14:28 of the second frame, Bethel Park’s David Spadacene just missed on a play set up by teammate Kenny Lehmann and Franklin Regional’s Tim McDonough with a couple of nice lead passes. End to end action ensued in the 2nd as Pittsburgh had the better of the play. At 5:02 remaining, Bethel’s David Spadacene thought he scored, but the puck hit the far post and the game remained scoreless. Moments later at 4:48, Pittsburgh went back on the power play. Freeport’s Zach Hepler’s drive from the left point rung off the crossbar at 4:10. Pittsburgh struck first as Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson fired a laser pass to Bethel’s Logan Bannon, who chipped it past the Illinois goaltender for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. Then with 27 ticks remaining in the period Pittsburgh scored again as West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller crashed to the net and took a beautiful feed from Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta for a huge goal and a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh outshot Illinois 18-5 in the middle period heading to the ice cut.

       With 15:04 to go in regulation, Fenwick’s Nick Powers had a great chance, but Mt Lebanon’s goaltender Robbie Behling made a super stop to keep the score 2-0. Illinois kept up the pressure and almost scored moments later. With 10:17 to go Pittsburgh was whistled for a penalty putting Illinois on the power play and a chance to get back in the game and it would be Pittsburgh who would ring the bell as Central’s Chris Urso led Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson, who was in on the breakaway and slipped a backhand through the 5-hole of Illinois goaltender Tomczyk with 8:36 to go to make it 3-0. Pittsburgh didn’t waste any time scoring again as Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta pounced on a Bethel’s Bryan Brown rebound at 7:58 and Pittsburgh was now up 4-0. Fenwick’s K.C. Madock found a loose puck and beat Robbie Behling to make it 4-1 with 4:48 to go and break the shutout. Bethel’s David Spadacene had great chance to score on a breakaway on a great lead pass by Freeport’s Zach Hepler and was stopped on a great save by Tomczyk at 3:09. Pittsburgh would finish it off with a very good defensive effort exemplified by the 36-17 shot advantage including 12-9 in the 3rd period for an impressive 4-1 pasting of Illinois to capture the 3rd seed and advance to the round of 8 for the 4th time in five years.   

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Saturday, April 21
Philadelphia falls short to Wisconsin

Wisconsin White 4 Philadelphia 2

2007 Chicago Showcase

      Team Philadelphia entered the 2007 Chicago Showcase with aspirations of winning the Kevin Kodalen C Bracket and advancing to the round of 8 this year. Unfortunately for Germantown Academy Head Coach Gump Whiteside and General Manager Kenny Haas, President of the Suburban High School Hockey League, the area of the Delaware Valley with 141 High School Hockey teams is unable to attract the best players from the Philadelphia area from schools such as Malvern Prep, LaSalle, Holy Ghost Prep, Haverford High and the other premiere programs to participate and even try out for this team. The reasons for which I don’t quite understand, the best players tend to listen to travel coaches, who apparently discourage the participation, which is typical and I know its not from lack of effort to market the program, which is done over all of the 7 League Websites that make up the Flyers Cup program.

      So with all of that said, Philadelphia needed a victory over Wisconsin White, the 2nd Wisconsin team in the Chicago Showcase, which is a team brought together with players from almost 500 miles of area and really amazing to see kids from Milwaukee to Superior to Madison and all over as a unit of 20. The other remarkable thing is that in all of that area, they do not have nearly the number of High School teams as Philadelphia.
As a person who represents Pa Hockey, I am willing to help promote the process of getting the best players here to Chicago on a national stage and challenge the best players in Philadelphia to come experience a great event for themselves. When I first got involved in Team Pittsburgh in 1996, our team was in the C Bracket and after 1997 began the climb the A Brackets, where we have been since 1999 and have not left since.

       Philadelphia’s plight looked good in the opening period as Wisshickon’s Jayson Ritchey scored to give them a 1-0 lead at 13:04. Wisconsin tied the game on a goal by Vince Hagman at 6:50.

         The second period saw Philly take the lead again as Justin Krute of the Hill School scored on an assist from Eric DeFelice of Central Bucks West at 6:53 to give the Orange and Black a 2-1 lead. Philadelphia missed a golden opportunity to take a two-goal advantage on a breakaway. Wisconsin White rallied scoring a power play goal by Brody Zebro at 3:43 and then took the lead on a shorthanded goal by Casey Lutz with just :09 left in the period to take a 3-2 lead.

         The third period was penalty filled and Philadelphia was killing off the majority of them. A late power play gave them a chance to tie the score, but was unsuccessful dashing the hopes of Team Philadelphia advancing to the Quarter-Final round as Wisconsin’s Brody Zebro scored an empty netter with 18 seconds remaining and gave Wisconsin a 4-2 victory outshooting Philly 31-25 in the opener of play on Friday at the 2007 Chicago Showcase.

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Sunday, April 22
Pittsburgh overcomes Missouri upset bid & marches on to Semis
Pittsburgh 2 Missouri 1

2007 Chicago Showcase – Quarter-Finals

       Team Pittsburgh returns to the quarter-finals of the Chicago Showcase, where a year ago they did not play their best game against Team Tri-State [now Midwest], but was able to come away with a victory to advance to the Semi-Finals, only to lose to North Dakota. Head Coach Jim McVay has been a little superstitious throughout the tournament sticking to the routine laid out with team functions and this has really helped to mould this unit. Pittsburgh has just gotten better as the games have progressed with wins over North Dakota and Illinois. Missouri was able to win the B Bracket with wins over Colorado (2-0) and Indiana (4-1) and a tie with Team Midwest (4-4) in the final game of the preliminary round. The Mid-States Hockey Association of Missouri has produced some pretty good hockey clubs over the past few years in CBC and DesMet, who have dominated the landscape of hockey in that State and travel to outlying areas to play pretty good competition.   

         Missouri got the first opportunity on the power play at 13:43 , which was nullified at 12:46 by a penalty. Pittsburgh had an abbreviated power play and Bethel Park’s Bryan Brown had a point blank chance with the penalty running out was stopped by goaltender Corey Rickermann. Pittsburgh had several shots but could not dent the Missouri goaltender and Missouri went on the power play with 5:32 to go in the opening period and as the penalty ended Pete Bensing’s shot from the center point through traffic bounced past North Allegheny’s Max Richards with 3:30 to go to give Missouri a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh’s very next shift was terrific as they continue to test Missouri goaltender Corey Rickermann to no avail. With 55 seconds to go in the period, Pittsburgh went on the power play and could not score. Shots in the first period were 19 – 3 in favor of Pittsburgh, but the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of Missouri.

    Pittsburgh went on a 5 on 3 at 16:39, but Rickermann kept them out. Pittsburgh kept working hard and forced another man advantage with 11:23 to go and again after lots of shots could not score. Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta was robbed by a glove save at 8:59. With 5:26 to go Missouri got a gift penalty putting them on the power play and Bethel Park’s Kenny Lehmann was in on a shorthanded breakaway and stopped by the Missouri goaltender with 5:01 to play. Pittsburgh was whistled with 4:10 to go for too many men on the ice creating a 5 on 3 for 44 seconds and a crucial part of this hockey game in my opinion. Pittsburgh showed some inspired penalty killing and Missouri showed an extreme lack of skill and inability to move the puck. With 1:04 to go another chance for Pittsburgh and with 18 ticks to go another Missouri penalty created a 5 on 3, which would carry over to the 3rd period. Pittsburgh continued to dominate play outshooting Missouri 15 – 9 in the 2nd period.

             On to the third and Pittsburgh starts with a 5 on 3 power play and the game on the line. Pittsburgh continued to pressure but could not score and Missouri survived and clung to a 1-0 advantage. With 11:31 to go another power play chance for Pittsburgh, which increased to a 5 on 3 with 10:58 to play. Pittsburgh piled up the shots and was given a weak penalty at 9:33 and Pittsburgh got the break they need as Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta sprung Bethel Park’s Kenny Lehmann, who buried a wrist shot to tie the game. Moments later at 8:40 Meadville’s Morgan Nickkerson broke down the left side and buried a wrist shot on the ice to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. With 5:56 to go. Missouri went on the power play with a chance to tie the game, but Pittsburgh’s penalty killing was too strong and they held off Missouri for a hard fought 2-1 victory and advanced to the semi-finals against New York tomorrow morning. Pittsburgh outshot Missouri 24-6 in the 3rd period and 58-18 for the game.   

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Sunday, April 22
Pittsburgh rallies from a 2-0 deficit to defeat New York & move on to finals
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Pittsburgh 5 New York 4   

2007 Chicago Showcase – Semi-Finals

       The interesting part about the Semi-Finals of the Chicago Showcase is the absence of hoopla that is evident the first four days of the event. Gone is the cookout out front of the Edge in Bensenville, many of the 24 teams in the event are headed back home, many of the scouts are no longer present and the excitement in the building of game after game of action has diminished. Left are four teams, including three of four who realistically could not have figured to be a part of the championship chase. Wisconsin coach Mike Calouri has been here before and knows the drill of what it takes to be champions of a National High School Hockey Tournament, but for Ohio (C Bracket Champions and upset winner over # 1 seed Michigan), New York (B Bracket upset winner over Minnesota) and Team Pittsburgh, it’s uncharted waters.

         Pittsburgh did make the finals in 1999, with a group of a half dozen or so Division 1 studs, only to lose to Minnesota. As described by one of the long-time followers of the Chicago Showcase, Team Pittsburgh is that pest little brother that just won’t go away to the Interscholastic hockey powers like Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Northern New England, and Illinois, all whom are headed home and have no shot at the 2007 Chicago Showcase title. Team New York, which is comprised of players from clubs in the Long Island area knocked off Minnesota in the Quarter-Finals and is looking for their first trip to the finals in recent memory if ever. Team NY defeated Massachusetts 7-3, lost to Connecticut 3-2, iced Washington 5-1 and defeated Minnesota to get to this point.

         So before an intimate gathering of less than 50 patrons in the AHAI rink in Bensenville the game was under way. With 14:28 to go in the opening period New York got the first opportunity on the power play and was evened up at 13:08 on a call on NY. Another penalty on New York at 10:51, put Pittsburgh on their first unabbreviated power play, which was nullified by a Pittsburgh penalty. At 6:46 of the opening period, Alfred Vitsentzos scored on a tap in rebound as a result of sloppy defensive zone play by Pittsburgh. Moments later at 6:17 New York scored again as Jon Weintraub scored on a long shot from the center point. Pittsburgh came right back at 5:01 as Bethel Park’s David Spadacene scored on his own rebound on the backhand set up by BP’s Kenny Lehmann to make it 2-1. Pittsburgh went back on the power play with 3:24 to go and could not capitalize and disturbingly did not get the play set up in the zone real well.
Pittsburgh outshot NY 10-4 in the opening period, but trailed on the scoreboard 2-1.   

          Pittsburgh didn’t take long to tie the contest 2-2 as Logan Bannon scored on a David Spadacene rebound at 16:06. Moments later Bethel Park’s Bryan Brown just missed giving Pittsburgh the lead at 15:41. Mt Lebanon’s Mike Roman gave Pittsburgh its first lead at 13:56 of the period on a long slapshot to the stick side of Keith Kincaid to make the score 3-2. David Spadacene had a great opportunity to extend the lead at 10:21, but Kincaid made a spectacular save. After the teams traded power play chances, New York tied the score on a great individual effort by Stephen Mele, who burst don the left side and beat Mt Lebanon’s Robbie Behling on a backhand with 3:49 remaining in the 2nd period. Pittsburgh came right back as Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta converted a beautiful cross ice pass from West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpmiller to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead with 1:34 to play in the period. Pittsburgh did not do a very good job backchecking or playing defense and New York’s Michael Bochichio made them pay scoring on a turning backhand with under a minute to play in the 2nd period and the score was tied again 4-4. Pittsburgh outshot New York 19-13 in the middle frame.

         New York power play with 14:10 to go in regulation and Pittsburgh showed great resilience to kill it. With 11:45 to play in regulation, Pittsburgh went back on the power play and had several good chances but Kincaid made several nice saves. New York went on the power play and it wasn’t long as they took a penalty just ten seconds into the man advantage to nullify the power play at 7:17. With 6:01 to play, Pittsburgh would have a golden chance to take the lead on the power play on a 4 on3 and after some nice puck movement West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller moved the puck to the front of the net and Central Catholic’s Chris Urso would not be denied fighting off two defenders to score a power play goal and give Pittsburgh a 5-4 lead with 5:36 to go in regulation. With 3:24 to go. Pittsburgh went back on the power play, with a chance to extend the lead, but could not capitalize. Pittsburgh held on in the final minute scoring a 5-4 victory over New York and advance on to play Wisconsin in the championship. Pittsburgh outshot NY 13-4 in the 3rd period and 32-17 for the game. Team Pittsburgh returns to the final for the first time in 8 years seeking its first ever Chicago Showcase National Invitational Championship in 23 years.   

Team Pittsburgh - 2007 Chicago Showcase Champions
Sunday, April 22
Epic battle ends in 1st Chicago Showcase title for Pittsburgh in 23 years !
Team Pittsburgh 2007
Team Pittsburgh 2007 Chicago Showcase Champions
Pittsburgh 5 Wisconsin 4 [Shootout ]   

2007 Chicago Showcase – Finals

       The 2007 Chicago Showcase between Team Wisconsin and Team Pittsburgh features two states that have ties of one of the most monumental moments in National Hockey League History for the Pittsburgh Penguins, when one of Wisconsin’s favorite sons Badger Bob Johnson led the Penguins to the 1991 Stanley Cup after years of service to the University of Wisconsin Badger hockey and to USA Hockey. After the greatest moment in United States Hockey history winning gold in the 1980 Olympics, growth of hockey in the USA exploded to the far reaches of the lakes of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and hotbeds such as Boston and the Northeast to places across the country. Today, 43 states across the United States compete for State Championships in places such as New Mexico, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, just to name a few, which is a testimony to the growth of the sport and for this event, the Chicago Showcase is really a celebration of Interscholastic hockey played in those aforementioned states.

         Team Wisconsin Head Coach Mike Calouri has been with the program for eight years now and hails from Madison after coaching for a couple of perennial powers and has dedicated his time to the Team Wisconsin program. Wisconsin advanced to the finals in 2005, only to fall to Minnesota 4-3 in the finals of the Chicago Showcase. He described to me the process of the playoff round as a ‘dogfight’ and it certainly was for Red to advance to these finals prior to defeating North New England 6-1 and Ohio 7-0. Wisconsin opened the tournament with a 4-2 loss to Minnesota and a tie with Northern New England 3-3 and then in one of the best hockey games of this tournament defeated defending Chicago Showcase champions New Jersey 4-2 in a nailbitter that went down to the final minute a one-goal game.

         Pittsburgh’s plight was similar, but has been a process of 23 years of first class service to Team Pittsburgh from General Manager Dave Klasnick, who passed the baton to Gina Colligan this season and unbeknownst to her would end with a joy ride to the championship under a team headed by Bethel Park Head Coach Jim McVay. The Team Pittsburgh hockey community stretches from the shores of Lake Erie to State College and throughout Western Pennsylvania and really has been boosted by the Mario Lemieux affect, which has resulted in rinks throughout the region and is evident throughout the lineup of Team Pittsburgh. Boys from places like Bethel Park, Freeport, North Allegheny, Meadville, West Allegheny, Franklin Regional, Mt Lebanon, Greensburg CC, Central Catholic, Montour, Serra Catholic, Pine Richland, Seneca Valley are the names we are accustomed to seeing their names with but representing Team Pittsburgh and Western PA Hockey is the unified goal of these young men.   

       At 13:32 of the opening period, Wisconsin won the face-off cleanly and Ted Falk had a chance on a partial break and North Allegheny Max Richards was equal to the task. Pittsburgh’s first good chance came at 9:45 as Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson made his way through the Wisconsin D and fired a wrist shot and Bulldog teammate Luke Killmeyer pounced on the rebound, but goaltender Alan Armour made two nice saves. Pittsburgh’s inability to clear the puck out of the zone almost cost the a goal, but Mt Lebanon’s Mike Roman made a nice defensive play to clear the puck to safety. Pittsburgh took a bad offensive zone penalty with 21 seconds left in the first period. Shots on goal in the first period were Wisconsin 14 Pittsburgh 16 in a scoreless tie.

          On the power play, Wisconsin worked the puck to the bottom of the circle to Ian Andrews at 16:45 to Ian Andrews and Max Richards came up with a big save. Wisconsin took a penalty at 16:25 to eliminate the power play. At 14:19 of the second period West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpmiller spotted Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta at the right face-off circle, who blasted a snapshot over the glove hand of Armour to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh went on power play at 13:51, with a chance to go up two and did an unreal job setting up plays and shots, but Armour came up big and Wisconsin survived down by one. With 7:40 to go in the 2nd period, Pittsburgh went back on the power play and increased its man advantage at 6:33 to a 5 0n 3 and a key moment is this championship. At 6:09 of the 2nd a penalty shot was awarded to Wisconsin’s Ricky Wozniak after being hauled down on a partial breakaway and he scored on the forehand beating Max Richards to tie the score at one apiece. Pittsburgh came back as scored on the power play on a pretty passing play as West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller scored at 5:13 set up by Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. Wisconsin outmanned Pittsburgh to the zone and was abale to tie the game at 3:19 as Keith Clawson scored finding a loose puck and chipping it past Richards. Pittsburgh went back on the power play at 3:0. Pittsburgh was really sloppy in its own end and Max Richards came up with a big save and apparently the official thought Wisconsin was overzealous and gave Pittsburgh a 5 on 3 and they converted as Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson scored from the bottom of the circle at 1:21 low on the ice on a pass from West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. Shots on goal in the 2nd period were Pittsburgh with 20 and Wisconsin with 16.         
         On to the third period and with 14:05 to go Wisconsin went on the power play with an opportunity to get the equalizer, which was killed by Pittsburgh. With 10:29 to go Wisconsin got a gift call for a power play chance and Pittsburgh killed it off surviving several good chances for Wisconsin. With 7:42 to play after a terrific play by Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson to keep the play in the zone and freeze the Wisconsin defense, Seneca Valley’s Nick Jones fired a wrist shot from the right circle on a super pass by Bethel’s Bryan Brown to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead. With 7:00 to play, Wisconsin answered as Alex Gerke scored on a long shot from the point to cut the lead to 4-3. With 1:11 to go Pittsburgh failed to clear and Wisconsin made them pay as they found the loose puck on the doorstep as Alex West poked it home to tie the game 4-4 and the game went to overtime. Shots Wisconsin had 24 and Pittsburgh with only 4 as Red dominated the third period.

         With 7:14 to go in overtime, Wisconsin was whistled for too many men on the ice and Pittsburgh was unable to really mount any good scoring chances. David Spadacene had a breakaway with :03 left and Alan Amour made a great glove save. Wisconsin was whistled for a penalty on the play. The overtime period ended and the teams play a 5-minute overtime would be played. 3:43 Bannon breakaway stopped by Amour…with 3:05 to play Logan Bannon apparently scored the game winner, but it was ruled the net was moved before the puck went in. With 2:33 to play, Wisconsin’s Ryan Smet got behind the Pittsburgh defense and Max Richards made a great glove save.   
32 Morgan Nickerson great chance and puck just went wide. After the two overtime periods and two tremendous teams battling tooth and nail for a better part of 5 periods, tournament officials decided to have this one decided by a shootout.

       The goaltenders in the shootout were Alan Armour of Hayward, Wisconsin HS and Max Richards, from the Pennsylvania AAA State Champions North Allegheny Tigers. Both young men made countless stops in this contest and were to be counted on for more heroics in the 5-man shootout. Pittsburgh shot first, giving Wisconsin the opportunity to counter. First shooter Morgan Nickerson missed for Pittsburgh, as did Ryan Smet for Wisconsin. Pine Richland’s Phil Trombetta and Central Catholic’s Chris Urso scored and couple with misses by Wisconsin gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. Wisconsin facing sudden death scored on two of their last three chances to forge a 2-2 tie as Tedd Falk and
Ricky Wozniak came through in the clutch.

    There seemed to be confusion as to the shootout procedure as both teams used some of the same players from the original shootout. After four consecutive misses by both teams, Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Chris Urso and Wisconsin’s Zachary Kohn from Arrowhead HS traded goals as the score remained tied at 3-3 until the 5th Sudden Death shooter. Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Chris Urso made a nifty move to score his third shootout goal to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 lead. Zachary Kohn shot again and this time North Allegheny’s Max Richard’s stoned him giving Pittsburgh a 5-4 win in the shootout and a 5-4 win over Wisconsin in as thrilling of a hockey game as you will ever see. Pittsburgh captured their first Chicago Showcase National Title in 23 years with an impressive run of wins over North Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Wisconsin. As the cell phones rang and the joy erupted you can’t help but feel a special congratulations to General Manager Dave Klasnick, who has conducted this Team Pittsburgh program with class from the beginning in 1984 and was not able to attend the finals, but as always was more thrilled for the 20 young men who accomplished their goal of bringing Pittsburgh a hockey title for the ages !

Shootout Summary [Tied 2-2]:
    # 11 No Goal
    # 17 Goal
    # 19 Goal
    #    9 No Goal
    #    6 No Goal
   # 23 No Goal
   # 21 No Goal
   #   9 Goal
   # 12 No Goal
   # 21 Goal

Sudden Death Shootout Summary [Pittsburgh 2 Wisconsin 1]
Ø        1st
o        P # 17 No Goal
o        W # 16 No Goal
Ø        2nd
o        P # 11 No Goal
o        W # 21 No Goal
Ø        3rd         
o        P # 19 Goal
o        W # 19 Goal
Ø        4th
o        P # 9 No Goal
o        W # 9 No Goal
Ø        5th
Ø         P # 19 Goal
Ø         W # 19 No Goal   

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Chicago Showcase Website
Tuesday, April 15
2008 Chicago Showcase

Team Philadelphia

Philadelphia 10 South Dakota 2

   Highlights:  Hershey's Ian Ellenberger and Wissahickon's Jayson Richey score a goal and two assists each as Philadelphia purs 48 shots on South Dakota and ten different goal scorers to cruise to an easy win.

Philadelphia 10 Arizona/New Mexico 0

  Highlights: Philly blanks Arrizona 10-0 as Souderton's David Aman faces only 8 shots for the shutout and Philadelphia pours 60 shots on the Arizona goaltending triumverate. Excel High's Garrett Windle and Eastern Lebanon's Seric Kapp score twice each  Team Pittsburgh

Philadelphia 2 Indiana 2  

 Highlights: Wissahickon's Jayson Richey and CB South's Nicholas DiMarino score as Philadelphia forges a 2-2 tie with Indiana. Cardinal O'Hara's Jimmy Murray makes 37 saves for Philly.

 Philadelphia 6 Florida 1

 Highlights: West Chester Henderson's Alex Cottle scores twice and Jayson Richey adds a goal and two assists as Philadelphia wins th C Bracket playoff.

Chiacgo Showcase Quarter-Finals

Minnesota 6 Philadelphia 1

HIghlights: Minnesota jumps to a 3-0 lead and then cruises to 6-1 win.   

 Pittsburgh 2 Illinois 2

     Highlights: Pittsburgh overcomesa a 2-0 deficit as Ambridge's Bryan Johnston and Meadville's Morgan Nickerson score twice in the final five minutes of the 2nd period. Mt Lebanon's Rob Behling stops 32 of 34 shots for Team Pitt.  

    New York 6 Pittsburgh 3

     Highlights:  Niagara Wheatfield's Nick Melligan [1 goal + 2 assists] and Buffalo St Francis Patrick Sullivan [2 goals + 1 assists] lead the way as New York builds a 6-1 lead through 2 periods and cruise to a 6-3 win. Pine Richland's George Saad and Dylan Trombetta and Meadville's Nick Fedorka score for Pittsburgh including two goals late in the 3rd period.

Minnesota 8 Pittsburgh 3

    Highlights: Team Pittsburgh is no match for Minnesota as Pgh pulls to within 4-3 early in the 3rd period and then Minnesota scores four unanswered. Pine RIchland's George Saad scores twice and Ambridge's Bryan Johnston tallies as well.


Pittsburgh 5 Texas / Oklahoma 2

  Mt Lebanon’s Jon Wilen, Westmont-Hilltop’s Brenden Boyle, Pine Richland’s Kyle Adams, Meadville’s Morgan Nickerson and Canevin’s Josh Daley score as Team Pittsburgh wins over Texas / Oklahoma. Freeport’s Tim Zahumensky stops 27 of 29 shots in goal.

2009 St Margaret FFO Champions - Seneca Valley Raiders
Wednesday, October 7
St Margaret Fall Face-Off


Seneca Valley celebrates the 10th Anniversary of their first St Margaret Fall Face-Off Championship in 1999 by defeating Upper St Clair 4-2 to win their 2nd Championship. Congratulations to Denny Kirstein and the Raiders !


PRELIMINARY ROUND                
1 5-Oct-09 5:00 PM RINK 2 D Fox Chapel 7 Knoch 1  
2 5-Oct-09 5:30 PM RINK 1 C North Allegheny 2 Seneca Valley 1  
3 5-Oct-09 6:30 PM SSA B Mt Lebanon 1 Canevin 7  
4 5-Oct-09 7:00 PM RINK 2 A Kittanning 5 Hampton 6 SO
5 5-Oct-09 7:30 PM RINK 1 A Chartiers Valley 0 Mars 7  
6 5-Oct-09 8:30 PM SSA B Bethel Park 0 Shaler 9  
7 5-Oct-09 9:00 PM RINK 2 C Plum 2 Pine Richland 3  
8 5-Oct-09 9:30 PM RINK 1 D Central Catholic 4 Upper St Clair 5 OT
PRELIMINARY ROUND                
9 6-Oct-09 5:00 PM RINK 2 A Hampton 2 Chartiers Valley 5  
10 6-Oct-09 5:30 PM RINK 1 B Canevin 2 Bethel Park 3  
11 6-Oct-09 6:30 PM SSA C North Allegheny 4 Plum 1  
12 6-Oct-09 7:00 PM RINK 2 D Fox Chapel 7 Central Catholic 4  
13 6-Oct-09 7:30 PM RINK 1 D Knoch 2 Upper St Clair 6  
14 6-Oct-09 8:30 PM SSA C Seneca Valley 9 Pine Richland 3  
15 6-Oct-09 9:00 PM RINK 2 B Shaler 4 Mt Lebanon 0  
16 6-Oct-09 9:30 PM RINK 1 A Mars 7 Kittanning 4  
PRELIMINARY ROUND                  
17 7-Oct-09 5:00 PM RINK 2 B Mt Lebanon 2 Bethel Park 3  
18 7-Oct-09 5:30 PM RINK 1 C Pine Richland 6 North Allegheny 3  
19 7-Oct-09 6:30 PM SSA A Kittanning 9 Chartiers Valley 4  
20 7-Oct-09 7:00 PM RINK 2 D Upper St Clair 4 Fox Chapel 2  
21 7-Oct-09 7:30 PM RINK 1 D Knoch 4 Central Catholic 5  
22 7-Oct-09 8:30 PM SSA A Mars 3 Hampton 0  
23 7-Oct-09 9:00 PM RINK 2 C Plum 1 Seneca Valley 3  
24 7-Oct-09 9:30 PM RINK 1 B Canevin 4 Shaler 7  
SCHEDULE - MEDAL ROUND              
25 8-Oct-09 4:00 PM RINK 2 SEMI Seneca Valley 7 Shaler 2  
26 8-Oct-09 4:30 PM RINK 1 SEMI Mars 3 Upper St Clair 4  
27 8-Oct-09 9:00 PM RINK 1 FINAL Seneca Valley 4 Upper St Clair 2  



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Saturday, September 17
2011 Greensburg CC Invitational

GCC 2011 Pre-Season Varsity Tournament Results  

Game 1 – Greensburg Salem 2, Hempfield 1

Game 2 – Norwin 3, Penn Trafford 1

Game 3 – Greensburg Salem 9, GCC 3

Game 4 – Hempfield 5, Franklin Regional 0

Game 5 – Norwin 6, Hempfield 1

Game 6 – Greensburg Salem 5, Franklin Regional 2

Game 7 – Norwin 8, GCC 1

Game 8 – Greensburg Salem 4, Penn Trafford 4

Game 9 – Hempfield 6, Penn Trafford 0

Game 10 – Franklin Regional 4, GCC 3

Game 11 – Penn Trafford 10, GCC 3

Game 12 – Norwin 8, Franklin Regional 0

Game 13 – Norwin 4  Greensburg Salem 0

Tuesday, November 1
2011 St Margaret's Fall Face Off Results
2011 St Margaret's Face-Off Results 
Date PM Time Bracket Home   Away    
10/11/2011 5:00 D Shaler 4 Mars 9  
10/11/2011 5;30 C Fox Chapel 6 Kittanning 5  
10/11/2011 7:00 B Canon McMillan 4 Hampton 1  
10/11/2011 7:30 A Bethel Park 2 Quaker Valley 3  
10/11/2011 9:00 A Norwin 3 Greater Latrobe 2  
10/11/2011 9:30 B Penn Trafford 5 Chartiers Valley 8  
10/12/2011 5:00 C Pittsburgh Central 3 Bishop Canevin 4  
10/12/2011 5;30 D Mt. Lebanon 2 West Allegheny 3  
10/12/2011 7:00 A Bethel Park 2 Greater Latrobe 4  
10/12/2011 7:30 B Canon McMillan 9 Penn Trafford 1  
10/12/2011 9:00 A Quaker Valley 6 Norwin 4  
10/12/2011 9:30 B Chartiers Valley 5 Hampton 2  
10/13/2011 5:00 D Shaler 2 West Allegheny 0  
10/13/2011 5;30 C Bishop Canevin 5 Fox Chapel 0  
10/13/2011 7:00 B Hampton 5 Penn Trafford 4  
10/13/2011 7:30 C Pittsburgh Central 5 Kittanning 2  
10/13/2011 9:00 B Chartiers Valley 4 Canon McMillan 5  
10/13/2011 9:30 D Mars 7 Mt. Lebanon 9  
10/16/2011 5:00 A Norwin 2 Bethel Park 4  
10/16/2011 5;30 D Mt. Lebanon 6 Shaler 3  
10/16/2011 7:00 C Kittanning 5 Bishop Canevin 8  
10/16/2011 7:30 A Greater Latrobe 4 Quaker Valley 3  
10/16/2011 9:00 C Fox Chapel 3 Pittsburgh Central 5  
10/16/2011 9:30 D West Allegheny 1 Mars 3  
SEMIS PM Time Bracket Home*   Away*    
10/17/2011 4;00 Semi Finals Canevin 2 Latrobe 1  
10/17/2011 4:00 Semi Finals Canon McMillan 6 Mars 1  
FINALS PM Time Bracket Home*   Away*    
10/17/2011 8:00 Finals Canevin 4 Canon McMillan 3  

Norwin 2012 GCC Champs
2012 GCC Champions - Norwin
Friday, September 14
Greensburg CC Invitational

GCC 2012 Pre-Season Varsity Tournament Results


Game 1 – Shaler 5, Penn Trafford 3

Game 2 – GCC 7, Frazier 4

Game 3 – Norwin 4 , Hempfield 3

Game 4 – Latrobe 7, Greensburg Salem 2

Game 5 – Shaler 8, GCC 0

Game 6 – Penn Trafford 4, Franklin Regional 2

Game 7 ~ Latrobe 6 Hempfield 1

Game 8 ~ Greensburg Salem 5 Franklin Regional 3

Game 9 ~ Penn Trafford 11 Frazier 0

 Game 10 – Norwin 6. Latrobe 1

Game 11 – Hempfield 10 Franklin Regional 0

Game 12 ~ Franklin Regional 9 Frazier 1

Game 13 ~ Norwin 4 Shaler 0

Game 14 – Hempfield 5 GCC 1

Game 15 – Greensburg Salem 3 Penn Trafford 2 

 Game 16 – Greensburg Salem 9 Greensburg CC 0

Game 17 – Latrobe 3 Shaler 2

Game 18 –  Norwin 13 Frazier 1

Game 19 – Semi ~ Norwin 5 Hempfield 3

Game 20 – Semi ~ Latrobe 7 Greensburg Salem 0

Game 21 – Final ~ Norwin 5 Latrobe 3   

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Tuesday, October 9
2012 St Margaret's Fall Face Off

Tuesday October 16th Semi Finals and Finals  


 North Allegheny 4 Canon McMillan 2

Highlights: Joe Griffin scores twice and Conner Cash adds a goal and two assists to lead Tigers to the STFFO Championship. Austin Tonkovich scores twice for the Big Macs.


North Allegheny 4 Latrobe  1

Highlights: Tigers have 4 seperate goal scorers and advance to the SMFF Finals

Canon McMillan 8 Upper St Clair 1

Highlights: Luke LaVella and J.D. Oddi score twice as Canon Mac score seven unanswered goals to defeat the Panthers

Preliminary Round  

Monday October 9th

Bethel Park 4 Kittanning  0

Mt. Lebanon 4 West Allegheny 9

Quaker Valley  6 Bishop Canevin 5

Serra Catholic   5 Upper St. Clair 10 

Hampton 3 Mars 4

North Allegheny 5 Pine Richland 4 (OT)

Tuesday October 10th

Mt. Lebanon 3 Canon McMillan Open 1
Canon McMillan V 12 Pittsburgh Central 0
Trinity V.Open 0 Chartiers Valley 10
Seneca Valley 0 Shaler 1
North Allegheny 5 Bethel Park 2
West Allegheny 5 Greater Latrobe 8

Wednesday October 11, 2012

Quaker Valley 5 Canon McMillan 2

Upper St Clair 13 Trinity 0

North Allegheny 13 Kittanning 1

Seneca Valley 6 Hampton 2

Latrobe 6 Mt Lebanon 1

Central Catholic 3  Canevin 2

Thursday October 12

Serra Catholic 7 Trinity Open 0

Shaler 3 Mars 2

Kittanning 5 Pine Richland 3

 Latrobe 12 Canon McMillan Open 0

 Canon McMillan 5 Canevin 0

Upper St Clair 6 Chartiers Valley 2

Sunday October 14th

Hampton 4 Shaler 2

Bethel Park 6 Pine Richland 2

West Allegheny 4 Canon McMillan Open 2

Central Catholic 5 Quaker Valley 3

Chartiers Valley 2 Serra Catholic 1

Seneca Valley 5 Mars 0

Monday October 15th

Quarter Finals  

Upper St Clair 3 Quaker Valley 2

Latrobe 5 Bethel Park 3

North Allegheny 5  Chartiers Valley 0

 Canon McMillan 5 Seneca Valley  2

Greensburg Invitational
Champions - Shaler Titans

Runner-Up - South Park Eagles

Kittanning Invitational
Champion - Indiana Indians

Runner - Up - Beaver Bobcats

St Margarets Invitational
Champions - Shaler Titans

Runner - Up - Mt Lebanon Blue Devils

Thomas Henderson Memorial (Canevin)
Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks

Runner - Up - Malvern Prep Friars

Central Catholic Invitational
Champion - Bethel Park Blackhawks

Runner - Up - Buffalo St. Francis

Ice Line Christmas Extravaganza (Philadelphia)
Champions - St Mary's (Long Island)
Runner - Up - Malvern Prep

Champions - Greensburg CC
Runner - Up - Methacton

Bethel Park Martin Luther King Tournament

Varsity and Junior Varsity
January 12-15, 2001
Bethel Park - Bladerunners

   Bethel Park 7 Sylvania Northview
                            (Toledo) 0
    Congratulations Blackhawks ! Four
         Tournaments in a row.   


Meadville Invitational
January 12-14, 2001
Meadville Area Recreation Center

'Click' title to read story from Meadville Tribune

St Ignatius 4 vs Cathedral Prep 3

Knights on Ice Invitational (South Park)
January 12-14, 2001
Castle Shannon

Allderdice 7 South Park 2

Greensburg CC Invitational
Greensburg CC 2
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Kirk Nevin Arena - Greensburg, Pa.
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UPDATED 10-26!

    Franklin Regional 4 Plum 2

Congratulations to the Franklin Regional
    Panthers - 2001 GCC Invitational Champs

Franklin Regional - 2001 GCC Invitational Champs !
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Ice Castle Pre-Season Invitational
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Sept 28-30, 2001 - Ice Castle

Congratulations to the Upper St. Clair Panthers - Ice Castle Invitational Champs !

Upper St Clair 6 Serra Catholic 2

Click to see how NA captures St Margaret's title !
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St Margaret's FALL-FACEOFF
October 8, 9 and 11, 2001
Blade Runners - Harmarville

Click for Game Results and Final Schedule !

Congratulations to the North Allegheny Tigers - 2001 St Margarets Fall FACE-OFF

2001 St Margarets Fall Face-Off - Semi-Final
North Allegheny defeats Pine Richland !

   North Allegheny and Pine Richland took the ice ...

2001 St Margarets Fall Face Off - Semi-Final
Hampton mounts big comeback to defeat North Hills

    Hampton coach Craig Clontz took ...

2001 St Margaret's Fall Face-Off - Final
North Allegheny wins St Margarets for the first time !

   As unbelievable as it may sound, ...

Kittanning 2
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Kittanning Invitational
Belmont Ice Complex - Kittanning, Pa.
Championship Game
   South Park 3
   Indiana 2
   Highlight: Justin Juha and Vito Caporal
      score to lead Eagles to KI Title !
      Congratulations to the South Park
      Eagles - 2001 Kittanning Invitational
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South Park Eagles - 2001 Kittanning Invitational Champs
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2001 GCC Invitational - Semi-Finals ~ Plum / Latrobe + FR /
Plum ousts Latrobe and Franklin stuns the Foxes in GCC Semis

Plum vs Latrobe

   Plum ...

2001 Kittanning Invitational - Pool Play
Indiana shows depth and Kittanning lookin for Finals berth !

Kittanning vs South Park


Central Catholic Invitational !
Click to see the CC Invitational Schedule and Results of all games played !

Central Catholic 8 Upper St Clair 3
Bethel Park 3 Mt Lebanon 1

Bethel Park 2 Central Catholic 1

Congratulations to the Bethel Park
Blackhawks - 2001 Central Catholic
Invitational Champions !

Bethel Park
Read about the 2001 CC Invitational Champions !
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Click and Read how Gilmour & Canevin Advance !
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Canevin Thomas Henderson Invitational
At the Ice Castle - December 7,8 & 9

Click on Title to see the Tournament Results

Gilmour Academy 4 Canevin 1
   Congratulations to Gilmour Academy -
    2001 Canevin Thomas Henderson Champions

Columbus St. Charles 4 Harborcreek 1

See the results of the Canevin Henderson !
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Canevin and Gilmour Academy play for Henderson Title !

    Canevin's Thomas Henderson Memorial is now in its sixth year and the tournament has witnessed some great champions including last year when Bethel Park defeated Malvern Prep and in 1999 when Malvern Prep defeated Erie Cathedral Prep.

      Gilmour Academy extended its tournament record to a perfect 2-0 with an impressive 7-0 victory over a scrappy Harborcreek club. Charlie Petretti had the hat trick and added two assists, while linemate David Corvi tallied two goals and 3 assists. Charles Long notched the shutout for Gilmour.
      Canevin won its second straight with a 8-4 victory over Malvern Prep as Justin Holzer scored a hat trick, while teammates Rick Nolte and Jordan Goff added a pair of goals. The Crusaders, who have struggled during their PIHL regular season have looked like a new with new life in the Henderson, even with the adversity of injuries and suspensions limiting Canevin to two lines.   

State College (CPIHL)
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State College Little Lions Invitational
State College Invitational - Dec 28-29 2001

State College 13 Ferndale 3
Lower Dauphin 7 Somerset 3

Lower Dauphin 7 State College 1

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Semi-Finals
2004 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

Prep turns back host Bulldogs and marches to Bulldog final !


    The PIHL North division was a two team race between North Allegheny and Meadville the past two years. Quietly, Cathedral Prep has climbed back into the divsion race and hopes to challenge for the 2002 division title. The Ramblers lost earlier this season to Meadville 3-2 in Erie.

      The first period was well played and both teams had scoring chances as John Freeman and Dan O'Sharuk kept the scoreless tie through 15 minutes.

       In the second, Freeman made a great stop on Christian Nickerson, who got behind the Rambler defense. Feeding off his goaltender's play, ECP's Jeff Dionisio elashed a wicked wrist shot past O'Sharuk to put the Ramblers on top 1-0. Then, with the Bulldogs on the power play, Sam Namey stripped the Dawgs defense and scored on a SH breakaway and all the sudden it was 2-0 at 3:41.

    Meadville came right back as Dave Moyer scored from his knees on the rebound to cut the lead to 2-1. Matt Rusilko banged home a Jeff Holabaugh rebound at 1:40 to tie the score at 2-2 at the end of two periods.

    On to the third and Dionisio scored a pretty goal as he gained the zone circled back and walk down the slot and used a screen to beat O'Sharuk on the stick side with 9:30 remaining. Then Dan Sweeney added an insurance goal at 8:46 and the Ramblers shut down Meadville the rest of the way for a 4-2 victory.



2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Final
Malvern Prep serves notice to Western Pa !


    The Malvern Prep Friars ...

2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Pool Play
Malvern Prep impressive in win over LaSalle


    LaSalle arrived in ...

2002 Kittanning Invitational - Finals ~ KITT / SP
Follow all the action this weekend from Kittanning ........

      Kittanning 3 South Park 0

2002 Greensburg CC Invitational ~ Plum /FC + GCC / SP
Greensburg ~

SEMI-FINALS ~ Plum 4 Fox Chapel 1

    Fox Chapel's Keith Kearney ...

2002 St Margarets Fall Face Off ~ 1st Round
First Round

Franklin Regional 5 North Hills 3

    The Indians broke out to a ...

2002 St Margarets Fall Face-Off - Semi Finals

    North Allegheny 6 Shaler 5 -

      A ...

2002 St Margarets Fall-Face Off Final

    Coach Brian Hershberger's North Allegheny squad waltzed through the ...

2002 Greensburg CC Inv Final ~ Plum / GCC

    Plum and Greensburg CC squared off in the GCC Invitational finals in ...

2002 CC Inv ~ Serra / Bonner
Serra Catholic likes them BM or MB !


    Serra coach John Mooney ...

2002 CC Inv ~ USC / Shaler
Surprise ....Upper St. Clair moves on !


    Upper St Clair Kip ...

2002 CC Inv ~ NA/Dunbarton
Dunbarton sweeps tough B Division !


    North Allegheny had some ...

2002 CC Inv ~ CC / Holy Ghost
Central Catholic mounts big comeback !


    Holy Ghost Prep skipper ...

2002 CC Inv ~ TJ/FR
TJ has a new look with similar results !


    Franklin Regional ...

2002 CC Inv ~ Semi-Final ~ Dunbarton/USC

   Upper St Clair had surprised alot of people ...

2002 CC Inv ~ Final ~ Dunbartan / TJ
Dunbarton captures Central crown !



2002 CC Inv ~ Semi-Final ~ TJ/CC
TJ mounts big comeback in OT !



Meadville Bulldog Invitational
Meadville 2003 Champs
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The History of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational

    The Meadville Bulldog Invitational is held each year in Mid-January at the Meadville Recreation Center. The tournament features top teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York in an eight team Round Robin for the three day event. The Event celebrated its 7th tournament in 2003 and is one of the top tournaments in the State of Pennsylvania.

    The Champions of the Bulldog Invitational
       2005 - Mt Lebanon Blue Devils   
       2004 - LaSalle Explorers
       2003 - Meadville Bulldogs
       2002 - Malvern Prep Friars
       2001 - St Ignatius
       2000 - St Ignatius
       1999 - St Ignatius
       1998 - Cleveland St Edwards
       1997 - Cleveland St Edwards


Malvern Prep 2002
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CC Invitational History [thru 2003]
Central Catholic Invitational
The Central Catholic Viking Invitational is played annually at the Blade Runners Harmarville and features the Top Interschoalstic Hockey Programs in Pennsylvania and has hosted schools from New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland and Canada. The 16 team format was designed to bring together the best teams under one format in an event which started in 1989 and is play each November.

Central Catholic Invitational Champions   
2005 - Mt Lebanon defeats Cheektowaga 5-1
2004 - North Allegheny defeats Mt Lebanon 2-0
2003 - Meadville defeats Pine Richland 7-1
2002 - Dunbarton [Canada] defeats Thomas Jefferson - 7-1
2001 - Bethel Park defeats Central Catholic - 2-1
2000 - Bethel Park defeats St. Francis - 3-1
1999 - St. Francis [New York] defeats Gilmour Academy - 2-1
1998 - Thomas Jefferson defeats North Allegheny - 6-5 in OT
1997 - LaSalle defeats Central Catholic - 14-0
1996 - Park Tudor defeats LaSalle - 6-1
1995 - Park Tudor defeats Bethel Park -
1994 - Park Tudor defeats Downington - 2-1
1993 - Meadville defeats Canevin Catholic - 6-1
1992 - Meadville defeats St. Francis - 7-4
1991 - Meadville defeats Armstrong Central - 9-1
1990 - Meadville defeats Armstrong Central - 10-4
1989 - Central Catholic defeats Serra Catholic - 9-2

William Downey Memorial Award
Started in 1998, the William Downey Memorial Award is presented to the Central Catholic Invitational MVP

2003 - Christian Nickerson - Meadville
2002 - Brian Campbell - Dunbarton
2001 - Russ Hefner - Central Catholic
2000 - Andrew Torchia - Bethel Park
1999 - Kyle Hannes - Gilmour Academy
1998 - John Zeiler - Thomas Jefferson

Prior to 1997 the award was just known as the MVP
1996 - Ryan Smith - Park Tudor
1995 - Brian Wagerer - North Allegheny
1994 - Bryan Grant - Park Tudor
1993 - Jeff Haduch - Canevin & Pat Bovino - Bethel Park
1992 - Chris Dross - Meadville
1991 - Ryan Smart - Meadville

Greensburg CC 2
Greensburg CC Invitational
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Kittanning 2
Kittanning Invitational
Check out the results of the Kittanning Invitational

2003 ~ Central Catholic Vikings [Defeated Indiana 3-2]
2002 ~
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Fox Chapel 2
Foxes look to move up in 2003-04
2003 St Margarets Fall Face-Off - 1st Round
Plum is a strong contender in Class AAA
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Fox Chapel 5 Pine Richland 1

      Keith Kearney’s Foxes took to the ice at Harmarville with a half dozen or so games under their belt and have garnered much success this season at the Greensburg CC Invitational at 4-0, as they look to build upon last seasons great finish. Pine Richland, on the other hand, should be a strong contender in Class AA under Jimmy Black.

       Fox Chapel broke open a tight 1-1 game with two goals in the 2nd and another pair in the third for a 5-1 victory. Behind a strong goaltending performance by Todd Hendry, with 33 saves and a pair of goals by Matt Quigley and singles by Scott Tucker, Justin Kreps and Kyle Misour, Phil Trombetta scored the only goal for Pine Richland.

Plum 5 Shaler 1

      Stu Relnick is looking for a breakthrough season for Plum in 2003-04 and will need to have balanced scoring to break into the top 5 in Class AAA. Shaler looks to try to rebound from the loss of high scoring Justin Thomas, who transferred to Shadyside and establish itself as a playoff contender under Ron Steedle, who returns to the Titans after a two-year lay off.

       This game was all Mustangs from the get go as John Kalichuk scored four goals and Travis Senchur added a goal and two assists for a 5-1 Plum victory. Nick Bennardo held Shaler in the game with 33 saves and Justin Carnprobst scored on the power play early in the 3rd period.

2003 St Margaret Fall Face Off - 1st Round
Franklin Regional 7 Hampton 4

       Franklin Regional had a new coach according ...

2003 St Margarets Fall Face Off - 2nd Round
Fall Face Off – Day 2

Semi Finals

Plum 4 Fox Chapel 2

      Plum ...

2003 Fall Face Off - Final
NA edges Plum in a thriller in 4 OT !

North Allegheny 2 Plum 1 [4 OT]


2003 Fall Face-Off Coverage

2003 Moon Airport Invitational
~ Airport Invitational ~ October 2003
Championship ~ Upper St Clair 4 Quaker Valley ...

2003 St Margaret's Fall Face Off
~ St Margarets Fall Face-Off [October 13,14 & 16]
   Thursday October 16

More 2003 Kittanning Invitational - Pictures

2003 Kittanning Invitational ~ Summary
Championship - Central Catholic 3 Indiana 2

Preliminary ...

2003 Kittanning Invitational ~ Pool Play
Kittanning Invitational

Central Catholic 6 Kittanning 4


2003 Kittanning Invitational Final ~ CC/IND
Central Catholic prevailed over Indiana 3-2 in the Kittanning Invitational Championship.


2003 Central Catholic Invitational ~ TJ / BP

Thomas Jefferson 2 Bethel Park 1

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2003 Central Catholic Invitational ~ NA / CC

North Allegheny 4 Central Catholic 2

       The ...

2003 Central Catholic Invitational ~ PR / Mt Lebo
Pine Richland 2 Mt Lebanon 1

      Mt Lebanon and head coach Paul Taibi ...

2003 Central Catholic Invitational - Semi-Finals ~ Mead / TJ

11/23/03 - Meadville overcomes TJ in classic 4-3 in 2 OT !


2003 Central Catholic Invitational - Semi-Finals ~ PR/NA

11/23/03 ~ Pine Richland stuns NA in OT !


2003 Central Catholic Invitational - Final ~ Mead/PR
Meadville 7 Pine Richland 1

11/23/03 ~ Bulldogs capture 5th CC Invitational crown !


2003 Central Catholic Invitational Summary
~ Central Catholic Invitational [November 2003]
    Nov 20 - 23, 2003 at Harmarville - Blad...

2003 Ice Line Extravaganza ~ Summary
~ Ice Line Extravaganza
Class AAA
Monday 12/29
Loyola Academy __4___ Archbishop Ryan __1___

2003 Mt Lebanon Invitational Summary
Mt Lebanon Recreation Center Invitational
December 26-30

Monday 12/29:
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2004 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Coverage
1/17/04 ~ Meadville defeats undermanned TJ, win proves costly !

Meadville ~

2005 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

January 2005
Meadville Bulldog Invitational Results
January 14-16 2005
Pool Play   
   Toledo St Francis 4 Meadville 1                
   St Ignatius 9 Cathedral Prep        0        
   Mt Lebanon 7        Thomas Jefferson 2        
   LaSalle 3 Central Catholic 1        
   St Ignatius 5 Thomas Jefferson 2                
   Mt Lebanon 6        Cathedral Prep        0        
   Central Catholic 1 Meadville        1        
   LaSalle 7 Toledo St Francis        1        
   Cathedral Prep 3 Thomas Jefferson 2        
   Mt Lebanon 3 St Ignatius 2                
   Toledo St Francis 6 Central Catholic        1        
   LaSalle 1 Meadville 0        
   LaSalle 4 St Ignatius 1        
   Mt Lebanon 4        Toledo St Francis 1        
   LaSalle 3 Mt Lebanon 2 OT


2004 St Margarets
Welcome to the Game Summaries of the Fall Face-Off
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2004 St Margaret Fall Face Off~Semi-Final ~ NA/FR+Plum/FC
2nd straight trip to finals for Mustangs !
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2004 St Margarets Fall Face-Off

Semi-Final ~ North Allegheny 4 Franklin Regional 1

    If the State Finals were held in October, NA may be vying for its unprecedented 34th consecutive Pennsylvania Cup. Head Coach Tom Pandolfo is looking for the NA magic to strike in March. The defending Fall Face-Off champions earned their 4th consecutive trip to the finals with an impressive 4-1 defeat of a very good Franklin Regional team.

    Matt Pekins scored two power play goals to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead late in the second period. The Panthers cut the lead to 2-1 as Chris Faught scored on a five minute power play. Derek Rusbarsky, who sat out all of last season and the five minute penalty, decided to redeem himself to add insurance with two tallies late in the 3rd period to salt the path for the Tigers to the finals on Thursday at 8:30 at Harmarville.

Semi-Final ~ Plum 4 Fox Chapel 2

      After Fox Chapel pounded a very inexperienced Shaler team in Monday’s opener 8-2, Head Coach Jim Damp had to be tickled in taking the Foxes vacant coaching position. Division rivals Plum were looking for a return trip to the Fall Face-Off finals after falling to North Allegheny in last years championship in a 5 overtime barnburner.

       David Dincau opened the scoring for the Mustangs in the middle of the first for a 1-0 lead at the end of one. Fox Chapel’s superstar Matt Quigley arrived just in time to see Phil Mains give Plum a 2-0 lead well into the 2nd period. Jonathon Smith buried a breakaway chance just 48 seconds later after a superb backchecking effort by Dincau, who sent Smith in alone with an equally fine pass at 7:45 for a 3-0 Mustang lead at the end of two.

         The Mustangs would watch Fox Chapel storm back in the third as Joe Budz slammed home a rebound a little over a minute in the final period. Dincau capped a big game with his second goal from just in front to extend the lead with 10:32 remaining. Kyle Misour would close out the scoring as the Fox Chapel forward beat Brandon King on an impossible angle to make the final score 4-2 and a trip for Plum to the finals for the 2nd consecutive year.

Consolation Round

Shaler 3 Hampton 0

    After being throttled by Fox Chapel in the opener, the Titans responded with a better effort as goaltenders Ben Burns and Nick Bennardo stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 3-1 victory over Hampton. Al Gore, Bob Snyder and freshman Brian Ulanowicz scored for Shaler.

Pine Richland 5 Central Catholic 4 [2 OT]

    A young Central Catholic showed resilience as they fought back from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game late in the 3rd period. Pine Richland’s Josh Fodor had other ideas ending the game late in the 2nd overtime period for a 5-4 Ram victory and a spot against Fox Chapel in Thursday’s Consolation game.

4th trip for NA in 4 years could bring 3rd title ?

North Allegheny - 4
2004 St Margarets Fall Face Off - Final ~ NA/Plum
Plum - 2
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2004 St Margarets Fall Face-Off

Consolation Game ~ Fox Chapel 4 Pine Richland 1

       Fox Chapel bounced back from their Semi-Final loss to Plum with a 4-1 victory over Pine Richland. Matt Quigley scored all 4 Foxes goals and Brandon Beall was outstanding between the pipes for FC stopping 36 of 37 shots from the Rams, who outshot Fox Chapel 37-21. PR’s Phil Trombetta broke Beall’s shutout bid with 3:01 left in the 2nd period with a shorthanded goal.

2004 St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off Championship ~ North Allegheny 4 Plum 2

         North Allegheny entered a record 6th St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off final, including the 4th consecutive year, which is exactly half of the 12 years of the event. Their opponent Plum, a surprise to many, who upended Fox Chapel in Tuesday’s semi-final with an impressive defensive effort led by goaltender Brandon King and stalwart defenseman Phil Mains. The Mustangs and Tigers would be a rematch of the 2003 final in which NA outlasted Plum 2-1 in four overtimes.

          North Allegheny took the play to Plum in the opening period with an assault on King and the Mustangs with a 1-5 shot advantage. Brandon Lied opened the scoring with a bank shot off the Mustang netminder at 8:47 for a 1-0 lead. NA’s Garrett Waldschmidt took a beautiful feed from Derek Rusbarsky and buried a wrist shot with 2:47 left in the opening period to extend the lead to 2-0. The Tigers just kept coming at Plum with relentless fore-checking and Wes Waldschmidt banged home a Brandon Lied rebound and all the sudden NA held a 3-0 lead at the break.

            On to the second period and the Tigers continued their onslaught on Plum as Matt Pekins bombed a wrist shot high over the glove side of Brandon King and North Allegheny was off and running with a 4-0 lead with 12:19 left in the middle frame. Plum could have loaded up the car and headed over the Hulton Bridge and back up route 909, but Stu Rulnick’s squad is a hardworking group, which never quits. A lazy North Allegheny penalty was the spark the Mustangs needed and Phil Mains converted a great cross ice pass from Jonathon Smith, high over the glove hand side of Jeff Kristan, to put Plum on the board with 8:01 left in the 2nd period.

            The teams battled into the third period and the Mustangs where looking to cut the lead again, while North Allegheny seemed more interested in just running the clock out. Phil Mains delivered a crunching open ice check on a Tiger forward and David Dincau converted another great pass by Jonathon Smith at 5:57 on the same shift to cut the advantage to 4-2. North Allegheny would shut the door the rest of the way and Tom Pandolfo’s Tigers would claimed their 2nd straight St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off and 3rd in 4 years.
The Champions of the St Margaret’s Fall Face Off
      2003 - North Allegheny Tigers [defeated Plum 2-1 (4OT)]
      2002 - Franklin Regional Panthers [defeated North Allegheny 6-3]
      2001 - North Allegheny Tigers [defeated Hampton 6-2]
      2000 - Shaler Titans [defeated Mt Lebanon 8-2]
      1999 - Seneca Valley Raiders [defeated North Allegheny ]
      1998 - North Allegheny [defeated Pine Richland 2-1]
      1997 - Fox Chapel Foxes [defeated Franklin Regional 4-3]
      1996 - Fox Chapel Foxes [defeated Franklin Regional 7-4]
      1995 - Penn Hills Indians [defeated Shaler 7-2]
      1994 -
      1993 - Shaler Titans [defeated Fox Chapel 9-3]

2004 St Margaret's Fall Face-Off
2004 St Margarets
Final Results of 2004 St Margarets Fall Face-Off
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St Margaret's Fall Face-Off @ BladeRunners - Harmarville
October 11-14, 2004
Final ~ North Allegeny 4 Plum 2
Consolation Game ~ Fox Chapel 4 Pine Richland 1
Semi-Finals ~ Plum 4 Fox Chapel 2
Semi-Finals ~ North Allegheny 4 Franklin Regional 1
Consolation Round ~ Shaler 3 Hampton 1
Consolation Round ~ Pine Richland 5 Central Catholic 4 [2 OT]
First Round
   Plum 5 Hampton 4
   North Allegheny 4 Pine Richland 1
   Franklin Regional 3 Central Catholic 2
   Fox Chapel 8 Shaler 2


Penn Trafford 2
Penn Trafford - 4
2004 Greensburg CC Invitational Final ~ PT / FR
Franklin Regional - 0
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Greensburg –

       Penn Trafford and Franklin Regional is not yet hockey a rivalry which is the stature of a Meadville – Cathedral Prep or Fox Chapel – Central Catholic or Bethel Park – Mt Lebanon or Bishop McCort – Westmont Hilltop, but given the recent rise in the PT program via their first ever division championship in 2004 and overtaking FR to do it, I think things could heat up quickly for the two Center Ice Arena tenants.

         The Panthers and Warriors both navigated nicely through the preliminary rounds of the Greensburg CC Invitational with 5-0 records and both gained the final with 5-0 victories over Fox Chapel and Plum, respectively. Penn Trafford has been very impressive over the past few years offensively, but it is the defensive effort that has Western Pa buzzing about the Warriors, who shut down Fox Chapel and Plum in recent games. Franklin Regional, on the other hand, has been a pleasant surprise under Jim Daugherty, and looks to be a very hard working and well balanced team.

          The first period was Penn Trafford on the attack outshooting Franklin 12-6 in the opening period. Franklin looked to build some momentum late in a the period by killing off a 5 on 3 as Adam Treml made several good saves to keep the game scoreless.

          The Panthers went on the power play early in the 2nd period, but their advantage was killed by an ill-advised interference call in the offensive end of the rink. Penn Trafford wasted no time taking advantage of this sudden turn of events as Chris Cerutti re-directed a Kyle Sidle feed high over the glove side of Treml for a 1-0 Warrior lead with 11:20 left. A little over two minutes later, Sidle found Nick Whaley open in the slot and all of the sudden Penn Trafford had built a 2-0 advantage with 9:11 left. The Warriors were not done as Whaley won a faceoff to the left of Treml, beat his man and slipped a backhand just inside the post at 8:26 for a 3 goal outburst in less than three minutes. Franklin threw 15 shots at Joel Sterniak, but could not capitalize and PT held a 3-0 lead at the end of two.

            On to the third period and the game took on a chippy flavor as both teams engaged in some chatting and a little extra stick work. Chris Cerutti would put an exclamation point on this game as he scored on a backhand in traffic from between the circles on the power plat at 8:36 of the third period making the final 4-0 in favor of the Warriors. PT’s Joel Sterniak shut the door frustrating the Panthers by stopping all 31 shots and posting a shutout for the 2004 Greensburg CC Invitational champion Penn Trafford Warriors.   

Downingtown East - 2004 Kitt Inv Champs
2004 Kittanning Invitational Champions - Downingtown East Cougars
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2004 Kittanning Invitational
2004 Kittanning Invitational ~ Semi-Finals

Downingtown 7 Kittanning 3

    Downingtown East and Kittanning would hook up in the finals of the 2004 Steve Bryan Memorial Invitational with perfect 3-0-0 records in the round robin tournament.
Kittanning was the 2002 champions, while Downingtown is making their first trip to Western Pennsylvania for an event now in its 9th year featuring the top Interscholastic teams in Pennsylvania. Former champions include Central Catholic [2003], Kittanning [2002], Indiana [2001], McDowell [2000 & 1997], South Park [1999], Canevin [1998] and Conestoga [1996].

    The Cougars grabbed the first lead of the game as Sean Crowley converted a nice pass from Dustin Malandra at 5:32 of the first period.

       Kittanning would respond in the 2nd period as Justin Kovatch took a Joel Shriver pass and beat Andrew Miller on the backhand to tie the game at 14:37. Ben Souders gave the Cougars the lead again blasting a big slapshot past Joey Mecurio at 9:32 for a 2-1 Downingtown lead. The Wildcats came right back at 8:42 as Adam Fiscus outreached the defense and goaltender Miller to the puck and whipped a backhand low on the ice and a tie game at two apiece. Kittanning got their first lead as Tyler Adams scored on a bang – bang play as Joel Shriver fed the puck to the front of the net and Adams crashed and scored at 8:34.

         A key turning point of this game came a little under a minute later as Shriver hit the crossbar and then Kittanning got sloppy on a line change and was whistled for too many men on the ice at 6:58. Ben Souders would make them pay, as the tournament MVP beat the Kittanning defense and Mecurio to tie the game at 3-3 with 5:14 remaining. Sean Crowley gave East the lead at 4:58 burying a shot up under the crossbar for a 4-3 advantage for D-Town. Dustin Malandra would add to a five goal outburst for the Cougars in the 2nd period with goals at 4:18 on the backhand and 1:08 from out of the corner to give Downingtown East a commanding 6-3 lead after two.

         The Cougars would ice the game on a five minute power play as Pete Psyriss scored on a rebound at 5:19 of the final period to give Downingtown East an impressive 7-3 victory and the 2004 Steve Bryan Memorial Kittanning Invitational championship.

2004 Kittanning Invitational ~ Semi-Finals

Kittanning 6 Butler 2

    Kittanning and Butler met for the 2nd time in the Kittanning Invitational as the Wildcats defeated the Golden Toronadoes in preliminary round action 5-3 on Friday evening. Butler would face an even more daunting task in this semi-final playing without defensive stalwart Mike Guetner and leading scorers forwards Spencer Crouse and Greg Rogerson. Kittanning and Butler also start this campaign as Leo Cancilla has taken the reigns from Bob Hoehn at Butler and the Jon Yackmack era has now begun at Kittanning with very capable assistants Lee Grafton and Jamie King.

       Kittanning wasted no time jumping on Butler in the first period with a pair of power play goals by Joey Ford [12:28] and Nick Troup [10:09] gave the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage. Butler’s Jerome Hensel scored with 5 ½ minutes left to cut the lead to 2-1 after the first period.

         Kittanning came out smoking again in the second period as Colin McKelvey [14:38] and Lee Heilman [13:39] opened up a 4-1 lead. Butler pulled back within two as Bryan Rodgers scored with just 49 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

          This game would belong to the Wildcats as Joel Shriver and Jake Greenbaum closed out a penalty marred final period for a 6-2 Kittanning victory and a trip back to the finals for the first time since 2002, when Kittanning defeated South Park to win the championship.

Downingtown East 4 Serra Catholic 3 [OT-Shootout]

            Downingtown East made the trip from Eastern Pennsylvania out to test its squad against some pretty stiff Western Pa. Competition, but had passed the test nicely in games against 2004 Penguins Cup AA finalist Indiana and 2004 Penguins Cup champion Serra Catholic. A rematch with Serra Catholic would provide another opportunity for the Cougars warm up for a tough Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League schedule, which awaits them when they return next week for the 2004-2005 season.

             Serra Catholic has some pretty tough shoes to fill as the Eagles have won 4 of the past Class A Penguins Cups, including three Class A Pennsylvania Cups preceding the 2004-2005 season. Head Coach Tom Mooney begins his first full season as the boss, but has been aboard for the championship ride over the past five seasons. Interestingly, Serra has the most players on their roster in recent memory with a few old faces and a few new one, who should make them a favorite to repeat and possibly get back to the State Finals.

             Downingtown controlled the early play of this semi-final match up as Steve Regester opened the scoring at 7:45 for a 1-0 lead. Speedy Sean Crowley gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead as he beat Nick Koroly on a wrist shot at 3:12 to extend the lead to 2-0. Those ‘never say die’ Eagles cut the lead late in the opening period as Joey Manning banged home a rebound to make the game 2-1 at the end of one.

                On to the 2nd and Manning tied the game just six seconds in and our score was knotted a two apiece. The Eagles seized the lead on a very pretty goal as Manning spotted a streaking Aaron Nolte, who re-directed a perfect pass from Manning at 5:10 to give Serra Catholic its first lead at 3-2.

                The Eagles looked like they were on their way to the finals, but Serra was whistled for a penalty with just under two minutes remaining in regulation time and put Downingtown on the power play. The Cougars would tie the game as Justin Miller’s wrist shot from the center point had eyes on it and beat Koroly through a screen to deadlock the score at 3-3 with 1:54 left.

                The teams would battle through overtime scoreless with the shots almost dead even at 31-30 in favor of Downingtown. The Cougars would march onto the finals as Ben Souders and Steve Regester would score in the five man shootout, while Downingtown goaltender Chris Ryan would shut the door on Serra Catholic’s first 4 shooters resulting in a Kittanning – Downingtown final.

2004 Kittanning Invitational
2004 Kittanning Invitational Final Opening Face Off
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2004 Central Catholic Invitational
Central Catholic Invitational - November 19, 20 + 21
Championship Game -
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2004 Greensburg CC Invitational
Greensburg CC Invitational September 13 - October 25

Final - Penn Trafford 4 Franklin Regional 0

11th McDowell Invitational
Results from the 11th annual Erie McDowell Invitational Hockey Tournament held December 10-12,2004

2004 Kittanning Invitational
October 28, 29, 30 & 31 2004
Kittanning Invitational
Thursday's Results

2004 IceLine Extravaganza
Below are the results of the Ice Line Extravaganza held December 27-30, 2004 at the Ice Line in West Chester, ...

2005 Bethel Park MLK Tournament
Bethel Park Martin Luther King Invitational
    January 14-17 2005

PA Hockey
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PA Hockey Dek Hockey Festival
      Greater Pittsburgh Dekhockey Center in Penn Hills will host a Scholastic Street Hockey Tournament Oct. 1-2. Competition will be held in two divisions: High School (grades 9-12) and Junior High (grades 7-9). Teams must be composed ONLY of players from the same school district. Each player MUST have a valid school ID. Each team MUST have an adult coach. More than one team per school is allowed. Ice hockey players/teams are welcome. Cost is $275 per team. For more information, call 412-231-6759 or e-mail

    Don't miss out on a great opportunity to participate in a warm up for the 2005-2006 Pa Hockey Hockey Season and an inexpensive way of dryland practices, developing skills and building team chemistry. Look forward to seeing all of you in Penn Hills.

2005 Greensburg CC Invitational
2005 Greensburg CC Invitational
Kirk S Nevin Arena
Greensburg, Pa.

Check out the FINAL standings ...

2005 St Margarets Fall Face Off
BladeRunners - Harmarville
Monday October 10, 2005
North Hills 4 Hampton 2

2005 Kittanning Invitational
Ocotber 27-30, 2005
Belmont Ice Complex Kittanning
Steve Bryan Memorial -

Tournament Results

2005 Moon Airport Invitational
October 3-9, 2005
Airport Ice Arena

Preliminary Results
Monday October 3
Moon 6 Serra 2

2004 St Margarets
St Margaret's Fall Face-Off Round 1
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2005 St Margarets Fall Face Off - 1st Round
2005 St Margarets Fall Face-Off
First Round – October 10, 2005

Plum 5 Franklin Regional 3

       When we last left the Plum Hockey program, the disappointment of a hard fought playoff loss brought tears and pride from a group of players who overachieved and came within one goal of advancing to the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals. It was here at the St Margarets Fall Face-Off, we first noticed the Mustangs as a team to be reckoned with in the hunt for playoff glory. That task will be a higher hill to climb as former Plum star Shaun Keller takes the reigns from Stu ‘Pizza Pub’ Rulnick, as the Mustangs must figure a way to replace Philip Mains, Ryan Griffin amongst the graduating seniors who have departed. The leadership of the team will begin and end with Jonathon Smith, Matt Giunta, David Humphries and Ben Colosmo, who will be counted on to carry this year’s offensive load.

          Franklin Regional and Head coach Jim Daugherty, know all about graduation as the program once rich in numbers and talent has dwindled to only a Varsity and Junior Varsity. It has only been 3 years in 2003 since the Panthers trip to the Penguins Cup final and they have felt the pinch as several potential key players have decided not to play for FR and only play amateur hockey and whether they are superstars or not, they are ingredients, which could make them a 2nd or 3rd round potential playoff team in 2006, but will ultimately result in early round playoff disappointment. FR looks to Joel Sirianni, Joe Nicoletti and swift skating sophomore Turner Andritz to lead the charge up front.      

            Plum goaltender John Bronder made the games first big save stopped Brian Buckley on a partial breakaway with 9 ½ left on the opening period. The Panthers had the advantage with the games early chances and struck on the power play as Joe Nicoletti pounced on a rebound off a Greg Peters shot from the left point at 6:52 and beat Bronder for a 1-0 FR lead.

             At 10:38 of the 2nd period the Plum cowbells starting ringing a familiar tune as Jonathon Smith saucered a beautiful pass and Matt Giunta did the rest tying the game at one apiece beating freshman goaltender James Orr from right on the door step. Franklin came right back at 7:41 as Jared Yesko cashed in from point blank to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to knot the score at 2-2 at 5:43 on shorthanded breakaway as Matt Giunta notched his 2nd goal. FR came right back on the power play as John Cecere scored at 3:48 giving FR a 3-2 lead.

             Plum didn’t take long to tie it as Ben Colosmo buried a shot after hard work by linemate freshman Andy Weston at 14:43 to tie the game at 3-3. A little over two minutes later, the Mustangs struck again as Colosmo scored his 2nd to give Plum a 4-3 lead. Franklin appear to tie it at 11:23, but the goal was waived off as a player was in the crease. Franklin went on the power play and John Bronder came up with a big save on Joel Sirianni, who danced around the Plum defense at 10:13 as the Mustangs clung to a 4-3 advantage. Freshman David Smith would seal the victory for the Mustangs with an empty netter 40 seconds remaining for a 5-3 Plum victory and a 3rd consecutive date in the semi-finals of the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off. Bronder finished a very strong performance between the pipes stopping 25 of 28 shots including several chances in the final period.

North Hills 4 Hampton 2

            North Hills had a very good end to the 2005 season with a strong finish to the campaign and a near upset in the first round of the playoffs against Penn Trafford. Matt Hansen takes over a squad which could be a surprise team in Class AAA and returns some quality starters including Nick Rostek, Fred Latini and Dave Hansell.

            Hampton had a miserable season in 2004-2005 and coach John Jennings hopes that a new season brings better results and the Talbots can bring their program back to playoff prominence.

             North Hills opened up the 2005 Fall FaceOff with a 4-2 win over the Talbots bursting to a 4-0 lead after two periods. Fred Latini, Dan Stein, and Nick Rostek with a pair led the way as the Indians advanced to the Semi-Finals. Former Central Catholic defenseman Rick Coyle and John Balish.   

Fox Chapel 6 Shaler 0

       Fox Chapel returns a strong corps of players from a playoff team for Jim Damp in 2005-2006 including Kyle Misour, Joe Budz and Justin Kreps along with goaltender Eric Thiessen. The Foxes should be in a battle with several teams jockeying for playoff position in the season’s 2nd half.

         Shaler, on the other hand is coming off a year of growing pains and will battle just to be able to compete at the AAA level. First year coach Steve Esau will rely on the goaltending of senior Nick Bennardo and young core of players and junior Grant Duss, who returns to Shaler after a year off.

          Fox Chapel defeated rival Shaler in 04-05 three times and picked up right where they left off spanking the Titans 6-0. Kyle Misour racked up four goals and Alec Chang and Steven Bartinski added single. Eric Thiessen stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Foxes moved on to the Semi-Finals to face North Hills.

North Allegheny 2 Pine Richland 1

          Pine Richland finish a great season in 04-05 falling in the Penguins Cup AA final to eventual State Champions Peters Twp. Coach Jim Black has modest expectations this season as the Rams return the majority of their nucleus from a year ago including leaders Josh Fodor, Steven Adams, Phil Trombetta and Brendan Conlon, but one loss that will hurt their effort will be Tom DiDinato, who opted not to play High School Hockey . PR will be one of the favorites by many not only to return to the Penguins, but to go where no Ram squad has been, to dare I say the State Finals.

          North Allegheny coach Tom Pandolfo accomplished just about everything last season as NA won everything in site including a date with Bethel Park in the Panguins Cup AAA finals for the first time ever. One goal is all the Tigers surrendered in the entire playoffs to Bethel in the final and an unreal goaltending performance by the Hawks Bryce Merriam and unseized opportunities led to a Pennsylvania playoff first and the Hawks moved on and won the Class AAA State Championship and NA was left to wonder what happened. The Tigers return with a little less firepower, but now understand the process of what it takes to get there and with Wes Waldschmidt, Paul Dittrich, Alan Halapin and a young but talented supporting cast, coach Pandolfo will try to orchestrate another run and begin to defend their St Margaret’s title from the past two years.

            The first period was scoreless and it was NA picking up where it left off and outshooting Pine Richland 10-2 in a scoreless first period. PR keeper Stoney Hildreth stopped them all for the Rams. The game remained scoreless through the 2nd period as NA held a 14-5 shot advantage into a power play. PR struck in the period’s final 13 seconds as Evan Goetz found a loose rebound after Jordan Yoklic was stopped by Tiger goaltender Max Richards from point blank range.

         North Allegheny tied the game early in the 3rd period on the power play at 13:45 as Matt Lancaster chipped a Paul Dittrich pass up under the crossbar to tie the score at 1-1. The game picked up pace in the third period as PR closed the gap in shots and in territorial play. With 4:49 remaining in regulation, Chris Gilson got behind the PR defense but lost his balance and a chance to take the lead. The Tigers cane right back and wouldn’t let the Rams out of the zone as Ian McGlumphy score with just 4:20 left to give NA a 2-1 lead. Richard made a point blank save on Josh Fodor with 1:13 remaining and followed that up with several more as Pine Richland pressed to tie the score. The Rams closed the gap in shots to 19-18 but NA would hold on to capture a 2-1 victory.         

2004 St Margarets
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2005 St Margarets Fall Face-Off - 2nd Round
Semi - Finals

Fox Chapel 5 North Hills 3

       Fox Chapel has had some very good teams over the past few years and has been snakebitten in the St Margaret’s Fall Face Off over the past few years. Jim Damp’s squad was looking to get by the semi final round, which they have failed to do the past three years.

       North Hills is still riding the wave from late last season as the Indians won a slew of games down the stretch into the playoffs. Without leading scorer Fred Latini, it would be a tough task for the Indians to reach the finals over the Foxes. Fox Chapel raced to a 3-0 lead through two periods on goals by Kyle Misour, Andrew McCoy and Steven Bartynski, while Eric Thiessen continued pitching shutouts between the pipes stopping all 18 Indians shots.

         NH came back in the third and made a game of it as David Hansell, Nick Rostek and Mark Ringeling scored goals to sandwich a Joe Budz goal and make it a 4-3 game into the games final four minutes. Eric Thiessen would be the star of this game with several key saves in the final period and stopping 24 shots on the evening. Steven Bartynski netted and empty netter for a 5-3 final for the Foxes.   

       Fox Chapel returns to the St Margaret’s Fall Face Off final for the first time since 1997 when the Foxes won two consecutive titles over Franklin Regional.         

North Allegheny 7 Plum 1

       A rematch of the 2004 and 2004 St Margaret’s Fall Face Off finals both won by the North Allegheny Tigers over the Plum Mustangs, tonight’s semi-final of the 2005 tournament matched two teams who were hit hard by graduation, but both are in the proving stage to their seasons from a year ago in one form or another. Plum is looking to repeat as two time division champions and the Tigers are looking to take the next step in the process of ultimately their ultimate goal of a State Championship.   

       John Bronder with a few nice stops early on around the 10-minute mark and Plum was the recipient of the games first power play at 9:21 and didn’t score. The second power play would result in the games opening goal at 4:49 as Chad Covol took a beautiful feed from Ben Colosmo and made no mistake beating Max Richards for a 1-0 Plum lead. NA outshot the Mustangs 9-6 in the opening period.

          The Tigers came out smoking in the middle period as Chris Simanic scored on a second chance beating a sprawling Bronder to tie the score at 14:43. NA took its first lead just 22 ticks later as Josh Herbert walked out of the corner and beat the Plum goaltender through the 5-hole to make it 2-1. Max Richards made his first big save of the game at 11:54 of the 2nd as he stopped Jon Smith on a clean break after a nifty spin-a-rama to elude two Tiger defensemen and keep North Allegheny on top 2-1. Then at 6:29, the Tigers Chris Gilson undressed the Plum defense and beat Bronder on the backhand to push the lead to 3-1. North Allegheny made the power play count with some very nice puck movement as Chris Simanic finished off a nice cross crease feed from Alan Halapin with a little under 4 minutes to go to make it 4-1.

            The Tigers iced the game in the third period with three goals as Josh Herbert, Joe Camut and Dan Gaertner scored for North Allegheny for a 7-1 final and a fifth consecutive trip to the Fall Face Off Finals looking for its 4th championship. NA defeated Plum in 2004 and 2003 and Hampton in 2001, with its only loss to Franklin Regional in 2002. In fact, after further review, the Tigers have been to the finals 7 out of the last nine years.            

Consolation Round – October 11, 2005

Pine Richland 7 Franklin Regional 3

       Franklin Regional tied the game at 3-3 as John Cecere scored 29 seconds into the 3rd period. Pine Richland showed why many consider them the most explosive team in all of Class AA as the Rams rattled off four consecutive goals in less than ten minutes to defeat the Panthers.

         George Saad notched a hat trick and Josh Fodor added a pair of goals, while Steven Adams and Dylan Trombetta scored singles for the Rams. Turner Andritz, Shane Crossey and Cecere scored for the Panthers.

Hampton 5 Shaler 3

          Hampton avenged a defeat in the Fall Face Off from a year ago with a 5-3 victory over Shaler. Rick Coyle, Patrick Duffy, Chase Evans, Eric Kelly and Jordan Dellatorre scored for the Talbots, who broke a 3-3 tie with 10:50 remaining in the 3rd period. Brian Ulanowicz scored twice for the Titans, while Grant Duss added a single.

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Fox Chapel's Eric Thiessen - 2005 FFO MVP
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2005 St Margaret's Fall Face-Off Finals
Opening 2005 FFO Final
2005 St Margarets Final ~ NA vs FC
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2005 St Margarets Fall Face-Off
Fox Chapel 4 North Allegheny 1

       Fox Chapel has not been to the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off final since they won the championship in 1997 and 1996, defeating Franklin Regional both years, so lets just say its been a while for the Foxes. Coach Jim Damp’s club defeated Shaler 6-0 and North Hills 5-3 to gain a spot in the final. This version of the Fox Chapel Hockey team has a few familiar faces in Kyle Misour and Joey Budz and maybe an emerging one in goaltender Eric Thiessen, who will give the Foxes an opportunity to win quite a few games this season. Fox Chapel will get an opportunity to face new divisional rival North Allegheny, as Gotham City AAA again shuffles the deck and NA finds itself in a division with FC, North Hills, Shaler and Seneca Valley.

       North Allegheny knows all about the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off and the finals making it seven out of nine years since Fox Chapel won it in 97. Head Coach Tom Pandolfo will be looking for a three-peat in the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off as he prepares his squad to try to mirror last season’s magical run. The Tigers return some high powered offense in returnees Garrett Waldschmidt, Chris Gilson and Chris Simanic, who have been in on the wins over Pine Richland and Plum, but what has been more impressive is some of the young new Tiger players, who bring fresh air to a lineup which will be hungry to fight back to the top of the heap in Class AAA.

       So before an intimate gathering at the big rink at Harmarville, the 2005 Fall Face-Off finals would bring this tournament its 13th champion with North Allegheny capturing four [1998, 2001,2003 & 2004] and Fox Chapel owning the aforementioned two titles [1996&1997]. End to end action in the opening minutes resulted in limited chances for both teams, the best coming off the stick of Kyle Misour, who nearly scored on a shot that just went wide. Early in the season is usually a time of mental mistakes and NA made the first one being caught for too many men at the 8 minute mark. Another penalty at 6:19 put the Tigers down two men for 20 seconds. Fortunately for NA, coach Damp has not had much of a chance to work on the power play and the Tigers methodically killed off the disadvantage. Then the Tigers settled in a started their assault and with 1:25 remaining in the first Chris Simanic was the recipient of a nice doorstep pass from Chris Gilson for a tap-in and a 1-0 NA lead with 1:25. Fox Chapel came right back with 30 seconds left in the opening period as Chris Hughes blistered a shot from the left face off circle to tie the score. The Foxes were not done yet as Andrew McCoy chipped home a Josh Balicki rebound past Max Richards with just 4 seconds left top give the Foxes a 2-1 lead sending the spirited Fox Chapel student section into a tizzy.

         Eric Thiessen stood tall early in the second as the shots reached 14-6 with just a minute gone and the Foxes clinging to a 2-1 lead stopping Wes Waldschmidt at 13:14. NA Goaltender Max Richards made a nice save on Kyle Misour at 12:41 from point blank range. Joey Budz extended the Fox Chapel lead at 4:43 on an unassisted goal to give the Foxes a 3-1 lead. North Allegheny continued its onslaught with 13 shots to the Foxes 4, but they could not beat Eric Thiessen.

             On to third we went and North Allegheny was still trying to solve Thiessen outshooting them 26-12. The chances ….were plenty …first it was Chris Simanic hitting the post early in the power play. Then Ian McGlumphy from point blank range. Then another power play came and Wes Waldschmidt was stopped by Thiessen at 8:15 from the slot. The Tigers pelted Thiessen with shots but could not score as they were only able to score once in 36 shots. As fate would have it Fox Chapel would have the final say in this one as Alex Haak picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and made a nifty move to side-step an NA defenseman at the blue line and then unleashed a blistering wrist shot high over the glove side of Max Richards 1:24 to wrap up a 4-1 FC victory and the 3rd St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off championship since the tournaments inception in 1993. These two teams will meet again October 31st at Harmarville as they open the 2005-2006 season.


Consolation Game – October 13, 2005
Pine Richland 6 North Hills 5

      The nice feature about the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off event is that it matches mostly teams from North and East of the city against each other, so many of the players, parents and coaches know each other through years of hockey in playing in Amatuer and High School Hockey. Pine Richland coach Jimmy Black, for instance, coached at North Hills a couple of years back so this game would have a little meaning to him, which hopefully he can relay to his players. The other item at stake is that I am sure the Rams would like to sport two wins heading into the regular season, a mere two weeks away with the lone blemish, a tough 2-1 loss to Penguins Cup AAA finalist North Allegheny.

      The Indians of North Hills and their head coach Matt Hansen have high expectations coming into this season, especially with last year’s strong finish and a core group of that team returning. A win over Penguins Cup AA finalist Pine Richland, will help the confidence level of a team heading for an opening four games of the regular season which includes AAA powers Penn Trafford and North Allegheny twice in November.   

         The Rams dominated the first period outshooting NH 16-3. Phil Trombetta converted a Geoff Bagnato pass to give PR a 1-0 lead with 11:30 left. The Indians returned the favor less than a minute later as David Hansell raced 120 feet and beat the Ram defense and Stoney Hildreth low to the glove side to knot the score at one apiece at 10:26. The game seemed pretty even at this point, but the Rams turned up the offense late in the period. After Dylan Trombetta was stopped on the breakaway with 3:18 remaining in the opening period, Brian Miller cashed in with just 52 ticks left for a 2-1 PR lead and Drew Lilly closed out the period scoring with just 1.6 seconds left for a 3-1 advantage for the Green and White.

         On to the second period we went and the Indians had an opportunity on the power play and converted on their 5th shot as Jeremy Kubit poked a rebound past Stoney Hildreth at 9:46 to cut the gap to 3-2. Did I say momentarily ? Well I utter something because as fast as I looked up freshman sensation Dylan Trombetta combined with his linemate and brother Phil and Brian Miller to regain the two-goal lead at 4-2 at 9:26. PR continued its dominance and opened up a 5-2 lead as Jordan Yoklic scored at 4:05. The Indians closed the gap to two goals as Drew Stein tallied with 2:32 left and the Rams went to the ice cut with a 5-3 lead.

          With 13:27 remaining in the 3rd, Georg Saad outmuscled the North Hills defense and poked the puck past NH netminder Zaid Alzaid to make it a 6-3 count. NH’s David Hansell picked up his 2nd goal on a blistering shot from the top of the circle to bring the Indians within two at 6-4 . The Indians then took advantage of a poor clearing attempt with 2:58 left as Jared Waters kept the puck in the zone and David Hansell beat Hildreth to the puck and shipped it over the fallen goaltender to make it a 6-5 game. The Rams would hold on for the win outshooting the Indians 30-18.   

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2005 Greensburg CC Semi-Finals
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2005 Greensburg CC Invitational
Semi-Finals – Greensburg CC 4 Franklin Regional 3

       Another hockey season is nearing and for the past 10+ years a prelude to the season has been the Greensburg CC Invitational, which used to feature the top AA teams in its inception and now is a warm-up for teams from the East Suburbs. The Invitational has history dating back to the mid-1990’s, witness to many superb players and teams over the years.

         Greensburg CC and Franklin Regional Greensburg CC have a long history as well and was one of the most fierce rivalries in all of Interscholastic Hockey in the 1990’s and the home of Penguins Cup Champions and Finalists in 1991,1992,1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. More recently, GCC won the championship in 2002 defeating Plum 2-1 and again in 2003 defeating Fox Chapel 3-1 in the final and Franklin Regional captured the title in 2001 defeating Plum.

          The first period was fast paced and scoreless with very even play and good goaltending by Central’s Ryan Homanics and the Panther’s James Orr. Then with 1:06 remaining Alfonso Arevalo released a quick shot from the bottom of the face-off circle beating James ‘Bobby’ Orr down on the ice for a 1-0 GCC lead.

            On to the 2nd we went and FR pressed to tie the game and the best opportunity came at 11:08 as GCC goaltender Ryan Homanics stopped Ryan Kramer on the breakaway to keep the Centarians on top 1-0. The Panthers would get the equalizer as Daniel Neal converted a back door pass from left point Tim McDonough at 7:20       tying the game at one apiece. Greensburg CC regained the lead 2-1 as Alfosno Arevalo beat the Franklin defense and then James Orr on the backhand with great speed and an even better move at 6:19 less than a minute after FR tied it. Back came the Panthers at 3:39 after some good work as Joe Nicoletti redirected the puck on the backhand on a rebound from Patrick Coyne, who threw the puck in front to tie the game again at 2-2.

          Franklin Regional outshot GCC in the third, but the Centarians would have the period’s first chance but James Orr stopped Evan George at 9:32, who was in alone from point blank range. Central regained the lead 3-2 as Nick Vukmarowich scored on a bang bang play rebound of Alfonso Arevelo with 7:32 remaining in regulation. A Centarian mental mistake with too many men penalty on the ice with just 4:47 left and led to a power play goal as Franklin’s Joe Nicoletti tipped a Daniel Neal shot from between the circles on the ice past Ryan Homanics with 4:22 remaining to knot the score at 3-3.
Franklin went on the power play with 2:41 remaining and an opportunity to win the game, but GCC killed it. Then with just :07 left Alfonso Arevelo completed the hat trick beating James Orr with an overpowering slapshot on through the 5-hole sending the Centarians back to the finals for the 3rd time in 4 years with a heartstopping 4-3 victory over their former archrivals from Murrysville.

Semi-Finals –Norwin 5 Plum 4 [OT]

       The Norwin Knights are a team, which could surprise many in 2006 and coach Dave Warren hopes to conserve his big guns to move a little bit further than last year’s play-in game for the Penguins Cup playoffs. Coach Warren’s squad returns Jimmy Recupero & David Ulicny and welcomes Jesse Kunkle and Phil Gigliotti to compliment a now experienced group of players. The Knights have been impressive with wins over Kiski, Latrobe and Penn Trafford thus far in the tournament and a loss to Franklin Regional to capture the # 1 seed in the Gray Division and a spot in Semis for the first time in a long time for Norwin Hockey.

       Plum on the other hand is still in training of a young corps of defense and some relatively new players up front. Former Mustang and Head Coach Shaun Keller knows that time is on his team’s side as the more experience his young players get in the pre-season, the better his team will be down the stretch toward the playoffs. A 7-1 thumping at the hands of North Allegheny in the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off semi-finals was a tough loss to stomach for some Mustangs faithful, but Plum was right back on the horse in the GCC Semi-Finals with a 3-1 preliminary round finish with the only blemish coming at the hands of awaiting finalist Greensburg CC 2-0 in the 2nd game of the tournament.

            A festive crowd including the Plum Cow Bells and the Norwin students and faithful on hand for the second semi-final as Norwin and Plum squared off with the winner getting a date with GCC in Thursday’s final. Plum opened the scoring at
10:11 of the first period as David Humphries scored on the rebound of Jon Smith for a 1-0 advantage. The first period was evenly contested and shots were five apiece. The Mustangs had a great chance to extend 2:52 Norwin goaltender stopped Matt Giunta
on a breakaway .

         Giunta would have another breakaway at 10:39 of the second but was hauled down resulting in a penalty shot and a rare 3rd breakaway early in the middle period. The speedy Plum forward tried to deke on the forehand but the Norwin goaltender Mike Pochan was equal to the task keeping the score 1-0. The Knights used the momentum from their goaltender and struck quickly as Mike Ulicny blasted a slapshot over the shoulder of John Bronder at 6:45 to tie the score at one apiece. Just six seconds later Adam Ference got an early Christmas present as Jimmy Recupero set him up for a tap-in to give Norwin a 2-1, which they took to the third.

          Plum kept up the pressure on Norwin and kept pouring the shots on Mike Pochan and finally at 9:57 the Mustangs cracked the safe as 9:57 as Matt Giunta found the puck on a loose scramble in front on a Jon Smith rebound to tie the game at two apiece. With 8:39 remaining Andy Weston walked between the circles and buried a wrist shot down on the ice through the 5-hole to give the Mustangs the lead 3-2. Moments later, the Knights poured on some pressure of their own, but John Bronder was able to cover the loose puck with 8:14 remaining. Plum was now looking to go up by two, but Jon Smith was stoned by Pochan and Giunta just missed with a little over 6 ½ left. Then with 5:32, the Knights gained the equalizer as welcome transplant via New York Phil Gigliotti buried a wrist shot upstairs on the shortside over the shoulder of John Bronder to tie the score at 3-3. Norwin would have the opportunity on the power play to win it with 3:58 to play in regulation as they went on the power play. Jimmy Recupero just missed with 3:15 over the net and Plum came right back just seconds later as Jon Smith used great speed and puck protection and after being hauled down slipped the puck past Pochan to give the Mustangs a shorthanded goal and a 4-3 lead with 2:54 left. Norwin still had power play time left and with 2:28 remaining, Jimmy Recupero scored from on the doorstep to tie the game at 4-4. Knight keeper Pochan stopped Ben Colsomo and Smith on consecutive chances with a little over two minutes to go and the game remained tied into overtime with Plum outshooting Norwin 32-15 through three periods.

          With 2:52 remaining in OT Andy Weston got behind the Norwin defense and was unable to beat Pochan. Weston had a chance with 1 ½ left and Pochan sprawled out to make save # 29 on the night. Norwin went on the power ply with 1:22 remaining and Jimmy Recupero delivered 13 seconds later taking a cross ice pass from Mike Ulicny and burying a wrist shot upstairs over John Bronder at 1:09 for a power play goal, a heartstopping win and sending the Knights to the finals of the GCC Invitational to face Greensburg CC.      


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GCC Super Soph Alfonso Arevalo leads Centurians to title !
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2005 Greensburg CC Inv Finals
Norwin Faithful
The concerned citizens of Norwin !
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2005 Greensburg CC Final
Greensburg CC 5 Norwin 2

      On the trek to Greensburg Kirk Nevin arena, I couldn’t help to reflect about the many drives to practice each Thursday to Kirk Nevin for my high school team. What I really looked forward to knowing that every practice and every game, each of my teammates would be there with one single goal in mind, a league championship and a state championship, which our team accomplished in 1979 and came within one game of in 1980. In those days, there were travel teams and amateur programs and those teams played on the weekend and the high schools played during the week. The concept was that players would be afforded the ability to play for both teams and have the advantage of getting as much ice time as possible to improve their skills. A novel idea!

      In those days, there was as much debate as there is now about High School vs Amateur or Travel and that theory was put to test my senior year as my high school team participated in the annual Laurel Tournament, which is still held at Kirk Nevin and we beat the Westmoreland Midget AAA Team handily 5-1 in the Finals and were never invited back. So all of these people from THIS era [many of who coincidentally are now parents of current players] who want to tell me about their AAA midget programs and Junior B teams and how great that hockey is….my answer is to schedule the games.

       North Allegheny, Bethel Park and Meadville have a long history of not being afraid to play the AAA or AA midget or Junior B teams [which they did last season], but all I heard about was how the Junior B’s and the Midget AAA’s would beat them by eight or nine goals. When these players put up 100 goals in a 20 something season like Mike Sargo did for Gateway or John Mooney did for Serra Catholic, I will be a believer and both of those guys played travel hockey too and on the flip side, Ryan Malone and RJ Umberger, who played Division 1 and are now professional hockey players both played High School Hockey!      

      Greensburg CC has a long history of winning teams including three Pennsylvania State Championships in the early to mid-1990’s with the last coming in 1996 with a victory over Upper Darby at the Johnstown War Memorial under coach Butch Marrietta.
Current head coach Bill Bucholtz knows the Centurians were close to a run a year ago with hard fought 2-1 loss to eventual Pa AA champs Peters Twp in the Elite 8. With a strong nucleus returning led by sophomore goaltender Ryan Homanics and sophomore scoring machine Alfonso Arevalo, GCC could be one of the teams looking to take the next step in the process back to prominence in Class AA. All of the Centurians were present and accounted for cause they have a goal in mind from a year ago.

       The Norwin hockey program has been stuck in the mode of Class AAA whipping boys for the likes of the Bethel Park’s, Mt Lebanon’s, Meadville’s, etc. Coach Dave Warren likes the early season success of the Knights as they entered this evening’s Greensburg CC Invitational final on a roll of four straight victories including a heartstopping overtime win over Plum. The guarded optimism is that Norwin must have ALL of their guns in the lineup. Their best player and in my opinion one of the better returning forwards in Class AAA, Jimmy Recupero was noticeably absent and had a date with the Penguin [not the Penguins] for a mandatory October reindeer practice and is not allowed to come play with his team and his friends in front of neighbors and peers in a game of significance that the Norwin program has seen in a long time. So what would and should have been a match-up of this tournament’s two top talents was only left for imagination.

          With a packed house of GCC fans and Norwin students and faithful, the game began and GCC looked confident from the outset. At 13:47, the Centarians Evan George walked off the near board and slipped a wrist shot through the 5-hole of Mike Pochan for an early 1-0 GCC advantage. Then at 11:26 of the opening on the power play, the Centurians struck again as Frank Jupena whipped through the slot and lofted a backhander past the stick side of Pochan to make it 2-0. At 10:43, Dave Ulishney pounced on a loose puck in tight and deposited it past the Norwin goaltender to make it a quick 3-0 lead. The Knights would have an opportunity to get back in the game with a power play after the 3rd GCC goal in the first, which it failed, but made the best of a second chance at 7:48 as Mike Ulicny fought off the Centurian defenders and scored on a second rebound to put Norwin within striking distance at 3-1. Greensburg kept up the pressure on the Norwin defense and Dave Mattock cashed in at 4:02 for a 4-1 GCC stronghold on the game.

            On to the second we went and GCC continued the onslaught on Norwin goaltender Mike Pochan as Dan Seijk scored at 9:11 to make it a 5-1 advantage. With 1:39 remaining in the second, the Norwin faithful had something to cheer about as Jesse Kunkle burying a shot past Homanic on the power play to cut the lead to 5-2.

             So Norwin had to face the third period with an uphill climb of being down three without their difference maker and as well Phil Gigliotti, who went down with an injury in the 2nd. Mike Pochan returned to the form of the Plum game making a stop on the sniper Arevalo at 13:09. The Knights would have another chance on the power play at 12:27, but would not capitalize. Another power play at 8:30 for Norwin and nothing to show for it. Then frustration with 5 ½ left as the Knights took a penalty and GCC retaliated. The final count would turn out 5-2 in favor of the Centurians of Greensburg CC and their third title in four years as the teams headed toward the regular season in two weeks.   

2005 Central Catholic Invitational
2005 Central Catholic Invitational
November 18-20, 2005
Valley Sports Complex

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2005 Kittanning Invitational
Prelimary Round

Latrobe 1 McDowell 1

    Nick DiSanti scored for the Trojans 12:38 of the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead. David Farah tied the score for Latrobe with 2:43 remaining in the 2nd period as the Wildcats and McDowell battled to a 1-1 tie. Latrobe goalie Jason Hendrick stopped 27 of 28 shots, while the Trojan combo of John Cleary and Tim Shea, stopped 20 of 21 shots.   

Baldwin 5 Downingtown West 3

      Baldwin spotted Downingtown West a 2-0 lead as Eric Marino and Bobby Blanken scored for the Whippets early in the 1st at 14:08 and again early in the 2nd at 14:19. The Highlanders rattled off four straight goals in the second as Mike Kirk notched a pair and teammates Chad Revak and Brad Haas also lit the lamp to give Bladwin a 4-2 lead going to the third. Blanken’s power play goal with 2:10 remaining cut the lead to 4-3, but Mike Kirk added an empty netter for the hat trick to give the Highlanders a 5-3 victory and an outside shot at getting to the title game pending the out come of Serra Catholic’s final two games. Baldwin netminder Ryan Smith made several key saves in the third period stopping 19 of 22 shots in the game.

Serra 8 Butler 1

       Serra won its second game of the Invitational and set up an opportunity to go to the finals with a win or tie against Downingtown West with a convincing 8-1 victory over Butler. Josh Werner and Jared Matthews each scored a pair of goals as Steven Gruhala, Matthew Radovic, Michael Puskar and Aaron Nolte added goals for the Eagles. Serra outshot Butler 38-11, with Nick Koroly yielding only one goal to Zach Pennington.   

Conestoga 5 Latrobe 2

         Conestoga won their opening game over Kittanning 4-1 in the opener of the Kittanning Invitational. A young Latrobe team had other ideas after a loss to the Kittanning Wildcats and a tie earlier in the day against McDowell. Mike Kimmel opened the scoring for Latrobe early in the first at 13:12 and Matt Mesaros made it 2-0 with6:06 left in the opening period.

          Conestoga went to work in the second period as Kyle Izett scored a natural hat trick with three goals in 2 minutes and 2 seconds as the Pioneers jolted to a 3-2 lead and took that lead to the ice cut.

          Insurance came in the form of linemate Billy Conlin, who had two assists on the Izett goals in the second period and added a huge goal with 10:27 left in the third. Kyle Izett capped of a four goal performance with 5:42 remaining as Conestoga outshot Latrobe 33-18 putting head coach Mike Grave’s Pioneers in the driver’s seat for a spot in the finals.

Kittanning 5 McDowell 4

       McDowell opened up the 2005 Kittanning Invitational with a 1-1 tie against Latrobe and the win would prove costly as starting goaltender John Cleary would be ejected and have to sit out this afternoon’s contest. Kittanning owned a victory over Latrobe and a loss to Conestoga and both teams would need help to get an opportunity to play for the championship.

       The Trojan’s Nick DiSanti opened the scoring at 11:33 of the opening period. Ethan Zimmerman knotted the score for the Wildcats at 4:33 of the 1st.

       After a scoreless second period Kittanning struck first as Joey Ford combined with Zach Avi to give the Cat’s a 2-1 lead. Ed Maras and Steve Murray scored at 9:02 and 4:53 and it looked like the Trojans would win this taking a 3-2 advantage. Back came the Wildcats as Evan Blodgett scored with 3:08 remaining to tie it and Nick Troup converted with just 1:11 remaining to give hometown Kittanning a heartstopping 4-3 win, despite being outshot 44-18. Joey Mecurio was stellar between the pipes stopping 41 McDowell shots.   

Conestoga - 2 [OT]
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2005 Kittanning Invitational - Championship
Downingtown Whippets [ICSHL]
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Championship Final
Conestoga 2 Downingtown West 1 [OT]

          The Ice Line complex is located near West Chester in suburban Philadelphia and is the home ice for Conestoga and Downingtown West ice hockey programs. The Pioneers play in the illustrious Central Division of the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League and own a couple of State Championships dating back to 1985 and 1986, including a perfect season in 86 coached by former Fox Chapel and Upper St Clair head Taylor Railton. Mike Graves now leads a Conestoga program looking to make their mark in the Flyers Cup AA division. Interestingly enough Conestoga and Downingtown West, both AA Flyers Cup participants do not participate in the same division in the ICSHL.

          After the Downingtown East Cougars won the 2004 Kittanning Invitational, they decided not to return to defend their title. So by osmosis or by invitation, the Downingtown West Whippets made the trek to Kittanning to play in this year’s event. Coach Brad Wentzel took over the West program after the split of the Downingtown School District, which apparently is ready to split again. The amazing part to me is that West and East have been able to field very good hockey teams in consecutive years and come West and play their way to the Kittanning Invitational final. The Whippets defeated perennial Class A power Serra Catholic 5-3 and win the tiebreaker to gain a spot in the final.   

          Downingtown West and Conestoga traded power play goals in the first period as Conestoga’s Billy Dunn scored at 9:11 assisted by Kyle Izett and Brian Wanner. The Whippets tied the game at 2:14 as Bobby Blanken scored on an assist from Evan Miller.   

            After a scoreless 2nd period, a 1-1 battle turned into end-to-end action with tight checking and limited chances for both teams. With 4:41 remaining Downingtown West netminder Greg Graham made a spectacular save on the Pioneer’s Billy Conlin to keep the game tied at 1-1. And then with around a minute and a half remaining, Pioneer’s goaltender Jason Burriss made two terrific stops on Downingtown’s Brendan Smith and Evan Miller to send it to overtime.      

            At 4:34 of overtime Conesotga’s Kyle Izett poked home a rebound past Brendan Smith after a scramble in front for the Invitational winning goal to capture the 2005 Kittanning Invitational. Kyle Izett was named tournament MVP for his outstanding performance for Conestoga. Conestoga outshot Downingtown West 27-22.

2005 Kittanning Invitational
McDowell 7 Conestoga 3

         Conestoga wrapped up a berth in the final of the 2005 Kittanning Invitational after defeating Latrobe 5-2 and Kittanning knocked off McDowell 4-3 with a comeback win last evening. The Trojans may have been playing Conestoga for a spot had it been able to hold onto a third period lead against the hosting Wildcats.

          McDowell defeated Conestoga 7-3 on the strength of four second period and two third period goals. Brandon Oathout led the way with a pair of goals for the Trojans, while Ryan Presnar, Matt Stahon, Nick DiSanti, Andy Kohler and Trevor Shaw added singles. Michael Dunn, Bill Dunn and Brian Wanner scored for the Pioneers. McDowell’s John Cleary stopped 33 of 36 shots to pick up the win in goal.

Downingtown West 5 Serra Catholic 3

            Downingtown West and Serra Catholic matched up in a game which would decide who would face Conestoga in the 2005 Kittanning Invitational final. The Eagles defeated AAA schools Baldwin 7-4 and Butler 8-1 an only needed a tie or a win to secure a spot in the Championship. The Whippets would need to defeat Serra and then face a flurry of possible tiebreaker scenarios after a win over Butler 10-2 and a loss to Baldwin 5-3.

            Downingtown West pulled off the victory on the strength of a pair of goals Bobby Blanken and single scores from Steve Blanken, Joe Tillman and Zach Bohm.   
The eventual game winner came with 10:33 remaining from Bohn and Bobby Blanken added an insurance tally late in the third period. Serra took a 2-2 tie to the final period and the Eagles goals were scored by Aaron Nolte, Jared Matthews and Steven Gruhalla as Serra outshot West 33-26. Greg Graham continued his fine play between the pipes for the Whippets with 30 saves and his team advanced on the tiebreaker of penalty minutes.

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2005 Central Catholic Invitational - Day 1
North Allegheny 7 Monsignor Bonner 1

         North Allegheny opened up defense of last years championship with an easy looking 7-1 throttling of the Friars of Monsignor Bonner. Wes Waldschmidt led the way with the hat trick and linemate Chris Gilson chipped in a goal and 4 assists for the Tigers. Coach Tom Pandolfo’s NA squad outshot Bonner 31-8 as Max Richard’s shutout was broken with just two minutes remaining by MB’s Dan Flynn.

St Jean De Brebuef 8 Upper St Clair 1

       Hamilton, Ontario is about an hour west of Toronto located off the QEW just a short drive north from Niagra Falls and home of St Jean de Breuef High School. In the hockey hotbed of Junior A and professional hockey, the Braves High School led by Ralph Farkas leads his squad into the Central Catholic Invitational for the first time.

         Upper St. Clair enters the opener of the CC Invitational off their first loss of the season on Monday to Bethel Park 4-2 sporting a 3-1-0 record. In a penalty filled affair, St Jean pasted the Panthers 8-1. Ryan Cline score a pair for the Braves and Kevin Matthews, Steve Zangrando, Cole McNeil, Joe Finelli, Peter Barvet and Michael Luongo scored singles. USC’s lone score came off the stick of David Crockett at 8:28 of the second period.

Germantown Academy 4 Meadville 2
2005 CC Invitational FEATURE GAME

Meadville entered the 2005 Central Catholic Invitational after a tough 5-2 loss to Pa Hockey Elite 8 # 1 Mt Lebanon on Monday evening in Meadville. Coach Jamie Plunkett’s teams sports a 3-2-0 in league play as the season finishes its second week.
The Bulldogs are familiar with Germantown Academy as the opponent in their 1994 Pennsylvania High School Hockey AAA Championship victory 3-0.

Gump Whiteside’s Patriots have not officially started their season for the 2006 AAA Flyers Cup chase, but Germantown Academy’s loss to Malvern Prep is motivation to return to Eastern Pa’s crown jewel for Interscholastic hockey. This team’s unquestionable leader is junior Brian O’Neill, who is considered one of the, if not the top player in all of Eastern Pa Hockey.      

It didn’t take long for the Dawgs to strike as at 14:15 Mike Noonan scored on the breakaway on a backhand beating Patriots goaltender Nick Stampone. Germantown struck back at exactly 10:00 as Brian O’Neill beat Brian Danczak to tie the score at one apiece. Back came Meadville at 7:25, as Tyler Learn scored on a rebound on the power play for a 2-1 Bulldog lead after one.

On to the second and the O’Neill brothers hooked up at 11:19 as Brennan O’Neill scooped up a Brian O’Neill rebound and deposited it past Brian Danczak to knot the score at 2-2. Nick Stampone stopped Alex Drelick on a breakaway at 7:52 and covered up a rebound attempt by Nick Fedorka.

The third period saw tight checking early on as both teams battled for the go ahead goal in an evenly played fast paced game. Danczak continued to shine with several nice saves, but at 9:26 of the third period, the Patriots as Andrew Sloane’s shot from the right face-off circle trickled past the Meadville goaltender give GA a 3-2 lead. Nick Stampone made a real nice save with 7:24 remaining as Pat Leone streaked around the Patriot defense to preserve the one goal advantage. Leone had two more chances on Stampone, but the Patriot netminder came up big with a little over three minutes to go as the Bulldogs poured on the pressure in the Germantown Academy end. An 120 foot icong by Brian O’Neill handcuffed Brian Danczak with 1:07 remaining to give GA a 4-2 lead and the victory in the opener of the tournament as Meadville outshot Germantown 26-25.   

Downingtown East 6 DeMatha 4

   Downingtown East of the ICSHL AA squared off against the perennial state powers of Maryland DeMatha Catholic. The Stags and Cougars battled to a 3-3 tie through two periods as Shane Lynch of East scored with just 13 seconds remaining in the 2nd to tie it. Brendan Smith gave Downingtown the lead 1:04 into the third and Andy Thomas add insurance with 7:11 remaining to give the Cougars a 6-4 victory. Ben Souders led D-East with two goals and two assists and DeMatha got scoring from Scott Gray and Shane Findlay who scored twice for the Stags.

Mt Lebanon 6 Orchard Park 1

Mt Lebanon advanced to the finals of last years Central Catholic Invitational culminating in tonights opponent semi-finalist Orchard Park, the 2005 New York Club finalist. Mt Lebanon controlled this one from the outset outshooting the Quakers 29-10 on the evening. Sopho Tyler ‘the Terminator’ Murovich notched the hat trick to lead the way for the Blue Devils. Mike Roman, Sean McDermott and Matt Bartkowski also scored for Lebo, while OP’s lone tally came off the stick of Tyler Matthews.

Cheektowoga Central 5 Central Catholic 1

   Cheektowoga Central opened up its inaugural Central Catholic Invitational against the tournament host Vikings. The Warriors broke open a 1-1 tie in the 2nd period as Matt Bessing scored his second goal just 22 seconds into the middle period to give Cheektowoga a lead it would never relinquish. Ron Szymkowiak, Steve Noworyta and Eric Osmanski scored for a 5-1 victory over Central Catholic. The Vikings loan goal was by Glenn Sherwin, who was the only CC player to score in 26 shots on Warrior netminder Adam Palumbo.   

Bethel Park 7 Thomas Jefferson 0

    The Bethel Park and Thomas Jefferson programs have been staples of the Central Catholic Invitational over the past five plus years. Bethel Park is coming of a tremendous campaign and a AAA State Championship under Jim ‘Mort’ McVay. The Hawks opened up the 2005 CC Invitational with a 7-0 pasting of the Jaguars. Pete Cosentino played his first game between the pipes for BP and stopped all 15 shots he faced in a 7-0 victory over TJ. Tyler Zaremski scored twice and Nathaniel Brown, Kenny Lehman, Graham Cohen, Bob Heyl and Tim Davin chipped in goals for the win.   

Holy Ghost Prep 4 Calvert Hall Prep 2

    Holy Ghost Prep has established itself as a AAA power out of the Lower Bucks County Scholastic Hockey League in Eastern Pennsylvania and in tonight’s opener in the 2005 CC Invitational would face Calvert Hall Prep, out of Maryland. The Firebirds picked up a 4-2 victory as John Suroka scored the hat trick for HGP and Mike Andrusko also scored. Kenny Kocsan and D.J. Comer scored for the Cardinals.

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2005 Central Catholic Invitational - Day 2
Day 2
Germantown Academy 6 Central Catholic 3
   Germantown Academy defeated Central Catholic 6-4 breaking open a 3-3 tie after the Vikings Andy Hanno gave CC the lead at 9:14 of the third period. Greg Dobson completed the hat trick for the Patriots with 8:30 remaining in the final period to tie the game and Reed Marko and Andrew Sloane add insurance for GA. C.J Burke, Joe Kerr, and Glenn Sherwin scored for Central and Brennan O’Neill scored Germantown.

Cheektowoga Central 3 Meadville 1
   The Warriors picked up a victory big win over Meadville 3-1 setting up a winner take all game with Germantown Academy later Saturday. After a scoreless opening period, Cheektowaga’s Eric Osmanski and Steve Nowortka gave CC a 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs Morgan Nickerson scored with :19 left in the 2nd period to pull within 2-1. Cheektowaga’s goaltender Mike Grover stopped 42 of 43 Meadville shots and Matt McGillcuddy ice the game with a goal with 5:16 remaining in the final period.   

St Jean de Brebeuf 5 Monsignor Bonner 1
   The Braves of Hamilton, Ontario continued where they left off in their opener with four unanswered goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods as Rick Porto, Joe Finelli, Kyle Aquin and Jon Popek scored. The teams traded scores in the third as Dan Flynn scored for the Friars and Steve Zangrando scored for St Jean de Brebeuf.

Upper St. Clair 3 North Allegheny 1
North Allegheny hasn’t lost too many games over the past season and a half in Tournaments or Regular Season, but the Panthers seem to have their number defeating NA 3-1 and harpooning the Tigers plans to repeat as CC Invitational champions. After USC’s Kevin Lucas and NA’s Josh Herbert traded goals for a 1-1 tie after two, Upper St Clair’s Mike Penkrot scored with 6:39 remaining in the 3rd on the power play and Davey Crockett added insurance with :57 seconds to secure the win.

Bethel Park 5 Calvert Hall Prep 0
Bethel Park shut out Calvert Hall Prep as Tim O’Brien and Kenny Lehmann scored two goals and added an assist each and Pete Cosentino and Ben Garcia split the goaltending duties and the shutout.

Holy Ghost Prep 6 Thomas Jefferson 3
The Firebirds scored 4 goals the last 4:47 of the third period to retake the lead after the Jaguars were up 3-2 as John Suroka score twice for HGP.

North Allegheny 5 St Jean de Brebeuf 2
The Tigers atoned for their morning loss to Upper St Clair with a 5-2 win over the Braves as Max Richards made 17 saves and Chris Simanic and Wes Waldschmidt chipped in 3 points each.

Upper St Clair 6 Monsignor Bonner 1
The Panthers of USC picked up their 2nd win of the tournament with an easy win over the Friars of Eastern Pa.

Meadville 4 Central Catholic 1
The Bulldogs finally hit paydirt in the Invitational with a 4-1 victory over their rivals the host Vikings. Morgan Nickerson scored two goals and added an assist including a goal on the penalty shot.

Mt Lebanon 4 Downingtown East 1
The Blue Devils earned a spot in the semi-finals with a 4-1 win over the Cougars as Tyler ‘the Terminator’ Murovich score a pair of goals and added an assist and goaltender Matt Vaughn made 28 saves.

Germantown Academy 2 Cheektowoga Central 2 (OT)
   The Patriots and Warriors battle to a 2-2 tie in overtime, but Cheektowaga earned the spot in the Semi-Finals through the tiebreakers. GA’s Brian O’Neill scored a goal and added an assist and the Cheektowaga Rob Szymkowiak duplicated O’Neill’s effort and Adam Palumbo made 24 saves to send the Warriors from Western New York to the semi-finals in their maiden voyage in the CC Invitational.   

Orchard Park 3 DeMatha 2
   The Quakers defeated DeMatha in a tight contest as Mike Murray made 24 saves for Orchard Park.

Bethel Park 4 Holy Ghost Prep 3
    The Hawks defeated Holy Ghost as Bryan Brown broke a 3-3 tie with 3:24 left in the third period sending Bethel Park into the semi-finals of the Invitational. Kristian Villante scored the hat trick for the Firebirds.   

Thomas Jefferson 2 Calvert Hall Prep 2 (OT)
    The Jaguars and Cardinals battled to tie as both teams looked for a victory in the 2005 Central Catholic Invitational. Calvert’s Jon Tietjen tied the game with 9:18 left in the third beating Jeff Wojnovich, the TJ goaltender who made 26 saves in between the pipes.   

Mt Lebanon 2 DeMatha 1 (OT)
   The Blue Devils faced a stiff test against the perennial Maryland state powers DeMatha with a low scoring defensive struggle by Mt Lebanon standards missing several key players. Rick Beuke gave Lebo the lead at 10:16 of the first and it looked as if Rob Behling would make that stand stopping all 12 shots the Stags could muster up, but the last shot would come of the stick of Marc Aguir who scored with just :03 left to tie it. Rick Beuke would have the final say in this one scoring just :43 into overtime to give the Blue Devils the victory and an opportunity to get into the semi-finals with a win over Downingtown East.

Orchard Park 4 Downingtown East 1
   The Quakers owned this game from the outset outshooting the Cougars 26-12 and establishing a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd as Mike Schoell scored twice and Tyler Matthews scored the opening goal 6 ½ minutes into the contest. Downingtown’s Ben Souders continued his hot hand scoring at 4:54 of the 2nd period, but Justin Gunntaylor put the game out of reach at 13:47 of the third for a 4-1 victory for Orchard Park.   

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2005 Central Catholic Invitational Champions
2005 Central Catholic Invitational - Semi Finals and Championship
Mt Lebanon 3 North Allegheny 1
    Mt Lebanon gained the semi-finals of the 2005 Central Catholic Invitational through the conventional manner of impressive victories over perennial New York club power Orchard Park 6-1, 9-time Maryland State Champions DeMatha Catholic 2-1 in overtime and Eastern Pa AA foe Downingtown East 6-1. Coach Paul Taibi’s club has displayed the depth and balance, that has carried the Blue Devils to the Pa Hockey Elite 8 # 1 ranking in Western Pennsylvania, even tough several players were in and out of the lineup in the tournament’s first two days.

    North Allegheny knows the feeling that the Blue Devils carry as NA held the title of # 1 for the majority of the regular season and through the playoffs as the Tigers captured the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off, Central Catholic Invitational and the Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase a year ago and steamrolled through the regular season with just one loss, which carried them all the way to the Penguins Cup final before bowing to the Hawks 1-0 at the Mellon Arena in one of the classic AAA championships in recent memory. After pummeling Monsignor Bonner in the opener of the tournament, the Tigers got a rude reminder of how fragile winning and losing is as they were upended by nemesis Upper St. Clair 3-1 yesterday morning. Coach Tom Pandolfo hates to lose more than anyone and may have exorcised a few demons as the Tigers knocked off Hamilton, Ontario’s St Jean de Brebeuf, who had crushed their first two opponents in the tournament.   

    Mt Lebanon defeated NA 3-1 as Rick Beuke and Mike Roman scored in the first period to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead. The Tigers pulled within one as Chris Simanic scored on the power play at 12:41 of the second. Max Richards kept North Allegheny in the game with 27 saves, but Matt Bartkowski iced the game with a power play goal with 8:55 left in the third to give the Blue Devils a spot in the finals.

Cheektowaga 2 Bethel Park 1 (2OT)
    Cheektowaga has enjoyed their inaugural visit to the Central Catholic Inviational with victories and a little tour of Pa Hockey defeating host Central Catholic 5-1, 8-time Pennsylvania Cup champions Meadville 3-1 and tying defeating 2005 Flyers Cup finalist Germantown Academy 2-2. The Warriors goaltending tandem of Mike Grover and Adam Palumbo have been stellar in the tournament have been the difference in CC’s ride to the semi-finals.

       Bethel Park coach Jim McVay knows the importance of good goaltending as his club captured last year’s Pennsylvania State AAA Championship with the great goaltending of Bryce Merriam and the rise of many players such as Timmy O’Brien, Kenny Lehmann, Eddie Bendik, who played key roles and will be counted on to lead BP back to the promised land. The Blackhawk’s have witnessed a turnstile between the pipes but may be settling with former Woodland Hills goaltender Pete Cosentino, who is a legacy of former Churchill player Kevin Monaco of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s so to speak.

       Cheektowaga defeated Bethel Park 2-1 as the Hawks could only solve Warriors goaltender Mike Grover once with 40 shots. CC opened the scoring at 8:56 of the first period as Eric Osmanski scored on the power play. The Black Hawks tied the game at 4:01 of the second period as Logan Bannon scored to knot the score a one apiece. The Warriors would earned a spot in the finals as Matt Bessing scored at 9:30 of the overtime period to give Cheektowaga Central a spot in the 2005 Central Catholic Invitational Final surviving six Bethel Park power plays.

2005 Central Catholic Invitational Final
Mt Lebanon 5 Cheektowaga Central 1

    Cheektowaga Central has battle hard in the Invitational and head coach Steve Ferrentino has to be proud of the fact that Warriors defeated Eastern Pa AA power Downingtown East perennial Pennsylvania AAA stalwarts Meadville and Bethel Park along with a tie with Flyers Cup finalist Germantown Academy. In a whirlwind weekend tournament anytime a team can face the competition that they did and post a 3-0-1 record and head to the finals of this great event, it’s a great accomplishment. The next step would be the much heralded Blue Devils of Mt Lebanon.

    Any time Mt Lebanon takes to the ice, its an event this season and with Ralph and Alf not present with his sidekick Bob ‘I don’t have a nickname yet’ Behling noticeably absent from the sidelines, I enlisted the help of King Tut to assist me in finding electricity power for the Bat Computer, since I didn’t have Ralph and Alf Construction services available. I probably should have just hooked it up to the Mt Lebanon bench or possibly just the power play because this team has been electric since the start of the season scoring like a machine and yielding shots at the clip of a Tommy Maddox completion %.
Murovich, Ferguson, Bartkowski, Mandic, McDermott, and the crew is just firepower in action and has blasted its way into the final with wins over Downingtown East, DeMatha Orchard Park and North Allegheny by a 15-4 margin in 4 contests.

   Mt Lebanon applied the pressure early and at 9:31 of the 1st Matt Bartkowski scored on a wrist shot from the right point and through traffic past Adam Palumbo to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. At 5:23 of the Palumbo robbed Josh Mandic from point blank range as the Blue Devils held a 9-1 shot advantage. At 3:01 of the first, the ‘Terminator’ Tyler Murovich undressed the Warrior goaltender and beat him upstairs on the backhand for the games 11th shot and a 2-0 Blue Devil lead. Lebo outshot CC 17-2 in the opening period.

    Mt Lebanon continued to pound away on Palumbo in the 2nd period and at 12:37 of the middle period, Shane Ferguson bang home a rebound after Josh Mandic and Tyler Murrrr-O-Vitch as PA Announcer Tim Lane would suggest provided the assists. At 10:52, Tyler Murovich scored his 2nd goal poking home a rebound after a scramble in front to make it 4-0. The Blue Devils continued their onslaught on Cheektowaga with 29 shots to only 7 on Matt Vaughn, whose only serious threat was a breakaway from Steve Noworyta shot just wide with a little over five minutes to play in the middle frame.

      On to the third we went and Lebo continued the onslaught and at 8:40, Sean McDermott scored on a rebound to make it 5-0. With just 4:43. the Warriors finally got on the as Eric Osmanski blistered a slapshot in the upper right hand corner to make it 5-1 and the Blue Devils would run the clock out with a 36-11 shot advantage capturing their first ever Central Catholic Invitational Championship.

       The Blue Devils Tyler Murovich was named recipient of the William Downey Award for the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and joined teammates Matt Vaughn and Matt Bartkowski of the All-Tournament team along with Eric Osmanski of Cheektowaga Central, Kenny Lehman of Bethel Park and Brian O’Neill of Germantown Academy. Congratulations to the Mt Lebanon Blue Devils and head coach Paul Taibi for capturing the prestigious Central Catholic Invitational !

2005 Mt Lebanon Invitational
Championship Game
Mt Lebanon 4 Orchard Park 1

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2005 Mt Lebanon Invitational


       Orchard Park returns to Western Pennsylvania every couple of weeks it seems as the Quakers played in the Central Catholic Invitational at the end of November and will compete next weekend in the McDowell Invitational. This weekends festivities brought OP to the Mt Lebanon Invitational, which features the # 1 ranked host team Blue Devils, Ohio power St Ignatius, 2004 Pa State AAA and 5-time defending Flyers Cup Champions Malvern Prep, and perennial Cleveland power Gilmour Academy. The Quakers gained the final with a three team tiebreaker with Malvern and Gilmour. This game would serve as a rematch of the CC Invitational game won by Mt Lebanon 6-1.

         The Blue Devils have been rolling since the schedule commenced in late October and the realization that this team is the top team in Western Pennsylvania and arguably the state at Class AAA is here and they just keeping rolling through team after team. Coach Paul Taibi is very interested in seeing how his team performs without some of his top guns, Tyler Murovich and Steve Bartkowski, heading a group of 5 traveling with their amateur teams. Some of the usual suspects where in attendance showing how much depth this team has led by veterans Shane Ferguson, Josh Mandic, Kyle Dornish and goaltender Matt Vaughn and now supported by new impact players Sean McDermott and Jesse Root

          The Quakers looked like a motivated team in the opening period as they used physical play and hustle to outshoot the Blue Devils 10-5 and grabbed a 1-0 lead as Tyler Matthews scored just :29 into the game. Matt Vaughn settled in and stopped every shot Orchard Park could mount. Mt Lebanon finally mounted some pressure late in the period and it paid off as Jesse Root scored a goal beating Ian Szalinski low on the ice on a quick transition play assisted by Shane Ferguson and Josh Mandic with just :43 seconds left to tie the score at one apiece. The Blue Devils came right back and took the lead as Mandic rifled a shot past the OP goaltender upstairs with :28 remaining to gove Lebo a 2-1 lead.

          On to the 2nd period and Orchard Park started to take their liberties, resulting in penalties, which put a lethal combination of power play time and the Mt Lebanon power play to work, which didn’t result in a goal, but maybe more importantly swung the momentum and shot advantage to the Blue Devils. A great pass would result in the turning point in this hockey game as Jesse Root hit a streaking James Cichra behind the Quaker defense, who re-directed the puck past Szalinski at the 8:07 mark to give Mt Lebanon a 3-1 lead.

            Orchard Park seemed distracted in the 3rd period and more interested in inflicting pain on the Blue Devils in frustration rather than scoring goals, even though the outshot them 10-3. Mt Lebanon would score the only goal of the final period as Brandon Dornish was the recipient of a 3rd Jesse Root assist with 7:12 remaining to give Lebo a 4-1 lead and ultimately the championship of the 2005 Mt Lebanon Invitational. An impressive run considering many of its players where not in the lineup due to travel commitments and a message to Western and Eastern Pennsylvania that this team has the depth and weapons to win it all in March.

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Orchard Park 2005
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2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Finals
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2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Championship


Mt Lebanon 1 LaSalle 0

       Mt Lebanon and LaSalle squared off in a rematch of the 2005 Final and more recently a preliminary round game played to a scoreless tie a day ago. The Blue Devils defeated Meadville 3-1 and LaSalle turned back Sylvania Northview 2-1 to set an all Pennsylvania title game. The work ethic displayed by the Explorers in the tournament has been the key to their road the title game, while the Blue Devils have continued to get solid play from the dozen players who have dressed during the tournament, now known as LEBO 66.

       The teams battled to an even strength scoreless opening period until Mt Lebanon went on the power play at 5:37 of the opening period, which LaSalle was able to kill off. As evenly played a first period as the previous three periods in the preliminary round and even last year’s final the opening period shots were 6-6.

       The Blue Devils had a good opportunity on the initial shift of the 2nd, but Rick Beuke was turned aside by Dan Pyne, who has been stellar thus far in the tournament. With 5:54, Mt Lebanon was guilty of covering the puck in their own crease and John Williams was awarded a penalty shot and he tried to high to the glove side of Matt Vaughn, who snatch the puck out of the air and kept the Explorers off the board, much to the delight of King Tut’s ‘Concerned Citizen’s of Mt Lebanon’ and the Lebo 66 contingent on the bench. The Blue Devil’s would get another opportunity on the man advantage with 1:20 remaining in the 2nd period. With 1:05 left in the 2nd, some beautiful passing precipitated Rick Bueke finding Jon Wilen on the back door, who slammed home a shot past Pyne breaking nearly 1 hour and 5 minutes of scoreless hockey played between Lebo 66 and LaSalle.

      The Explorer’s continued to work and press for the equalizer and missed a couple of golden chances with a little over six minutes remaining as Matt Vaughn and the Lebo 66 defense dove scratched and clawed to keep the puck out and a 1-0 lead. With 1:41 remaining, the Explorers took a frustration penalty as the reality that the Lebo 66 was in control of this one playing a very good LaSalle team to nearly 90 minutes of scoreless hockey and capped it off with a 1-0 victory and the first championship of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational for Mt Lebanon.

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2006 Greensburg CC Invitational
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2006 GCC Invitational Champs - Plum Mustangs
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Schedule for the 2006 Greensburg CC Invitational

Upcoming Games                         
Plum 4 State College 2
***GAME SUMMARIES***        
Penn Trafford 5 Latrobe 3
***GAME SUMMARIES***        
Thurs.        26-Oct        7:30 PM        CHAMPIONSHIP @ Kirk Nevin
Plum 6 Penn Trafford 2

Preliminary Round Results
State College 2 Penn Trafford 0        
Greensburg Salem 3 Greensburg CC 1        
Kiski   3 Woodland Hills 0
Plum   3 Fox Chapel 0
Franklin Regional 3 Greensburg Salem 1
Plum 2        Latrobe 2        
State College 3 Franklin Regional 0        
Plum 8   Woodland Hills 0
Latrobe 5 Fox Chapel 2
State College 4    GCC 2
Penn Trafford 3    Greensburg Salem 3
Latrobe 6   Woodland Hills 1
Fox Chapel 3 Kiski Area 2
Latrobe 2 Kiski 1
Penn Trafford 3 GCC 2
Woodland Hills 1 Fox Chapel 0
Greensburg Salem 4 State College 2
GCC 1 Franklin Regional 1
Plum 6 Kiski Area 0
Penn Trafford 5 Franklin Regional 4

Maroon Division                                Gray Division                
Final Standings as of 10-19-06                                                 
State College                        3-1-0        Latrobe                3-0-1
Penn Trafford                        2-1-1        Plum                3-0-1
Greensbug Salem                        2-1-1        Kiski                 1-3-0
Franklin Regional                1-2-1        Woodland Hills        1-3-0
Greensburg CC                        0-3-1        Fox Chapel        1-3-0

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Sunday, October 22
2006 Steve Bryan Memorial Kittanning Invitational Hockey Tournament
2006 Tournament Results
October 27-29, 2006
Belmont Complex - Kittanning, Pa.




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Tuesday, October 24
Mustangs ice State College to advance the GCC Finals!
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          State College enters the 2006 – 2007 season fresh off the Open Division Championship defeating Carrick at Mellon Arena. With the largest enrollment in all of Western Pennsylvania hockey, rather than play in Class AAA, the Icers choose to participate against Class A doormats like Ferndale, Johnstown, Valley, and former AAA turnstile Woodland Hills, who are lucky to even have teams let alone compete at ANY level in the PIHL ‘Glorified JV’ Open Division. State College has faired well in the GCC Invitational defeating 3-time AAA East Division Champions Penn Trafford 3-0, Franklin Regional 3-0 and host Greensburg CC 4-2, while dropping a 4-2 decision to Greensburg Salem, who has decided to return to Class AA and play competitive hockey.   

          Plum had a rough season playing in Class AAA in 2005-06 and head coach Sean Keller has remained on top assist Plum Alum Joe Piccolino, who has taken over the reigns of the Plum program. The Mustangs are coming off a 0-2-1 finish of the stiff competition at the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off in a bracket with Penguin Cup AAA Finalist North Allegheny and AA powers Thomas Jefferson and Montour, which was the necessary pieces to the puzzle, which will help them compete at the Class AAA level. The Stangs have a little chip on their shoulder after last years wild card playoff loss to Baldwin and are looking to challenge for the East Division title with Penn Trafford this season. Plum defeated Fox Chapel, Kiski, Woodland Hills and tied Latrobe 2-2 in this years tournament and advanced into the Semi-Finals for the 6th consecutive year but has yet to capture the GCC Invitational Title.

             At 6:33 of the opening period, Ben Colosmo picked up his own rebound and beat State College goaltender Mac Weiler on the ice through the 5-hole to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Plum kept up the pressure and worked the puck through to the slot and Andy Weston buried a wrist shot on the stick side of Weiler to give Plum a 2-0 lead. Shots on goal for the first period were seven apiece.

             After three quick shots turned aside by John Bronder, State College went on the power play at 10:07, but John Bronder was equal to the task and the Mustangs kept their 2-0 advantage. The Icers continued to pour on the shots and finally scored as David Scultz scored on a wrist shot high to the stick side at 5:26 to cut the advantage to 2-1. Plum took advantage of a 4-4 situation as Ben Colosmo buried and slap shot high over the glove hand of Weiler from the right point to give the Mustangs a 3-1 with 2:04 left in the seconds period.

          Ben Colosmo buried a Chad Covol rebound with 11:51 remaining in regulation to give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead and complete the hat trick. John Bronder kept State College off the board stopping 21 of 23 Shots to help the Mustangs advance to the finals of the Greensburg CC Invitational, allowing a meaningless goal to the Icer’s Robbie Holdcroft at the buzzer to make the final count different, but the outcome was a Plum victory.   

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Tuesday, October 24
PT holds off Latrobe to return to GCC Finals!
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       Penn Trafford has won three consecutive Class AAA East Division titles under Todd Purvis and is looking like a pretty good bet for a 4th in a row in the weakest division in that classification in many years. The Warriors are more interested in the roadblock of Bethel Park, who has been responsible for eliminating PT all three years in their last game in the Penguins Cup AAA playoffs. While Chris Cerutti, Joel Sterniak and several PT mainstays have graduated, this year’s version of Warriors looks to be a hard working club that must find scoring touch and goaltending to compete with the top 4-5 teams in Class AAA and move toward their first ever final 4 appearance in March. The Penn Trafford blueprint has built through the proper developmental channels of amateur hockey and excellent Junior Varsity and Freshman programs, which will have to continue to keep moving closer to the ultimate goal. Distractions of travel hockey will at some point have to result in more commitment to the Warrior cause to make this happen sooner rather than later.

      The Latrobe hockey program is blessed with an excellent developmental program and booster club, which has worked to build numbers in their hockey program. Head coach Ron Makoski has a solid lineup returning from last years squad and has added some nice pieces from a solid Junior Varsity program. The Wildcats look to challenge the likes of Indiana, Franklin Regional, Greensburg CC and Greensburg Salem in what appears to be a very entertaining and wide-open East Division of Class AA.

       Penn Trafford struck first at 7:29 of the first as B.J. Zagorac tipped an Erik Likar shot past Curt Colianne from the right point to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. At 5:47 of the opening period Michael McCurdy tied the game burying a cross-ice pass from Jeff Joe Reluga to tie the game at one apiece. Penn Trafford held an advantage in shots in the opening period.

       At 9:09 of the second period, Michael White broke behind the Latrobe defense and slipped a backhand behind Colianne to give PT a 2-1 lead. The Warriors went to work on the power play and B.J. Zagorac buried a wrist shot up under the crossbar at 5:36 to give the Warriors a 3-1 cushion. Less than a minute later at 4:28, Jeff Smail took advantage of some sloppy play by the Warrior defense to cut the lead to 3-2. The Wildcats tied the game with 2:33 as Andrew Ong blistered a snapshot past Laurito on the short side to knot the game at 3-3. Latrobe had a chance to take the lead with 1:01 remaining in the second on the power play and was whistled again 16 seconds later creating a 5 on 3 situation and a golden opportunity for the Wildcats going to start the final period of regulation.

         The Warriors were able to kill off the penalties and the score remained 3-3 through the middle of the third period. With 6:09 remaining in the 3rd period Michael White swooped behind the Latrobe defense and beat Curt Colianne to give the Warriors a 4-3 advantage. The Wildcats went on the power play with 5:44 left with a chance to tie the game despite mustering 18 shots toward PT goaltender Tony Laurito in 3 periods. PT’s Erik Likar had the best chance to score on a shorthanded breakaway with 3:42 left but Colianne stopped him. Latrobe called a timeout with 1:48 to try to strategize a plan to tie the game and pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. The final nail in the coffin came with 1:04 remaining as Michael White completed the hat trick to make the count 5-3 in favor of the Warriors as they advanced to the GCC Invitational finals for the 2nd time in 3 years with an opportunity to repeat the 2004 championship.

2006 Greensburg CC Invitational Champions
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Friday, October 27
Plum uses quick start to defeat Penn Trafford & capture GCC Crown
Plum uses quick start to defeat Penn Trafford & capture GCC Crown

Plum 7 Penn Trafford 2


      After Plum’s semi-final win over State College, the question was asked ‘when the last time Plum won a tournament’. No. it wasn’t when David Smith’s grandfather Jim coached because he coached Penn Hills in the 1970’s before Plum began their program in 1989 and captured the Pennsylvania Class A Championship the same year. With the memory churning, we need to look no further their the Plum bench and head coach Joe Piccolino, who played for the 1997 WPIHL AA Champions who defeated Fox Chapel and the 1996 WPIHL AA Champions, who defeated Indiana, but it was the 1998 WPIHL AAA Championship series with some kid named Umberger, who scored in overtime, to beat a team from Central Catholic in the third and deciding game of the WPIHL Championship Series before a packed house at Harmarville that will long be remembered as the Mustangs greatest conquest. That was the last time Plum won anything of significance, which is a decent amount of time.

       Penn Trafford has never won a league, Penguins Cup or State Championship, but after 10 losing seasons in 2003, the Warriors almost upended defending State Champions Bethel Park and lost a heartbreaker in overtime after a controversial penalty gave BP a power play in overtime and the Hawks prevailed. The confidence from that game coupled with the arrival of Todd Purvis behind the bench has resulted in three consecutive Class AAA East Division titles. The Warriors consecutive division title streak may be on the line and if anyone can derail them it’s the Plum Mustangs and this championship game could be a preview of a more meaningful game on January 27th at the Center Ice Arena. PT won the 2004 Greensburg CC Invitational by defeating Franklin Regional 4-0 and is looking to make it two out of three in the Greensburg CC Invitational.   

          At 10:04 of the opening period, Andy Weston got around the PT defenseman causing a hook and a power play chance for Plum. With 8:47 left in period number one, Vinnie Somma took a pass from Chad Covol and wristed it past Billy Taylor low to the stick side to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. At 7:29 of the first period, the Mustangs went back on the power play. With 5:59 left in the period, David Humphries took a shot from the center point and Andy Weston gathered the rebound and buried a shot up under the crossbar past Billy Taylor to extend the Plum lead to 2-0. With 3:55 remaining in the 1st, Penn Trafford received their first chance on the power play. The Mustangs would play opportunist as Vinnie Somma, stole the puck with 2:26 to play and beat Taylor inside the far post to give the Stangs a 3-0 advantage.

         On to the 2nd period at 10:52, Shawn O’Conner scored on the backhand to up to lead to 4-0. Plum continued its onslaught at 3:48 as freshman Vinnie Somma would not be denied as he showed the tenacity of a pit bull and banged away until the puck ended up behind the Penn Trafford goaltender and it was now 5-0. With 1:50 remaining, Somma and Chad Covol dug the puck out of the corner and Ben Colosmo finished it off to make it 6-0, as Somma picked up his 3rd assist and 6th point of the evening.
         In the third period, Penn Trafford finally broke through with 6:54 remaining as Chase Keibler broke John Bronder’s shutout bid on the Warrior’s 14th shot to make the count 6-1. Jessie DiPietro scored a power play goal from in between the circles with 3:38 remaining to cut the Mustang lead to 6-2. Chad Covol wrapped up the scoring with 1:13 left resulting in the final score of 7-2. So now the answer to the question as to when Plum won a tournament is now 2006 in the Greensburg CC Invitational over division rival Penn Trafford.

For more Recap on the Plum Website please click on the icon or title above

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18th Annual Central Catholic Invitational
Friday, November 17
18th Annual Central Catholic Invitational



    HIGHLIGHTS: TJ goals were scored by: A.J. Parkinson (2 goals) (A.J. is a freshman) and the other TJ goal was scored by defenseman Corey Joseph. Brock Heinauer assisted on all 3 TJ goals. Wes Waldschmidt for NA


Semi-Final Game - Central Catholic 7 Montour 3
Semi-Final Game - Bethel Park 6 North Allegheny 3

Championship Game - Bethel Park 5 Central Catholic 4 (2 OT)

Congratulations to Bethel Park for capturing the CC Invitational !

2006 IceLine Extravaganza
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Friday, November 17
2006 IceLine Extravaganza
The IceLine Complex in West Chester, Pennsylvania annually hosts a terrific hockey event for High School Teams from the Northeastern United States and this year on December 28-31 Iceline will once again host the 2006 IceLine Extravaganza.

Malvern Prep 5 Cardinal O'Hara 2
Hershey 5 Malvern Prep 2
University School 3 St. Mary's 3
St. Mary's 4 Hershey 1
Cardinal O'Hara 4 University School 1
Malvern Prep 2 St. Mary's 4
Cardinal O'Hara 8 Hershey 7
University School 2 Malvern Prep 3
Hershey 2 University School 1
St. Mary's 4 Cardinal O'Hara 3
St. Mary's 4 Hershey 0

Conestoga 4 LaSalle 2
Penncrest 3 Downingtown West 1
West Chester East 0 Neshaminy 1
Bayard Rustin 8 Landon School 3
Henderson 1 Pennsbury 4
Haverford High 3 Downingtown East 1
Springfield 3 Kennett 3
Downingtown West 10 Conestoga 2
Neshaminy 2 Penncrest 3
LaSalle 3 West Chester East 3
Landon School 0 Haverford High 4
Downingtown East 3 Bayard Rustin 3
Pennsbury 7 Springfield 2
Kennett 6 Henderson 3
Conestoga 4 Neshaminy 2
West Chester East 2 Downingtown West 3
Penncrest 2 LaSalle 2
Springfield 1 Henderson 2
Kennett 5 Pennsbury 2
Bayard Rustin 2 Haverford High 2
Landon School 3 Downingtown East 1
Haverford High (1st) 6 LaSalle II (8th) 0
Downingtown West. (4th) 0 Pennsbury (5th) 1
Kennett (2nd) 2 Conestoga (7th) 5
Penncrest (3rd) 0 Bayard Rustin (6th) 3
Haverford High 6 Pennsbury 3
Bayard Rustin 3 Conestoga 2
Haverford High 4 Bayard Rustin 0

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CC Visits Chicago Loyola Invitational
Saturday, November 25
8th Annual Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament
Schedule - Wilmette, Illinois

Thursday, November 23
Loyola Gold 3 v Lake Forest HS 1
Glenbrook South 4 v Barrington 3
Naperville Central 0 v Providence 3
New Trier Green 3 v St Rita 2
Glenbrook North 6 v Fenwick 4
Neuqua Valley 3 v Hamilton Southeastern 4
Mt Carmel 4 v DeSmet 3

Friday, November 24
Glenbrook North 2 v New Trier Green 3
Hamilton Southeastern 3 v Lake Forest High School 0
Mt Carmel 2 v Glenbrook South 2
Naperville Central 3 v Loyola Maroon 1
Neuqua Valley 1 v Loyola Gold 0
St Rita 0 v Fenwick 7
Providence 7 v Pittsburgh Central Catholic 3
DeSmet 5 v Barrington 1

Saturday, November 25
Barrington 1 v Mt Carmel 3
Pittsburgh Central 4 v Naperville Central 1
Loyola Maroon 2 v Providence 4
Glenbrook South 5 v DeSmet 7
Fenwick 2 v New Trier Green 2
Loyola Gold 2 v Hamilton Southeastern 0
St Rita 4 v Glenbrook North 4
Lake Forest High School 2 v Neuqua Valley 0
Loyola Maroon 2 v Pittsburgh Central 4

Sunday, November 26

Semi Final - New Trier Green 4 v Mt Carmel 1
Semi Final - Loyola Gold 2 v Providence 3
Championship - New Trier Green 5 Providence 0

Tuesday, December 26
Cleveland St Edwards Holiday Classic
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Cleveland St Edwards Holiday Classic
Tournament Schedule

Padua 3 Mt. Lebanon (PA) 1
Meadville (PA) 5 St Edwards 1
Gilmour 1 Fenwick (IL) 1
Meadville (PA) 3 Gilmour 3
Fenwick (IL) 5 Padua 5
St. Edward 4 Mt. Lebanon (PA)0
Mt. Lebanon (PA) 2 Gilmour 1
Fenwick 8 St. Edward 4
Padua 4 Meadville (PA) 3      
   HIGHLIGHTS: Meadville's Brian Noonan scores with 27 seconds to go in the game and
    Padua scores with :07 left to win it

   Fenwick 6 Padua 2

Mt Lebanon
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Bethel Park
Check out the 2006 Bethel Park MLK Invitational
Thursday, January 4
2007 Bethel Park MLK Invitational
Bethel Park Hockey Association Annual Martian Luther King Tournament
January 12 - 14, 2007
Bethel Park Bladerunners

FRIDAY January 12th         
Thomas Jefferson 3 Upper St Clair 3
Bethel Park 5 Central Catholic 2
Shaftsbury 11 Shaler 2

SATURDAY January 13th
Bethel Park 6 Thomas Jefferson 2
Upper St Clair 5 Shaftsbury 3
Shaler 0 Central Catholic 5
Shaftsbury 3 Bethel Park 3
Thomas Jefferson 9 Shaler4   
Central Catholic 7 Upper St Clair 4

SUNDAY January 14th
      Bethel Park 4 Upper St Clair 1
      Central Catholic 3 Shaftsbury 2

2006 Bethel Park MLK Invitational Championship
      Bethel Park 7 Central Catholic 0

Congratulations to Bethel Park Blackhawks - 2006 MLK Champions

Check out the link to the Bethel Park Website !

LaSalle - 6
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Saturday, January 13
LaSalle impressive in 6-4 victory of Meadville in House of Chills
Meadville - 4

    The Meadville Hockey Program started the Bulldog Invitational in 1996 to bring the best teams from Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, Ohio and surrounding states to compete for three days at the ‘House of Chills’. The Bulldogs won their own tournament only once in 2003, which just happens to be the last time that they won the Pennsylvania Class AAA title. The Bulldogs are off to 9-3-0 start in League play and have shown periods of strength and weakness in that stretch, which historically includes play against non-league opponents, that Jamie Plunkett uses to hone the Dawgs run at State supremacy. In a non-league game earlier this season in mid-November in the National Invitational Scholastic Showcase in Jamestown NY, Meadville played arguably one of its best games of the season against Illinois power New Trier Green, but fell 4-3 giving up two shorthanded tallies in the third period. Coach Plunkett will tell you that these are the types of games that build playoff runs in March when you win them and toil in inconsistency in you don’t. The Bulldogs will have to start knocking off some contenders for Pennsylvania’s ultimate prize in the regular season or in non-league contests if it hopes to compete for the Penguins Cup and ultimately the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship at year’s end.   

    LaSalle Head Coach Wally Muehbronner loves coming to Meadville to compete against excellent competition and has done so now for 8 years. The Explorers have expanded their horizons traveling to the Northeast to play in the Mount St Charles Invitational, which they did in late December to play against hockey powers from Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire among others and in addition compete against New Jersey Prep powers to hone their run at the Flyers Cup. Losses against Delbartan NJ, the Hill School and Wyoming Seminary were all close, but the Explorers have been pretty dominant in League play with a perfect record thus far and good enough to rank them # 1 in the recent Pa Hockey Elite 8 Flyers Cup poll and # 1 in the State of Pennsylvania in the same Elite 8 statewide poll. LaSalle is ranked ahead of Bethel Park, who beat the Dawgs in December at the ‘House of Chills’ 6-3.   

         LaSalle showed no sign of bus legs in the opening period as they skated Meadville into the ground from the opening bell. The benefits started just 23 seconds into the contest as Ross Denczi crashed the net and poked home an Adam Berkle rebound to give the Explorers a 2-0 lead. LaSalle continued good transition play out of their zone and into Meadville’s and scored a beautiful goal at 9:54 as Tom Minton converted a great cross-ice pass from linemate Mark Schnupp to make it two zip. Minton would scored again at
4:57 of the 1st period on a weird angle shot from below the goal line which bounced off the back of Mike Licinski to make it 3-0. A critical penalty kill for Meadville in final two minutes of opening period negated LaSalle’s power play with a penalty against the Explorers with 18 seconds remaining, LaSalle dominated play in the opening period and the shots 12-4.

    After the ice cut and some words of encouragement from coach Plunkett we were on to the second period and the Bulldogs finally got on the board as Morgan Nickerson found Alex Drelick on a cross ice feed, who slipped a shot past Dan Pyne to get Meadville back in the hockey game at 12:32 at 3-1. Meadville was shorthanded in the 2nd period, but capitalized on an odd man break as Pat Leone fired a shot that Pyne with a little under 11 minutes to go in the middle period bringing the intimate but always boisterous House of Chills crowd to a thunderous roar making this a 3-2 contest. More penalty killing for Meadville with 9:06 to play in the 2nd, but the Dawgs adjustments lured LaSalle into the Meadville half ice game,which the home team excels at and the penalty was successfully killed. Another penalty with 3:39 remaining in the second period put LaSalle on the power play again. At some point the Explorers would need to capitalize on the Bulldog penalties and they did with 3:01 to go as Tom Minton’s shot trickled past Mike Licinski to give LaSalle a 4-2 and complete the hat trick for # 9 of LaSalle.   

       With 14:33 to play in regulation, LaSalle took another penalty and Meadville had a 5 on 3 advantage for almost a minute, but the Explorers aggressive penalty kill prevailed. Meadville was able to get back in the game as Pat Leone banged home a rebound of an Alex Drelick backhand with 11:20 to play to cut the lead to 4-3, but took a penalty in the process putting LaSalle on the power play. With 9:47 to go, the Explorer’s made them pay as T.J. Laessig’s shot shot from the left point found its way through traffic and behind Licinski to make it a 5-3 count. The Explorers went on the power play with 5:46 to go in regulation with a five minute major assessed to the Bulldogs and they scored with 5:07 to go on a rebound goal by #12 Eric McLoughlin to extend the lead to 6-3.      
Meadville scored the games final goal as Aaron Nye scored on a slapshot from the left point with 2:15 to go, but Meadville ran out of clock as LaSalle earned a 6-4 victory at the House of Chills.   

St Edwards
St Edwards - 2
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Saturday, January 13
St Edwards ends Mt Lebanon’s Bulldog run !
Mt Lebanon
Mt Lebanon - 0
St Edwards        2         Mt Lebanon        0

2007 Meadville Bulldog Invitational


      After Mt Lebanon lost to Sylvania Northview 3-1 in the 2007 Meadville Bulldog Invitational opener, head coach Paul Taibi called a midnight practice with his team to remind them the commitment it takes when you are defending Pennsylvania Class AAA State Champions. After the Blue Devils lost to Bethel Park a week ago, coach Taibi was less than satisfied with the effort of his team, but turned it around in three days and earned a 2-2 tie against the Blackhawks. Consistency is one of the toughest feats for a team who aspires to be champions. And while everyone is entitled to a bad game here and there, there is no excuse for lack of effort and coach Taibi has a tradition at Mt Lebanon of hard working and well prepared squads and he sees the potential for the Blue Devils to make noise in March. A coining process after Lebo’s impressive 2-0 victory over a very good Gilmour Academy team limiting the Lancers to just 10 shots on goal. So Lebo 66 who won the Bulldog a year ago is now Lebo 49 a/k/a Lebo 46, who are not half the team they used to be. Whatever percentage you would like to assign, Mt Lebanon is working toward defending their title, both at the Bulldog and the Pennsylvania Class AAA crown they earned a year ago.

         St Edwards from Cleveland is a perennial power of Ohio Interscholastic Hockey winning 10 Ohio State Championships. Head coach Rob Whidden is in a battle in Cleveland for supremacy with defending Ohio champions Padua with the goal of ending in Columbus the second week in March. The Eagles rebounded from an opening loss in the Bulldog Invitational to upend Sylvania Northview 2-0 and the bracket is now wide open with the winners of Saturday’s contests advancing along with LaSalle and Toledo St Francis to the semi-finals.

          St Edward’s opened the scoring at 11:56 of the first period on a goal by Charles Wisniewski to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, which they held through the first period. Mt Lebanon went on the power play at 8:24 of the 2nd period, but the Eagles killed it maintaining a 1-0 lead. St Ed’s went on the power play at 6:27 and could not score. Mt Lebanon would have another chance at 4:10.

            The Eagles seized control of the hockey game at 7:40 as Charles Wisnewski’s shot from sharp angle beat Robbie Behling on the short side to give St Ed’s a 2-0 advantage. Lebo 46 was now in an uphill climb needing 3 goals over the games final 7 ½ minutes, which has been the Achilles heel of the Blue Devils and a favorite Sunday Conversation of Dr Denton (off on assignment in Cleveland) and King Tut. With 3:33 to go the Lebo power play would have one last gasp and St Ed’s goaltender Everett Graves made two nice stops of Jon Wilen with 2:23 to play. The Blue Devils penalty shortly thereafter was the death nail for Lebo as St Edwards would now advance to play Toledo St Francis in tomorrow’s semi-finals and LaSalle will face Sylvania Northview. Mt Lebanon outshot St Ed’s 23-18. The loss will bring an end to the two year run of Mt Lebanon and LaSalle meeting for the Bulldog Invitational title.

McDowell at Junior Lumberjack Invitational
Monday, January 15
2007 Cleveland Junior Lumberjacks Invitational
Cleveland Lumberjacks Invitational
Euclid, Ohio

Erie McDowell (PA) 8 Dublin Coffman 2
Cleveland Heights 0 Dublin Jerome 4
Dublin Coffman 9 Cleveland Heights 0
Dublin Jerome 1 Erie McDowell (PA) 5
Erie McDowell (PA) 8 Cleveland Heights 0
Dublin Coffman 5 Dublin Jerome 1
Cleveland Heights 5 Dublin Jerome 3
McDowell (PA) 3 Dublin Coffman 1

Congratulations to the McDowell Trojans - 2007 Cleveland Lumberjacks Champs

See the results of the Fall Face Off
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St Margarets Fall Face Off
   The St Margarets Fall Face Off is held annually at the Blade Runner in Harmarville. The event is and invitational and sponsored by the UPMC St Margarets Memorial Hospital Foundation located in Aspinwall. The tournament features local teams from North and East of Pittsburgh and is played in Mid-October.

   The Champions of the St Margarets Fall Face Off
      2007 -
      2006 - Bethel Park Blackhawks [defeated North Allegheny 5-4]
      2005 - Fox Chapel Foxes [defeated North Allegheny 4-1]
      2004 - North Allegheny Tigers [defeated Plum 4-2 ]
      2003 - North Allegheny Tigers [defeated Plum 2-1 (4 OT)]
      2002 - Franklin Regional Panthers [defeated North Allegheny 6-3]
      2001 - North Allegheny Tigers [defeated Hampton 6-2]
      2000 - Shaler Titans [defeated Mt Lebanon 8-2]
      1999 - Seneca Valley Raiders [defeated North Allegheny ]
      1998 - North Allegheny [defeated Pine Richland   ]
      1997 - Fox Chapel Foxes [defeated Franklin Regional 4-3]
      1996 - Fox Chapel Foxes [defeated Franklin Regional 7-4]
      1995 - Penn Hills Indians [defeated Shaler 8-2]
      1994 - Shaler Titans
      1993 -


St Margaret FFO 2007 NA
2007 St Margaret FFO Champions North Allegheny Tigers
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Tuesday, May 1
2007 St Margaret Foundation Fall Face-Off - October 8-11, 2007 - Harmarville, Pa.
St Margaret FFO Scully Award
Scully Award MVP - Max RIchards North Allegheny
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15th Annual St Margaret Foundation Fall Face-Off

       Invitations are now being issued to participate in a 16-team showcase of the top Varsity high school teams from Western Pennsylvania in the Premier Interscholastic Pre-Season tournament. The 15th Annual St Margaret Foundation Fall Face-Off will host the best teams in Western Pennsylvania for the FFO Championship Director’s Cup, that will be dedictaed for this year's event. This year’s field will include defending Fall Face-Off Champions Bethel Park Blackhawks, the 2007 Pennsylvania Class AAA Champions North Allegheny Tigers and the 2007 Pennsylvania Class AA Champions Pine Richland Rams.

        The philosophy of the St Margaret Foundation Fall Face-Off is to challenge top-level Varsity teams, who do not face each other during the regular season to compete at the same level. Each team is guaranteed three divisional games. The top teams from each bracket will advance into the medal round. The tournament will be played on two rinks in prime time and the St Margaret Fall Face-Off Final will be held on October 11th. The Pa Hockey Network plans to Webcast the event including a pre-tournament preview, the 1st Annual Skills Competition, the Medal Round Semi-Finals and Finals.

     Check out the St Margaret Fall Face Off LINK Site at

St Margarets FFO
The NEW St Margaret Foundation Fall Face Off Website
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14th Annual McDowell High School Tri-State Invitational
Friday, June 1
14th Annual McDowell High School Tri-State Invitational
14th Annual McDowell High School Tri-State Invitational

    McDowell 6 Cary-Grove Illinois 5

    Preliminary Round
         McDowell 3 Cary Grove (Illinois) 2
         McDowell 9 Fairview 0
         McDowell 4 Ft LeBouef 0

Bethel Park
Bethel Park captures the 2006 FFO
Saturday, August 18
2006 St. Margaret Fall Face-Off - 14th Annual
St Margarets FFO
2006 St Margaret’s FFOResults & History
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   The 14th Annual St. Margaret’s Fall Face-Off began play in 1993 under the direction of the St Margaret’s Foundation, whose mission is to provide community outreach to the expanded North Hills and East Suburbs of Pittsburgh. The event continues to raise awareness and funds for its Automated External Defibrillator [AED] program each year, while providing a venue for the top High School Hockey programs of the area to compete in a premier season kickoff scholastic tournament. Details can be accessed at

    The Foundation is proud that this year for the first time, that the event has been expanded to schools from East, West and South of the city culminating 16 teams competing for the St Margaret’s Fall Face Off crown from Monday October 9th through October 12th, 2006 at the Blade Runners Complex in Harmarville, Pa. The Fox Chapel Foxes are poised to defend their 2005 St Margaret’s FFO title in a field that includes the 2006 Pennsylvania AAA State Champion Mt Lebanon Blue Devils and 2006 Pennsylvania AA State Champion Pine Richland Rams among 16 of the top High School programs in Western Pennsylvania. Check out the schedule and brackets for the 2006 St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off.

    Plan to join the PA Hockey Network with Bx Video for On Demand coverage of the Semi-Finals and Championship on October 12th and the Pre-Tournament Show from Harmarville BladeRunners On - Demand at 5:00 PM on Monday October 9th. Please plan to join the Pa Hockey Network as we will have an array of special guests and personalities to kick off the 2006-2007 Season. Brought to you by the St Margaret's Foundation, we will provide education on the history and community service provided by a great event.
Thursday October 12th                                                
North Allegheny 5 Mars 3         
    HIGHLIGHTS: Tigers rally for four goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 Mars
      lead to advance to the FFO finals. Wes Waldschmidt and Josh Herbert scores a
      pair of goals each.
Bethel Park 3 Seneca Valley 0         
    HIGHLIGHTS: Bethel Park outshoots Seneca 36-10 as Logan Bannon, Tommy Whetsel
      and David Spadacene score for the Hawks.
Final - Championship Game
Bethel Park 5 North Allegheny 4
    ***GAME SUMMARIES***                         

Monday October 9th
North Allegheny 7 Plum 0
    HIGHLIGHTS: Wes Waldschmidt and Matt Lancaster score a pair and Josh Herbert adds four assists to lead Tigers to opening shutout
Thomas Jefferson 5 Montour 4
    HIGHLIGHTS: Brock Heinauer's second goal of the game with 9 seconds remaining in
       regulation breaks a 4-4 tie to lead the Jaguars to victory.         
Mars 6 Fox Chapel 2
    HIGHLIGHTS: The Planets score six unanswered goals to upend the defending
       champion Foxes. Mike Heltman leads the way with two goals for Mars.
Upper St Clair 3 Franklin Regional 1
    HIGHLIGHTS: Don Pegnataro, A.J. Moody and Jack Surma score singles to pace the
       Panthers of USC to victory         
Bethel Park 7 Hampton 1
    HIGHLIGHTS: Kenny Lehman scores four goals and adds a pair of assists to pace
       the Hawks to an opening win as Tyler Shipley adds three assists for BP.        
Seneca Valley 6 Indiana 3
    HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Tang scores twice and Tyler Mesisca adds a pair of assists
       for the Raiders        
Pine Richland 6 North Hills 0
    HIGHLIGHTS: George Saad notches the hat trick and Phil Trombetta adds two
       assists as Rams shut out North Hills.
Mt Lebanon 4 Shaler 0
    HIGHLIGHTS: Sean McDermott scores two goals and adds two assists and Steve
       Millhouse registers a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Devils         
Tuesday October 10th                                                 
Seneca Valley         2 Mt Lebanon        1        
Highlights: March of 2005 was the last loss by Mt Lebanon to a Western Pennsylvania team, 4-0 to Bethel Park at Harmarville and Seneca Valley was able to hold off a late Blue Devil rally to win 2-1. Michael McChesney and Sam Jarrett scored for the Raiders

Hampton        3 Pine Richland 3 OT
Highlights: Long time rivals Hampton and Pine Richland squared off in a hard fought battle that ended in a 3-3 deadlock. Dylan Trombetta scored twice for the Rams including the game tying goal with 5 ½ minutes remaining. Bryan Relihan tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Talbots.

Bethel Park 11 North Hills        0        
Highlights: David Spadacene with 3 goals and two assists and Matt Quigley with 4 goals and two assists led the Hawks to an easy win over North Hills outshooting the Indians 63-5.

Franklin Regional 7 Fox Chapel        3
Highlights: The Panthers used seven different goal scorers to defeat the Foxes as Patrick Coyne tallied a goal and 2 assists for FR

North Allegheny        5 Montour 1        
Highlights: North Allegheny exploded for four goals in the 3rd period to break open a 1-1 deadlock after two. Michael Peterson, Wes Waldschmidt and Matt Lancaster pitched in a goal and two assists each to spark to NA attack.

Mars 2        Upper St Clair        1
Highlights: The Planets stifled the USC offense by limiting the Panthers to 10 shots over the opening two frames. Sam Mashuda and Jake Robosh scored for Mars, while Jono Lohman scored the only goal for USC. Greg Lewis stopped 21 of 22 shots for the Planets.

Shaler        4 Indiana        0        
Highlights: Tyler Schrieber, Justin Cavlovich, Drew Martz and Zac Lynch scored for the Titans as Shaler yielded only 13 shots to Indiana.

Plum        3 Thomas Jefferson 3 OT
Highlights: The Mustangs and Jaguars battled to a 3-3 deadlock through overtime. Chad Covol scored twice for Plum and Corey Joseph added a goal ansday d an assist for TJ.

Wednesday October 11th
Mars 5 Franklin Regional 1
Highlights: Ian Finney picked up the hat trick as the Planets advanced to the Semi-Finals. Greg Lewis stopped 30 of 31 shots only yielding three goals in three preliminary round games.

North Allegheny 7 Thomas Jefferson 2
Highlights: Wes Waldschmidt scored the hat trick and teammates Brady Waldschmidt, Donny Lewis, Michael Peterson and Josh Herbert picked up single tallies as the Tigers advanced to the Semi-Finals for the 8th time in 9 years.

Seneca Valley 5 Shaler 1
Highlights: Seneca Valley advanced to the semi-finals with three quick goals in the opening period and never looked back. Matthew Jarrett scored the games first two goals as the Raiders outshot Shaler 30-14.

Bethel Park 7 Pine Richland 4
Highlights: Graham Cohen notched the hat trick and David Spadacene and Matt Quigley pitched in a goal and two assists each to lead the Blackhawks into the Semi-Finals.   

Hampton 10 North Hills 4
Highlights: Eric Kelly and Chase Evans scored twice and Bryan Relihan picks up a goal and three assists as the Talbots turned back North Hills. Mark Ringeling scores a hat trick for the Indians

Mt Lebanon 8 Indiana 1
Highlights: Brandon Bianco and Jon Wilen scored a pair of goals apiece to lead the Blue Devils to an easy victory over the Indians.

Upper St Clair 11 Fox Chapel 1
Highlights: Jono Lohman, Rocky Cersosimo, and Nick Gedeon each scored a pair of goals as USC blasted the Foxes.   

Montour 4 Plum 1
Highlights: Paul Ciotti led the Spartans with a goal and three assists, while Adam Rizza notched a pair of goals

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Read Story Franklin defeats State College to win GCC Inv
Friday, September 7
2007 Greensburg CC Invitational
2007 GCC Invitational - Franklin Regiona
Franklin Regional - 2007 GCC Invitational Champions
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 The 2007 Greensburg CC Invitational Schedule to be played at the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg, Pa.

Semi-Finals - Monday October 15, 2007

     State College 3 Penn Trafford 0 

     Franklin Regional 4 Hempfield 1 

Championship - Thursday October 18,2007

    Franklin Regional 2  State College 1 [Shootout]

     ***GAME SUMMARIES*** 

Consolation -

   Hempfield 3 Penn Trafford 2 [Shootout]


Make Sure to check out the NEW GCC Invitational Website at

Check out all of the scores on the Greensburg CC Invitational Site Link Above

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The NEW Greensburg CC Website

St Margarets FFO
Pre-Tournament Interviews Webcast is now available !
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Friday, October 5
2006 St Margaret's Foundation Webcast
Bethel Park
Bethel Park vs North Alleghenyy St Margarets FFO Final
    The St. Margaret Fall Face-Off has done more than offer teams from different athletic divisions a chance to face each other on the ice. At least 18 lives have been saved with emergency equipment bought using money raised during previous tournaments, tournament director Dave Bianco said.

    Sixteen schools from southwestern Pennsylvania will take part in the St. Margaret's Fall Face-Off, an annual preseason hockey tournament. Last year's winner, the Fox Chapel Foxes, will have tough competition from the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils, the AAA state champs, and the Pine-Richland Rams, AA state champs. Bethel Park, Franklin Regional, Hampton, Indiana Area, Mars Area, Montour, North Allegheny, North Hills, Plum, Seneca Valley, Shaler Area, West Jefferson Hills and Upper St. Clair also will take part. The tournament starts Monday and runs through next Thursday at Harmarville Blade Runners.

    What began as a competition for high school teams from the northern and eastern suburbs will draw athletes this year from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Sixteen teams, twice the number that took part last year, will participate.
This year's goal was $150,000, with the money primarily from corporate sponsorships and donations. That goal has been exceeded, with about $160,000 pledged. Proceeds will be used to buy automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, portable electronic devices that can shock a heart back into a normal rhythm. The first tournament was held 14 years ago and organized by Arthur Scully, former executive director of the St. Margaret Foundation and a hockey fan. Proceeds initially financed the foundation's community health programs, but, for the past eight years, funds have been used exclusively to buy AEDs.

    Read the FULL ARTICLE in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette North and East regarding the St Margaret's Fall Face-Off. e

    Monday evening the St Margaret's Foundation and the Pa Hockey Network will be broadcasting live from Harmarville, a unique pre-tournament show featuring many of the supporters of the event and coaches and players from the schools participating. The Dynamic Trio of Dave 'the Boy Wonder' Fryer, Ron 'Alfred' Steedle and Jeff 'Batman' Mauro will be on hand to provide the color, candor and catch up with some very special guests........... the On-Demand Webcast is now available !

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Monday, October 8
Moon Airport Invitational
2007 – 2008

Moon Varsity Pre-Season Tournament

Airport Ice Arena  Tournament Schedule: Monday October 8th
    Latrobe 8 Beaver 1

    Moon 3 Serra Catholic 3

Tuesday October 9th
   Serra Catholic 2 Latrobe 5  

Wednesday October 10th
   Moon 6 Beaver 0 

Thursday October 11th
   Serra Catholic 8 Beaver 4

Friday October 12th
    Latrobe 7 Moon 2  

Championship Sunday October 14th
   Serra Catholic 3 Latrobe 1

   Highlights: Serra opened scoring with 2:38 remaining in First Period on a power play goal (Latrobe's Josh Harris was off the ice for a holding call). Goal scored from a scramble in front of the net. Serra's Joe Clark scored, assisted by Serra's Captain Josh Werner. The game remained 1 - 0 Serra until very late in the game. While Latrobe's Andrew Ong was off the ice on a slashing call, Jeff Rossi of Latrobe scored a shorthanded unassisted goal on a breakaway with 57.3 seconds left in the game. Regulation play and a five minute overtime ended in a 1 - 1 tie. In the shootout, Latrobe did not score while both Serra Catholic's Mike Puskar and Josh Werner scored. Serra's Stephen Derewonko stopped 29 of 30 shots while Latrobe's Nick Loyacona stopped 36 of 39 shots. 

Bethel Park
Bethel Park - 5
Saturday, October 13
Bethel Park races to big lead & holds off NA to win Fall Face-Off
North Allegheny - 4
Bethel Park races to big lead & holds off NA to win Fall Face-Off


       For those people who follow hockey over a span of years, it’s really something to look forward to when two rivals get together and face off against one another and especially when something is at stake. Sure it’s October and the season is two and a half weeks away, but a Bethel Park – North Allegheny hockey game is quickly becoming a source of entertainment that one should mark on the calender, when it occurs. For the organizers of the expanded St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off, this game in the long run will bring more prestige to an event that creates awareness and raises funding to help people save lives, which is of the utmost importance in society.

       The history over the past couple of years alone of the Blackhawks of BP and Tigers of NA has been very interesting to say the least. NA has the upper hand defeating the Hawks in the past two Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase Director’s Cups in December 2004 and 2005, but it was the Bethel Park victory over the Tigers in the 2005 Penguins Cup that has really fueled this matchup as the Hawks edged NA 1-0 at the Mellon Arena to crush the Tigers long awaited quest for a Pennsylvania State Championship as BP moved on to defeat Malvern Prep and capture their 5th title under Head Coach Jim McVay in 8 years.

       Enter Jimmy Black, who most recently in April 2006 led the Pine Richland Rams to their first State Championship in any sport by capturing the Pennsylvania Class AA State title over Haverford. There is no question that North Allegheny has been knocking on the door of winning it as the Tigers fell to Mt Lebanon in March in the Penguins Cup finals at Mellon Arena for the second consecutive year and is looking for the intangible in a talent rich program working their way through the process of capturing glory and reaching the goal that has eluded them for 36 years. For the Tigers that road to the promised land will go through Bethel Park and possibly Mt Lebanon or Meadville to reach the State Finals in Philadelphia in March.

       So it’s October and this game is a pre-season tournament final, but don’t tell Bethel Park or North Allegheny, because they like the St Margaret’s Foundation have a mission, albeit very different, it is similar because the end goal is excellence, which is something all three organizations have shown incredible consistency in striving to meet their respective goals. Bethel Park struck first as Graham Cohen buried an opportunity after a flurry of activity around NA goaltender Adam Lutty at the 10:07 mark to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Danny Gaertner tied the game with 6:23 remaining on the power play picking up a loose puck in the slot a depositing it past Pete Cosentino for a 1-1 deadlock.

         The Blackhawks went to work applying the pressure to the Tiger defense and forcing turnovers which resulted in Cohen’s second goal at 5:09 and Kenny Lehmann’s goal rebound on the doorstep at 3:08 chasing Lutty in favor of Max Richards and resuling in a 3-1 BP advantage. Bethel gave Richards a rude welcome in between the pipes as Matt Seifert score on a backdoor play at 2:22 and Logan Bannon roofed a snapshot upstairs with just 48 ticks remaining to stretch the Hawk lead to 5-1 after the opening period. BP held a 14-4 shot advantage after the 1st period.

       On to the second period and Bethel Park took some ill advised penalties which helped the Tigers gain a territorial edge, thus resulting in more scoring opportunities. Donny Lewis started the comeback for NA with a tap in at 9:50, which was followed up by an excellent effort by Dylan Rohar to find a loose puck and bury it past Cosentino to make it a hockey game at 5-3 with 8:55 remaining in the second. Both goals came on the power play and the Tigers play opportunist again with 4:31 remaining as Rohar would not be denied scoring his second goal on another power play and cutting the Bethel Park lead to 5-4.

         In the third period, the game took on a different flavor with hard skating and close checking as Bethel and NA settled into a heavyweight title scrap as each tried to limit the other’s scoring chances. When North Allegheny took a penalty with 1:34 remaining it looked like this game was all over but he medals ceremony. NA coach Jimmy Black pulled his goaltender to even the players on the ice forcing an icing and a faceoff deep in the Bethel zone, the result was a near missed as Wes Waldschmidt had a golden opportunity to tie the game but was hooked giving NA a man advantage in skaters with their pulled goalie and 48 ticks left.

       Bethel Park was able to hold on and capture the St Margaret’s Fall Face-Off Championship in their first appearance. North Allegheny finished the runner-up for the second straight year as the Tigers have been in the finals 7 out of the past 9 years. An excellent hockey game for two teams who figure to have a hand in the 2007 Penguins Cup in March and will open the season against one another on November 2nd, when the push begins and will certainly add another chapter to an ever growing rivalry.            

St Margarets FFO
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Franklin Regional - 2 [SO]
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Thursday, October 18
Franklin Regional overcomes State College assault and wins GCC in shootout !
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State College - 1
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Greensburg CC Invitational Championship


Franklin Regional 2 State College 1




          State College is coached by Tim Holdcroft, who played his hid High School Hockey at North Allegheny and will lead his school into Class AAA after a successful stint in the PIHL Open Division, winning the championship a year ago. The Little Lions will put a lot of miles on their car or buses this season, but most importantly will be eligible for the Pennsylvania State High School Hockey Championships in March. Moving to Class AAA will legitimize that this team will be playing for something this season. So after all of the arguing and debate about one of the worst ever ideas in High School Hockey [Open Division] is over, for State College at least, they can move on with life. After defeating an improved Penn Trafford squad 3-0 in the semi-finals on Monday night, the Little Lions can honestly say they intend to make a run for a Division title and unseat Plum and Penn Trafford in a division which I consider the weakest in Class AAA, but nonetheless State College has done themselves a huge favor in moving up to play with the big boys and even received a few votes in the Pa Hockey Pre-Season Coaches Poll and deservedly so. 


          Franklin Regional is ranked # 2 in the Pa Hockey Pre-Season Coaches Poll for Class AA and after a very nice showing in the St Margaret Fall Face-Off which included a close loss to defending State AAA Champions North Allegheny 4-3 in the final seconds and wins over Plum and North Hills. The Panthers are back in Greensburg where they are 4-0 after the Semi-Final win over Hempfield 4-1 to face State College in the Greensburg CC Invitational Championship. The Panthers have been to the finals of this tournament several times in recent years and won the GCC Invitational crown in 2001. While many consider Franklin a premier team in Class AA, this team will have to prove they can score in big games and pay more attention in the defensive end when the playoff bell rings in March to ultimately challenge for the Penguins Cup. 


          State College came out with a flurry of shots in the opening minutes of this championship contest. The best opportunity came at 6:37 of the opening period, when the Little Lions Nick Petrick took the puck from his own end and raced around the Franklin defense only to be stopped on a backhand attempt by James ‘Bobby’ Orr. Moments later, after some State College pressure, the Little Lions were awarded the games first power play at 6:21, but could not capitalize. State College dominated territorial play in the opening period and despite outshooting FR 16-2, the game remained scoreless after one. 


        With 11:30 remaining in the 2nd period, State College’s Brian James got behind the the Panther defense and appeared to score, but his backhand scooted just wide of the net behind Orr. Franklin Regional went on the power play with 10:01 remaining in the second period, but State College killed it. State College had another chance and it was James again as on a 2 on 1, his shot could not get by Orr. The Little Lions were whistled at 8:59 putting the Panthers on a 5 on 3 for nearly a minute and a big chance to take the lead. The Panthers did not register a quality scoring chance on the 5 on 3 nor the remainder of the man advantage and the game remained scoreless. With 5:37 to go in the middle frame, State College went back on the power play. Franklin had a chance as Steve Shirk weaved his way through the State College defense shorthanded, but Lion keeper Calvin Michael was equal to the task at 5:11. Franklin had several chances on a scramble around the net, but Michael was able to control the puck and make the save. State College turned up the heat late in the period and FR could not clear the zone, but the game remained scoreless. The Panthers held the shot advantage in the 2nd period 9-7.


        With 9:13 remaining in the third period, Patrick Coyne found a loose puck and beat Calvin Michael on a low wrist shot to the stick side for a 1-0 Panther lead. With 6:15 to go in regulation James Orr made a real nice stick save on Christian Conlin to keep FR in the lead 1-0. With 4:32 to play, Patrick Coyne unleashed a big wrist shot that Calvin Michael snagged. Moments later Christian Conlin got behind the Panther defense and did not score but drew a penalty putting the Little Lions back on the power play and another chance to tie the game, but Orr and the Panthers killed it. With 2:03 remaining, Conlin was stopped again from point blank range. With 1:20 to go Orr made another stick save on Jacques Guilleroy and another shot glanced off the crossbar just seconds later. State College pulled the goalie and after a scramble in front finally beat Orr as Brian James found the loose puck and scored with :29 to go and the game was tied 1-1. Shots in the third period were 12-3 in favor of State College and the game headed to overtime.


     With 3:56 to go in OT FR’s Eugene Mack had a great chance, but Calvin Michael stopped him from in tight. With 2:11 to State’s Cam Beuray had a great chance but could not beat Orr. The game headed to a shootout with the final shots 37-19 in favor of State College.

       In the Shootout, Patrick Coyne and Eugene Mack scored on the first two chances for the Panthers and James Orr did not allow a goal in four State College shooters, giving the Franklin Regional Panthers a 2-1 shootout win and the 2007 Greensburg CC Invitational Title.

2003 Greensburg CC Inv Semi-Finals - FC / FR + GCC/Plum


Fox Chapel 3 Franklin Regional 2 [OT]


2003 Greensburg CC Invitational Final ~ GCC / FC
2003 Greensburg CC Invitational Championship Game

Greensburg CC 3 Fox Chapel 1


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Sunday, November 11
2007 Central Catholic Invitational

  The 18th Annual Central Catholic Invitational will be held November 9-11th at the BladeRunners in Harmarville. The Tournament features some of the top High School programs from Western Pennsylvania and programs from Philadelphia and Ontario, Canada.

      2007 Central Catholic Invitational    
          FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2007    
          SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2007