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Pennsylvania Cup AAA
Sunday, March 23
Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - 2014



PENNSYLVANIA CUP - STATE CHAMPIONS

YEAR STATE AAA CHAMPION - STATE AA CHAMPION - STATE A CHAMPION

1975 1 BALDWIN (WPIHL) - -

1976 2 MT LEBANON (WPIHL) ABINGTON (ICSHL) -

1977 3 CHURCHILL (WPIHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -

1978 - - -

1979 4 CHURCHILL (WPIHL) SOUTH HILLS CATHOLIC (WPIHL) -

1980 5 UPPER ST. CLAIR (SHIHL) - -

1981 6 ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (ICSHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -

1982 7 WEST CHESTER (ICSHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -

1983 8 GERMANTOWN ACADEMY (SHSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) -

1984 9 CATHEDRAL PREP (LKSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) -

1985 10 CONESTOGA (ICSHL) PENNSBURY (LBCSHL) -

1986 11 CONESTOGA (ICSHL) CHARTIERS VALLEY (SHIHL) -

1987 12 UPPER ST. CLAIR (SHIHL) MEADVILLE (LKSHL) -

1988 13 BALDWIN (SHIHL) WILLIAM TENNENT (SHSHL) -

1989 14 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) PLUM (WPIHL)

1990 15 MALVERN PREP (ICSHL) FATHER JUDGE (LBCSHL) BISHOP EGAN (LBCSHL)

1991 16 COUNCIL ROCK (SHSHL) BEAVER (SHIHL) MONSIGNOR BONNER (EHSHL)

1992 17 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) COUNCIL ROCK (SHSHL) HAVERFORD (EHSHL)

1993 18 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) FATHER JUDGE (LBCSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL)

1994 19 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)

1995 20 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) CONWELL EGAN (LBCSHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)

1996 21 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)

1997 22 BETHEL PARK (SHIHL) CATHEDRAL PREP (LKSHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)

1998 23 LASALLE (ICSHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (SHIHL) SETON LASALLE (SHIHL)

1999 24 CONWELL EGAN (LBCSHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (SHIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)

2000 25 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)

2001 26 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) BEAVER (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)

2002 27 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)

2003 28 MEADVILLE (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) RADNOR (ICSHL)

2004 29 MALVERN PREP (ICSHL) ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (ICSHL) RADNOR (ICSHL)

2005 30 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) PENNCREST (ICSHL)

2006 31 MT LEBANON (PIHL) PINE RICHLAND (PIHL) QUAKER VALLEY (PIHL)

2007 32 NORTH ALLEGHENY (PIHL) PINE RICHLAND (PIHL) WEST CHESTER HENDERSON (ICSHL)

2008 33 LASALLE (ICSHL) LATROBE (PIHL) WEST CHESTER EAST (ICSHL)

2009 34 LASALLE (ICSHL) LATROBE (PIHL) BAYARD RUSTIN (ICSHL)

2010 35 CARDINAL O'HARA (EHSHL) LATROBE (PIHL) MARS (PIHL)

2011 36 UPPER ST. CLAIR (PIHL) CANEVIN (PIHL) MARS (PIHL)

2012 37 LASALLE (ICSHL) COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH (SHSHL) QUAKER VALLEY (PIHL)

2013 38 NORTH ALLEGHENY (PIHL) LATROBE (PIHL) WEST CHESTER EAST (ICSHL)

2014 39 PETERS TWP (PIHL) CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH (SHSHL) BAYARD RUSTIN (ICSHL)



Pennsylvania HS Hockey Championships
Pa Hockey Research Department Findings - The Keys to the Pa State Championship
Thursday, March 6
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships



2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships 

Saturday March 22 - Pegula Ice Arena - State College Pennsylvania

Class A - Bayard Rustin  5  Quaker Valley 2

Class AA - Central Bucks South  5 Canevin   2

Class AAA - Peters Twp 2 LaSalle 1

Previews and complete Pennsylvania High School Hockey History is Here and CLICK on the Links and Pictures !

 www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PACUP14PREVIEW.xls



Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships - Pointstreak

Tuesday, October 29
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Penguins Cup Championship Series
1st Round March 3rd & 4th
Quarter Finals March 5th & 6th
Semi Finals March 10th 11th & 12th
Finals March 17th
12 teams qualify from Class AAA
8 teams qualify from Class AA
8 teams qualify from Class A
Pennsylvania State Championship
March 22nd
Penguins Cup Winners vs Flyers Cup Winners


Peters Twp
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AAA - Peters Twp Indians
Sunday, March 23
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AAA - Peters Twp Indians



2014 Penguins Cup AAA Peters Twp
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AAA - Peters Twp Indians
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article - 

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AAA - Peters Twp Indians vs LaSalle Explorers

 http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2014/03/23/High-School-Wrestling-Senior-duo-leads-Indians-to-Pennsylvania-Cup-crown/stories/201403230152

 

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article - 

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AAA - Peters Twp Indians vs LaSalle Explorers

http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/hockey/5799377-74/period-state-game#axzz2wllv9z83

Pointstreak Scoresheet - 2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AAA - Peters Twp Indians vs LaSalle Explorers

http://pihl.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2413465

 

 

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AAA - Peters Twp Indians

5   Max Boss
6   Josef Kittelberger
10   Jacob Dachille
17   Sam Barnes
19   Matt Amelio
21   Chad Wyatt
26   Zachery Gielarowski
28   Matthew Tylenda
29   Brian Baker
33   Jesse Borne (b)
35   Benjamin Mountain
38   Carter Ekberg
53   Keenan Witmer
54   Brock Burns
75   Evan Opeka
80   Adam Alavi
85   Andrew Stroud
87   Jonathan Dagnal
93   Giovanni Carbonara
94   Gavin Rebholz
   
Head Coach   Rick Tingle
Assistant Coach   Michael Antonucci
Assistant Coach   Ryan Tingle
Assistant Coach   Clif Bumford

 

 

 

 



Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AAA - Peters Twp Indians PG

Champions Gate - Pa Hockey
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Central Bucks South Titans
Sunday, March 23
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Central Bucks South Titans



2014 Central Bucks South Titans
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Central Bucks South Titans

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article - 

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AA - Central Bucks South Titans vs Canevin Crusaders   

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/hsother/2014/03/23/Quaker-Valley-unable-to-dig-out-of-deficit-in-Class-A-hockey/stories/201403230193

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article - 

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AA - Central Bucks South Titans vs Canevin Crusaders  

http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/hockey/5799377-74/period-state-game#axzz2wllv9z83

Pointstreak Scoresheet - 2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships -

AA - Central Bucks South Titans vs Canevin Crusaders  

http://pihl.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2413464

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Central Bucks South Titans

2   Tom Liberta
5   Jake Bauer
6   Dom Bova
7   Connor Matsinger
9   Mike Lucas
13   Jeff Pelkowski 
16   Mike Pilla
17   Brenden Clements
19   Jared Conroy
29   Sean Horan
30   Aaron King
45   LeO Flick
47   Jake Kelinson
66   Damon Delaurentis
77   Cameron Calista
78   Alex Stoll
80   Kevin Casey
82   Brandon Spognardi
93   John Pohl
95   David Cochran
   
Head Coach   Thomas Coyne
Assistant Coach   Jason Kilcoyne 
Assistant Coach   Shaun McGinty
Assistant Coach   Jim Calista


Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Central Bucks South Titans

Bayard Rustin Knights
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Bayard Rustin Knights - PG
Sunday, March 23
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - A - Bayard Rustin Knights



Bayard Rustin - 2014 Flyers Cup
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - A - Bayard Rustin Knights

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article - 2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship

A - Bayard Rustin Knights vs Quaker Valley Quakers

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/hsother/2014/03/23/Quaker-Valley-unable-to-dig-out-of-deficit-in-Class-A-hockey/stories/201403230193

Pittsburgh Tribune Article - 2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship

A - Bayard Rustin Knights vs Quaker Valley Quakers

http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/hockey/5799377-74/period-state-game#axzz2wllv9z83

Pointstreak Scoresheet - 2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship

A - Bayard Rustin Knights vs Quaker Valley Quakers

http://pihl.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2413463

2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - A - Bayard Rustin Knights

3 Michael Grande (D)

4 Michael DiPillo (F)

12 Armen Asdourian (F)

14 John Breznicky (D)

17 Austin Aurillo (D)

18 David Dunn (F)

19 Brett Christie (F)

23 Evan Burke (F)

24 Brent Millichap (F)

25 Eric Flynn (F)

29 Shawn Polidore (F)

30 Jason Grande (G)

43 Matt Widdis (D)

44 Harrison Layne (D)

49 Taylor Schwandt (G)

53 Nick Aurillo (F)

66 CJ Lynch (F)

71 Sergei Kern (D)

77 Kyle Mullin (F)

83 Beau Weimer (F)

87 Tommy Sloan (F)

89 Jeff Hagan (F)

91 Joel Sheriko (F)

93 Derik Semetti (D)

97 JR Barone (F)

Head Coach Nick Russo 

Assistant Coach David Aurillo

Assistant Coach Ken Sheriko 

Assistant Coach Michael Giduck



Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2014 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - AA - Bayard Rustin Knights - PG

Pennsylvania Cup AAA
Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Website
Saturday, March 2
2013 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships



PA Hockey
Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship History and Previews - 2013

   2013 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

   March 23rd - Ice Works - Aston Pa

   Class A - West Chester East Vikings 6  Quaker Valley Quakers 5

Highlights: Zach Higgins and Jesse Abarca score twice as Vikings build a 5-1 lead and hold on to win 2nd Pennsylvania A Title for West Chester East. Quaker Valley rallies for four goals in the 3rd period as Alex Quinn and Jimmy Perkins score two goals each. Quakers 46 game win streak is snapped.

   Class AA - Latrobe Wildcats 4 Parkland Trojans 1

Highlights: Latrobe outshoots Parkland 41-9 and score four unanswered goals to win their 4th Pennsylvania AA Crown 4-1. Dalton Hunter scores twice and Chris Johnson and Adam Ferguson add goals of the Wildcats.

   Class AAA - North Allegheny Tigers 6 LaSalle Explorers 2   

Highlights: Joe Griffin scores four goals and adds an assist as North Allegheny spots LaSalle a 2-0 lead and scores six unanswered tallies to win their 2nd Pennsylvania AAA Title. Bradford Thornburgh stops 34 of 36 shots for the Tigers in goal.

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Website

See the Game Scoresheets HERE

 http://icshl.pointstreaksites.com/view/epiha/2013-pa-championships

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship History and 2013 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship PREVIEWS

(Complete with Penguins Cup, Flyers Cup and Pennsylvania State Championships from 1975 through 2013) 

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PACUP13PREVIEW.xls  



North Allegheny 2013 PA Cup AAA
North Allegheny - 2013 Pa Cup AAA - Philadelphia Inquirer Article
Monday, March 25
2013 Pennsylvania State Class AAA Champions ~ North Allegheny Tigers
14 Baird, Shawn D
11 Black, Cody F
8 Bostedo, Daniel D
12 Cash, Connor F
6 Como, Chris F
2 Cunningham, Ian F
25 Fantaski, Greg F
49 Fantaski, Matthew F
91 Glover, Wyatt F
44 Greene, Kevin F
22 Griffin, Joseph F
35 Hubert, Joe G
67 Hubert, Martin F
9 Johnson, Charles F
15 Kramer, Harry D
28 Kramer, Michael F
95 Leonard, Justin F
71 Louria, Christian D
88 Misiti, AJ F
92 Rahenkamp, William D
38 Snyder, Shane D
40 Spengler, Ryan F
29 Thornburgh, Bradford G
1 Wild, Doug G
10 Zangaro, Donomicc F
97 Zappia, Joe F
     
  Jimmy Black  Head Coach
  Dan Lagiovane Asst Coach
  Bill Rahenkamp Asst Coach
  Joe Griffin Team Manager


LAtrobe 2013 Penguins Cup AA
Latrobe 2013 Pa State AA Champs - Post Gazette Article
Monday, March 25
2013 Pennsylvania State Class AA Champions ~ Latrobe Wildcats
4 Basenback, Joshua F
35 Brudnok, Shane G
65 Carr, Cameron D
7 Deffelice, Ryan D
49 Douglas, Benjamin F
6 Ferguson, Adam F
18 Hunter, Dalton F
19 Johns, Brendan F
9 Johnson, Christopher F
84 Shaffer, Tanner F
11 Singley, Joshua F
2 Staffen, Daniel D
96 Tonks, Drew D
3 Vasinko, Robert D
24 Winebrenner, Nathan F
22 Wright, Joseph D
     
  John Winebrenner Head Coach
  Ron Tonks  Asst Coach
  Brody Aukerman  Asst Coach
  Jim Singley Asst Coach
  Mary Ann Singley Team Manager


West CHester East 2013 Pa Cup A
Philadelphia Inquirer Article - West CHester East
Monday, March 25
2013 Pennsylvania State Class A Champions ~ West Chester East Vikings
8 Abarca, Jesse F
34 Angstadt, Jeff D
22 Bowe, Zack F
11 Brown, Colin F
14 Cleary, Kevin D
43 Downing, Gage D
17 Dwyer, Carter D
28 Gallagher, Jake F
21 Higgins, Zach F
26 Lenior, Joseph D
56 Miller, Mike F
35 Percival, Tyler G
18 Quinn, Brian F
71 Roberta, Mike F
16 Rodier, Chris F
30 Stacy, Joe G
50 Stewart, Bill F
51 Stump, Russ F
10 Ward, Pat F
     
  Drew Cox Head Coach
  Bryan Stewart  Asst Coach
  Matt McAnany Asst Coach
  Justin Grass Asst Coach
  Karen Higgins  Team Manager


Friday, March 16
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships - March 25th - RMU Island Sports

2012 Flyers Cup

Class ABayard Rustin 4 Springfield 1

Class AA ~ Council Rock South 5 Cherokee [NJ] 2

Class AAA ~ LaSalle 6 Holy Ghost Prep 3

2012 Penguins Cup  

Class A ~ Monday March 19th - RMU Island Sports

Quaker Valley 7 Kittanning 1

 Mars Hampton 3 [OT]

Class AA ~ Tuesday March 20th - RMU Island Sports

Cathedral Prep 6 Chartiers Valley 4

West Allegheny 5 Pine Richland  3

Class AAA~ Wednesday March 21st - RMU Island Sports

Bethel Park 3 Penn Trafford 2

Peters Twp 6 Canon McMillan

2012 Penguins Cup Final - Saturday March 24th - Consol Energy Center  

1:00 PM ~ Class A Quaker Valley 4 vs Mars 2 

3:30 PM ~ Class AA West Allegheny 4 vs Cathedral Prep 3

6:00 PM ~ Class AAA  Bethel Park 2 Peters Twp 1

2012 Pennsylvania High School  - Sunday March 25th - RMU Island Sports   

Class A ~

Quaker Valley  4 Bayard Rustin 1

Class AA

Council Rock South 4 West Allegheny 3

Class AAA ~

LaSalle 6 Bethel Park 2 



Sunday, March 25
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - LaSalle
PA HOCKEY - 2012 PENNSYLVANIA CUP PREVIEW
2012 PENNSYLVANIA CUP AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
LASALLE EXPLORERS (24-2-0) [Against Pennsylvania HS Teams (15-0-0)]
Pennsylvania Cup AAA Champions 1998 + 2008 + 2009  
FLYERS CUP AAA CHAMPIONS  - AAA - 1996, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012
Suburban High School Hockey League and Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League AAA
             
PA HOCKEY ELITE 8 FINAL RANKING - CLASS AAA:  #1    
Team Website            
http://www.lschs.org/page.cfm?p=626   5, 3, 53, 37, 6, 54, 58, 11 Bitmap
 
   
League Website            
www.icshl.org            
Statewide Website            
www.pahockey.net            
Head Coach: Walter Muehlbronner          
Top Players:  Nick DeSimone - Andrew Romano - Nick Popoff    
Nick Master - Ron Greco - Brett Supinski - Tim Feoli      
PENNSYLVANIA CUP PLAYOFFS          
SECOND ROUND             
LaSalle Explorers   BYE        
FLYERS CUP SEMI-FINALS            
LaSalle Explorers 8 Cardinal O'Hara 2    
FLYERS CUP FINALS            
LaSalle Explorers 6 Holy Ghost Prep   3    


Sunday, March 25
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - Council Rock South
COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH GOLDEN HAWKS (23-4-2)
FLYERS CUP AA CHAMPIONS - 2009, 2011 & 2012    
Suburban High School Hockey League  Bitmap
 
     
             
Website:            
http://www.eteamz.com/RockSouthIceHockey/      
League Website            
www.shshl.org            
Statewide Website            
http://www.pahockey.net            
PA HOCKEY ELITE 8 FINAL RANKING - CLASS AA:  # 3 & # 2 EPA
HEAD COACH: Joe Houk             
Top Players:  Steve Junod - Kyle Walter - Justin Houk      
                      Mitchell Vaysman - Nick Keck -         
PENNSYLVANIA CUP PLAYOFFS          
FIRST ROUND            
Council Rock South 3 Pennsbury   2  
SECOND ROUND             
Council Rock South 4 Boyertown    1  
FLYERS CUP SEMI-FINALS            
Council Rock South 3 Downingtown East 0  
FLYERS CUP FINALS            
Council Rock South 5 Cherokee NJ   2  


Sunday, March 25
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions - Quaker Valley
PA HOCKEY - 2012 PENNSYLVANIA CUP PREVIEW            
2012 PENNSYLVANIA CUP AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS            
QUAKER VALLEY QUAKERS (20-1-1)      
Pennsylvania State Class A Champions 2006        
PENGUINS CUP CHAMPIONS - 2006- 2008 - 2012      
PA HOCKEY ELITE 8 FINAL RANKING - CLASS A: # 2 and # 2 WPA      
Team Website            
http://www.qvsd.org/page.cfm?p=2738&teamID=31        
League Website            
www.pihlweb.com            
Statewide Website            
www.pahockey.net            
HEAD COACH: KEVIN QUINN            
TOP PLAYERS: KEVIN KENNY - JASON LOTTES - JOHN PILEWICZ - RYAN DICKSON    
             
PENNSYLVANIA CUP PLAYOFFS          
SECOND ROUND            
Quaker Valley 7 Thomas Jefferson 3      
PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS            
Quaker Valley 7 Kittanning  1      
PENGUIN CUP FINALS            
Quaker Valley 4 Mars 2      
HEAD TO HEAD:    None            


Pennsylvania Cup AAA
36th Annual Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships Previews
Monday, March 21
36th Annual Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

36th Annual Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

Saturday March 26th - IceLine - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Class A 

 Mars 5 Springfield 2

Class AA

 Canevin 4 Council Rock South 1 

Listen to the Class AA Game Live at the following Link

http://www.wbcb1490.com/hssports.htm

LaSalle 3 Upper St Clair 4 [OT]   

 

Complete Previews of the 36th Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships  

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PACUP11PREVIEW.xls



Mars 2
2011 Penguins Cup Class A Champions - Mars Planets Website
Monday, March 21
2011 Pennsylvania Cup and Penguins Cup Class A Champions - Mars Planets
Mars 2011 Penguins Cup
2011 Penguins Cup Class A Champions - Mars Planets Website

 

2011 Pennsylvania Cup Class A Champions - Mars Planets

Penguins Cup Class A Champions - Mars Planets

2
Colt Bernburg
3 Max Master
6 Rusty Miller
11 Joseph Bender
16 Rusty Miller
17 Craig Mazzottta
18 Hunter Sacchini
21 Chris Greco
22 Bryan Thomas
24 Robert Sigurdsson
26 Kevin Leslie
27 Kevin Leslie
33 Tyler Thomas
54 Blake Friday
65 Elliot Tisdale
71 Greg Makozy
72 Robert Foley
82 Ryan Magdinec
83 Nicholas Blaney
95 Austin Heakins
   
  Head Coach:Steve Myers
  Assistant Coach:Steve Neese
  Assistant Coach:Mike Manganello

Visit Mars on the Pa Hockey Wall of Champions  

 www.eteamz.com/ushockey/files/NATLCHAMPS11.xls

 

2011 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships Class A – Mars Planets  5  Springfield Cougars 2 

        The Springfield Cougars (17-5-3) participated in the Inaugural Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1975 and lost both contests to Erie McDowell and eventual champions Baldwin 2-1 in overtime. The Cougars waited a long time to return the Pennsylvania Class A title game in 2001 at Haverford Skatium and Springfield held a 3-0 lead over Serra Catholic, only to watch that lead evaporate in a disappointing 4-3 loss. The Cougars return to the Pennsylvania State Finals for the 3rd time and defeated Unionville 3-2 in overtime to capture their 2nd Flyers Cup Class A crown.

 

        The Mars Planets (23-1-0) climb to Class A supremacy began in 2008 with their first Penguins Cup final appearance, losing to Quaker Valley at Mellon Arena. Taking one step at a time, Mars won their first Penguins Cup in 2009 and lost to Bayard Rustin at Ice Line 5-0 in the State Final. A year ago, the Planets would redeem that defeat in a big way at Mellon Arena defeating Bayard Rustin 4-1. Mars earned the State Final defeating upstart Hampton in the Penguins Cup 5-0. The Planets have only yielded one goal thus far in the entire playoffs as they try to become the 4th Pennsylvania School to accomplish multiple Class A titles joining Bishop McCort, Serra Catholic and Radnor.

 

      Springfield tried to establish their game in the Mars zone early in the first period. At   9:13 of the opening stanza Nick Blaney found a wide open net on a rebound on a nice play by Austin Heakins to use his speed to the outside and give the Planets a 1-0 lead. Springfield goaltender Mike Rice made a terrific leg save on Robbie Sigurdsson at 8:25.

Both teams failed on the power play and the Planets held a 1-0 lead after one period as Springfield outshot Mars 13 – 10.  

 

      The Cougars got a break in the 2nd period at 9:03 as Tyler Stepke overhandled puck and Springfield’s Dave Allen scored on bang bang play and great pass from Ryan Brawley from behind the net. With Mars on the power play, at  6:31 Springfield’s Michael Carr was denied on a shorthanded breakaway by great leg save by Stepke. Mars regained the lead at 5:25 on a great individual effort by Elliott Tisdale scoring on backhand that found lower corner for a power play goal and 2-1 Mars lead. Springfield went back on the power play at 4:56 and could not establish a sustained attack and shortly after the penalty was over at 2:45 Nick Blaney ragged the puck behind the Springfield net and then swooped from behind the net and beat Rice on the backhand to give the Planets a cushion with a 3-1 advantage.    

 

       The gavel on Springfield’s season came at 10:53 of the 3rd period as Nick Blaney snuck a wrist shot past Rice with some nice work by Joe Bender and Austin Heakins to create open space. Springfield lost their discipline and took a penalty and Mars made them pay as Elliott Tisdale found a loose puck on the goal mouth of a Nick Blaney backhand at 7:28 to make it 5-1. Mars took a couple of stupid penalties and Springfield’s Connor Phillips scored on a slapshot from the point with 25 seconds to go to make it a 5-2 final and Mars captured its second straight Pennsylvania Class A title.   

 



Canevin 2011 Pa State
Canevin - 2011 Pa State AA Champions
Monday, March 21
2011 Pennsylvania Cup and Penguins Cup Class AA Champions - Canevin Crusaders

 

 2011 Pennsylvania Cup Class AA Champions - Canevin Crusaders

2011 Penguins Cup Class AA Champions - Canevin Crusaders

 

1
Austin Large  
2 Patrick Large  
3 Kendall King  
4 Peter Karney  
5 Gus Peponidis  
7 Garrett Godlewski  
9 Brennan Adams  
11 Michael Mannsman  
14 Nicholas Hart  
16 Randy Unger  
17 Matthew Bilski  
19 Frank Vance  
20 Cory Desimone  
21 Matthew Walsh  
23 Chadd Lounder  
28 Christopher Reda  
29 Marrc Slommiany  
37 Richard Mcnulty  
     
  Head Coach:Kevin Zielmanski  
  Assistant Coach:Christopher Vaccaro
  Assistant Coach: Billy Zuri  

Visit Canevin on the Pa Hockey Wall of Champions  

 www.eteamz.com/ushockey/files/NATLCHAMPS11.xls

2011 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships Class AA – Canevin Crusaders 4 Council Rock Golden Hawks 1  

        The Council Rock South Golden Hawks (24-4-1) defeated Suburban League rival Central Bucks East 5-2 in the Flyers Cup AA championship to capture their 2nd Flyers Cup in three years.  The Golden Hawks reached the Pennsylvania Finals in 2009 and gave Latrobe a tussle falling in the final minutes 3-2. CR South lost in the Flyers Cup a year ago to Downingtown East and fell just short of gaining the Pennsylvania Championship three straight years.

 

        Canevin’s (19-4-0) journey to the State Finals began many years ago when the club took a shot at putting a Developmental Program together to ensure the future and to keep its winning tradition, which includes 3 Pennsylvania Class AA Titles in 1983, 1984 and 1989. The drought of gaining the Pennsylvania finals for 18 years, when the Crusaders fell to Father Judge is now over, but not without drama of losing three consecutive years at Mellon Arena in the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals prior to winning the Penguins Cup over Peters Township 5-2. The Crusaders dethroned 3-Time Pennsylvania champs Latrobe 2-1 in overtime in the Semis. Canevin is looking for their 4th Pennsylvania Title, which would surpassed Thomas Jefferson and  Peters Twp and give the Crusaders AA supremacy in the history of Pennsylvania Champions.

 

      The first big save of the hockey game came at 12:36 of the opening period as Steve Jastrow stoned Canevin’s Peter Karney. Both teams played a wide open style and had some good chances, the best at 5:32 as Jastrow again stopped Frankie Vance. After the Crusaders Frankie Vance missed at the other end, the Hawks Zack Goodman gathered the rebound and skated the puck down the right side and exercise d great patience and shelf a wrist shot up under the crossbar to give CR South a 1-0 lead. Shots were tied at 7 apiece.

         

        CR South had a chance to make it 2-0 at 13:56, but Canevin survived. The Hawks were whistled at 12:26  after a great effort by Canevin’s Ricky McNulty. Matt Walsh hit the post and less than a minute later at 10:44, Nick Hart scored from on the doorstep to knot the game at 1-1.  Zack  Daley got into the act stopping Kyle Walter at 9:27 from right in front. Seconds later Franke Vance got loose on the breakaway and C South was whistled putting the Crusaders on the power play at 9:17. The Hawks Patrick Grilli got behind the Canevin defense and Daley came up big again at 9:01. At 7:10, Nick Keck, took a great feed from Grilli, Daley was equal to the task with a great glove save.     

End to end action and Frank Vance didn’t have to shoot this time as he found Matt Walsh alone and he beat Jastrow with four second to go for a huge goal and 2-1 lead at the ice cut. Canevin outshot CR South 15-11.

 

            CR South went on the power play 12:45, but could not score. Zack Daley stopped Tom Kozlar at 9:39 on a wide open opportunity. CR South threw the kitchen sink and Canevin, who bent but would not break. Kevin Zielmanski called a timeout with 6:18 to go. Canevin’s defense and depth strengthened down the stretch and when Matt Walsh scored into empty net with 59 seconds to give Canevin a 3-1 lead, it sealed the fate of CR South and a 4th Pennsylvania State title for the Crusaders. Peter Karney added another ENG with 27 seconds to go to make the final 4-1 in favor of Canevin, capping an unreal run for the Crusaders through the Penguins Cup playoffs and into the State Final. Zack Daley, the goaltender, from that Little Crusaders program founded a few years ago would be the unsung hero of this State Championship game.  

 



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2011 Penguins Cup Class AA Champions - Canevin Crusaders

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2011 Penguins Cup Class AAA Champions - Upper St Clair Panthers
Monday, March 21
2011 Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA and Penguins Cup Champions - Upper St Clair Panthers
Upper St Clair 2011 Penguins Cup AAA
2011 Penguins Cup Class AAA Champions - Upper St Clair Panthers

2011 Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA Champions - Upper St Clair Panthers

2011 Penguins Cup Class AAA Champions - Upper St Clair Panthers

 

4
Daniel Crockett
7 Stephen Gielarowski
10 Parker Phillips
11 James Kline
15 Ben Harmon
17 Luke Stork
18 C J Murray
21 Andrew Schmitt
26 Michael Segerdahl
33 Sean Allebrano
36 Robby Harbison
40 Matthew Wwoomer
77 Tim Shoup
81 George Assariaan
91 Conner Ackerman
92 Ryan Haleski
96 Justin Selep
97 Michael Sweeney
   
  Head Coach:Larry Marks
  Assistant Coach:Justin Lloyd
  Assistant Coach:Jim Graulty

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2011 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships Class AAA – LaSalle Explorers  3  Upper St Clair Panthers 4 (OT)    

        Upper St Clair (16-6-1) began playing hockey in 1970 at the Alpine Ice Chalet in the Western Pennsylvania and has run a pretty good hockey program over 40 years. The Panthers have a pretty accomplished record in Pennsylvania State Finals, wining their first in 1980 over Erie McDowell and then again in 1987, with an undefeated season and State Championship victory over Malvern Prep. Their setbacks in the State Finals include a loss to undefeated Conestoga and former coach Taylor Railton in 1986 and a loss to Malvern Prep in 1990 by the score of 6-3. The Panthers are on a roll in the 2011 Playoffs with wins over 2010 Penguins Cup champions Canon McMillan and the last Western Pennsylvania AAA North Allegheny [2007] and a victory over # 1 seed Fox Chapel.

 

         LaSalle (23-5-2) under Wally Muehlbronner has been an outstanding hockey program winning the Pennsylvania crown for the first time in 1998, after losing to Meadville in 1996. The Explorers are on a roll in the Pennsylvania AAA Finals winning in 2008 over Pine Richland and in 2009 over Shaler and are looking to make it 3 titles in four years. LaSalle has dominate the Flyers Cup landscape over the past half dozen years and has done so playing an extended schedule against State Champions from Ohio, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and the top teams in New Jersey.

 

         LaSalle power play 14:24 and could not score and then at 10:31 of the opening period Nick Popoff got his own rebound and deposited a shot past Michael Ambrose to give the Explorers a 1-0 lead. During the first USC power play freshman goaltender Nick DeSimone made several fine saves. Upper St Clair’s best chance came at 1:52 as DeSimone stoned C.J. Murray with a spectacular glove save.  The Panthers went on the power play with under a minute to go in the first period and with 39 seconds to go C.J. Murray took a Parker Phillips cross ice pass and went upstairs on the short side over the glove for a power play goal and tied the game at one apiece. Shots were USC 11 LaSalle 10.  

 

         The Panthers went back on the power play at 14:23 of the 2nd.and could not score and when given another opportunity C.J. Murray made it count ripping a wrist shot high over the glove side at 6:23 of the middle frame for a 2-1 Panther lead. LaSalle would have an opportunity on the power play at 4:49 of the 2nd  and USC was equal to the task killing the disadvantage. With 1:43 to play in the period, the Explorers would have another opportunity to tie the game on the power play and it would nullified as LaSalle’s Ron Greco  got caught for interference 17 seconds later. Shots in the 2nd period were USC 16 and LaSalle 12.

 

         The third period LaSalle kept on coming and finally with 6:10 to go the loose puck found its way onto the stick of Sean Orlando who found a rebound and deposited past Michael Ambrose to tie the score 2-2. Just 28 seconds later, Luke Stork sidestepped the LaSalle defenseman and fed Stephen Gierlarowski who poked home the go ahead goal with 5:42 to play and give St Clair a 3-2 lead. With 4:22 to play, the Panthers were whistled and LaSalle would go on the power play with a chance to knot the score. Michael Ambrose stopped Sean Orlando’s backhand at 3:33. Then Orlando found Ron Greco on the backside with 2:54 to play and the game was tied again 3-3. The game would head to overtime.

 

      Upper St Clair would find the loose puck and this time Parker Phillip’s shot from the the right point bobbled and C.J. Murray swooped in and found the loose puck and buried it at 4:31 to give Upper St Clair an improbable finish to a great run with a 4-3 victory over a powerhouse LaSalle team. USC won its third Pennsylvania Class AAA title and first since 1987.               

 



Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2010 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Previews
Monday, March 29
2010 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

    The Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships have been competed for since 1975 in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year's Pennsylvania State Finals will be held on Thursday April 1st and for the last time at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Class A, AA and AAA Pennsylvania State Crowns will be decided for 2010. Please see the previews below

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    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
A W Mars   4 E Bayard Rustin   1 Mellon Arena Thursday 1-Apr 11:00 AM

    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
AA W Latrobe   3 E Downingtown East  2 Mellon Arena Thursday 1-Apr 1:30 PM

    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS            2 OT    
AAA E Cardinal O'Hara  4 W Canon McMillan   3 Mellon Arena Thursday 1-Apr 4:00 PM

Check out the 2010 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Stories provided by Chris Adamski for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Friday, April 2
Cardinal O'Hara rallies to end Canon Mac run and capture 1st State Title
Pennsylvania Cup: Canon-McMillan falls in second overtime to Cardinal O'Hara
Friday, April 02, 2010

Canon-McMillan's overtime magic finally ran out.

The Big Macs beat two higher-seeded teams in overtime during the Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinals and final to win that title, but the law of averages caught up to them in what was a 4-3, double-overtime loss to Cardinal O'Hara in a Pennsylvania Cup high school hockey state championship games at Mellon Arena.

"It was almost magical again out on that ice," Canon-McMillan captain Mario Dalesandro said.

"We were the Cinderella the whole time, you know? We weren't even supposed to be here. And then the clock decided to strike 12."

The clock struck 12 when the Mellon Arena game clock showed 8:47 remained in the second overtime. That is when the Lions' Stephen Falcone scored his second goal of the game, cruising down the slot, turning the puck over to his backhand and lifting a shot underneath the crossbar on Big Macs goalie Brandon Smolarek's glove side just inside the left post.

This overtime was not supposed to end that way for Canon-McMillan (18-8-1), the No. 8 seed in the Penguins Cup playoffs that beat both No. 1 Shaler and No. 4 Seneca Valley in overtime on the same Mellon Arena ice to reach the state title game.

"Twice, yes," Big Macs coach Yuri Kuvokuha said. "A third time?

"It won't happen every time. That's hockey. But what I told the kids is we had a great season, an unbelievable season. Nobody expected a No. 8 seed to be playing in the state final.

"It was close, too. Oh, so close."

Canon-McMillan did not trail until the game ended. The Big Macs got goals from Ryan Thomas and Dalesandro 33 seconds apart starting 5:12 into the second period.

But goals by Cardinal O'Hara's David Smith and Falcone later in the period tied it. Still, when Joe Mottiqua -- the overtime hero in the semifinals against Shaler -- scored with 10:32 left, it appeared as if the Big Macs had some of that Mellon Arena magic left in the final high school hockey game played at the 49-year-old facility.

"I really thought at that point we were going to keep going and put the foot on the gas pedal and just stomp all over them," Dalesandro said. "But they came back strong, give them credit."

Michael Marconi tied it with 4:07 left on what was the third goal off a rebound for the Lions (16-3-3). It set up overtime, which had been so kind to Canon-McMillan in recent weeks.

"I thought all along our guys would pull it out," Dalesandro said.

"Even when they started coming back, I thought we were going to come through again; I really did. I still really can't believe we lost that game. But someone has to lose, and unfortunately it was us."



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Friday, April 2
Latrobe wins 3rd straight Pennsylvania Class AA title over Downingtown East
Pennsylvania Cup: Latrobe beats Downingtown East for AA title
Friday, April 02, 2010

At last fully dressed and all their equipment packed into their burgeoning hockey bags, Jayson Angus and Zach LaDuke were the final two Latrobe players to walk out of what usually serves as the visiting NHL team's locker room at Mellon Arena late Thursday afternoon.

"Lets go home, Jayson," LaDuke said to his longtime friend and linemate.

"Let's go home," Angus concurred, and with that, the two together squeezed their way through the cramped, dingy bowels of the old arena.

It was the third time those two got to go home together as state champions.

Angus scored twice and LaDuke once, and LaDuke set up Angus for the winning goal with 6:28 left in the third period as Latrobe won its third consecutive Pennsylvania Cup with a 3-2 victory against Downingtown East (24-1-1).

"A three-peat? This is unbelievable," said LaDuke, a junior. "It's been great, the whole way through. It's been incredible. You can't ask for more."

It was fitting that in their final game as Wildcats teammates (the two also play amateur hockey together) Angus, a senior, and LaDuke played pivotal roles.

Two of four players to play on all three title-winning teams -- senior defensemen Tyler Ridder and Josh Harris are the others -- Angus and LaDuke have developed remarkable chemistry along with linemate Josh Singley, who had two assists Thursday.

LaDuke skated with speed down the left wing, beating three Downingtown East defenders and sending a pass to Angus in the slot. Angus slid it between goalie Ryan Lord's pads for what would be the winner.

"I know Jay goes hard to the net all the time," LaDuke said. "You kind of have that sense you know that he's going to be there and you can just throw it. But I saw him out of the corner of my eyes, too."

LaDuke and Angus finished 1-2 in Class AA playoff scoring with 14 and 12 points in four postseason games. They also finished in the top six in the classification's regular-season scoring race.

"He's obviously a great player, and he made a great play," Angus said.

"It started with Singley in the neutral zone getting a chip-in, and Zach made a great play going around two guys. I just went hard to the net, put my stick down, and he did all the work for me."

Freshman Shane Brudnok made 32 saves for Latrobe (21-3-1), which has won 10 consecutive games overall and 12 playoff games in a row, dating to 2008.

"To win a championship, you have to have great defense, and it starts with great goaltending," Wildcats coach Dan Ridder said. "And Shane was just outstanding, especially with us giving up all those penalties."

Latrobe killed off five of Downingtown East's seven power plays.

It was the second consecutive year the Wildcats scored the winner to break a tie in the state title game in the final seven minutes.

"It hit me how special this team is as soon as the buzzer went off," Brudnok said. "When we were all jumping up and down and I was attacked by my teammates, I realized how special this team is."



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Friday, April 2
Mars defeats Bayard Rustin to win 1st Pennsylvania Class A Crown
Pennsylvania Cup: Mars defeats West Chester Rustin, claims A title
Friday, April 02, 2010

Tyler Stepke still recalls the predictably hostile Philadelphia-area hockey crowd a year ago at the Pennsylvania Cup Class A state championship game.

They chanted his name and generally got underneath the skin -- and inside the heads -- of Mars players in a 5-0 loss to West Chester Rustin at its home rink.

Home in a more familiar place this season, Stepke got his revenge.

Stepke made 35 saves and Robbie Sigurdsson scored twice and added an assist as Mars won its first state title hockey title with a 4-1 win against Rustin Thursday at Mellon Arena.

"We worked so hard for this all year long," Stepke said while shaking his head slowly in disbelief standing in the runway leading to what is usually the visiting NHL team's locker room at Mellon Arena moments after hoisting the Pennsylvania Cup.

"Redemption. That's the word, redemption."

Stepke stopped 15 shots within the game's first 10 minutes and was the biggest reason Mars (24-2) killed off seven Knights power plays. He didn't allow a goal until the final shot he faced, from Brian Christie with less than a minute to play.

"He's like a brick wall back there," Sigurdsson said. "I don't know if we would have won without him. He was making just amazing saves."

Mars withstood an early flurry by Rustin (13-9-2) and seized the momentum by scoring twice in a span of 31 seconds, starting with Sigurdsson's slap shot from high in the right circle off a pass from Mike Mazzotta while on the power play 10:37 into the first.

Nick Blaney was tripped up heading into the left-wing corner moments later and, while laid out on his belly, got a pass through to a streaking Rusty Miller in the slot. Miller made it 2-0 with his third goal of the playoffs.

"Every game there's a five-minute period where the other team has the momentum," said Planets captain Tyler Whiteford, who also assisted on the first goal. "You just need to work through that. It was just that that was the beginning of the game for us. And we got through it."

Sigurdsson scored again 52 seconds into the second period -- slamming home a feed from Miller while standing just to the left of the net -- and Mazzotta when made it 4-0 with 7:33 to play, the Planets knew they were bringing home only the second recognized state championship for a team sport at the school. The 1976 cross-country girls' team won a PIAA title.

"It feels real good for the guys to be able to win the first Mars state title in the last year of Mellon Arena," coach Steve Meyers said. "Winning your school's first state championship in a sport is a feeling not a lot of people get to experience."

The Planets, who have won 11 in a row, are 69-6-1 over the past three seasons, including two PIHL Penguins Cups. They outscored opponents, 22-7, in this postseason.



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Tuesday, March 24
Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions

PENNSYLVANIA CUP - STATE CHAMPIONS
YEAR STATE AAA CHAMPION STATE AA CHAMPION STATE A CHAMPION
1975 BALDWIN (WPIHL) - -
1976 MT LEBANON (WPIHL) ABINGTON (ICSHL) -
1977 CHURCHILL (WPIHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -
1978 - - -
1979 CHURCHILL (WPIHL) SOUTH HILLS CATHOLIC (WPIHL) -
1980 UPPER ST. CLAIR (SHIHL) - -
1981 ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (ICSHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -
1982 WEST CHESTER (ICSHL) ERIE FAIRVIEW (LKSHL) -
1983 GERMANTOWN ACADEMY (SHSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) -
1984 CATHEDRAL PREP (LKSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) -
1985 CONESTOGA (ICSHL) PENNSBURY (LBCSHL) -
1986 CONESTOGA (ICSHL) CHARTIERS VALLEY (SHIHL) -
1987 UPPER ST. CLAIR (SHIHL) MEADVILLE (LKSHL) -
1988 BALDWIN (SHIHL) WILLIAM TENNENT (SHSHL) -
1989 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) CANEVIN (SHIHL) PLUM (WPIHL)
1990 MALVERN PREP (ICSHL) FATHER JUDGE (LBCSHL) BISHOP EGAN (LBCSHL)
1991 COUNCIL ROCK (SHSHL) BEAVER (SHIHL) MONSIGNOR BONNER (EHSHL)
1992 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) COUNCIL ROCK (SHSHL) HAVERFORD (EHSHL)
1993 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) FATHER JUDGE (LBCSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL)
1994 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)
1995 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) CONWELL EGAN (LBCSHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)
1996 MEADVILLE (LKSHL) GREENSBURG C.C. (WPIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)
1997 BETHEL PARK (SHIHL) CATHEDRAL PREP (LKSHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)
1998 LASALLE (ICSHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (SHIHL) SETON LASALLE (SHIHL)
1999 CONWELL EGAN (LBCSHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (SHIHL) BISHOP MCCORT (WPIHL)
2000 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) THOMAS JEFFERSON (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)
2001 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) BEAVER (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)
2002 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) SERRA CATHOLIC (PIHL)
2003 MEADVILLE (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) RADNOR (ICSHL)
2004 MALVERN PREP (ICSHL) ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (ICSHL) RADNOR (ICSHL)
2005 BETHEL PARK (PIHL) PETERS TWP (PIHL) PENNCREST (ICSHL)
2006 MT LEBANON (PIHL) PINE RICHLAND (PIHL) QUAKER VALLEY (PIHL)
2007 NORTH ALLEGHENY (PIHL) PINE RICHLAND (PIHL) WEST CHESTER HENDERSON (ICSHL)
2008 LASALLE (ICSHL) LATROBE (PIHL) WEST CHESTER EAST (ICSHL)
2009
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Sunday, March 29
2009 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2009 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

West Chester, Pennsylvania

 

Bayard Rustin 5 Mars 0

WEST CHESTER -

Class A – Hat Trick for West Chester

 

        Bayard Rustin (23-2-0) entered the 20th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Class A Championship as Flyers Cup Champions for the first time, on the heels of its brother schools Henderson in 2007 and East in 2008 capturing the previous Pa Cup crowns and ranked # 1 in the Pa Hockey Statewide Rankings. The most revealing factor that does not show up in the stat column is the overwhelming support for Head Coach Nick Russo’s Knights as over 1000 jammed into the IceLine Rink in West Chester, Pa. And 85 – 90 % where in the Blue and Gold of Bayard Rustin.

 

         Mars (23-1-0) winners of the Penguins Cup earlier this week has not played in a hostile environment and certainly did not play the caliber of competition that the Knights do in the Inter-County League, but nonetheless the Planets came out hitting in the opening minutes and outshot BY 12-7, but could not beat goaltender Philipp Allmaier. Rustin went on the power play at 10:13 of the opening period and imposing defenseman Eric Knodel gained the blue line of the Mars zone and fired a lasar to the stick side of Tyler Stepke to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.

 

         Mars got a little sloppy early in the 2nd period and Patrick Kinch made a superb play to keep the puck in the zone get it to Knodel, who threw the puck to the net and Matt Capone outworked the Mars defense for the puck and found the net to give Rustin a 2-0 advantage at 14:28. The Planets were reeling and Tyler Stepke made several nice saves to keep the score 2-0. Mars then took a couple of penalties that would spell doom for their State Championship hopes as William Gaffney took down the right side and wheeled behind the net and completely fooled everyone in the building except the forgotten player on the play and the previews as Mike Ignatuk took the backdoor pass and tapped it in for a huge goal and Rustin was on their way with 7:11 to go and over half the game to play. The Planets slim hopes now were getting worse as the Knights outshot them 16-8 in the middle period and then capped off a great period of hockey as William Gaffney took advantage of a bad clearing attempt and deposited it on the backhand past Stepke to make it 4-0 with 1:06 to go in the period.

 

        Bayard Rustin held off a Mars potential rally in the 3rd period by playing smart hockey and limiting time and space and even though the Planets outshot BY in the 3rd period 8-5, Phillipp Allmaier would turn away all 28 shots to earn a State Championship shutout. Brian Christie would put an exclamation point on Bayard Rustin’s first State Championship victory on a great individual effort beating Stepke on the backhand to make it a 5-0 final and the hat trick for West Chester schools as Rutin joined East and Henderson as Pennsylvania Class A State Champions.

  

2009 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

West Chester, Pennsylvania

 

Latrobe 3 Council Rock South 2

WEST CHESTER

Class AA – Rally for perfection for Latrobe

 

        Latrobe (25-0-0) has been on a quest since the 2008-2009 season began and become the 2nd Pennsylvania School in Class AA [first was Thomas Jefferson in 1999] and 13th team in State History [Conestoga AAA (1986), Upper St Clair AAA (1987), Meadville AAA (1992,1993,1994,1995,1996), Bishop McCort A (1996), Bethel Park (2002), Mt Lebanon (2006) LaSalle (2008) to complete a perfect season in Interscholastic Hockey in the State of Pennsylvania. Council Rock South (19-5-1), the Flyers Cup would be the team in the Wildcats way of history and beat Suburban League rival North Penn to win their first ever Flyers Cup.

 

        Latrobe was the aggressor in the opening period outshooting CR South 13 –4 in the opening period but Hawks goaltender Sean Boyd was superb stopping the all. Council Rock got a break as the puck bounced past the Latrobe defesneman at the point and Peter Malamud raced up the ice and fired a wrist shot past Nick Loyacona to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 3:34 and a short handed goal.

 

        The Wildcats tied the score at 9:30 of the second as Matthew Batis found a loose puck and beat Boyd on the short side to make the count 1-1. CR South had the better of the play in the second period outshooting them 11-6 and earned the lead as Patrick Grilli would not be denied after Loyacona made several great stops and scored on the rebound with 7:09 to play for a power play goal.

 

        Latrobe came out flying in the 3rd period and put CR South on their heels, but Sean Boyd was making the lead stand up. The Hawks took a penalty behind the play and Latrobe’s chances were running out. Dillon Hunter pinched from his point position found the puck and fired a blazing snapshot that just trickled past Boyd for a power play goal with 4:58 to play after some pretty nice passing by the Latrobe power play. Hawks called timeout to settle down their team, but it backfired as Latrobe kept coming and with time running down in regulation, Tyler Berger gathered the puck in the neutral zone and sped down the left side of the ice got a step on the CR South defenseman and slipped a backhand through the 5 hole of Sean Boyd sending the throng of Latrobe faithful into a frenzy. The Wildcats held off Council Rock South the rest of the way and as they did a year ago by the identical score of 3-2, the Latrobe Wildcats became the 5th Class AA team to win back to back Pennsylvania State Championships.

      

2009 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

West Chester, Pennsylvania

 

LaSalle 6 Shaler 4

 

Class AAA – LaSalle journey’s pay off as they edge feisty Shaler

 

        LaSalle (25-9-5) did not have the season it did a year ago and for Head Coach Wally Muehlbronner the goal was simple, win the last game of the season and LaSalle would be champions of the State of Pennsylvania for the 3rd time in their history and second in a row. Shaler (23-2-0) would be an unknown opponent for LaSalle, but a team that has grown with each victory this season and gained quite a bit of momentum in the playoffs and winning their first ever Penguins Cup in 38 years was maybe the beginning for the Titans as Curt Hetz has built a group of mostly underclassmen into a winner in his first year and the former two-time 50 goal scorer for the Titans believed his team may have some surprises for the Explorers.

 

       LaSalle didn’t waste any time getting things rolling as Flyers Cup hero Dan Merenich scored on a rebound just 58 seconds into the Pennsylvania Class AAA title. Shaler had some jitters but started to build on a penalty kill early in the period. The Titans went on the power play as Gabe Antoni stopped Shane Shiring at 4:02, which grew to a 5 on 3 for 20 seconds. Shaler capitalized as Brian Stein jammed home a Tyler Schreiber rebound to knot the game at one apiece and more importantly established that it could play on equal footing with the Explorers. Shaler committed a costly turnover and Ross Denczi made them pay with 3:13 to play giving LaSalle a 2-1 lead. The Titans fought back and tied the score as Drew Martz converted a quick pass to the front of the net by Patrick Schafer with just 15 seconds to play and the score was tied at 2-2 after one period.

 

       In a wide open second period the teams exchanged shots throughout the period. Shaler’s Drew Martz knocked home a loose puck with 8:44 to go in the period to give the Titans their first lead 3-2. The Explorers now had their work cut out for them and turned their game up a notch late in the 2nd period. Ross Denczi got things started as he wlaked out of the corner and whipped a backhand past Steven Weilersbacher to tie the score 3-3. Less than a minute later was a huge turning point of this State Championship as Matt Catanese kept the puck in at the right point threw a shot which deflected up in the air and Steven Weilersbacher never saw as came down like a rainbow out of the sky over the Shaler goaltender’s glove and into the net as LaSalle regain the lead 4-3. The Titans were on their heels at this point and on a delayed penalty call Mark Schnupp found a loose puck after his teammate was pulled down and stayed with it beating incoming Shaler  goaltender Oscar Prom on the stick side to make it 5-3 with 2:31 to go. The Titans did not quit and had to kill off a penalty late in the period, when Shane Shiring undressed a LaSalle defenseman and fired a low shot on Gabe Antoni, which squirted free and Drew Martz charged the net and buried upstairs at 1:09 to pull Shaler to within one 5-4 at the end of two periods.

 

       The next goal in this hockey game would be paramount as LaSalle found itself in a good old fashioned dogfight with Shaler. The Titans came out in the third period and outshot them 15-6 and the Explorers were holding on at this point as Gabe Antoni made a nice save on Patrick Dobson at 10:34 and similar to Shaler’s Penguins Cup game winner LaSalle was able to work the puck into the Shaler zone just 17 seconds later and Ross Denczi found an opening and Nick Cruice set him up for the biggest goal of LaSalle’s season to give the Explorers some  breathing room at 6-4. Shaler kept working and forcing the play in LaSalle’s end and on the power play nearly scored but Sean McCue was robbed on a spectacular save by Antoni at 7:26 and the Titans kept the puck alive but Antoni made another great stop on Zac Lynch with 7:09 to play. The Explorers could smell victory but Shaler did not go quietly as the Titans played toe to toe with them outshooting LaSalle 42-37 for the game. LaSalle was able to hold on and became the 5th Class AAA team to repeat as Class AAA State Champions joining Churchill, Conestoga, Meadville and Bethel Park to repeat as Pennsylvania Class AAA State Champions.   



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Tuesday, March 24
Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

The Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships will be played on March 28th at the IceLine in West Chester. Pennsylvania will crown champions in Class A, AA and AAA for the 34th year since 1975 and defending Class AAA champions LaSalle Explorers of Eastern Pennsylvania and the defending Class AA champions Latrobe Wildcts return to defend their titles from a year ago. Pa Hockey will be on hand to bring you the coverage of the Pa Hockey finals aas East meets West !

Note: The Pa Hockey Previews are NOW available 

 www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PACUP09PREVIEW.xls

 Pointstreak is going to do real-time tracking of the Pennsylvania Championship games at IceLine as a demonstration of their software.

Pointstreak - PA Championships

http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-leagues-scoreboard.html?leagueid=793&seasonid=4009&date=03/28/09

The progress of the game, final scores, and player statistics will be available immediately from the scorer's box.

 

The broadcast of the Latrobe vs. Council Rock South Class AA Championship Game on WBCB1490 AM & wbcb1490.com.  Here's the direct link to the page of WBCB's website that has all of LBCSHL broadcasts archived from this high school ice hockey season (the
archive links are at the bottom of the page):  http://63.88.115.40/

To access LBCSHL Archived Games go to www.wbcb1490.com and clicking on "Local Sports".  There's a complete copy of our 2008 - 2009 "Hockey Night in Bucks"
Broadcast Schedule"  

    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                  
A 1 Mars  3   Bishop McCort  2 Mellon Arena Tuesday 24-Mar 6:30 PM  
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                  
A 1 Bayard Rustin 4 3 Hershey 3 Spectrum Saturday 21-Mar 10:30 AM OT
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                  
A E Bayard Rustin  5 W  Mars  0 IceLine Saturday 28-Mar 11:00 AM  

    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AA 1 Latrobe 3 2 Montour 0 Mellon Arena Monday 23-Mar 7:00 PM
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                
AA 3 North Penn 2 4 Council Rock South 5 Spectrum Saturday 21-Mar 12:45 PM
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
AA E Council Rock South  2 W Latrobe  3 IceLine Saturday 28-Mar 1:30 PM

    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AAA 1 Shaler  3 2 Seneca Valley  2 Mellon Arena Tuesday 24-Mar 8:30 PM
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                
AAA 1 LaSalle 6 3 Father Judge 2 Spectrum Saturday 21-Mar 3:00 PM
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
AAA E LaSalle  6 W  Shaler  4 Ice Line Saturday 28-Mar 4:00 PM



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Sunday, March 23
2008 Pennsylvania HIgh School Hockey Championships
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The Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships will be held on Saturday March 29 at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. This is the 34th year of the Pa Hockey title, which was first held in Erie, Pa in 1975 and now has champions crowned at the Class AAA, AA and A levels. Meadville with 8 Pennsylvania State Championships has the most and Bishop McCort and Bethel Park have 5 State Championships each. Western Pennsylvania has captured 59 titles and Eastern Pennsylvania has 25 of the 84 Champions crowned.

    Pa Hockey's the Pennsylvania State Championship PREVIEWS are here: 

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    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
A E West Chester East  3 W Quaker Valley  2 War Memorial Saturday 29-Mar 11:00 AM

 

    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
AA E Conestoga  2 W Latrobe  3 War Memorial Saturday 29-Mar 1:00 PM

 

    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
AAA E LaSalle  9 W Pine Richland  1 War Memorial Saturday 29-Mar 3:00 PM

 



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LaSalle
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Wednesday, March 26
2008 Pennsylvania and Flyers Cup AAA Champions - LaSalle Explorers
LaSalle - 2008 Mt St Charles Champs
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2008 Pennsylvania Cup and Flyers Cup AAA Champions LaSalle Explorers
1 Shiels, Tom
2 Varley, Conor
3 Schaeffer, Mike
6 Krulikowski, Tom
7 Zoldy, Kyle
8 Laessig, TJ
9 Cruice, Nick
10 Wallin, Terrence
11 Schmidt, Adam
12 Seybert, Kevin
13 Bambi, Mike
14 Gallagher, Pat
16 Denczi, Ross
17 Tyson, Ryan
18 Berkle, Adam
19 Pascal, Alex
21 Merenich, Dan
22 O'Brien, Matt
23 Merenich, Matt
24 Schnupp, Mark
25 Antoni, Mike
26 Angeloni, Gino
30 Antoni, Gabe
30 Pyne, Dan
 
Muehlbronner, Wally - Head Coach
Lipski, Bud - Assistant Coach
Haggerty, John - Assistant Coach
Sutow, Jim - Assistant Coach


LATROBE
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Thursday, March 20
2008 Pennsylvania and Penguins Cup Champions - Latrobe Wildcats
LAtrobe 2008 Penguins Cup CHampions
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2008 Class AA Pennsylvania Cup and Penguins Cup Champions - Latrobe Wildcats

 

  1 Michael McCurdy
  4 Brody Aukerman
  7 Jeff Rossi
  8 Robert Himler
  10 Tyler Ridder
  13 Isaac Prichard
  14 Tommy Ridge
  15 Jeffjoe Regula
  18 Ryan LaDuke
  19 Andrew Ong
  24 Alex Stahl
  25 Zack LaDuke
  27 Jayson Angus
  33 Curtis Colaianne 
  45 Nick Loyacona
  67  Josh Harris
  77 Logan Dominick
  82 Jeff Smail
     
     
Head Coach: Ron Makoski
Assistant Coach: Charlie Fajt
Assistant Coach: Greg Wano
Team Manager: Leslie Rossi

 



West Chester East
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Wednesday, March 26
2008 Pennsylvania and Flyers Cup A Champions - West Chester East Vikings
West Chester East 2008 Flyers Cup A
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2008 Pennsylvania Cup and Flyers Cup A Champions ~ West Chester East Vikings
0 Jacobs, Brian
2 Brittain, Jake
4 Walter, Jamie
7 Carpenter, Mike
10 Lamont, Andrew
11 McHugh, Pat
12 Hiro, Steven
13 Imparo, Joe
14 Imparo, Tony
16 Binder, Chris
17 Not, Rotered
19 McLaughlin, Bobby
20 Lilley, Brett
21 Walton, John
22 Cruit, Alex
24 Leonard, Brian
30 Morlock, Dan
32 Garahan, Sean
33 Leathers, Austin
34 Hochstetler, Josh
39 Donzanti, David
44 Legnini, David
52 Prucnal, Derek
56 LePard, Reese
64 Lynch, Jay
91 Oriente, Steve
92 Loughlin, Mike
99 Shew, Matt
   
Cox, Drew ~ Head Coach
Hutchinson, Chris ~ Assistant Coach
Moreau, TR ~ Assistant Coach
Carpenter, Karen ~ Team Manager


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Tuesday, January 16
2007 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
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2007 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Saturday April 7, 2007
Ice Works - Aston, Pennsylvania

   The Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships began in April 1975 in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year marks the 32nd year of the State Finals and teams from Eastern and Western Pennsylvania are gearing up for a playoff run that will bring us all to the Ice Works in Aston, Pa for the Class A, AA and AAA State finals.

    The complete history of the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships including the Penguins Cup and Flyers Cup in now available by clicking on the logos and Pennsylvania Cup AAA - AA - A Previews can be seen by clicking on the State Championship trophy !!!!   !

Class A - West Chester Henderson Warriors 4 Freeport Yellow Jackets 1

Class AA - Pine Richland Rams 4 Haverford High Fords 1
   
Class AAA - North Allegheny Tigers 6 Holy Ghost Prep Firebirds 3

   ***GAME SUMMARIES*** ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN GAME SUMMARIES

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Friday, March 30
2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA Champions - North Allegheny Tigers
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2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA Champions - North Allegheny Tigers
2007 Penguins Cup Class AAA Champions - North Allegheny Tigers
11 - Daniel Gaertner
40 - Thomas Gillespie
61 - Joshua Herbert
67 - Matthew Lancaster
22 - Donald Lewis
35 - Adam Lutty
39 - Michael Peterson
33 - Max Richards
3 - Dylan Rohar
12 - Brett Schindler
18 - Robert Schwab
38 - Bradley Schwartzmier
4 - Corey Sheran
10 - Tyson Stupy
7 - Brady Waldschmidt
65 - Weston Waldschmidt
42 - Jacob Williams
28 - Tyler Wright
      Head Coach - Jimmy Black
      Assistant Coach - Rich Conlin
      Assistant Coach - Bobby Black


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Pine RIchland
Friday, March 30
2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class AA Champions - Pine Richland Rams
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Pine Richland Rams - 2007 Penguins Cup AA Champions
2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class AA Champions - Pine Richland Rams
2007 Penguins Cup Class AA Champions - Pine Richland Rams

7 - Kyle Adams
16 - Geoffrey Bagnato
36 - Jared Bagnato
18 - Jake Bosiljevac
3 - Tyler Deal
11 - Eric Febert
77 - Stephen Gates
28 - Evan Goetz
30 - Andrew Hildreth
26 - Zachary Kramer
6 - Matthew Lohman
38 - Reed Loney
78 - Joe Mahovey
99 - George Saad
81 - Jordan Shelleby
19 - Dylan Trombetta
29 - Philip Trombetta
12 - Ryan Warner
90 - Bryan Watt
37 - David Zajac
      Head Coach - Bobby Kennedy
      Assistant Coach - Troy Loney
      Assistant Coach - Matt Richert


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Sunday, April 8
North Allegheny seizes Class AAA crown over Holy Ghost
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2007 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Class AAA – North Allegheny Tigers (19-4-1) vs Holy Ghost Prep Firebirds (26-5-2)
April 7, 2007 - Ice Works – Aston, Pennsylvania

North Allegheny 6 Holy Ghost Prep 3

ASTON -

       Holy Ghost Prep opened the season in November defeating defending Flyers Cup champions Cardinal O'Hara 6-4. The Firebirds have been knocking on the exclusive club once held by Malvern Prep, LaSalle, GA and Cardinal O'Hara the past half dozen or so seasons for the past couple of season and last year upset Malvern Prep in the Flyers Cup semis. Keeping with tradition, HGP followed that one up with a stunning 3-2 overtime victory over LaSalle, who was widely regarded as the favorites along
with Bethel Park to win this years Pennsylvania AAA crown. Holy Ghost Prep's last trip to the State Finals in 2003 was not a memorable journey as they were throttled by Peters Twp 9-3. Holy Ghost defeated this years Class A finalist Henderson that year in the Flyers Cup AA final for their most significant win to date, but the last two wins over LaSalle and O'Hara 7-3 in the Flyers Cup AAA will really take significance if Prep wins it all.
         
       North Allegheny had been to the Penguins Cup final the past two seasons and this year has been up and down under Jimmy Black. The Tigers made two decisions late in the season that propelled them to this stage. The first was to move Wes Waldschmidt to defense where he has been just outstanding and the second is to play more physical with special attention to discipline. Add to that goaltender Max Richards re-finding his groove made the Tigers a way different team than that Bethel Park beat 7-0 in the first half of the season. North Allegheny is a team that became a part of the process the past two years   and was able to capture the first Penguins Cup in their 36 year history by beating their nemesis Bethel Park 2-1 in double overtime at the Mellon Arena. Again, it was Wes Waldschmidt who would be the difference as he scored the game winner to send the Tigers to the title. North Allegheny met Holy Ghost Prep in the Director’s Cup Final of the 2003 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase and it was Waldschmidt as a freshman, who ended that contest with the game winner in overtime and this was after an overtime victory over Bethel Park preceding that contest. Will history repeat itself ? Only time will tell.      

      North Allegheny dominated the opening period of the 2007 Class AAA final outshooting Holy Ghost Prep 13-3 in the opening 15 minutes. The Firebirds opened the scoring with only 1:24 remaining in the 1st period as freshman Tom Seravelli took a lead pass from Nick Seravelli and scored on a breakaway squeezing the puck under Max Richards for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers had several power play opportunities in the opening period and finally broke Fran Begley who made several outstanding saves to keep the Tigers off the board with just 14 seconds to go in the opening period as Wes Waldschmidt scored on a terrific shot low to the stick side of Begley inside the left post to tie the score at one apiece.

      On to the second period and North Allegheny took advantage of the power play on a 5 on 3 as the shots continued to pile up on Fran Begley by scoring at 11:12 as Josh Herbert would not be denied and scored on a Tyson Stupy rebound to give NA its first lead 2-1. The Firebirds were able to fight off the remaining disadvantages and finally mounted pressure in the North Allegheny zone and were awarded a power play late in the period. Michael Andusko found a loose puck in the right hand face-off circle after some great work by Nick Seravelli and John Soroka and shot it through traffic and behind Max Richards to tie the score again at two apiece with 2:54 to play in the period. Shots in the 2nd period were 11-8 in favor of the Tigers, but Holy Ghost Prep held an advantage in momentum and shots late in the period.   

             State Championships are sometimes won and lost on momentum and despite being outshot in the game, Holy Ghost Prep was very much in this hockey game heading to the final period of regulation and North Allegheny was still playing terrific defensive hockey only yielding 14 shots to the Firebirds. North Allegheny took the lead on the power play with 7:16 to go in regulation as Brady Waldschmidt found the loose puck on tremendous 2nd effort and chipped it past Fran Begley to give the Tigers a 4-3 advantage with 7:16 to go in regulation. Then North Allegheny took a rare unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at a very critical point in this contest under a minute later at 6:19 and the Firebirds made them pay. Flyers Cup MVP Nick Seravelli showed why he is a pure scorer as he looked off his winger streaking down the left side and lofted a wrist shot high over the glove hand side of Max Richards for the equalizer and a power play goal with 5:48 to go and we were knotted again at 3-3. The teams went back and forth over the next few minutes and when Holy Ghost was rushing the puck the other way, behind the play Josh Herbert was trying to return to his position and was interfered with resulting in a penalty and a huge opportunity on the power play with 3:48 to go in regulation. North Allegheny scored their first three goals with the man advantage and they would win this hockey game by taking advantage of Holy Ghost penalties and by showing tremendous discipline of working hard and not taking penalties themselves. Wes Waldschimdt, who finished the State final with a goal and three assists, kept the puck alive behind the Firebird net and Josh Herbert would not be denied as he took the puck from behind the net, step to the front of the cage and overpowered Fran Begley with 2:29 to play for a power play goal, a 4-3 lead and the inside track on a State Championship for a program that has been so close for so many years.

    If there is a defining moment for this program, the Tigers of North Allegheny, it came with 1:17 to play in regulation time as Wes Waldscmidt, the converted defenseman, who play his entire career as a forward and at mid-season, unselfishly took the role on the blueline to help lead his team to 16 consecutive victories and a State Championship, showed tremendous saavy and patience saw the overload of the Holy Ghost Prep forecheck on left side of the ice (not to be confused with the Bethel Park forecheck) and fired puck off boards ahead for a streaking Josh Herbert, whose relentless effort and skill, outmaneuvered the Firebird defenseman for the puck on a truly great play and fired the puck beating Begley down low to make it 5-3. Josh Herbert finished it off with and empty netter with :37 to go and the euphoria arose in Aston as North Allegheny erased 36 years of history and captured its first State Championship with a 6-3 victory over Holy Ghost Prep. As we drove out of Eastern Pennsylvania, the cell phones were ringing as former Tiger players, coaches and parents heard the ringing in their ears of a very sweet sound of North Allegheny – 2007 Pennsylvania State Champions. The beauty of this victory is that brothers Head Coach Jimmy Black and Assistants Bobby Black, along with assistant Rich Conlin took this group of very talented players and were able to mould a championship team to defeat Central Catholic, defending State Champions Mt Lebanon, the # 1 seed Bethel Park and upstart Holy Ghost Prep as bring joy to many of the families of the North Allegheny program who have waited for this moment for a long time and now they can raise a new banner at CRANBERRY Blade Runners for North Allegheny Tigers and start a new tradition.   


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Sunday, April 8
Pine RIchland holds off Haverford to win 2nd straight Class AA in a wild one !
Haverford High
Haverford High - 6
2007 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Class AA – Pine Richland Rams (23-1-1) vs Haverford High Fords (20-2-0)
April 7, 2007 - Ice Works – Aston, Pennsylvania


Pine Richland 8 Haverford 6

ASTON –

      Haverford has won three consecutive Flyers Cup AA championships and done so in impressive fashion and unfortunately the first two trips to the State finals have come up empty against Peters Township and Pine Richland. The Fords have won 14 straight games dating back to the 7-6 loss to Conestoga in early December and have beaten some pretty good teams including Cardinal O'Hara, the Class AAA finalist, Conestoga and South Jersey power Washington Township. Haverford is a high scoring team with an explosive offense and seems to have its way with opponents and has built a loyal following of boisterous fans during the playoffs that could be a factor since the Ice Works is a home game for the State Finals. Head coach Brian Cleary will have to   overcome a scoreless two trips to the last two Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships with a 4-0 loss to Peters Township in 2005 at the   Hersheypark Arena and another 4-0 setback to Pine Richland a year ago at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center. Haverford High is looking to   capture its first State Crown since 1992, an 8-4 victory over Greensburg CC in the Class A game in Pittsburgh.
         
             Pine Richland has been the king of Class AA since they knocked Peter Twp out of the Penguin Cup in last year's semi-finals and if you have been around the club a little, they make you feel like they are ten time champions, which is part of the swagger of being defending champions. My feeling is that with this field in this year, that is a dangerous proposition. Sure the team went 20-1-1 and went virtually unchallenged throughout the season, but a 1-1 tie with Greensburg CC, a narrow almost 3-2 win over Moon in overtime and a 2-1 loss to upstart Franklin Regional are signs of a team not so dominant. Bobby Kennedy's club is the best team in Class AA all year and has met the challenges of repeating as Pennsylvania State Champions with wins over Hampton, West Allegheny and Thomas Jefferson to capture its 2nd straight Penguins Cup AA Championship. The final step in the road is the same Haverford team that the Rams defeated a year ago. The Rams last trip to Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State Playoffs was nearly 30 years ago, held up the road at the Lafayette Ice Rink in 1977 as Pine Richland fell short bowing to eventual champions, Churchill Chargers in the preliminary round 4-1, who are a team that Bob Kennedy’s Upper St Clair team defeated in 1980 on their way to their first State Championship over Erie McDowell.      

         Pine Richland and Haverford met for the 2006 Pennsylvania Class AA Championship a year ago at Robert Morris Island Sports Center in a very tight low scoring contest and the re-match would be a little different and if anyone was paying attention to the Pa Hockey previews of the # 1 and # 2 ranked teams in the Pa Hockey Elite 8 rankings, my sense of this game was a very wide open and explosive State Final between two very explosive offensive clubs. The Rams and Fords engage in combat in the opening minutes of this state final as it was obvious that Haverford was going to play the physical card off the bat and the defending State Champions were not going to back down as they matched Haverford hit for hit before a jammed pack Ice Works of spirited Haverford faithful and the always Concerned Citizens of Pine Richland. The Rams would strike first as George Saad took a Phil Trombetta pass from the left circle and buried a low snap shot past Jason Hazleton for a 1-0 Pine Richland lead. Dylan Trombetta extended the lead with 3:28 to go in the opening period taking a nice pass from brother Phil Trombetta and depositing it past Hazleton to give the Rams a 2-0 lead. George Saad struck again with just 27 seconds to play in the opening period and Pine Richland was off and running with an easy looking 3-0 lead after one period, outshooting the Fords 7-4.

       When Pine Richland took a 4-0 lead on a goal just 17 seconds into the second period on a goal by Eric Febert, it really looked like the Rams were going to blow out Haverford and the fact that the Fords were still unable to score a goal in a State Final was looming large at this point of the contest. A great shift by Haverford’s top line of Steve Karpinski, T.J. Haeberle and Chris Campli changed the momentum of the hockey game and on their very next shift, that combination was able to get the Fords on the board as Campli threaded a beautiful pass to Haeberle, who in one motion swept the puck past Stoney Hildreth to give Haverford their first goal in three years of the State Final at 11:57 and it was now 4-1. Pine Richland was still in control or so it seemed and Haverford rose like the Phoenix out of the ashes exactly a minute later at 10:57 as it was T.J. Haeberle again beating Hildreth to give the Fords new life at 4-2. Pine Richland was able to get the puck out of the zone after extreme pressure by Haverford, who out shot its opponent 14-7 in the second period. Matt Lohman scored a very big goal at 6:30 of the period as his long slap shot found its way through traffic and behind Jason Hazleton to make it 5-2 in favor of the Rams. Back came the Fords at 4:43 as swift skating defenseman Shane Coyle showed great presence on the power play of throwing the puck to the net from the far boards and handcuffing Ram goaltender Stoney Hildreth with 4:43 to play and the ravenous Fords fans were back in the spirit and their team back in the game 5-3. On the very next shift, the Haverford faithful were thrown into a frenzy as Jimmy Hazleton found the puck in the left circle and fired a low wrist shot low on the ice past Hildreth with 4:24 to go in the middle period and the Fords were now within one goal at 5-4 and had it going all their way in a wild second period. In this state championship, Pine Richland would take advantage of key moments and again late in the period would scored a very big goal in the hockey game. After an icing brought the face-off the length of the ice with under a minute to play, the line of Dylan Trombetta, Phil Trombetta and George Saad, as they have done all season long for the Rams, would deliver in a very big way as Saad wone the faceoff and the crafty Dyaln Trombetta threaded an almost unreal pass to brother Phil on the back door, who slapped the puck out of the air from just off the ice with just :01 remaining the period, sending Haverford to the ice cut down 6-4 and probably wondering how the momentum of a second period that they absolutely earned in 15 minutes could be suck right out of them.

       The third period picked up right where period number two left off as Reed Loney’s slapshot from just over the blue line found its way past Hazleton to make it 7-4 for the Rams with 13:48 to play in regulation. The Haverford faithful were on their feet again as Jimmy Hazleton took the puck from behind his own net and weaved through center ice firing a wrist shot low on the ice past Hildreth at 13:05 to cut the count to 7-5. The Fords showed great resilience time and time again in this State Final and it looked like a very good chance that they may be able to win the State Championship that has eluded them for three years when T.J. Haeberle scored a terrific goal shorthanded on a great display of passing with Chris Campli as Haeberle took the return pass and buried it up under the crossbar with 9:49 to play and this game was now 7-6 and anyone’s hockey game. Pine Richland showed why at this point they are a championship team as they gathered their composure and began to play defense in front of Stoney Hildreth, who to this point was not having his greatest game of his career, but he showed the fortitude as he has throughout the playoffs for Pine Richland to come up big when his team needed him the most. Jimmy Hazelton had a tremendous opportunity from the left circle to tie the game at 7 apiece and he cut loose a wrist shot, similar to his two goals in the contest low to the glove side and Stoney snagged it out of the air as to say ‘not today gentlemen’, which in my opinion was the turning point to the fortunes for both clubs. After that save Pine Richland’s defensive unit of Kyle Adams, Matt Lohman, Geoff Bagnato, Evan Goetz and the forward lines began to play great defense in front of their goaltender and forced Haverford to take a penalty with 4:49 to play with hard work and great effort.

       Pine Richland’s George Saad would put the exclamation point with a huge insurance goal, again combining with Phil and Dylan Trombetta, who set up the play and give the Rams an 8-6 lead and renewed confidence in their ability to play defense. The Ram sophomore forward Saad added that “the team was really nervous when the game was tight and he was proud that the team was able to play strong defense and rally around Stoney (Hildreth) to create a momentum swing” which ultimately was the difference in the contest. Haverford became frustrated as the Rams shut them down like a carnival ride at midnight and the Fords unraveled over three years of empty trips to the State Finals and the game turned ugly with really cheap and undisciplined play by Haverford, who turned a terrific and exciting hockey game into an ugly spectacle of unsportsmanlike behavior and a score of penalties and misconducts, which is unacceptable at any level and will more than likely be swept under the rug by a playoff committee more interested in squabbling over trophies and making coaches wear helmets to practice than enforcing discipline to protect the players (The history includes the 2001 Class A State Final bench clearing brawl between Serra and Springfield, where both teams were assessed 10 players getting 10-game misconducts, only to see the PIHL and Eastern Pennsylvania reduce those penalties to lesser penalties and in my mind endorse un acceptable behavior giving the sport of ice hockey in Pennsylvania a black eye administratively).

          To Pine Richland’s credit, they turned the other cheek and showed tremendous restraint in taking NO penalties over the final 20 minutes of the contest, which is a testimony to a champion in itself. Pine Richland was able to survive the final minutes and walked away with an exciting 8-6 victory for the 2nd straight year over Haverford completing an excellent coaching job by Bobby Kennedy, who captured his third overall State Championship as a player and coach, including Bethel Park’s first State Championship in 1997 and in 1980 as a player for Upper St Clair.


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Friday, March 30
2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class A Champions - West Chester Henderson Warriors
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2007 Pennsylvania Cup Class A Champions - West Chester Henderson Warriors
2007 Flyers Cup Class A Champions - West Chester Henderson Warriors

4 Kelly, Jack   
5 Anderson, James
8 Beren, Christian   
9 Magee, Ethan   
10 Smith, Chad   
14 MacNeill, Brian   
16 Sapovits, Christian   
19 Blaker, BJ   
22 Wallace, TJ   
24 Kinkead, Patrick   
30 Horn, David   
41 Donovan, Andrew
43 Carlin, Joe   
55 Kerchner, Brian
59 Ramondo, Nick
61 Latta, Billy   
65 Speroff, Cory   
66 Cottle, Alex   
85 Mattern, Rob
94 Katich, Rob Forward Varsity

Marcellus, Art ~ Head Coach
Zarelli, Gus ~ Assistant Coach
MacNeill, Bruce ~ Manager



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West Chester Henderson
West Chester Henderson - 4
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Henderson shuts down Freeport & wins Class A State Crown
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2007 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Class A – Freeport Yellow Jackets (18-3-2) vs West Chester Henderson Warriors (18-5-2)
April 7, 2007 - Ice Works – Aston, Pennsylvania

West Chester Henderson 4 Freeport 1

ASTON -

                        West Chester Henderson lost in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League South Division Championship
   to Kennett it's final two games prior to the Flyers Cup. Prior to that, the Warriors have been on a terror
   since mid-November, only losing to Lower Merion and racking up a lot of goals. When Henderson dispatched
   a very solid Hershey squad in the Semi-Finals 6-2, it opened some eyes and then they were able to defeat the
   number one seed and Division rival Kennett in the Flyers Cup final 4-2. The Warriors are looking for their 2nd State Championship in school    history to go with their lone title in 1982 over Baldwin, which was a 7-6 victory at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown in the    Class AAA championship. While the original school district has grown in size and now sports three high schools including West Chester East and    Bayard Rustin, the Henderson program remains a very strong part of the history of the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League and is looking to    capture it’s first Pennsylvania title in 25 years for Head Coach Art Marcellus.         
          One of the quiet success stories of this season has been Freeport, who has won some pretty big hockey games this season over Bishop
McCort, Mars and Serra Catholic. In their only meeting prior to the Penguins Cup with Quaker Valley, they were thrashed 11-0 and one factor is that Zach Hepler, Beau Zack and Tim Zahumensky did not play in that game was a huge factor when the teams met again in the final. Freeport knocked off Westmont Hilltop 4-1 and Mars 3-1 before shocking the defending State Champion Quakers in the Penguins Cup finals 4-1, in one of the biggest upsets in Pennsylvania High School Hockey playoff history. Coach Dave Hepler, the former University of Pittsburgh punter from the late 1970’ & early 80’s , has   led a group of 14 boys, a majority of the teams is brother combinations including his two sons Zach and Jeremy to the biggest stage that Freeport has ever known. Anyone familiar with the movie Hoosiers can only relate what must go through the minds of this team, who can become the first school in Armstrong County   to ever capture a state championship in hockey for a small town in Western Pennsylvania, which when you think about it is really what a State Championship aspires to be in the spirit of sportsmanship and can only bring lore if the Yellow Jackets are able to complete the dream.
                  
             The first period was scoreless as goaltenders Rob Mattern of Henderson and Tim Zahumensky of Freeport were flawless stopping 9 and 8 shots respectively. The Warriors killed off two Freeport power plays and established themselves defensively with excellence backchecking and tremendous defensive plays limiting the scoring chances of the high scoring duo of Beau Zack and Patrick Spangler, who combined for 70 goals in the regular season and have been the catalyst of the Yellow Jacket offense in the Penguins Cup playoffs.   

             Freeport went on the power play at 8:18 of the 2nd period, but it was West Chester Henderson who would strike first in this contest and capitalized with a shorthanded goal by Billy Latta, who took the puck from the center ice area and beat the Freeport defense and Tim Zahumensky ay 6:16 on the forehand to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets went on the power play again at 3:39 and again it was Billy Latta again scoring on another shorthanded breakaway with 3:27 remaining taking nice lead pass of the far boards by Joe Carlin 2-0 and made a move on the Freeport defense and was gone in on Zahumensky beating him on the forehand to make it 2-0. Latta felt his team could win the game at this point “we gained confidence after the second goal and we knew we could win it as Rob (Mattern) and our defense was doing a great job penalty killing, which we have worked on in practice”. The Warriors held a distinct advantage in the territorial play and the shots in the 2nd period 14-7, due to the play of the defensive unit of B.J. Blaker, Joe Carlin and Cory Speroff and a deep group of defensive forwards, who limited Freeport’s opportunities and kept the puck out of their end and kept the pressure on the Yellow Jackets.

            On to the third period and West Chester Henderson continued its smart play and great defensive effort holding Freeport in check. Freeport had a flurry early in the 3rd period, but once again Robbie Mattern kept the Jackets off the board. The backbreaking goal came with 2:56 to play on a rebound goal as T.J. Wallace found a loose puck on the door step after hard work by linemates Jack Kelly and Nick Ramondo and poked it past Tim Zahumensky to give the Warriors a commanding 3-0 advantage. Just 13 seconds later at 2:43, the Warriors struck again another breakaway goal by Billy Latta to complete the hat trick and make it 4-0 and West Chester on their way to the Pennsylvania Class A State Championship. The sophomore Latta used the some move to score all three goals and credited studying tapes of NHL players for his success. Freeport’s Jeremy Hepler scored inside the post to break the shutout of Rob Mattern with 41 seconds to go and make the final count 4-1 as the Warriors captured their first Pennsylvania Class A title in 25 years since 1982. Billy Latta summed it up best saying “Nothing is better than winning a State Championship for his senior teammates in their last game”. Final Shots in the contest in favor of West Chester Henderson were 31 – 25, but the underlying theme of this contest was the great team effort offensively and defensively by the Warriors, who skated three lines throughout the contest, used its depth in the offensive and defensive ends, with timely goaltending from Robbie Mattern and an extraordinary performance of a very talented sophomore Billy Latta, who was almost as refreshing to talk to as he was to watch.


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2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
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2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Saturday April 8, 2006 - RMU Island Sports Center

Class A
   Quaker Valley Quakers 9 Penncrest Lions 2
      ***GAME SUMMARIES***
Class AA
    Pine Richland Rams 3 Haverford High Fords 0
      ***GAME SUMMARIES***

Class AAA
    Mt Lebanon Blue Devils 5 Cardinal O'Hara Lions 2
       ***GAME SUMMARIES***

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2006 Pennsylvania AAA Champions - Mt Lebanon Blue Devils
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5 - Lou Argentieri
12 - Matthew Bartkowski
35 - Rob Behling
20 - Rick Beuke
19 - James Cichra
7 - Brandon Dornish
15 - Shane Ferguson
14 - Mitch Ferrero
13 - Mike Gallaway
6 - Mike Gallawry
16 - Josh Mandic
8 - Sean Mcdermott
21 - Steve Millhouse
48 - Parker Milner
10 - Tyler Murovich
32 - Ben Rascoe
4 - Mike Roman
22 - Jesse Root
24 - Luke Sebastian
2 - Drew Taucher
44 - Matt Vaughan
9 - Jon Wilen

Head Coach ~ Paul Taibi
Assistant Coach ~ Dave Dorsey
Assistant Coach ~ Bob Montana





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Mt Lebanon
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2006 Pa Cup AAA ~ Mt Lebanon caps a perfect season with an impressive win over Cardinal O’Hara
Cardinal O'Hara
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2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships – Class A

Mt Lebanon 5 Cardinal O’Hara 2

NEVILLE ISLAND –

       Mt Lebanon coach Paul Taibi knows the story and he has heard it more than enough times about the Blue Devils quest for a State Championship. The Blue Devils are 25-0-0 and attempting to join 1977 Churchill, 1986 Conestoga, 1987 Upper St Clair, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Meadville and 2001 Bethel Park as teams who went through the regular season and Penguins Cup playoffs with perfect records and capture the Pennsylvania Cup AAA Championship. Lebo has not been as sharp as they want to be in the playoffs, but considering the yielded only 9 shots in the Penguins Cup final to North Allegheny winning their 4th Penguins Cup title and 2nd in 3 years, things are not too bad to be a Blue Devils fan. Mt Lebanon is looking to capture their first title since 1976 and the Blue Devils only meeting against Cardinal O’Hara was a 4-2 victory on their way to that title exactly 30 years ago.

       Cardinal O’Hara has been a bridesmaid to Malvern Prep in the Flyers Cup for the past half dozen years under long time coach Bill Swahl. The Lions captured their first Flyers Cup by defeating Germantown Academy 6-3 and are also unbeaten at 19-0-4 in the very tough Flyers Cup AAA division. O’Hara features a rugged team that is in uncharted waters with 2006 Eastern Pa player of the year Ryan Klingensmith. The Lions did play in the Inaugural State Championship in Class A in 1989, losing to Plum 10-4 and rather than being a Flyers Cup champion, where a filler team invited because Western Pa needed a team and the Lions were available according to lore. This game will feature two team with contrasting styles and excellent goaltending, as Cardinal O’Hara and Mt Lebanon lined up before an overflow crowd at RMU Island Sports Center.   

            The Blue Devils penned O’Hara in their own end early on with quick line changes. Sean McDermott had a partial break at 11:41 as Ryan Klingensmith stepped out to stop him. Cardinal O’Hara played a real nice opening six minutes and went on the power play at 8:11 and they cashed in as Mike Cenisio wound his way through the Mt Lebanon defense and lofted a chip shot past the stick side of Mat Vaughn to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. This is significant since the Blue Devils have trailed only 3 times all season. Lebo came back at 6:22, but Ryan Klingensmith made the save on Shane Ferguson from in close. Then an inadvertent play as an O’Hara player bumped Matt Vaughn and put the Blue Devils on the power play at 4:54, which is a nice break at this point as the Lions have could not have scripted the first period any better. Mt Lebanon would get to tie on the power play with 45 seconds. Klingensmith continued to look solid in between the pipes for O’Hara and keeping Lebo off the board.

          Mt Lebanon could not capitalize in the opening minute, but a real nice effort by Lebo 66’s finest Rick Beuke drew another penalty at 12:40 and a chance for the Blue Devils to tie the game and then Mt Lebanon came in a flurry as first it was Mandic, then McDermott and finally Shane Ferguson scoring on a rebound at 11:52 to tie the game at one apiece. Shane Ferguson is a sparkplug for the Blue Devils and at 10:12, the Blue Devils forward scored a magical goal redirecting a Tyler Murovich pass from out of the corner to quickly give the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead. The Blue Devils had O’Hara running around and Bill Swahl was wise to call a timeout and settle the troops down after two quick goals. At 9:10 of the period, Shane Ferguson continued to be a thorn in the side of the Lions as he stole the puck and forced the defenseman to pull him down. At 7:44, the Blue Devils power play set up Brandon Dornish on the back door, but Ryan Klingensmith made a nice sliding save to keep the score 2-1. Then the goal came from Sean McDermott and this is a legacy Blue Devil, whose grandfather coached Mt Lebanon to its only State Championship and his dad and uncles were stalwarts in Blue and Gold in the early days. McDermott walked out of the corner and ripped a backhand high over the glove hand side of Klingensmith at 4:58 and Mt Lebanon now had a 3-1 lead. If Cardinal O’Hara was going to get back in this game a break came at 3:48 in the form of a mental mistake as Mt Lebanon took a too many men on the ice penalty. The Lions almost scored but Brandon Dornish dove a poked the puck out of danger with 2:21 to play with two Cardinal O’Hara players within striking distance and the score remained 3-1. Mt Lebanon dominated the second period of play with a staggering 22-3 shot advantage and 33-7 through two periods.

            So 15 minutes is all that remained between Mt Lebanon and history and Cardinal O’Hara would have to solve the 7 shot O-Fence-Sive performance through two periods and Bill Swahl must have had some encouraging words with a little fire because the Lions looked a little desperate in the opening minutes of the 3rd period. Kilngensmith kept his team within two goals stopping Tyler ‘Terminator’ Murovich from in tight with 9:04 to play in regulation. With 6:19 remaining in the 3rd period, Mt Lebanon went on the power play and the termination letter to Chief O’Hara was written as Brandon Dornish fed a streaking Tyler Murovich, who buried a snapshot up under the crossbar with 4:43 remaining to give Lebo 100 a 4-1 lead and a little over 4 ½ minutes to kill to capture the Pennsylvania Class AAA State Championship. Mt Lebanon took two ill-advised penalties putting O’Hara on the 5 on 3 power play with 2:42 remaining and 6 on 3 with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker. The Lions found the net as Tom Newman blasted a slapshot from the left point at 2:16 high over the glove hand of Matt Vaughn to make it 4-2. The Lions still had a minute left on the 2nd power play, but Lebo killed it. And when Josh Mandic out raced the O’Hara player to the puck and deposited it into the empty net it was a time for celebration for Mt Lebanon Hockey as 30 years of frustration was now history with a 5-2 victory and a perfect 26-0-0 season for the Blue Devils to capture the Pennsylvania Class AAA championship for the 2nd time.         


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Sunday, March 26
2006 Pennsylvania AA Champions - Pine Richland Rams
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71 - Kyle Adams
7 - Stephen Adams
16 - Geoffrey Bagnato
36 - Jared Bagnato
4 - Joseph Christman
67 - Brendan Conlon
3 - Tyler Deak
5 - Philip Didonato
17 - Joshua Fodor
77 - Stephen Gates
38 - Evan Goetz
30 - Andrew Hildreth
21 - Ryan Kight
28 - Andrew Lilly
24 - Brian Miller
99 - George Saad
19 - Dylan Trombetta
29 - Philip Trombetta
9 - Jordan Yoklic
37 - David Zajac

Head Coach ~ Jimmy Black
Assistant Coach ~ Rich Conlon
Team Manager ~ Jim Adams




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Saturday, April 8
2006 Pa Cup AA~Pine Richland scores three in the third to overcome Haverford
Haverford High
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2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships – Class AA

Pine Richland 3 Haverford 0

NEVILLE ISLAND –

          Haverford High enters the 2006 Pennsylvania Class AA Championship on the heels of their 2nd consecutive Flyers Cup with a 4-0 victory over Central Bucks South. For head coach Brian Cleary last years trip to the State AA title game left a lasting impression as the Fords failed to score against Peters Twp and Rob Madore going down by a 4-0 score. Haverford held Peters to a 1-0 game into the 3rd period without Ian Finnerty, who is this season’s leading scorer for the Fords, who was injured early in last year’s title game. Haverford will try to score against a Pine Richland team who is underrated defensively and maybe more importantly to give the Fords a little confidence. Having been here before may be an advantage the Fords can point to as they will need every possible advantage they can get as they face a red hot Rams squad.

       Pine Richland has been a team on a mission ever since losing in the Penguins Cup finals a year ago to Peters Twp 6-2. And when it came time to slay the dragon for coach Jimmy Black’s club in the Penguins Cup semi-finals against Peters, the Rams fell behind 3-0 late in the 2nd period after yielding a shorthanded goal. Then the difference maker in this playoffs show why he is the unquestionable leader for Pine Richland as Josh Fodor gathered a puck in his own end and buried a slapshot past Peters Twp goaltender Mike Mastracci with one second remaining in the 2nd period and awoke the sleeping giant. The Rams went on to outshot Peters 15-0 in the third and with a big comeback edged the Indians 4-3 as Fodor picked up the game winner. PR has not looked back since pummeling Kittanning 8-3 to capture their first ever Penguins Cup and now have an opportunity to capture the first Boys State Championship for the Pine Richland school district ever.

       A throng of Pine Richland supporters joined the Haverford faithful for another packed house at RMU Island Sports Center. At 12:10 of the opening period, Stoney Hildreth got a skate on an Ian Finnerty wrist shot labeled for the lower corner as the Fords carried the play in the opening minutes. The Rams would have their first opportunity on the power play be nullified by a penalty by Richland after a delayed call. Haverford’s Jason Hazleton stopped Josh Fodor with 5:29 remaining in the opening period. With 4:26 to go, the Fords would get an opportunity on the power play, but it was George Saad with the chance after a nice set-up by Brian Miller at 3:22, but Jason Hazleton made the save. The Fords had a golden opportunity on a short 5 on 3 advantage, but the Rams killed the first part and then the second portion of the penalty. The teams fought to a scoreless opening 15 minutes as the Fords held a 9-8 advantage in shots. With 11:38 to go in the second, Haverford was whistled on a questionable hooking call putting the Rams on the power play. Fodor took the puck to the net early in the power play, but Jason Hazleton was equal to the task and the Fords killed it off. With 8:04 remaining in the 2nd, Dylan Trombetta got behind the Fords defense on the breakaway and Hazleton stopped him. Another questionable call put the Rams on the power play at 7:46 as Jason Hazleton continued to sparkle and keep Pine Richland off the board as this scoreless game continued to build drama as to who would score first. At 3:22 of the second, Hazleton made an unconscious save in the crease on Phil Trombetta as he somehow kept the puck out. The Rams went on another power play after a skirmish in front of the Haverford goal and went on a 5 on 3 with 1:44 left in the period. As Pine Richland continued to miss chances, Haverford kept persevering and the teams went to the ice cut in a scoreless tie as the Rams outshot the Fords 14 –5.

          Then a wild play with 12:19 to go in regulation as Joe Christman’s shot deflected off of something or someone near the circles and caromed low to the glove side to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. So Haverford has now played 5 + periods in the state finals and has yet to score. Another Pine Richland power play and at 9:14 Phil DiDinato jammed home a Jordan Yoklic rebound to give the Rams a 2-0 lead. An with 8 ½ left in regulation, the Fords would get a rare power play, but an undisciplined penalty would cost them a half a minute into the man advantage. The referees now made it a competition to see who could call more penalties as the third period was a quagmire of calls. The Fords pulled the goalie with a 5 on 3 power play and had a couple of chances and then Brendan Conlon, the kid left at the rink 7 years ago, provided an empty net goal with 1:16 remaining to seal the victory and a State Championship for Pine Richland with a 3-0 lead and victory for the Rams, who would not be denied fighting off a valiant effort from Haverford High and a great goaltending performance by the Fords Jason Hazleton, who turned aside countless Pine Richland shots and scoring chances. A great win for a Pine Richland program that is a bridesmaid no more and a solid goaltending performance by Stoney Hildreth, who earned a shutout in victory and a well earned defensive effort and enough offense to capture the title.      


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Quaker Valley - 2006 Pennsylvania State A Champions
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Sunday, March 26
2006 Pennsylvania A Champions - Quaker Valley Quakers
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Game Recaps of Quaker Valley's 05-06 Season
2006 Pennsylvania A Champions
2006 Penguins Cup A Champions
Quaker Valley Quakers ~ PIHL

6 - Rob Balotsky
58 - John Chicots
11 - Lee Drake
82 - Gregory Dyer
96 - Timothy Hall
48 - George Jackson
47 - Aaron Kostial
10 - Mikael Lemieux
76 - Breton McNamara
99 - Jason Moisey
20 - Shawn Ritchey
23 - Cody Scott
7 - Colin South
25 - Furman South
9 - Trey Sterner
56 - Eryk Stunda
00 - Zachary Taylor
24 - Ross Watko
18 - Noah Zamagias
83 - Zachary Zinger

Head Coach ~ Kevin Quinn
Assistant Coach ~ Yuri Krivokhija
Assistant Coach ~ Jim Miller

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Saturday, April 8
2006 Pa Cup A~Quaker Valley sends Penncrest South with an impressive 9-2 victory !
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2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships – Class A

Quaker Valley 9 Penncrest 2

NEVILLE ISLAND –

       The Penncrest Lions have been on a joy ride since last March as the Lions started their journey to their first ever Flyers Cup A Championship defeating Central Bucks West and then continued their voyage at the Hersheypark Arena with a heartstopping 5-3 victory over Bishop McCort to capture the Pennnsylvania Class A title. For head coach Steve Mescanti, the thrill of being champions and the honor to defend their title has even been more enjoyable. The Lions were not the favorites to repeat as Springfield and Hershey move ahead in the Flyers Cup A seedings as the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League playoffs saw Penncrest get bounced as Springfield capture a title, which has been a prelude to State Championships the past three years as Penncrest and before the Radnor for two years have gone on to win the Pennsylvania State Title. So when the Lions and Cougars of Springfield matched up in the 2006 Flyers Cup, conventional wisdom and momentum was against Penncrest, but Mescanti’s boys edged their rivals from the ICSHL 1-0 and captured a date in this State final.

       Quaker Valley’s journey has been a lot longer than most but the trip has been enjoyable for those close to the program as their only Head Coach from the program’s inception in 1997 has been Kevin Quinn. The Quaker’s built their program the right way through developmental programs and bringing players up through the ranks of Freshman hockey to the Varsity level. QV can be proud that ALL of its players are home grown, with no advantage of bringing already developed players in from another team. Quaker Valley defeated long time nemesis Serra Catholic 6-0 top capture the Penguins Cup in their first ever trip and gain a spot next to the defending State Champions Penncrest Lions. The Quakers will be trying to do something for Western Pennsylvania tat has not happened since 2002 when Serra defeated Radnor to win the Pennsylvania Class A crown. After a run of ten in a row from 1993 to 2003, Western Pa holds 11 Class A State Championships and Eastern Pa has captured 6 Class titles.

       So before a packed house at the RMU Neville Island Sport Center and after a nervous opening sequence for QV at 14:04, red hot Furman South walked off the near boards a rifled a rocket over the stick side of Ryan McElhenny to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead. After the whistle at 12:50, Penncrest lost its composure with a retaliation penalty putting QV on the power play. But it would be Dave Bixler, who would draw a penalty just 41 seconds later to even it up in a very important turning point in the hockey game.
With 7:46 remaining in the opening period, the Lions were a little overzealous on the physical play and put the Quakers on the power play with another chance to go up two goals. With 6:06 remaining, McElhenney made a point blank save on Cody Scott and the Lions were able to kill off the QV man advatantage. With 3:21 remaining in the first period, Penncrest earned an opportunity on the power play and gain a tie score and after some sustained pressure, the Lions took another aggressive penalty to even it up. With 1:02 left another penalty created a 4 on 4 situation and moments later after brother Furman went to the box, freshman Colin South showed tremendous patience on a 2 on 1 and buried a wrist shot low to the glove side with 47 seconds for a 2-0 Quaker Valley lead and then just 19 seconds later, it was Colin South beat McElhenney on a long shot that handcuffed the Penncrest goaltender and gave the Quakers a 3-0 lead as they outshoot Penncrest 14-7 in the opening period turning a tight one goal contest into a 3 goal QV cushion.

      On to the second and QV goaltender Zac Zinger got into the act stopping Bixler from the side of the net. Penncrest showed some frustration and put the Quakers on the power play again. Then the South’s struck again as Furman found a loose puck along the boards and fired a shot at 6:55, which Ryan McElhenney saved but like a truck Colin South crashed the net and beat the Penncrest defenseman to the puck and the Quakers now had a 4-0 lead, prompting a timeout by the Lions. With 5:53 to play nothing was going right for the Lions as they were whistled again and just 7 seconds after the face-off, Furman South buried a slapshot from the middle of the circle and the score read Quaker Valley South 5 Penncrest heading East 0. Then with 3:12 remaining in the 2nd, a QV miscue ended up on the stick of Nick Kusturriss, who beat Zac Zinger low to the stick side to get the Lions on the board 5-1, but the Quaker Valley team would be just 15 minutes from a State Championship. Although Penncrest outshot QV in the period 14-11, the Quakers dominated the first 30 minutes and it was reflected on the scoreboard.

               The Penncrest chances ended up safely in the capable hands of QV goaltender Zac Zinger early in the third period. And then the icing on the cake came with 10:21 remaining as Furman South intercepted a Penncrest clearing pass and then deked the Lion’s defense and lofted a wrist shot low to the stick side to give QV a 6-1 lead on a great goal for the hat trick. With 8 ½ to go and a two man advantage, the puck found Furman South’s stick again like a magnet and he buried a wrist shot to the stick side for his 4th goal of the game and a demanding 7-1 plastering of the defending State Champions. Then with 7:14 remaining, little used 4th liner John Chicots scored on his own rebound for an exclamation point and a 8-1 QV runaway. Then another goal as Mikail Lemieux unleashed a wicked slapshot that beat McElhenney with 6:33 to play to make it 9-1. Penncrest’s Dave Bixler scored a consolation goal with 4:43 to play to make the final count 9-2. Final shots were 40-36 in favor of QV. For Quaker Valley, a tremendous finish to a magical season in bringing back the State Class A Championship to Western Pennsylvania.


2005 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships AAA
Pennsylvania Cup ~ Class AAA – Bethel Park 4 Malvern Prep 3

HERSHEY –

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2005 Bethel Park Blackhawks
Pennsylvania Cup and Penguins Cup AAA Champions

1        Rick McLuckie        Goaltender 12
3        Ryan Hedglen         Forward        12
4        Kye Budziszewski Defense 11
6        Ken Lehmann         Forward        10
7        Tyler Zaremski        Forward        11
8        Connor McLean         Forward        12
9        Bryce Merriam         Goaltender 11
10        Timothy O'Brien Forward        11
11        Edward Bendik         Defense        11
12        Jason Hosko         Defense        11
13        Jacobus Bliek         Defense        12
14      Rob Torchia    Defense 10
15        Brian McGinty         Forward        9
16        Graham Cohen         Forward        10
17        Bob Heyl        Forward        11
18        Jason Hedglen         Forward        12
19        Bryan Brown         Forward        10
21        Adam Kaczmarek         Forward        11
22        Logan Bannon         Forward        10
23        Michael Diethorn Forward 12
24        Jeffrey Konyk         Defense        11
25        Tim Davin        Defense        10
                        
        Jim McVay - Head Coach                 
        Dan Mackin - Assistant                
        Matt Brunk - Assistant                 
        Jack Bliek - Team Manager                 


2005 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships - AA
Pennsylvania Cup ~ Class AA – Peters Township 4 Haverford High 0

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Peters Township Indians

6 Mike Bucci 11 D
8 Aaron Croft 12 D
11 Jake Della Valle 10 F
4 Carter Docking 10 D
14 Jeff Hannan 10 F
47 George Hecht 12 F
27 Matt Lazzaro 11 F
95 Jake Machel 10 D
17 Rob Madore 10 G
70 Bryan Papciak 12 F
31 Chris Papciak 10 F
69 Gerry Raymond 11 F
63 Eric Rectenwald 12 F
77 Garrett Rooney 12 D
26 Dustin Roux 11 F
16 Brandon Tingle 11 F
23 Eric Windmueller 10 F
      
Head Coach - Mark Cooper

Assistant Coach Denny DeFelice
Assistant Coach Scott Simmons


2005 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships - A
Pennsylvania Cup ~ Class A – Penncrest 5 Bishop McCort 3

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2005 High School Roster

91 John Mowry 12 V
12 Rob Rottensteiner 12 V
15 Brad Ryan 12 V
28 Kevin Vanaman 12 V
10 Dave Bixler 11 V
41 Bryan Chacosky 11 V
61 Paul Farnschlader 11 V
8 Scott Griffin 11 V
88 Bill Griffith 11 V
16 Nick Kusturiss 11 V
21 Sal Lopiccolo 11 V
40 Ryan McElhenney 11 V
4 Dave Sakers 11 V
25 Chris Tull 11 V
11 Mike Maser 10 V
19 Franny Naselli 10 V
22 Eric Lutz 9 V
27 Tim Paulson 9 V

Head Coach - Steve Mescanti - 12th season A
Assistants - Eric Wolf
          - Kraig Kaufhold


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April 10, 2004
A   ~ Radnor 5 Serra Catholic 2
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AA ~ Archbishop Carroll 4 Peters Twp 2
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AAA ~ Malvern Prep 4 Mt Lebanon 3
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Malvern Prep - 4
2004 Pennsylvania Cup ~ Class AAA
Mt Lebanon
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2004 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

PITTSBURGH –

Malvern Prep 4 Mt Lebanon 3

       Mt Lebanon came into the 2004 Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA game on a roll in defeating defending Pennsylvania Class AAA champions Meadville 3-0 at the Mellon Arena on March 28th. The Blue Devils have had their greatest season since they opened the Mt Lebanon Recreation Center way back in 1977 and were looking to capture their first State Championship since 1976 and just for a little good luck the head coach of that team Mickey McDermott and his star goaltender Rich Cunningham, paid a little visit to the Robert Morris Neville Island Sports Center and sat way up in the top row of the end zone to root on the Blue Devils along with the entire borough of Mt Lebanon including Alumni, students in a jam packed arena. Mt Lebanon’s team has been built by head coach Paul Taibi with one goal in mind and believe me, Taibi is a coach who understands the process of what it takes to win a State Championship after serving many years with Bethel Park. Every amount of energy in scouting and working with an excellent group of kids and parents has been expended to this point and Mt Lebanon now faced a monumental challenge against a hungry team, who has lost three consecutive State Championships by just one goal and was looking to make it four,

         Malvern Prep has been to the State Finals each of the past four years and has been the dominant teams in the Eastern half of the State for a half dozen or so. The Friars have only one State Championship to show for their efforts in 1990, which may frustrate some teams but not Malvern Prep. Head coach John Graves had a little prediction he wanted to share with me and a great gathering of conversation with myself, the Radnor coaching staff and parents, a super group of Archbishop Carroll folks, Philly Inquirer writer Joe Santoloquito and of course Father Ed Casey [who is a staple of the Friar program], who on Friday night and I made a promise to myself that I would tell no one about that prediction. Since 1990, the Eastern Pennsylvania teams have not swept the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships and that was the year Malvern Prep won it and
When coach Graves visited me prior to this years Championship game not more than a half hour before the game, I told him that it was his turn to hold up what he said Friday night which was ‘we are going to win ALL three tomorrow’. So after Radnor and Archbishop Carroll won the Class A and Class AA Pennsylvania Cups, Malvern Prep seemed destined and especially after they were almost extinguished by Holy Ghost Prep in the Flyers Cup semis and down 4-1 in the middle of the second. Chris Campanale became the official spokesperson for the Friars with a hat trick followed and a big 6-4 comeback victory with five teammates including star forward Warren Byrne, goaltender Mark Cetola and Campanale’s four year teammate defenseman Will Averona in the stands. Complete faith is what I call it of a coach in his players to reach a goal set and Graves calmly decided to name Mark Cetola starting goaltender in favor of Flyers Cup MVP freshman Bryan Mountain.

          The first period was a clean hard hitting period as Malvern Prep showed why they are the most talented offensive team in the State outshooting Mt Lebanon 12-6, but Matt Vaughn continued his outstanding goaltending that has only yielded one goal in his first four playoff games. An interesting contrast in defensive hockey by Mt Lebanon and pressing offense by Malvern Prep of attacking and countering took place as the score remained 0-0 at the end of one period.

          On to the second and the Malvern pressure yielded a rare turnover by the Mt Lebanon defense and Justin Martin buried a wrist shot high over the glove side of Matt Vaughn at 13:41 for a 1-0 Friar advantage. Mt Lebanon went on the power play at 13:08 and Dan Wilen made a great play to strip the puck of a Malvern forward and then finished off some nice work by Eric Sloan and Tony Valerino, to pounce on a rebound and tie the game at one apiece at 11:25. The teams exchanged power plays in the middle of the period as Mt Lebanon carried the play with an 11-8 shot advantage for the 2nd period and the Blue Devils would take the lead on a turnover by the Malvern Prep defense as Bryan Colligan deposited a wrist shot through the 5-hole of Mark Cetola at 1:17 after a nice effort by James Cichra and Mt Lebanon was fifteen minutes away from erasing 28 years since its last state title.

          Malvern’s goaltender Mark Cetola kept his team within one goal early in the third period robbing Cichra from in close at 14:33. Warren Byrne, who had been very quiet in the 2004 playoffs, delivered a huge goal less than a minute later as his shot took a weird deflection which fooled Matt Vaughn and sailed high over the glove hand of the Mt Lebanon goaltender to tie the game with 13:48 left in regulation at 2-2. Mt Lebanon looked to regain the lead as Malvern took two undisciplined penalties in a row at 13:20 and 10:41, but Malvern had the best scoring chance as Byrne was in on the breakaway, but Matt Vaughn stopped him at 10:30. The Blue Devils would counter as Eric Sloan took a pass just inside the blue line and split the Malvern Prep defense and like lightning chipped the puck on the backhand high over the glove side of Mark Cetola for a 3-2 lead with 8:51 left in regulation. Malvern Prep did not panick and Byrne took the puck from his own end and skated it into the Mt Lebanon zone and cut across the ice and fired a low wrist shot to the far stick side beating Matt Vaughn to tie the score with 5:34 to play in the third period. Less than a minute later, Mt Lebo’s Billy Leckenby had a great opportunity to give the Blue Devils the lead again but Mark Cetola came up with a big pad save at 4:29 to keep the score 3-3. Less than a minute later Nick Averona beat the Mt Lebanon defense to the puck and pushed it to the corner where Keith Ennis found it who fed Tim Horn who buried a wrist shot to give Malvern Prep a 4-3 lead with 3:59 remaining in regulation. Mt Lebanon pressed for the equalizer but could not beat Cetola, who stopped 26 of 29 shots and Malvern Prep claimed its first Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA State Championship in 14 years with a thrilling 4-3 victory over an excellent Mt Lebanon team.         
   
       For Malvern Prep a little redemption for three empty prior trips to the State Finals for John Graves and the last player off the ice for Malvern Prep was Will Averona, who now can put behind him the infamous ‘stick measurement’ at Rostraver in 2002 and finally after four years can lay claim along with his teammates to the best team in the State of Pennsylvania as 2004 Pennsylvania High School Hockey champions and the prediction of his coach who predicted a sweep and his team delivered the final piece to the puzzle.   



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Malvern Prep Friars
1 Mark Cetola   G 12
3 Will Averona   D 12
9 Nick Averona   F 10
17 Mac Dunton   D 10
22 Sean Olejar   F 11
37 Stephen Notebaert   F 12
44 Luke Benner   D 12
46 Bryan Mountain   G 9
68 Tim Donaghue   D 12
81 Justin Martin    F 12
85 Jim Behe   F 11
89 Matt Farrell   D 12
90 Tim Horn F 11
91 Chris Campanale    F 12
92 Tim Gehring   F 12
93 Keith Ennis   F 11
94 Matt Campanale D 10
96 Warren Byrne   F 11

Head Coaches: John Graves
Assistant Coach: Father Ed Casey
Assistant Coach: Michael Graves
Trainer: Bill Mills




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PITTSBURGH –

Archbishop Carroll 4 Peters Twp 2

          ‘Peters Township is the champion until someone eliminates them from the playoffs’ has been mentioned quite a few times in the 2003-2004 season. After head coach Mark Cooper’s team defeated both South Park and Kittanning with impressive 4-1 and 8-1 margins and watched top seed Thomas Jefferson lose to Indiana in overtime,
they looked to be a sure thing to win it all. Many Peters Twp fans started making arrangements for a three peat for a third consecutive Pennsylvania State Championship, but Indiana had other ideas in the 2004 Penguins Cup and held a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, but PT came back and tied the game with 6 seconds remaining in regulation on a goal by Kevin Kustron and then won it in overtime to move on to the Pennsylvania Cup Class AA championship. In the state finals over past two years defeating Archbishop Carroll at Rostraver in 2002 10-3 and then almost duplicating that feat in 2003, beating Holy Ghost Prep 9-3 at IceLine to capture their second State crown in as many years. In fact, Western Pennsylvania has not lost a Class AA State Championship since 1995, when Conwell Egan defeated North Catholic 4-1. So Peters Township was looking to join Erie Fairview [1977,1981&1982], Canevin [1983,1984 & 1989] and Thomas Jefferson [1998, 1999 & 2000] as 3-time Class AA State Champions.

             In mid-October, as I began to search for information on the internet for the upcoming season, I came upon the Peters Township schedule and interestingly there was a game scheduled with Archbishop Carroll on a Thursday night prior to the Kittanning Invitational, which the Patriots annually attend to face some of the better Class AA teams in the State of Pennsylvania. The game never happened and Head coach Bill Hammonds team looked anything like a State Final contender in that Invitational. The reason was that a handful of the Patriots were not in attendance and when Kittanning defeated them 7-1, I am sure a lot of people wrote off Archbishop Carroll, which is a mistake if you understand that Hammonds annually builds his teams for playoff runs and not for pre-season exhibitions in October. Carroll has won the Class AA Flyers Cup for four out of the past five years defeating Eastern Regional in 2000 by the score of 5-4, Archbishop Ryan 3-1 in 2001, Central Bucks West 8-1 in 2001 and Archbishop Wood 6-3 for its 4th in late March. The Patriots picked the wrong years to win the Flyers Cup because they faced a great Thomas Jefferson team in the 2000 finals at the Mellon Arena and lost 6-1, then met a high powered Beaver team in 2001 at Haverford and lost 8-4 and then received an aforementioned 10-3 pounding from a loaded Peters Twp team at Rostraver in 2002. By far the 2004 opponent in Peters Township would be the best chance for the Patriots to capture their first State Championship since 1981.



          Peters Township coach Mark Cooper took a gamble to start the game in starting Shane Frey in net as opposed to red-hot freshman Rob Madore. Peters Township came out in the first minute and was all over Archbishop Carroll and took the lead 1-0 when Gerry Raymond buried a wrist shot on the stick side past Mike Silver at 13:20. Bill Hammonds had to be scratching his head, but the whole hockey game would turn on the next faceoff as Shane Aldinger found a streaking John Piotrowicz, who just unleashed a long slapshot from just over the blueline through a screen, which handcuffed Shane Frey and trickled past him in to the net at 13:15 and Carroll was now tied at one apiece.
This seemed to pick up the Carroll bench and instead of playing like scared rabbits, this team began to play with the confidence that carried them to the 2004 Flyers Cup.

         The next few minutes of the game would prove that as Peters Twp went on the power play at 13:00. Patriot goaltender Mike Silver began a magical goaltending performance at this point… as he made several key saves and built momentum for his team in front of him. After Silver robbed Gerry Raymond at 4:33, Carroll took the lead as Eric Tangradi banged home a Eric Chamness rebound [and yes folks, Chamness is related to Scott ‘the shot’ Chamness who lead AC to the 1981 crown] at 4:16 and the score read Archbishop Carroll 2 Peters Township 1. In came Rob Madore off the Peters Twp bench, but I am afraid that the damage had been done at this point and Carroll was not going to let this opportunity slip by. Mike Silver made the save of the hockey game at 3:14 of the first period with a sliding glove save on a sure goal by Si Bishop.

          Peters Township regained their composure and tied the game early in the second period as Mike Bucci threw the puck to the net and Dustin Roux pounced on the rebound and tied the game at 2-2 with 13:21 left in the period. Peters Township took two bad penalties in a span of 17 seconds, which would swing the momentum of this game back to Carroll. Harry Ireland showed great patience and left his teammates get set up on the two man advantage and found a wide open John Piotrowicz in the slot, who fired a bullet high over the glove side of Rob Madore to give Archbishop Carroll a 3-2 lead at the 12:11 mark. Piotrowicz made an excellent play to keep the puck in just a minute and a half later And Justin Rumsey found Shane Aldinger who beat Madore on the stick side for a 4-2 lead at 10:35 and the Patriot faithful were starting to believe this was their year. Carroll outshot Peters in the 2nd period 15-11 and kept the pressure on the Indians as Matt Lisowski had a great chance for the 5th goal with 2 opportunities at 6:22, which were turned away by Madore, who was keeping Peters chances alive at this point. The Indians had a great chance with 1:02 remaining on a Kevin Kustron breakaway, but Mike Silver rose to the challenge and Archbishop Carroll took a 4-2 lead to the locker room.   

       The Patriot defense and forwards were the difference in the third period as Carroll outshot Peters in the third period 13-4 and limited the Indians to very little zone time. Justin Rumsey, Harry Ireland, Frank Viola, Josh Friedland and the rest of the Carroll defense and particularly the forward line of Matt Lisowski, Eric Tangradi and James Chamness silenced the Peters Township guns with simple solid defense, excellent coverage in the neutral zone and NO penalties to give Peters Township any momentum. Redemption for coach Bill Hammonds, who was a focused different man, who saw an opportunity for his club to capture a State Championship, which had eluded Archbishop Carroll in four trips and whatever he told his team Friday night at their meeting at the hotel, it worked because the easiest way to win a State Championship is to be one of the participants and the way to win it is a team effort and over the past ten plus years, this was one of the best ones I have seen in that period. As I said in my preview, Mike Silver would have to play the game of his life, which he did, but the credit goes to the 19 other guys and coaching of Hammonds, who made believers out of everyone in attendance that Archbishop Carroll deserves to be Pennsylvania High School Hockey Class AA Champions in 2004.



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       Serra Catholic entered the 2004 Class A State Championship game on a roll defeating Somerset in the Penguins Cup final 3-1 at the Mellon Arena on March 28th.
The play of goaltender Timmy Johnson has been just superb in the playoffs yielding just five goals in three post-season goals as the Eagles have been outshot in every game thus far in the playoffs. Serra and head coach Tom Mooney were looking to capture their 4th Pennsylvania Class A title in 5 years to move closer to Bishop McCort, who has captured five State Championships for the most of any school since the Class A championships were initiated in 1989. Serra Catholic felt and stated publicly that they received no respect for the 2002 championship and were looking forward to proving that they are a worthy champion and regardless of the outcome of this years championship, Serra has given its fans and ALL fans an exciting view of some great hockey over the past five years.

         Radnor is making their third consecutive trip to the finals and head coach Ed Ritti III was looking forward to his return trip to Pittsburgh after bowing to Serra in the 2002 Pennsylvania Cup 5-4 at the Rostraver Ice Garden. The Raiders have been Pennsylvania’s most dominant team over the past two seasons winning the Pennsylvania Cup Class A championship a year a go with a 2-1 win over a very good Westmont Hilltop team at Ice Line in West Chester. Coach Ritti also had a score to settle with Penguins Cup officials who harassed the coach and his team at Rostraver prior to the game [which is par for the course for people who attend about a half dozen games a year and that’s if you include the playoffs and deal with people about as well as a first grader would deal with a college Calculus class]. So coach Ritti III asked to check the paperwork of Serra Catholic and maybe send a little message to the Eagles.

          As the teams lined up for the opening faceoff and were announced individually, interestingly the Radnor players turned and would not even look at the Serra players. The focus of the Radnor team was very evident in the opening minutes of this championship game as the Raiders looked very sharp early pinning Serra Catholic in its own end and outgunning the Eagles 11-4 in shots. Timmy Johnson was perfect as he easily brushed aside the Radnor dominance in shots, but it was the Serra defensive trio of Josh Jones, Steven Kolbe and Ryan Noone, who kept the Raiders on the perimeter much like they did against Somerset’s high scoring trio in the Penguins Cup final.

          Radnor just kept on coming in the second period pounding the Eagles with 21 more shots to Serra’s 8. The Raiders Ed Devine got things started showing great patience and threaded a perfect pass to Chris Brennan, who drilled a one-timer between the legs of Timmy Johnson at 13:03 of the 2nd for a 1-0 Radnor lead. With 7:35 left in the middle frame, it was Brennan again on a great individual effort to chip the puck around the Serra defenseman and then poke it past a gambling Timmy Johnson into the empty net for a 2-0 Radnor lead. Serra tried to get back in the game by sending their forwards out of the zone a little earlier than their normal defensive posture and Bart Bitterman made them pay as the Radnor defenseman made a terrific play to intercept a lead pass then feed Chris Brennan, who hit a streaking Eddie Devine who buried a shot in behind Timmy Johnson for a 3-0 lead at 2:45.

            Now Radnor was in complete control of this hockey game and most fans would have just started the trophy presentations. Being around this Serra hockey team for the past five years, I can tell you that they are never out of a game. In 2001, the monumental comeback against Springfield after being down 3-0 and then coming back to win 5-4 or in 2002 when Radnor, who was outshooting them badly but watched Serra come back and magically defeat them 5-4 at Rostraver. Well it took Serra just 6 seconds to start the minds rolling again as Justin Lubasch took a wrist shot from just over the blue line which handcuffed Erik Johnson at 2:39 to get Serra on the board 3-1. Radnor took a bad penalty on the next faceoff and Lubasch set up linemate Ray Gillis with a perfect pass which Gillis tipped up under the crossbar at 2:13 and in under a minute those pesky Eagles pulled within one at 3-2. Radnor had to wonder what had become of the huge shot advantage of 33 –12 after two period as Eddie Devine was stoned by Timmy Johnson on a breakaway with 14 seconds remaining in the 2nd period to give the Raiders a little something to think about going to the locker room.

          Serra had again, much like the Blackhawk game and Somerset game, made their opponent expend a ton of energy producing shots but only have a one goal lead. Knowing Johnson could be the difference the Serra team must have figured they could pull another one out similar to 2002. Johnson would be the difference but in this years championship it would be Radnor’s Erik Johnson, who stopped all 13 Serra shots in the third period including a great save on Joey Manning with 9:31 left in regulation. Austin Cohen would deliver the big blow to Serra’s chances on a great pass from Brad Dowlin, Cohen beat Timmy Johnson on the breakaway on the backhand to give Radnor a huge insurance goal and a 4-2 lead with 8:00 to play in the 3rd. Austin’s brother Colby Cohen would score at 2:10 on another assist from Dowlin, who had four on the afternoon to make it 5-2 and Erik Johnson put an exclamation point on an impressive Radnor victory by stoning Ryan Noone, Steve Gruhalla and Justin Lubasch in the games final minute to give the Radnor Raiders their 2nd consecutive Pennsylvania Cup Class A crown.               



Radnor
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2004 Pennsylvania Cup A Champions - Radnor Raiders
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Radnor Raiders
Ryan Donnelly
Nick Ryder
Rob Looloian
Sean Kavanaugh
Bart Bitterman
Brad Dowlin
Chris Dambly
Chris Brennan
Gil Davis
Greg Gallagher
Neil Callahan
Tom Shaw
Ed Devine
Austin Cohen
Colby Cohen
Adam Chudnofshy
Erik Johnson
Ben Morse

Head Coach - Ed Ritti III
Assistant Coach - Ed Ritti Jr
Assistant Coach - David Wood


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Archbishop Carroll Patriots
Mike Silver
Robert Fratoni
Chris Baer
Greg Manz
Dave Devine
Tim Lisowski
Josh Friedland
Shane Aldinger
John Cocco
James Chamness
Justin Stroh
Steve Caggiano
Frank Cocco
Andrew Gregorie
Matt Lisowski
Frank Viola
Chris Guglielmo
John Piotrowicz
Harry Ireland
Eric Tangradi
Justin Rumsey

Bill Hammond ~        Head Coach
Albert LaBrusciano ~ Assistant Coach




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The Ice Line Facility - West Chester will be hosting 2003 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championsips on Sunday March 30, 2003. The game are as follows:

Class A ~ Radnor 2 Westmont Hilltop 1

Class AA ~ Peters Twp 9 Holy Ghost Prep 3

Class AAA ~ Meadville 5 Malvern Prep 4

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2003 Pennsylvania Class AAA Championship
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Meadville refuses to go away quietly and storms back for 8th State Title!

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       Malvern Prep had to feel a sigh of relief to know that they would not have to deal with Bethel Park during the week the Flyers Cup began in mid-March. The Friars have been the best team in Eastern Pa and demolished the Flyers Cup field in the preliminary’s and then defeated an excellent LaSalle team 2-1 for their 3rd straight Flyers Cup to give themselves a third straight opportunity for a Pennsylvania Class AAA State Championship. A major obstacle for Malvern Prep has been Bethel Park, who defeated the Friars in their past three trips to the finals 3-2 in 2002 at Rostraver, 2-1 in 2001 at Haverford and 4-3 in 1997 at Ice Line in three of the best State Final games in recent memory. When the Blackhawks were ousted in the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals at the hands of Franklin Regional 6-3, the Malvern Prep faithful breath a quiet sigh of relief.
Class Head Coach John Graves club would be ready to capture Malvern’s first Pennsylvania Class AAA State Championship since a 1990 win over Upper St Clair 6-3 in Pittsburgh. To help them on was an overflow crowd of an estimated 1600 shoulder to shoulder, with a loud cow bell clanging and chanting Friar student section looking to give the home team a lift.

         For Meadville, it has been a long drought for Pennsylvania’s 7-time State Champions [6 at Class AAA]. Coach Jamie Plunkett and his Bulldogs were licking their chops to redeem the 1999 triple overtime loss to Conwell Egan at Grundy and capture their first State Title since 1996 in Johnstown, a 3-2 victory over LaSalle. The reason for such optimism this season is simple, for much of the Dawg’s season, which culminated in an 18-3-3 record, Meadville has been able to get key goals at key times late in the game to tie or win games maybe they should not have, which is a formula for great success in the playoffs. With their first ever title in the Bulldog Invitational in January 2002, the hopes where really high in Meadville, that this could be the year. The Bulldogs made it to the Penguins Cup with relative ease defeating their opponents the first three game including North Hills, Plum and arch-rival Central Catholic by a total of 16-3 and jumped all over Franklin Regional in the Penguins Cup for an impressive 8-3 win capturing their 9th Western crown. As usual a large contingent of Meadville faithful were standing the entire game with chants of ‘Let’s go Dawgs’.

         Meadville’s strategy against many of their opponent’s was to jump on them early in the first period. Malvern Prep turned the tables as the Friars used the huge crowd to their advantage and Mike Curran opened the scoring at 11:58 of the first period. Just 52 seconds later, Prep opened up a 2-0 lead as Chris Campanale took a Curran feed and beat Danny O’Sharuk at 11:06. Meadville cut the lead in half as D.J. Durkee scored upstairs past Mark Cetola at 7:12 of 1st period.

         In the second period, the Bulldogs looked to tie the game, but Campanale had other ideas as he blistered a slapshot past O’Sharuk at 12:33 sending the Friar faithful into a tizzy in the end zone. If there was a turning point of the hockey game it may have been at 9:33of the middle period as stud defenseman and Pa Hockey top 25 selection for Malvern Prep Andreas Wochtl was whistled for a two minute crosscheck, but was also given a 10 minute misconduct, which is a questionable call in a State Championship final, but nonetheless gave Meadville new life, which is a dangerous proposition. Christian Nickerson took an outstanding pass from Phill Siverd on the back door for a power play goal and more importantly cut the Malvern lead to 3-2 with 8:20 remaining in the 2nd. Justin Martin recaptured the two goal lead as he took a long lead pass from Tim Horn and beat the Bulldog defense and O’Sharuk on the breakaway at 8:20 and a 4-2 lead for the Friars. Meadville was now in trouble as the Malvern was pressing for the 3-goal lead, but O’Sharuk stood tall and the Dawgs got a huge break as the Malvern defense committed a huge sin by throwing the puck up the middle of the ice, which was intercepted by Justin Wehrle who in one motion bombed a wrist shot past Cetola on the stick side and cut the lead to 4-3 with 2:09 left in the second period.

          Meadville has been in this situation before and coach Plunkett inspired his team by telling them to ‘If Malvern is going to win it, lets make them earn their State Championship and not hand it to them’. The Bulldogs played inspired defensive and fundamental hockey in the third period, but the Friars matched them shift for shift. Malvern snipers Mike Curran and Chris Campanale both had good chaces in the third but could beat O’Sharuk, who faced only 8 shots but several good scoring chances for the Friars. Meadville gained the Prep zone with under five minutes left and a collision ensued between Phil Siverd and the Malvern defenseman and entangled goaltender Cetola, who was out of the crease. Meadville took advantage as Wehrle found Chris Claspy at the left point, who slammed a snapshot into the half empty net with just 4:41 left and the game was tied at 4-4. Meadville seized the moment just a little over a minute later as Brian Bahurinsky threw the puck to the net and Malvern just could stand and watch as the speedy Christian Nickerson beat the Malvern defense and Cetola to the loose puck and poked it home giving the Bulldogs its first lead 5-4 with exactly 3:00 remaining in regulation. Now the Friars backs where to the wall and they pulled Cetola for the extra attacker and had several chances, the best with under a minute to play as Curran beat the Bulldog defense, but the puck trickled off his stick in an attempted backhand. Meadville would hold on for a 5-4 victory and the Dawgs would capture Pennsylvania Cup # 8 in dramatic fashion.

          Coach Plunkett said it best when he said “you don’t appreciate something until its gone for seven years” and that that “this State Championship may be appreciated the most !”. The soft spoken Bulldog forward Brian Bahurinsky shared “that of all of the goals you can score in your career combined couldn’t compare with the big ‘W’ that the Bulldogs had achieved in 2003” and that really encompasses what the Meadville Hockey program is all about………winning their last game in the season and doing it as a team ! For coach Graves and Malvern, another disappointing finish to another great season falling one goal short for a third straight season, but the coach vowed to be back and capture that elusive State crown, sometimes the process takes a while and for coach Plunkett it was seven years since 1996 and the last one and for coach Graves, he will get that championship and when he does there will not be a more gracious winner than him.                  




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2003 Pa Cup AAA Meadville
Meadville captures 8th Pa Crown !
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2003 Pennsylvania Class AAA Champs - Meadville Bulldogs
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2003 Pennsylvania Class AAA Champions
Meadville Bulldogs

Brian Bahurinsky-24   
Christian Nickerson-10   
Jeffrey Holabaugh-8   
Philip Sivero-11   
David Moyer-7   
Richard Thomas-21
Daniel Craven-27
Justin Wehrle-17   
Nathan Liscinski-15   
Christopher Claspy-2   
Brian Learn-25   
Daniel Durkee-9
Shawn Harbaugh-4
James Noon-16   
Justin Wilkinson - 20   
Christopher Leone-22   
Casey Rogers - 6
Tyler Learn-26   
Daniel O'Shurak-35   

Head Coach - Jamie Plunkett
Assistant Coach - Richard Holababaugh
                - Ben Corey


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2003 Pennsylvania Class AA Championship
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Peters Twp puts an exclamation point on second straight Class AA State Championship!

ICELINE ~

       Holy Ghost Prep has been ranked # 1 in the Pa Hockey elite 8 poll for most of the 2002-2003 season. Coach Tibbels team went 19-1-4 during the regular season and then defeated Neshaminy in the LBCSHL Championship for their first ever title. The Firebirds then carved through the Flyers Cup defeating Freedom [LVIHL], Archbishop Wood [SHSHL] and Abington [SHSHL] by a margin of 20-4 to reach the Flyers Cup final against West Chester Henderson. HGP ran into a hot goaltender in WC Henderson’s O’Neill and fell behind 3-1 late into the Flyers Cup final. The Firebirds fought back to tie the game with under five minutes to go and then got a goal from Steve Biasini in overtime to capture their first ever Flyers Cup. So now Pa Hockey’s # 1 ranked Class AA team would move onto the PA Final against the # 2 ranked team and defending State Champ Peters Twp.

       Peters Twp went through the regular season in an almost disinterested state and looked to be vulnerable position, but maybe they were just lulling their foes into believing that they were beatable. After capturing the # 1 seed in the Penguins Cup, the Indians smashed Hampton 9-2 and Greensburg CC 8-0 to reach the Penguins Cup against Kittanning. In the finals, Peters struck early and often to defeat the Wildcats 6-3 to capture their 2nd straight Penguins Cup and move on to play # 1 ranked Holy Ghost in the finals. Head Coach Mark Cooper used the battle cry of no respect for the defending State Champions and funnel it toward Holy Ghost. More importantly the Indians had an opportunity to establish themselves as one of the most dominant Class AA teams in State History.

         The game would be played in front of a partisan Holy Ghost Prep crowd and a huge student section, which filled the end zone and showed their patriotism by joining in a stirring rendition of ‘God Bless America’ which would have made Kate Smith proud. The first period turned into a penalty fest as the teams took a total of 14 penalties as Peters established a physical presence, particularly on super the scoring tandem of Paul Worthington and Ryan Gunderson. The second order of business was to test the Firebirds goaltending, who have not faced an onslaught like Peters all season. The Indians pounded Holy Ghost for a 14-4 shot advantage on goaltender Dave Monteith in the 1st with a balanced attack and broke open the game early with four goals from Matt Clackson [8:02], Mike Papciak [7:23], Matt Schwartz [2:56] and Brandon Rubeo [2:22] for a 4-0 lead at the end of one. Peters Twp displayed their penalty killing by killing two 5 on 3’s late in the first period.

          On to the second and Peters continued its onslaught with the penalty box filled again with 15 more penalties. Matt Schwartz added his second goal at 12:56 and Mike Sherer beat Andrew Golin on the slapshot at 3:51 to spur Peters Twp to a 6-0 lead. Holy Ghost finally took advantage as Ryan Gunderson [2:54] and Paul Worthington [1:02] took advantage of the Firebirds power plays and cut the lead to 6-2. If their was any chance for HGP, the Peters line of Christian Minella, Matt Schwartz [who finished the game with 2 goals & 4 assists totaling six points] and Matt Clackson would put an end to it with one of the prettiest passing sequences and a great backdoor finish by Minella with 33 seconds left in the 2nd period to put the Indians on top 7-2 at the end of two periods.

         The third period was pretty much academic as Peters added two more goals by Minella and Kevin Kustron, who took a great pass from Mike Papciak [who had a goal & three assists for four points] and HGP’s Worthington added a tally at 11:21 to make the final outcome 9-3 and a second straight Pennsylvania Class AA Championship. Kyle Kittleberger stopped several Firebird chances with some spectacular goaltending throughout stooping 23 shots. The win by Peters Twp put this team in the company of the best Class AA teams who have ever captured the Pennsylvania State Class AA Championship and opened a debate that this may be the best team in the state at any level. HGP Head Coach Brian Tibbels called Peters “better than any AAA teams in the state”. Holy Ghost had a great year, but may have just picked the wrong year to make it to the State Finals as Peters showed why many consider them the top team in the state at any level.

         Senior captain Matt Schwartz was very pleased that his line along with Minella and Matt Clackson accounted for five goals in his post game remarks “Early in the game it was our job to pick up our game and seize the moment” for the Indians. Kyle Kittleberger was thrilled on the defensive end admitting that the defense was looking forward to the challenge of stopping the high scoring tandem Gunderson and Worthington, he added “we really wanted to limit the time and space of Gunderson and Worthington” and was very proud of the play of his defensive unit. Coach Mark Cooper summed it up best by claiming his team had really molded through “personalities which make our team a loose bunch of guys and a very tight-knit group, which was the key to the team’s success”.         




Peters Twp 03 Directors Cup
Peters wins 2nd straight Pa Title !
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2003 Pennsylvania Class AA Champs - Peters Twp Indians
Peters Twp
Peters Twp wins in impressive fashion !
2003 Pennsylvania Class AA Champions
Peters Township Indians

90 Si Bishop
80 Corey Bovalina
51 Chris Clackson
55 Matt Clackson
9 Dan Crogan
66 Nick Domachowski
67 Rob Feltovich
40 Shane Frey
39 Keith Huffman
37 Kyle Kittelberger
71 Kevin Kustron
57 Matt Lazzaro
20 Harry McGovern, III
11 Christiaan Minella
31 Mike Papciak
69 Gerry Raymond
77 Garett Rooney
38 Brandon Rubeo
12 Mike Sherer
16 Brandon Tingle
91 Matt Schwartz

Head Coach - Mark Cooper
Assistant Coach - Scott Simmons
Team Manager - Chris Domachowski






Radnor
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2003 Pennsylvania Class A Championship
Westmont 3
Westrmont Hilltop - 1
2003 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Ice Line – West Chester, Pennsylvania
March 30, 2003

Radnor overcomes a hot goaltender & scores their first State Championship!

ICELINE ~

       If Westmont Hilltop head coach Art McQuillan had scripted the perfect season for the Hilltoppers, he could not have imagined that his plan would go as well as the road to West Chester, which had brought Westmont to the Pennsylvania Cup Class A final in 2003. As the second half of the Western Pa season wound down, many were anticipating the match-up between three-time defending champion # 1 ranked Serra Catholic and the upstart # 3 ranked Mars Planets, winners of 18 straight victories to start the season. The ultimate match-up that never happened was foiled by Westmont, who upset Mars in the Penguins Cup semi-finals 3-2 and then upended Serra Catholic 4-3 in the Penguins Cup to capture their 1st ever berth in the State Finals after 16 straight Penguins Cup playoff appearances which ended in disappointment. The leaders for the Mighty Hilltoppers have been unquestionably Patrick Krumenacher, whose goaltending was unbelievable against Mars and Serra and Justin McCloskey, who scored the game winning goals in both games. Westmont is the first public school to win the Penguins Cup in Class A since 1992, when State College won it.

         Radnor started the 2002-2003 season with one goal in mind and that was to avenge their 5-4 loss to Serra in the 2002 Pennsylvania Cup final. So if coach Ed Ritti III was looking forward to playing Serra again after learning that the Eagles were in the Penguins Cup final, however pre-mature that may sound, he was probably getting a little ahead of himself. The Raiders ripped through the regular season and Inter-County play-down with an 19-1-0 record and ousting Springfield, who handed Radnor its only loss of the season. In the Flyers Cup playoffs, coach Ritti’s # 2 ranked team demolished the competition in four games outscoring everything in front of them 31-4 to put themselves in position to reach their goal of a 1st State Championship. The Raiders improved their overall team with balance across three lines, a stronger defensive unit and a measured improvement between the pipes with Joni Ek. The question remained if Radnor could complete the process by learning from a year ago and win their 1st Pennsylvania Class A Championship.

       Radnor came out in the first period much like they did against Serra a year ago by outshooting the Hilltoppers 14-4 in the opening period, but were held off the board by Krumenacher, who was very solid in not giving Radnor a lot of rebound chances. Westmont was whistled for two consecutive penalties at 2:47 and 2:08 to put Radnor on a 5 on 3 power play. The Hilltoppers killed off the first part of the penalties, but a great length of the ice rush by Chris Brennan, finished off by a great move on the forehand beating Krumenacher at 1:20 put the Raiders on top 1-0. Westmont killed off the remainder of the second period as Krumenacher robbed Eddie Devine from point blank range and kept the Hilltoppers within one.

      The second period was a little more even as Westmont began to get some opportunities as they picked up the physical play on Radnor. After Brennan was whistled for a retaliation penalty at 11:00 of the 2nd period, the Hilltoppers Brian Willet blasted a slapshot past Ek on the short side from the top of the circle and tied the game at 1-1 with 10:34 remaining. Ek and Krumenacher held their own for the remainder of the period as the 2003 Class A final headed for the final period at one apiece.

      Radnor could not score on the power play at 10:43 of the third, but used the momentum to gain a territorial advantage and the edge in shots for the final period of regulation of 18-5 in the 3rd. Krumenacher made several great saves and afforded his club a chance to pull off a third straight upset and a first ever State Title. The Raiders went on the power play at 7:48 and Brennan won the puck in the corner and moved it to Nick Ryder, who founded Ed Devine, who buried a wrist shot past a sprawling Krumenacher to give Radnor the lead 2-1 with 6:58 remaining. Radnor kept up the pressure and then turned to excellent fundamental hockey as the kept the puck deep in the Westmont zone in an effort to hang on. Some excellent work by forwards Lee Sinkow and Austin Cohen and the unheralded Raider defense with under 5 minutes remaining, moved the puck out of danger and helped the Radnor to hold on for a 2-1 victory and give Eastern Pennsylvania its first State Championship since Conwell Egan [AAA] in 1999 and first Class A Title since 1992, when Haverford defeated State College.      



Pennsylvania Cup AAA
The Pennsylvania Cup
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2003 PA Cup A Radnor
Radnor wins first ever Pa Title !
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2003 Pennsylvania Class A Champs - Radnor Raiders
Radnor
Radnor runs the table in 2003 !
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2003 Pennsylvania Class A Champions
Radnor Raiders

4 NICK RYDER   
5 ROB LOOLOIAN
6 SEAN KAVANAUGH   
7 BART BITTERMAN   
9 BRAD DOWLIN
11 CHRIS BRENNAN
15 GREG GALLAGHER   
19 BEN MORSE   
20 CHRIS DAMBLY
21 GILBERT DAVIS
22 LEE SINKOW   
23 ED DEVINE   
24 AUSTIN COHEN   
25 JONI EK   
27 DOUG VON ALLMEN   
29 DAN CHEATLE
32 ERIK JOHNSON   
37 JASON BOCK   
41 TAYLOR VIT

HEAD COACH - ED RITTI III
ASSISTANT COACH - ED RITTI JR
                - DAVID WOOD   


2003 PA Cup A Westmont
Mighty Hilltoppers fall just short !
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Pennsylvania Cup AAA
2002 Pa State Final Previews !
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2002 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
2002 Flyers Cup
New !!! 2002 Flyers Cup Previews are here !!!
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Click on the Pennsylvania Cup to see the preview of the State Finalists .......only on Pa Hockey !!!!

Serra Catholic 5 Radnor 4
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Peters Township 10 Archbishop Carroll 3
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Bethel Park 3 Malvern Prep 2 OT
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2002 Pa State AAA Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks
2002 Pennsylvania State and Penguins Cup Class AAA Champions - Bethel Park Blackhawks

Delbert Joo
Daniel ...


Bethel Park completes perfect season over Malvern in classic
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    One day after Bethel Park 2-1 victory in the 2001 Pennsylvania State ...


2002 Pa State AA Champions - Peters Township Indians
2002 Pennsylvania State and Penguins Cup Class AA Champions - Peters Township Indians

Si Bishop
Corey ...


Peters Township captures its 1st State Title !
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    Archbishop Carroll coach Bill Hammond has been there before, three years ...


2002 Pa State A Champions - Serra Catholic Eagles
2002 Pennsylvania Cup and Penguins Cup Champions - Serra Catholic Eagles

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Serra captures three peat with thriller over Radnor !
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    Radnor entered the Pennsylvania Class A State Championship as the favorite ...


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Penguins Cup Champions
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2001 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships
Preview of State Final Teams
April 1, 2001
Haverford Skatium
A brief capsule of the State Finals in A - AA - AAA !

Serra Catholic 4 Springfield 3
Highlight: Eagles erase 3-0 deficit and score with :37 to capture 2nd straight title

Beaver 8 Archbishop Carroll 4
Highlight: Bobcats use 5 goal 1st to win first title in 10 years

Bethel Park 2 Malvern Prep 1
Highlight: Bethel shuts down Friars and holds on for 2nd straight Pa Title


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