Pa Hockey: PAHH - Western Pa Hockey

Friday, May 30
Penguins Cup Champions - Thru 2014

Monday, February 25
Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Division Titles

Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Division Titles

Class AAA

State College Icers - State College wins 5th Division Title in 6 Years

Central Catholic Vikings - Second straight for CC

North Allegheny Tigers - Three in a row and seven times in past nine years for NA

Peters Twp Indians - 6th Crown and first in Class AAA

Class AA

Latrobe Wildcats - Seven straight Division Crowns for Wildcats

Pine Richland Rams - First Division title since 2008 for Rams

Moon Tigers - Tigers win first title since 2007

Canevin Crusaders - 5 crowns in 6 years for Crusaders

Class A

Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers  - first title since 2006 for Hilltoppers

Quaker Valley Quakers - 10 Titles in 12 Years for QV

Freeport Yellow Jackets - first title since 2007 for Freeport  

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars - 4th PIHL Division Crown

  Western Pennsylvania High School Hockey Division Titles              
  Period from ~ 1971 - 2013               
  School  From To Total  PIHL WPIHL SHIHL LKSHL
1 Meadville Bulldogs 1979 Present 17 6     11
2 Kittanning Wildcats / Armstrong Arrows 1972 Present 16 7 9    
3 Pine Richland / Richland Rams 1973 Present 16 8 8    
4 Bethel Park Blackhawks 1972 Present 14 6 1 7  
5 Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers 1985 Present 14 9 5    
6 Canevin Crusaders 1973 Present 13 7 1 5  
7 Latrobe Wildcats 1981 Present 12 9 3    
8 North Allegheny Tigers  1973 Present 12 8 4    
9 Upper St Clair Panthers 1972 Present 12 2 1 9  
10 Serra Catholic Eagles 1987 Present 12 12 0    
11 Central Catholic Vikings 1973 Present 11 5 6    
12 Beaver Bobcats 1985 Present 9 3 1 5  
13 Cathedral Prep Ramblers 1973 Present 9 1     8
14 Mt Lebanon Blue Devils  1972 Present 9 3 4 2  
15 Chartiers Valley Colts  1973 Present 8 2 1 5  
16 Churchill Chargers 1972 1986 8 0 8    
17 Fox Chapel Foxes  1973 Present 8 2 6    
18 Gateway Gators  1973 Present 8 3 5    
19 McDowell Trojans 1973 Present 8 1     7
20 North Catholic Trojans 1973 Present 8 0 8    
21 Shaler Titans 1972 Present 8 2 6    
22 Greensburg CC Centaurians 1982 Present 7 3 4    
23 Plum Mustangs 1987 Present 7 2 5    
24 South Park Eagles 1973 Present 7 1 1 5  
25 Peters Twp Indians 1974 Present 7 6 1 0  
26 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 1976 Present 7 4   3  

Penguins Cup
Peters Twp PIHL Pointstreak Website
Tuesday, March 18
2014 Penguins Cup AAA Champions - Peters Twp Indians

2014 Penguins Cup AAA Peters Twp
Peters Twp PIHL Pointstreak Website

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup AAA Finals – Peters Twp 4 Bethel Park 2

Pennsylvania Championship History – Peters Twp won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 2002,2003 and 2005 in Class AA and advanced to the Finals in 2004. Bethel Park won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 and adavcned to the Finals in 1983 and 2012 as the 2nd winningest Class AAA program along with 2014 Flyers Cup Champions LaSalle with 5 Pennsylvania AAA Crowns in Pennsylvania History behind Meadville with 7 and 8 Overall.

Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh

Rick Tingle has built a hockey program at Peters Twp in Washington County of Southwestern Pennsylvania in a community with many accomplishments with sprawling Ranches including a rare 17 Million Estate (According to Zillow) and where Hockey is making its mark on the landscape of the State of Pennsylvania. With 3 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in tow in 2002, 2003 and 2005, the Indians moved on to their 4th straight Penguins Cup, previously falling to Canevin in 2011, Bethel Park in 2012 and North Allegheny in 2013 and looking for a historic Pennsylvania first in Class AAA.

If any coach had the luxury that Peters has they want to consider starting a Quad A [that’s AAAA] Division in Pennsylvania. Since the Penguins Cup AAA and Pennsylvania AAA High School Championship are so personal, it should honor on of the great personalities and coach of the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships Bethel Park’s Jim McVay, who runs more than a Hockey Program in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Mort as he is affectionately known to by many runs an institution of Learning, Health, Education, History and sometimes just sometimes a little extra to achieve Competitive Greatness. This Class Program of Pennsylvania Hockey has captured five Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in Class AAA in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 and has been to the Finals 7 Times including 1983 and 2012.

The Hawks have endured a great season including a Quarter Final Appearance in the Prestigious National Invitational Scholastic Showcase Governor’s Cup, won by Flyers Cup Semi-Finalists Holy Ghost Prep and won the 2013 Director’s Cup Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase over Canevin in December and plays the Penguins Cup in honor of a terrific young man Kenny Lehmann, who coached in the program and was a member of the 2005 Pennsylvania High School Hockey AAA Champions and 2007 National Champions at the Chicago Showcase for Team Pittsburgh led by Coach McVay. Bethel Park and Peters Twp will compete in the 5th Annual USA Hockey National Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska in April. These two programs and renditions of teams for 2013-2014 have been ranked 1-2 all season in Class AAA and the Regular Season Division title came down to the final day of the Season with BP edging PT for its first Division title in 6 years.

For coach McVay this is window dressing for the ultimate prize which is a prestigious 6th Pennsylvania title for the School and Community. The Championship game on Western Pa’s biggest stage and biggest prize was scoreless through one period as PT’s Brian Baker stopped 10 and BP’s Tre Lowe turned aside 6. Peters would strike first as Jonathon Dagnal beat Lowe high to the glove at 13:59 of the 2nd and Alex Alavi scored on a rebound at 6:38. BP’s Jake Worcester broke the ice on a PP with 1:08 left to cut the lead to 2-1.

On to the 3rd and anyone knows that the T’s are crossed and I’s are always dotted and the BP Coach challenged and sent this one into a frenzy as it was discovered that Brian Bakers mask did not conform to USA Hockey Standards and the goal of every program is to be competitive but do it safely. Whether or not you need five officials on the ice and on the scene, is really not necessary because the two officials with armbands had everything under control, which resulted in laughter of at least five people in the building including myself, a few who know better and the coach who pulled it off.

With a 2-1 hockey game, coach Tingle was not so amused and his assistants went to work one taking Coach Rick for a walk and another one, who has seen similar occurrences in the Middle of the game (2005 Penguins Cup AA Semi-Final between PT and CM) left to re-group and re-focus the Indians of Peters Twp and goaltender Baker, who along with his teammates now faced the first of 5 on 3’s with 16 and change left and a lethal well schooled Bethel Park power play to challenge their opportunity for their first Penguins Cup title in Class AAA.

If anyone who has ever witnessed the Movie ‘the Greatest Game ever played’ you will notice that the story that took place 101 years ago and involves a young caddie turned Amateur Golfer Francis Quimet, who qualified for the US Open in 1913 and challenged England’s legendary Champions Harry Vardon and Ted Ray who tied at the end of 72 holes and played an 18 hole playoff. The 1913 U.S. Open that takes place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, the familiar course located across the street from his home.

Against all odds, with ten-year-old Eddie Lowery, playing hookey from school to caddy for him, he manages to beat the British champions Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, considered the world's best golfers, in an 18-hole playoff, following their three-way tie after the regulation 72 holes, and becomes the first amateur to ever win the U.S. Open. His extraordinary feat even wins over his father. Prize Winning Author Grantland Rice documents the story and it becomes stuff of Legendary lore.

Ok so it’s just the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship and Penguins Cup on the line, but coach McVay has Championship Greatness and he is Ted Ray in this story and he’s and they (Bethel Park) are gonna give it all they got and roll the dice as he did in 2002 at Rostraver, with the infamous stick measure that helped Bethel gain a 5 on 3 and beat Malvern Prep in overtime (remember Kevin Z ? you were standing next to Grantland Rice that day ?) . Plus coach McVay got a little rest for # 11, # 21, # 3, # 24 and the rest of the Hawks. Brilliant move by the Master of Mort IMHO (In my humble opinion) and he was all in again.

To further the story young Francis (Coach Tingle) and his caddies Eddie Lowry (the combination of Coach Attanucci and coach Ryan Tingle) would not be deterred and had their eyes on the prize.

Peter’s refocused and killed off the 5 on 3 and held a slim 2-1 lead with still 14 minutes to go. Bethel out shot Peters 1-9 in the 3rd Period on the strength of two 5 on 3 power plays and pulled goaltender, but Baker was on his game, Carter Ekberg and Josef Kittleberger were a fortress and Adam Alavi, Jon Dagnal and Matt Amelio did the rest as Dagnal gave a little sigh with a backhand goal with 4:09 to go and a 3-1 lead.

Don’t relax Coach Tingle because after a timeout Bethel scored as Jake Worcester beat Baker on a rebound with 22 seconds left. Oh boy, did Mort learn something from Kevin Quinn in the Class A Semis in a win over Freeport? Well it was not enough this time as Dagnal completed the hat trick to make it a final 4-2 for the Red and White. A Pennsylvania first as Peters Township Hockey moves on to play LaSalle 8 Time Flyers Cup and 5 Time Pennsylvania Champions, who had a little over time magic for another first timer St Joseph’s and will meet in a showdown at Pegula in less than a week. The 2nd chapter is about to be written as Harry Vardon awaits and Coach Rick with his derby cap and lil assistants will be there too. Can’t wait for another classic matchup in Pennsylvania Hockey’s version of ‘the Greatest Game every played’ more than 100 years removed in 2014.

Congratulations to Peters Twp Indians and Good Luck in the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships this Saturday 3/22/14 at Pegula Ice Arena.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 2014 Penguins Cup AAA Article

Pittsburgh Tribune Review – 2014 Penguins Cup AAA Article Peters Township Pointstreak Website

Peters Twp 2002
Peters Twp PIHL Pointstreak Website

Penguins Cup
Canevin - 2014 Penguins Cup AA Website
Tuesday, March 18
2014 Penguins Cup AA Champions - Canevin Crusaders

2014 Penguins Cup AA CAnevin
Canevin - 2014 Penguins Cup AA Website

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup AA Finals – Canevin 1 Cathedral Prep 0

Pennsylvania Championship History –Cathedral Prep won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1984 at AAA and 1997 at AA. Canevin won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1983. 1984, 1989 and again in 2011 as the winningest Class AA program in Pennsylvania History.

Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh With 4 Schools left from Eastern Pa and Western, Canevin has established themselves as favorite to claim it’s 4th AA Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship. Cathedral Prep had other ideas as the Ramblers where trying to atone for a loss in 2012 to West Allegheny. Both teams were pretty defensive and conservative from the start of this Penguins Cup final and when Thomas Krivak scored at 13:15 of the opening period, I am sure no one counted on that tally being the only goal of the game as Krivak fired an awkward shot high over the stick side of Grant Kennedy to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage.

The game settled into a defensive stanza of tight checking with 11 shots for Canevin and 12 for Prep thru two periods. The 3rd period was much the same for the opening half as Prep turned up the offense as Joe Kelly missed a golden opportunity at 8:52. The Crusader’s freshman Liam Walsh had a breakaway with 5:24 to play. Nikita Meskin made several key saves to lock down victory with 19 saves and send Canevin to the Pennsylvania State Finals for the 2nd time in four years.

Congratulations to Canevin and the Mighty Crusaders and Good Luck in the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships this Saturday 3/22/14 at Pegula Ice Arena.

 Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 2014 Penguins Cup AA Article

Pittsburgh Tribune Review – 2014 Penguins Cup AA Article

Erie Times News - 2014 Penguins Cup A Article



Canevin School
Canevin - 2014 Penguins Cup AA Website

Penguins Cup
Quaker Valley Hockey PIHL Pointstreak Website
Tuesday, March 18
2014 Penguins Cup A Champions - Quaker Valley Quakers

2014 Penguins Cup A Quaker Valley
2014 Penguins Cup A - Quaker Valley Quakers

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup A Finals – Quaker Valley 8 Thomas Jefferson 2

? Pennsylvania Championship History – Quaker Valley has won Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 2006 and 2012 to go with Penguins Cups in 2008 and 2013. Thomas Jefferson won three consecutive Pennsylvania High School Hockey AA Championships in 1998 over Unionville, 1999 over LaSalle and 2000 over Archbishop Carroll

Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh Quaker Valley won the 2013 Penguins Cup and fell short of its second consecutive State Championship against West Chester East 6-5 at Ice Works. The Quakers have vowed to win a 3rd Title in three years after their near death experience against Freeport 36 seconds short of elimination and rallying to score two goals in one of the great High School Hockey games in Pennsylvania History. The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars were very impressive in winning games against Westmont and Mars to return to the Penguins Cup final for the first time since 2007 (in Class AA) and first time in Class A.

After Tommy Kimmick gave the Jaguars the lead at 1:47 of the opening period, the Quakers. Remembering Freeport (PC SF) and West Chester East (2013 Pa States A) woke up like a child on Christmas Day and went to work as Connor Quinn scored twice and Scott Weston to seize a 3-1 lead after one. Quinn would rattle off three more in the second to extend the lead to 6-1 and Jimmy Perkins and Adam Stanley closed in out in the 3rd as QV scored 8 unanswered goals for an 8-2 Championship win for Quaker Valley’s 5th Penguins Cup in 9 years, third in a row and a shot at Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship # 3 .

Congratulations to Quaker Valley and Good Luck in the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships on Saturday 3/22/14 at Pegula Ice Arena.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 2014 Penguins Cup A Article

Pittsburgh Tribune Review – 2014 Penguins Cup A Article

Quaker Valley Hockey Website

Bethel Park 2012 Penguins Cup
Bethel Park - 2012 Penguins Cup Champions
Thursday, March 13
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AAA - Bethel Park 4 Pine Richland 0

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships


Consol Energy Monday 17-Mar 9:00 PM – Bethel Park vs Peters Twp

2014 Penguins Cup AAA Semi-Finals

Bethel Park 4 Pine Richland 0   

  Pennsylvania Championship History – Bethel Park Pennsylvania High School Hockey AAA Champions in 1997 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2005 and Finalists in 1983 & 2012. Pine Richland Pennsylvania High School Hockey AA Champions in 2006 & 2007 and Finalists in 2008 and Penguins Cup Finalists in 2013.  

RMU Island Sports Center -  

 Pine Richland has one of the top programs in development in Western Pennsylvania and one of its own Brandon Saad is one of the most promising young players in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks. I am sure Rams Head Coach Mike Bagnato wouldn’t mind have a Saad in the lineup to pop in a couple against the perennial powerhouse of Western Pennsylvania Bethel Park.

Hawks coach Jim McVay knows it take more than a few players to make Pennsylvania State Championship dreams (dormant since 2005) into reality but has lots of experience having his top players on the ice in key moments in any Championship run, which is why he requires the 5-mile run and academic excellence of all of his players.

 That was the turning point of this contest as Coach Bagnato’s Rams were well prepared, well coached and had a commitment to defense and goaltending as well as could be expected from any team all season. That first goal would be all important and Richland fans thought they had it midway through the 2nd as Hawks Goaltender made an athletic play seen in the National Hockey League as he swept away a potential 1-0 Pine Richland advantage out of danger and the game went to the ice cut after the 2nd scoreless.

Right Time Right Place perhaps and his teammate Chris Siak, who is considered by many the most dangerous shooter in all of Western Pennsylvania in a unfamiliar position at the right point with 16:02 left in regulation and he sent a missile over the right shoulder of the Pine Richland goaltender and a stake through the heart of the Rams. Bethel pounced on the Rams for three more in less than 5 minutes as Siak added another at 13:37 and Jacob Worcester added a pair the Bethel Park Blackhawks earn a spot in the Penguins Cup and an opportunity for a trip to seek Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship # 6 in State College at the Pegula Ice Arena.       


Pennsylvania Firsts – Pacesetters, Legendary Programs w/Family Ties

Bethel Park Blackhawks - Evan Oakley # 10

Evan Oakley is new on the Bethel Park radar for their hockey team in 2014 but the name is one that was well known in the Bethel Park hockey circles for many years as his father Geoff Oakly was a leader and solid contributor to many teams at Bethel Park during the 1980’s

Pine Richland Rams - Matt Cole # 19 and Ryan Cole # 25  

  • Matt and Ryan Cole continue a long tradition of the Cole Family’s involvement of the Development of the Richland Program of the 1970’s and 1980’s and continues in the third generation of that families great contribution to the Sport of High School Hockey. Dan Cole, Ryan and Matt’s father and brothers and cousins Jeff, Chuck, Tim and Brian all donned the Green, Black and White of Pine Richland High School and were league leaders in scoring and on defense of great Rams teams for many years.  


2005 Pennsylvania Cup Peters Twp AA
2005 Pennsylvania AA Peters Twp
Thursday, March 13
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AAA - Peters Twp 6 Penn Trafford 1

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup AAA Semi-Finals

 – Peters Twp 6 Penn Trafford 1

Pennsylvania Championship History

  • Peters Twp won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship at AA in 2002 (Archibishop Carroll) – 2003 (Holy Ghost Prep)  – 2005 (Haverford) and Finalists in 2004 (Archbishop Carroll). The Indians have been to the Penguins Cup Finals the past three years 2011 AA vs Canevin, 2012 vs Bethel Park and 2013 vs North Allegheny

  • Penn Trafford has endure a 20 + year history of winning competitive teams with a spotty playoff history and latest attempt was 2012 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals. 


RMU Island Sports Center -  

      Penn Trafford has endured a pretty wild season and learned many lessons along the way. Part of High School Sports is the community of caring about your school, yourself, your classmates and your opponents, wherever you may live and that includes your neighbors in other School Districts. When the Warriors Hockey Family and that includes all of them start to figure that out, then maybe they will be ready to challenge to get past their 2nd playoff game and only then.

       They should consider some consultation from Rick Tingle, the Peters Township coach and former Eddie Olczyk Announcer of the Year in 2003 who once called a few Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Games  and maybe the greatest moment in Peters Twp Hockey History.

   All joking aside Mr Tingle has helped to build one the great Hockey Programs in the State of Pennsylvania of Parents, Adults, Players and Coaches a true powerhouse of Development with nearly 100 kids playing hockey from Peters Twp School District from 1st Grade all the way to his always full Senior Class. The goal of this Class Program is one and one only.

This Senior Class has endure three straight trips to Consol Energy and come away empty and trying to avoid a State Record held by a few schools of four straight. The Indians would have to overcome the upset minded Warriors of Penn Trafford, who would play without it top score Jake Miller and a few others.

Peters made short work of the other PT in town with a 6-1 convincing pasting of a team that defeated them 6-5 less than a month ago. The Indians got a hat trick from Jonathon Dagnal and singles from Carter Ekberg, Gavin Rebholz and Matt Amelio plus a strong goaltending performance by Brian Baker with 35 saves.  Rick and the Indians will get another shot and this time it will be the Bethel Park Blackhawks.

Pennsylvania Firsts – Pacesetters, Legendary Programs w/Family Ties


Penn Trafford Warriors - Kenny White # 80

  • When a program is only 20 or so years old, it’s tough to find tradition and with sophomore Kenny White from the time he was young he followed and excelled in his older brother Michael’s footsteps and will leave an enduring legacy when he finishes his Career at penn Trafford. His father Dean and Uncle Jackie were both very good athletes and have raised their kids to be leaders and impact athletes with the Penn Trafford and Franklin Regional High Schools, respectively.  

Peters Twp Indians – Josef Kittleberger # 6

  • Josef is a top performing defensemen for Peters Twp and is following in the footsteps of his older brother Kyle Kittleberger who was goaltender of 2002 and 2003 Pennsylvania High School Hockey AA Champions for Peters Twp on terrific teams with an array of outstanding players   

North Allegheny - 2013
2013 Pennsylvania Class AAA North Allegheny
Monday, February 24
2014 Penguins Cup Preview - Class AAA

2014 Penguins Cup Preview AAA Final 4 should happen

Bethel Park (17 3 0) AAA

o Bethel Park has been Western Pa’s top AAA Team with Peters Twp all season and the Hawks will need goaltending to get to the Penguins Cup as they have survived many close games. Forward Christian Siak gets special attention from the opposition and still puts up impressive numbers as the Coach McVay’s Hawks know it takes 26 players to be a part of the process for the State Championship, which is the goal of the program and # 6 looms if other Hawks pick up the scoring

Peters Twp (16 4 0) AAA

o The Indians were a bounce one way or the other away from the Penguins Cup a year ago, which is a lot closer than the previous two years for coach Tingle’s PT squad. Peters has the numbers and the goaltending of Brian Baker to win it and championships are won by a combination of your numbers at the AAA level and those unheralded younger players who sometimes go under the radar and what I like is the balance of this lineup and the way PT plays the game and will maybe need an unlikely aforementioned to be the hero FINAL 4 is Possible

North Allegheny (12 7 1) AAA

o This may be one of Jim Black’s best coaching years ever after the Tigers won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship in 2013. Developing players and trust me this is a young team he has and maybe that late season loss to Fox Chapel was just the wake-up call that NA needed to get back to work on defending their title because you must score big goals to do it as they found out a year ago and if they do it will be Marty Hubert and with Bradford Thornburgh between the pipes, it is a good bet that the Tigers will get another shot at either Bethel or Peters in the Semis.

 Pine Richland (11 8 1) AAA

o Bags has numbers and his program rightfully made the jump to Class AAA with over 80 kids in Development for the Rams. Maturity says Pine Richland is a year away and a combination of youth and experience with Kyle Cunningham, Nick Matelin, Ryan Cole, and Matthew Cole this may be a team that leaps from the pack and claims a final 4 spot, which gives them a great chance to compete for a Penguins Cup.

Butler (13 7 0) AAA

o Mike Guentner has had an interesting season as the Golden Toronadoes have been through highs and lows. If you watch this club closely, you’ll see some pretty patient players on offense and great ability to have team scoring across the board with Troy Double, Connor Scott, Nick Whann and Tanner Chuba leading the pack. My only question is can Butler make a commitment to team defense and get great goaltending from Logan Rothbauer to carry their efforts through a very deep Penguins Cup field…this is a dangerous team in an elimination game…can’t wait to watch.

Seneca Valley (11-9-0) AAA

o Anthony Raco learned a lesson in October and another in December and maybe the biggest one in early February as Seneca Valley has navigated its way through a very interesting season. When you watch the younger players on the Raiders you can see it coming and my question is that group going to bound with the older players in front of goaltender Tanner Pfeffer. Chris Marziotto, Brendan McFarlane and Peter Kipin when combined a young group led by Alexander Crilley could give SV two lethal scoring units and this is another very solid team that could have a coming out party sooner than expected if the stars align. FINAL 4 is a Stretch

Canon McMillan (11-8-1) AAA

o Terry Virtue inherited a program at Canon Mac that has numbers, has front end talent and has competed well in the Penguins Cup very well over the past few years. A late season shredding of Seneca Valley showed the Big Macs can score with JD Oddi, Austin Tonkovich and Zach Mannsmann leading the way and my question is does this team have the necessary discipline to get it done against the big boys

Central Catholic (12-7-1) AAA

o The Vikings have not been a part of the Penguins Cup process for several years and Billy Connelly and his coaching staff have some decisions to make when the playoff bell rings. Baptism by fire sometimes produces great results and CC has some excellent young talent to insert into a solid lineup and a very good goaltender in Brian Burger. If they find the right combinations in the season’s final week against PR, NA and Butler, this could be the beginning of a title search for Central over the next few years and my question is why not

Penn Trafford (12-8-0) AAA

o With all due respect, Penn Trafford has not won much in their history and does not have a great track record in the Penguins Cup playoffs outside of a couple of glimpses over it history. Parents do not win championships and it’s the players and coaches who make the right decisions, when the chips are down who will bring their programs closer to being a part of the process. Brian Lehneke has one of the best goaltenders in Western Pa in junior Eric Phelps and the line of Jonah Graffius, Jacob Miller and Jordan Eisenstat can score and what the program has developed is numbers and they need to use three lines against the very good Penguins Cup AAA field to be able to compete for a shot at glory and when they figure that out maybe their teams will start producing results.

Wednesday, March 12
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AA - Cathedral Prep 9 Armstrong 5

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup A Semi-Finals – Cathedral Prep 9 Armstrong 5

Pennsylvania Championship History – Armstrong won the Penguins Cup in 1991 at AAA which is the schools only Penguin Cup Championship in School History. Cathedral Prep won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1984 at AAA and 1997 at AA. Both Schools have had a long history of winning competitive programs on the cusp of Competitive Greatness

RMU Island Sports Center - This Game was all about offense with several top end players stepping to the forefront throughout the contest. River Hawks Hunter Grafton sustained a game ending injury early on but the Team overcame several deficits, but this game came down to goaltending and the Ramblers advanced to the Penguins Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years with a 9-5 victory over Armstrong. Prep broke out to a 3-0 lead after one period on goals by Trevor Faulkner, Hunter Emerson & Brandon Gotkin found the net.

Armstrong came storming back in the 2nd period as Nick Long, David Contrael and Christian Miller scored to tie the game at 3 apiece. Joe Kelly and Richard Vicary scored late in the period to help the Ramblers regain the lead 5-3 at the ice cut. Armstrong cut the lead again at 5-4 as John Phelps scored on a long shot and Nick Long tied the score at 5-5.

Prep seized the defensive zone and had stready goaltending the rest of the way and unheralded hard working forward Jacob Ordos pounced on a loose puck and buried it to give Prep the lead for good 6-5 with 9:42 to play. Trevor Faulkner added three goals to give the Orange and Black a convincing 9-5 win and a spot in the Penguins Cup. Congratulations and good luck to Armstrong for an outstanding first season in existence and a long time coming for that program and Cathedral Prep Craig Barnett for molding and developing a group of young athletes with leadership into a Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship contender.

Erie Times Article

Canevin 2011 Pa State
Canevin - 2011 Pennsylvania AA
Wednesday, March 12
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AA - Canevin 7 Hampton 1

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup A Semi-Finals – Canevin 7 Hampton 1 

Championship History – Canevin won the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1983. 1984, 1989 and again in 2011 as the winningest Class AA program in Pennsylvania History. Hampton has endure a 40 + year history of winning competitive teams with a spotty playoff history.

RMU Island Sports Center -

Sometimes Schools are great on Paper and then fall short in the Playoffs. Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski could write a book on that subject prior to 2011 as the Crusaders won their 4th Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship. The School fell short the past two seasons and righted the ship midway through the 2013-2014 season and worked on getting healthy and ready for a Championship run.

While Hampton was a worry early in the season, the Talbots did not have the depth nor the competitive greatness to match the Crusaders. Championship Hockey Games are decided by one play or a series of moments and this one was never in doubt as the Talbots were victimized by Adams Family values with a shorthanded tally by Blaine ‘Little Dog’ Adams and a hypnotizing blast from the ‘Big Dog’ Brennan Adams on the power play that put the Talbots to sleep for good at 4:05 of the first period.

Ryan Unger put the Talbots under the ether with 2 goals and three assists the rest of the way for a 7-1 victory for Canevin as Zack Kosick finally broke through the stingy solid defense of Canevin with just 1:48 left and Kevin, Billy, Chris and Kevin already with thoughts of Cathedral Prep in their heads.

Garrett Godlewski and Ross Langford found the scoresheet with statement goals but let’s face it …with 6 Schools left including four from Eastern Pa, there is one favorite to claim in a only two opportunities left and the odds are pretty good for Blue and Blue at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena.


Pennsylvania Firsts – Pacesetters, Legendary Programs w/Family Ties

Cathedral Prep Ramblers – Shane Cross – # 17

Senior Shane is the son of Jeff Cross who played on a couple of State Champions at Erie Fairview back in the day in 1977, 1981 and 1982 and was a significant contributor of the Development of the current Cathedral Prep program over the past ten years

Armstrong Riverhawks – Coby Toy # 13

Senior Coby Toy is listed as Grade 13 and maybe that was a typo but what I will tell you the extended family of Toys has been a name affiliated with Armstrong and Kittanning Hockey going back to development in the program for years at the Belmont is the same breath with the Montebells and other great families who have contributed to that program for 40 years

Hampton Talbots – Zack Kosick # 11

Senior Zack Kosick is a leader for the Hampton Talbots both in numbers and character that has led every team he has ever played on. Zack’s uncle Dave and father Eric have developed many players for the North Hill Vipers Organization for over 35 years and have been consistant supporters of the development at the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels of Amateur Hockey and understand the contributions to the support at the School level while continuing development for School hopefuls to the Junior and Collegiate levels Educationally and promoting the Sport of Hockey

Canevin Crusaders – Liam Walsh - # 23 Freshman

Liam’s brother Matt scored many huge goals in the 2011 Canevin Pennsylvania AA High School Championship run and it was the leadership and character that helped Pennsylvania’s winningest AA program end a 22 year drought and bring the program respect honor and prominence at the State Level over the past 10 years. Liam will carry the torch for Canevin until he moves on to play hockey at the next level with many more triumphs.

Latrobe - 2013
2013 Pennsylvania Class AA Latrobe
Monday, February 24
2014 Penguins Cup Preview - Class AA


Canevin (21 2 0) AA

o The Mighty Crusaders, says one Emeritus Long Time Hockey supporter of Coach Z, should be a full force entering the 2014 Penguins Cup Playoffs. Championship Programs have all sorts of attributes and Kevin Zielmanski is very calculated when he talks about his program, but the facts are facts and the numbers are the number and Canevin has been start to finish the best team in Class AA. All knitted jerseys aside the Crusaders who fill the uniforms are as solid of a Class AA team in many years, even rivaling the 2011, 1989, 1984 and 1983 squads of Blue and Blue. Randy Unger, Alec Bosnic and freshman Liam Walsh are the go to guys on this team, but what follows them is what make Canevin in front of Nikita Meskin. Will we see a Caped Crusader at Pegula ……Tune In Same Bat Time Same Bat Channel cause this team is on its way! ?

Cathedral Prep (16 4 2) AA

o If there is one lesson this group of Ramblers has learned this season, maybe they appreciate the Penguins Cup run a couple of years ago that ended in disappointment when many in this group were freshman and in development. Coach Craig Barnett is a teacher and the lesson he would like to teach them is that great teams play with composure, discipline and patience as a recipe for success. Whether this team has the competitive greatness and work ethic necessary to exercise those qualities is in question and when they go on the power play it will be Trevor Faulkner, John Colvin, Ben Eliason and the brothers Kelly to get it done and the numbers that showed up for tryouts and in development o take care of the rest….Could this be their year ? ?

Armstrong (16 5 1) AA

o River Hawks …….I like the colors more than the name and it was about time that this program stepped out of Class A and the Open Division and it has taken a better part of this year just for some of the players and coaches just to get used to it. Doug Anthony has a very interesting program in the making and in development and could use some sweetener for his hot chocolate if you will to warm up for the playoffs. Christian Miller, Hunter Grafton and Luke Gross can score like no other team in Class AA, but it takes 20 players to get to the top and Armstrong has a long history of great players but a spotted history of great teams.

Hampton (13 8 1) AA

o Hampton has a very solid goaltender in Cam Raidna and some pretty good scorers in Zack Kosick, Ethan Homitz and Eric Leya….but winning in the playoffs takes discipline and sometimes patience from players who seem to take inopportune penalties that swing the tide of a close game. The Talbots are like a bad storm front coming through that could leave anything in its path and while their faithful hope its opposing teams the opposing teams hope it’s the Talbots exit from the playoffs, which has been their history over 40 years.

Plum (12 7 3) AA

o The Mustangs have knocked off some giants in front of them this season and coach Dave Stonebreaker will learn that to compete with the big Dawgs in the playoffs is a different story. Joe Randazzo and David Stonebreaker have carried the squad offensively, which is great but 17 minute periods against teams with three lines like Canevin, Prep and Armstrong will expose Plum and those go to players will not be fresh in the final minutes when needed to make a playoff run. A final four appearance would be a great accomplishment but that’s where it will end unless 20 bodies are in the lineup and serviceable.  

Latrobe (11-8-3) AA

o When your squad loses a keystone like Dalton Hunter. It is tough to repeat as Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions and John Winebrenner has some nice players in Chris Johnson, Adam Ferguson and Brendan Johns and the key to the Wildcats four Championship run has been a mix of great numbers in Development, excellent front end talent and great goaltending and something is missing from this year’s Latrobe contingent  

Chartiers Valley (11-11-0) AA

o CV coach Sean Biancanello has terrific tandum with Anthony Franks and Cullen McMahon and the supporting cast and goaltending has let down the Colts this season and their playoff hopes go with it

North Hills (10-12-0) AA

o North Hills won its first division title over 40 years of hockey and thanks to Brandon Dudt-Mulzet’s efforts the Indians Program is on its ways to building toward a strong future. Brett Berner is an awesome player, but unfortunately everyone knows it and he is a marked player when NH takes the ice.

Tuesday, March 11
2014 Penguins Cup - Class A - Quaker Valley 4 Freeport 3

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup A Semi-Finals – Quaker Valley 4 Freeport 3

Pennsylvania Championship History - Freeport and Quaker Valley met in 2007 resulting in Freeport’s only Penguin Cup Championship in School History. Quaker Valley has won Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 2006 and 2012 to go with Penguins Cups in 2008 and 2013.

RMU Island Sports Center -  

This would turn out to be easily one of the most gripping and exciting games in Class A Pennsylvania High School Hockey History. QV defeated the Yellow Jackets 5-4 in the final week of the regular season. Freeport would hold a 3-2 lead on the strength of goals by Cole Hepler, Hunter Kepple and Michael Frazetta, who scored to give Freeport the lead with 4:02.

After the Yellow Jackets killed a QV Power Play with 1:40 to play in the 3rd period, Freeport called a timeout with :59 seconds left. The Quakers Jimmy Perkins scored with 32 ticks left to complete the hat trick on a beautiful snap shot past Matt Houston on the short side upstairs and then after a huge scramble in front of the Freeport net Cameron Peterkin sent Quaker Valley to the Penguins Cup finals for the 3rd straight year chipping a Perkins rebound up over the fallen Yellow Jackets goaltender with just .2 seconds left on the clock in one of the great High School Hockey finishes in Pennsylvania High School Hockey History.

Congratulations and good luck to Kevin Quinn and Quaker Valley for a great finish and to Dave Hepler of Freeport in a land of coaches who play 6-8 players to try to win for playing all 20 players on his bench in an attempt to earn Freeport’s 1st State Championship only to fall a split second short.

Pennsylvania Firsts – Pacesetters, Legendary Programs w/Family Ties

Freeport Yellow Jackets – Cole Hepler # 91 Senior

? Son of Freeport Head Coach David Hepler who was the Punter on the University of Pittsburgh’s 1981 Gator Bowl Champions that featured All-Pros and Professional Collegiate and NFL Hall of Fame Legends led by Central Catholic Miami Dolphins Dan Marino. Cole’s brother Zack played on the 2007 Penguins Cup Champions and Pennsylvania State Finalists Freeport Team and the 2007 National Championship Team Pittsburgh of the Chicago Showcase

Freeport Yellow Jackets – Brendon Zack # 18 Senior

? Son of Donald Zack of Freeport and Grandson of Don Zack of Freeport, who played for Freeport’s 1st team and Legendary Builder of the Freeport Hockey Program and WPHOA Quaker Valley Quakers – QV

Coaches Furman South V & Furman South IV - Quaker Valley 

? Furman South V and Colin South were players on the 2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions of Class A. Their father Furman South IV has been a coach in the Quaker Valley Program Development for many years. Furman V and Colin play Division 1 Hockey for Robert Morris University.

Tuesday, March 11
2014 Penguins Cup - Class A - Thomas Jefferson 4 Mars 2

Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

2014 Penguins Cup A Semi-Finals – Thomas Jefferson 4 Mars 2

Pennsylvania Championship History – Mars has celebrated two Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 2010 over Bayard Rustin and 2011 over Springfield after three consecutive Penguins Cups dating back to 2009. Thomas Jefferson won three consecutive Pennsylvania High School Hockey AA Championships in 1998 over Unionville, 1999 over LaSalle and 2000 over Archbishop Carroll

Thomas Jefferson raced to a 4-1 lead on two goals from Tommy Kimmick and singles from Nick Tamburi and Zach Uhlyar. After the Mars closed the gap to 4-2 on goals by Beau Heakins and Craig Mazzotta in the 3rd period as the Planets pelted Nick Ripepi with 26 shots and the senior goaltender was the difference in this hockey game as TJ moved on to the Penguins Cup finals 4-2 for the first time since 2007, when the Jaguars fell short to Pine Richland.


Pennsylvania Firsts – Pacesetters, Legendary Programs w/Family Ties

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars – Tommy Kimmick # 16 Junior

Tommy Kimmick is the son of the late David Kimmick and Nephew of Brad Kimmick, who played in the first high school game in April 1970 with as the Captain of Churchill High School and his uncles Scott Kimmick and Mike Kimmick of Churchill High School played in the very First Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship in 1975

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars - Philip Nick Ripepi # 33 Senior

? Nick Ripepi is the son of Thomas Jefferson coach Phil Ripepi and his grandfather Phil Ripepi was a renowned surgeon from Mercy Hospital for many years and a group of Hockey Fathers whoe were Physicians from Mercy Hospital who supported and facilitated High School Hockey Programs across Western Pennsylvania during its inception and through the beginnings of the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

Mars Planets – Trevor Tisdale # 65 Junior

? Trevor Tisdale is the son of Eric Tisdale who played for the Richland Rams in the 1970’s and coached North Catholic in the 1980’s

West Chester East - 2013
2013 Pennsylvania Class A West Chester East
Monday, February 24
2014 Penguins Cup Preview - Class A


Quaker Valley (21 1 0) A

o When QV Coach Kevin Quinn talks the Quakers listen and maybe people in Western Pennsylvania should take some notes? About SMALL School Program Development, which takes a lot of resources including Players, Coaches and Cooperative and Supportive Boosters, but most of all it takes Leadership and a Trustee to see this process work for Long Term Development and a run of Championships. Last March QV learned a lesson as it ran through the Penguins Cup and West Chester East was waiting for them and abushed them for a period or so and then QV woke up and almost pulled off one of the great comebacks in Pennsylvania High School Hockey History, only to fall short. What Quaker Valley needs to do is take every game and every shift and play hockey and let the field take penalties and take advantage of a great power play led by Jimmy Perkin, Ryan Lottes, Alexander Quinn and Connor Quinn to lead them to the promised land with no promises

Freeport (14 5 2) A

o Dave Hepler has been the Trustee of a pretty neat Western Pennsylvania Small School Gem at Freeport for many years. These Yellow Jackets may use the battle cry of 2007 when Freeport and the Late Tim Zahemensky upended Quaker Valley at the Mellon Arena to gain their one Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship and lone Penguins Cup Title. This is a very good team and in their final meeting with Quaker Valley in the regular season would not go away in the final minutes to fall short by a goal. Cole Hepler, Michael Frazetta, Brendan Zack and Stone Haberstroh led a hungry team into the playoffs in front of a very good keeper in Matt Huston and what I like about Hepler is he keeps his best fresh into the final minutes of the game, which could pay dividends at Consol…looking forward to it, but there are 3 other Schools who would like to have a say in that conversation.

Mars (17 5 0) A

o Jupiter High School is off the East Coast of Florida and maybe rivals the economic development in the North Suburbs and Adams Twp, where the Pittsburgh Penguins are building their shrine in the hockey community. Until that happens and someone explains it to me, somehow the Mars Hockey Program, with nearly 60 players in Development is still in Class A, while fielding other Sports Programs in Higher Classification. The Planets have won a couple of State Championships in Hockey and deservedly the accolades that go with it and have done it with the top end talent, goaltending and development necessary to produce competitive advantage over many other programs. A weak Class A bracket keeps this formula at the top, but it takes a little more to put it over the top for the only School to defeat Quaker Valley with Nick Makozy. Beau Heakins and Crai Mazzotta leading the way for Mars.

Thomas Jefferson (15 5 2) A

o TJ stands for Thomas Jefferson and coach Bill Crousey stands for no nonsense. After the Jaguars handled a less than full lineup with Mars, as legend would have it, the coach had a message for his players who seemed to want to celebrate the mid-season victory. TJ has talent in Zach Uhlyer, Tommy Kimmick and Nick Tanburi and sometimes as we saw with Serra Catholic many years ago, small programs who manage the game can provide theatrics like no other. This is an interesting story and oh by the way 3-Time State Champions a while back under Don Powell. Watch out for Thomas Jefferson in March

Westmont Hilltop (13 6 3) A

o When you see a Hilltopper Trustee in Kittanning on a Sunday Night in February, it means that two things have occurred….# 1 the Haven MAY be closed or # 2 King Arthur was attracted to another smell in Western Pennsylvania. There are five schools out of 10 in Class A and the Mighty Hilltoppers are one of them. After a Friday Night 4-1 lead evaporated to TJ, Art McQuillan was undeterred to go scout two principals in the Penguin Cup puzzle and longs for that shot at another Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship and like 2003 (When Radnor had 4 Division 1 Studs) and 1996 (when McCort was King) this 2014 Squad has depth, goaltending and enough McQuillan’s to have a shot.

Deer Lakes (10-12-0) A

o Somebody asked this year me a simple question about where is Deer Lakes and my answer was somewhere between Kittanning and Fox Chapel near the Mills….Great Answer? DL Coach Todd Luniewski may have a different answer, but what I can tell you is that this is a Small Program on the way back and with Zac Luniewski, Mitch Rupprecht and Thomas Lisowski at the helm, they can score and gives them a chance to win hockey games.

Monday, February 24
2014 Penguins Cup Preview - Class AAA AA and A

 For those heading to the Penguins Cup Playoffs …Good Luck 

Sunday, March 2
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AAA - Playoffs



Upper St Clair 7 Shaler 1


Penn Trafford 4 Upper St Clair 0

Pine Richland 5 Mt Lebanon 4 [OT]

Central Catholic 2 State College 1

Canon McMillan 1 Seneca Valley

QUARTER FINALS (Remaining Schools are Re-Seeded)

Bethel Park 4 State College 1

Peters Twp 4 Seneca Valley 1

North Allegheny 4 Penn Trafford 5

Butler 2 Pine Richland 4


Sunday, March 2
2014 Penguins Cup - Class AA - Playoffs


Canevin 7 North Hills 2

Cathedral Prep 7 Chartiers Valley 4

Armstrong 7 Latrobe 3

Hampton 3 Plum 2 [OT]


# 1 Canevin  vs # 4 Hampton 

# 2 Cathedral Prep vs # 3  Armstrong 

Sunday, March 2
2014 Penguins Cup - Class A - Playoffs


Quaker Valley 8 South Fayette 1

Mars 10 Serra Catholic 0

Thomas Jefferson 5 Deer Lakes 4

Freeport 6 Westmont Hilltop 2


# 1 Quaker Valley vs # 4 Freeport 

# 2 Mars vs # 3 Thomas Jefferson 



Penguins Cup
2014 Penguins Cup - Game Scoresheets on Pointstreak
Tuesday, March 4
2014 Penguins Cup Championships - Semi-Finals and Finals


Quaker Valley 4 Freeport 3 

Thomas Jefferson 4 Mars 2

PENGUIN CUP FINALS A   Consol Energy Monday 17-Mar 4:30 PM -

Quaker Valley 8 Thomas Jefferson 2 


Cathedral Prep 9 Armstrong 5 

Canevin 7 Hampton 1

PENGUIN CUP FINALS AA   Consol Energy Monday 17-Mar 6:45 PM

Canevin 1 Cathedral Prep 0


Bethel Park 4 Pine Richland 0 

Peters Township 6 Penn Trafford 1

PENGUIN CUP FINALS AAA Consol Energy Monday 17-Mar 9:00 PM -

Peters Twp 4 Bethel Park 2



Penguins Cup
Saturday, March 2
2013 Penguins Cup Semi Finals and Finals

2013 Penguins Cup Playoffs

   Watch here for wire to wire coverage to the Pennsylvania HIgh School Hockey Championships on March 23rd at Ice Works in Aston

Class AAA

    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
AAA 1 Peters Twp    3 4 State College    0 RMU Island Sports Wednesday 13-Mar 5:45 PM
AAA 2 Bethel Park    3 3 North Allegheny   4 RMU Island Sports Wednesday 13-Mar 7:45 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AAA 1  Peters Twp    0 3  North Allegheny    2 Consol Energy  Wednesday  20-Mar 9:00 PM

Class AA

    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
AA 1 Canevin    2 4 Pine Richland   OT    3 RMU Island Sports Tuesday 12-Mar 9:00 PM
AA 2 Latrobe     3 3 Chartiers Valley     2 RMU Island Sports Tuesday 12-Mar 7:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AA 2  Latrobe    5 4  Pine Richland    0 Consol Energy  Wednesday  20-Mar 7:00 PM

Class A

    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
A 1 Quaker Valley    4 4 Kittanning   1 RMU Island Sports Monday 11-Mar 6:00 PM
A 2 Mars    4 3 Westmont Hilltop    1 RMU Island Sports Monday 11-Mar 8:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
A 1  Quaker Valley    5 2  Mars     1 Consol Energy  Wednesday  20-Mar 5:00 PM

Class A

2013 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals

Mars 4 Westmont Hilltop 1 Highlights: Mars spots Westmont a 1-0 lead and then reels off four goals to advance to Consol Energy 4-1. Reed Salada, Michael McCann, Ed Schwadron and Max Master score for the Planets. 

Quaker Valley 4 Kittanning 1 Highlights: Ryan Dickson scores twice and Jimmy Perkins and Clayton Bouchard score for QV as Quakers move on to Penguin Cup final. Cam Langham makes 25 save in defeat for the Wildcats.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article

2013 Penguins Cup Final

Quaker Valley 5 Mars 1 Highlights: Jimmy Perkins scores twice as QV defends Penguins Cup title

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article -

Penguins Pointstreak Article -

 Class AA

Pine Richland 3 Canevin 2 OT Highlights: Dillon Kessy scores at 2:40 of overtime to send Pine Richland to the Penguins Cup. Matthew Cole tied the game in the 3rd period for the Rams. Brennan Adams scores two PPG for Crusaders.  

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article

Latrobe 3 Chartiers Valley 2 Highlights: Chris Johnson, Adam Ferguson and Dalton Hunter score to give WIldcats a 3-0 lead. CV's Tyler Stevenson is stellar turning away 33 shots for Latrobe inclduing a dozen or so prime scoring chances. The Colts rally with goals by Robert Ferrari and Anthony Franks but fall short.

2013 Penguins Cup Final

Latrobe 5 Pine Richland 0 Highlights: Freshman Dalton Hunter scores twice and Shane Brudnock earns the shutout

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article -

Penguins Pointstreak Article -

Class AAA

Peters Twp 3 State College 0 Highlights: Brian Baker made 28 saves to earn the shutout and Keenan Whitmer, Alex DeBolt and Trevor Rectenwald scored to send Peters to the PC Final

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article

North Allegheny 4 Bethel Park 3 Highlights: Joe Griffin scored twice and Charlie Johnson and Cody Black added goals for NA. Chris Siak scored a pair for Bethel

2013 Penguins Cup Final

North Allegheny 2 Peters Twp 0 Highlights: Joe Griffin scores twice in the 3rd period and Bradford Thornburgh earns the shutout

Pittsburgh Tribune Review Article -

Penguins Pointstreak Article -

Monday, February 11
Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Standings and Rankings
Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Standings and Rankings

Every Week during the Regular Season - Pa Hockey Hub will compile the Standings and Rankings of all teams in Class AAA, AA and A up to the Penguins Cup Playoffs Our interactive spreadsheet will track the Pengiiins Cup playoffs to the Wire !

FINAL ..If the Penguins Cup Started Today, Matchups and Seedings !

    PA HOCKEY        
    POST GAZETTE TOP 5         
    2012-2013  "AAA AA & A" DIVISION        
    FINAL - WEEK 17        
AAA 2 PETERS TWP 17 4 0 34
AAA 3 BETHEL PARK 16 5 0 32
AA 1 CANEVIN 16 1 2 34
AA 2 PINE RICHLAND 14 4 1 29
AA 3 LATROBE 16 3 0 32
A 1 QUAKER VALLEY 22 0 0 44
A 2 MARS 17 3 1 35
A 3 FREEPORT 16 5 1 33

Sunday, March 3
2013 Penguins Cup - Class AA
Class Seed Home   Seed Away   Rink Day Date Time
    FIRST ROUND Score     Score        
AA 8 PLUM   6 9 NORTH HILLS   3 Valley Monday 4-Mar 9:00 PM
AA 7 HAMPTON   4 10 GATEWAY   3 Ice Connection Monday 4-Mar 7:10 PM
    QUARTER FINALS                
AA 1 Canevin   5 8  Plum   2 Mt Lebanon   Wednesday  6-Mar  7:10 PM
AA 2 Latrobe   2 7  Hampton   0 Kirk Nevin  Thursday  7-Mar  7:15 PM
AA 3 Chartiers Valley   4 6 Moon   1 Mt Lebanon  Thursday 7-Mar 8:10 PM
AA 4 Pine Richland   6 5 Cathedral Prep   2 Ice Connection Wednesday 6-Mar 7:40 PM

Sunday, March 3
2013 Penguins Cup - Class A

2013 Penguins Cup - Class A

Class Seed Home     Away   Rink Day Date Time  
  PENGUIN CUP CLASS A PLAYOFFS                    
    FIRST ROUND Score     Score          
A 8 DEER LAKES   8 9 SOUTH PARK   1 Ice Connection Monday 4-Mar 9:10 PM  
A 7 SERRA CATHOLIC   9 10 SOUTH FAYETTE   2 Rostraver Monday 4-Mar 8:15 PM  
    QUARTER FINALS                  
A 1 Quaker Valley   6 8  Deer Lakes   0 Airport  Thursday  7-Mar  8:30 PM  
A 2 Mars   8 7  Serra Catholic   2 Cranberry  Wednesday  6-Mar  8:30 PM  
A 3 Freeport   2 6 Kittanning   5 Belmont Thursday 7-Mar 6:15 PM  
A 4 Westmont Hilltop OT   4 5 Thomas Jefferson   3 War Memorial  Wednesday 6-Mar 7:00 PM  

Sunday, March 3
2013 Penguins Cup - Class AAA
Class Seed Home   Seed Away   Rink Day Date Time
    FIRST ROUND                
AAA 5 State College    6 12 Mt Lebanon    1 Penn State  Monday 4-Mar 7:00 PM
AAA 6 Canon McMillan   3 11 Butler   0 Iceoplex Monday 4-Mar 7:10 PM
AAA 7 Upper St Clair    3 10 Shaler   2 Ice Castle Tuesday 5-Mar 5:00 PM
AAA 8 NORWIN   4 9 Central Catholic  OT   5 Harmarville Tuesday 5-Mar 8:00 PM
    QUARTER FINALS                
AAA 1 Peters Twp    7 8  Central Catholic   3 Iceoplex  Thursday  7-Mar  7:10 PM
AAA 2 Bethel Park   5 7  Upper St Clair   1 Bethel Park  Wednesday  6-Mar  7:00 PM
AAA 3 North Allegheny  OT   2 6  Canon McMillan   1 Cranberry  Wednesday  6-Mar  6:30 PM
AAA 4 Seneca Valley   3 5  State College   4 Cranberry  Thursday  7-Mar  8:00 PM

Sunday, March 3
2013 Penguins Cup – High School Hockey Championships Previews


Ø  North Allegheny (15-4-2) appears to be the favorites of the 2013 Penguins Cup AAA and has been for the 17 weeks of the 2013-13 Season. The Tigers are geared more for the 17 minute periods more than any team in the playoffs with balance, defense and timely scoring.  

Ø  Peters Township (17-4-0) is red hot and has been AAA’s best team in the 2nd half of the regular season. The Indians have front end closers led by Trevor Rectenwald and goaltending if Brian Baker and appears poised for a run at the title.  

Ø  Bethel Park (16-5-0) is the defending champions and owns a lot of close victories over Penguins Cup contenders. Chris Siak and Derek Lesnak will lead the charge and will likely have to beat both NA and PT to accomplish their goal.    

Ø  Canon McMillan (11-6-4) has more offensive firepower than any AAA team and if they find defensive hockey and goaltending can go on a run to win the Penguins Cup

Ø  State College (14-7-0) is a red hot team with 50 goal scorer Stefan Horgos and the question is can the Little Lions overcome travel and the field to achieve a Penguins Cup for the first time.

Ø  Seneca Valley (14-6-1) is back in the Penguins Cup fold led by the goaltending of Tanner Pfeffer and is an interesting darkhorse in a strong field.


Ø  Canevin (16-1-2) owns wins over Latrobe and Pine Richland this season in between an excellent season and the Crusaders three lines and no frills play is very strong for 51 minutes making them an interesting favorite.

Ø  Pine Richland (14-4-1) has logged into the 2nd favorite of the Class AA Field with depth and scoring tandum of Dillon Kessy and Zach Richey who seem unstoppable for opponents.

Ø  Latrobe (16-3-0) has goaltending of Shane Brudnock and scoring of Josh Singley, Brendan Johns and Dalton Hunter and the question is the depth to go the distance in the playoff over 3 games.

Ø  Chartiers Valley (14-4-1) like Latrobe has great goaltending of Noah Stevenson and scoring with Anthony Franks and Cullen McMahon and will need its depth to shine in the playoffs to win it.  


Ø  Quaker Valley (22-0-0) is the defending State Champions and has not looked back with depth, goaltending and balanced scoring and for the Quakers to lose along the way will be a major upset.

Ø  Mars (17-3-1) is clearly the 2nd best team in Class A and will need to concentrate on getting a 3rd shot at QV as the field is capable of beating the Planets.

Ø  Freeport (16-5-1) has a Hepler and goaltending and scoring like 2007, but I am not sure they can surprise Quaker Valley, but could be a team who gets a shot at them in the PC Final

Ø  Westmont Hilltop (14-7-1) is a team that has beaten some very good teams in 12-13 and may be a year away from the Penguins Cup, but if the Hilltoppers play well who knows.

Ø  Kittanning (13-8-1) has a goaltender in Cam Langham who can steal games and scoring duo of Christian Miller and Hunter Grafton and will need them to produce to have a shot

Monday, March 4
2013 Penguins Cup Highlights

2013 Penguins Cup Highlights  

Thursday March 7, 2013


Peters Twp 7 Central Catholic 3 Highlights: Brady Cochrane with HT and Trevor Rectenwald with a pair for PT

State College 4 Seneca Valley 3 OT Highlights: Sey Yeaple scores hat trick including GWG at 6:09 of OT


Latrobe 2 Hampton 0 Highlights: Shane Brudnock with 27 saves and Josh SIngley & Chris Johnson with 2 Pts

Chartiers Valley 4 Moon 1 Highlights: Cullen McMahon with 3 G 1 A for Colts


Kittanning 5 Freeport 2 Highlights: Christian Miller with 4 goals for Wildcats does in Freeport

Quaker Valley 6 Deer Lakes 0 Highlights: Ryan Dickson with HT and Jimmy Perkins with 3 A for QV

Wednesday March 6, 2013


Bethel Park 5 Upper St Clair 1 Highlights: Austin Jameyson with a pair for the Hawks

North Allegheny 2 Canon McMillan 1 OT Highlights: Cody Black nets the game winner at 5:00 of OT


Canevin 5 Plum 2 Highlights: Austin Large and Garrett Godlewski with 2 each for Crusaders

Pine Richland 6 Cathedral Prep 2 Highlights: Drew Burkhoudt and Dillon Kessy with 1 G 1 A for Rams


Westmont Hilltop 4 Thomas Jefferson 3 OT Highlights: Ian Campbell with OT game winner for Westmont

Mars 8 Serra Catholic 2 Highlights: Nick Berteotti with HT and Nick Makozy with a pair for Mars

Tueday March 5, 2013


Upper St Clair 3 Shaler 2 Highlights: Conner Ackermann with a pair and game winner with 51 seconds remaining wins it for USC

Central Catholic 5 Norwin 4 Highlights: Jesse Yeckel with 2 G 2 A scores GWG at 6:05 of OT

Monday March 4, 2013


State College 6 Mt Lebanon 1 Highlights: SC’s Stefan Horgos with 2 G 2 A and Dalton Brown with a pair

Canon McMillan 3 Butler 0 Highlights: Ryan Christian with 20 Save shutout for Big Macs


Plum 6 North Hills 3 Highlights: Taylor Cestra with 45 saves and David Stonebreaker and Joe Randazzo with a pair each for Mustangs

Hampton 4 Gateway 3 Highlights: Zach Kosick with 3 Goals for Hampton


Deer Lakes 8 South Fayette 1 Highlights: Michael Rupprecht with HT & Zach Luniewski with @G 2A for Lancers

Serra Catholic 9 South Park 2 Highlights: Roman Kramer with HT & Tyler Speis with 1 G 4 A for Eagles

Sunday, March 25
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Finalists - Bethel Park
Pennsylvania Cup AAA Champions 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
PENGUINS CUP CHAMPIONS 1983, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 & 2012
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League         
Team Website      Bitmap
League Website                
Statewide Website               
FIRST ROUND            
Bethel Park 7 McDowell     3  
SECOND ROUND             
Bethel Park 2 North Allegheny    1 3OT
Bethel Park 3 Penn Trafford   2  
Bethel Park 2 Peters Twp    1  

Sunday, March 25
2012 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Finalists - West Allegheny
PENNSYLVANIA CLASS AA - First Appearance      
Team Website               
League Website               
Statewide Website               
            JARED DISANTI - MATT GREBOSKY        
FIRST ROUND            
West Allegheny   BYE        
SECOND ROUND             
West Allegheny 5 Moon       2
West Allegheny 5 Pine Richland      3
West Allegheny 4 Cathedral Prep   3

Monday, March 12
2012 Penguins Cup - Class A
Class Seed Home     Away   Rink Day Date Time
  PENGUIN CUP CLASS A PLAYOFFS                  
    FIRST ROUND Score     Score        
A 7 South Fayette  1 10 Thomas Jefferson  9 Bethel Park  Tuesday 13-Mar 7:00 PM
A 8 Freeport  5 9 Bishop McCort  1 Belmont Monday 12-Mar 7:30 PM
    QUARTER FINALS                
A 1 Quaker Valley  6 8  Thomas Jefferson  3 Airport Thursday  15-Mar 8:30 PM
A 2 Mars   6 7  Freeport  1 Cranberry Thursday  15-Mar 6:30 PM
A 3 Hampton   1 6 Westmont Hilltop  0 Ice Connection Thursday  15-Mar 7:50 PM
A 4 Kittanning  4 5 Serra Catholic  1 Belmont Thursday  15-Mar 7:30 PM

Monday, March 12
2012 Penguins Cup - Class AA
Class Seed Home   Seed Away   Rink Day Date Time
    FIRST ROUND Score     Score        
AA 7 Plum  4 10 North Hills   3 Valley Monday 12-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 8 Moon  8 9 Gateway  1 Airport Monday 12-Mar 7:30 PM
    QUARTER FINALS                
AA 1 West Allegheny  5 8 Moon   2 Airport Thursday 15-Mar 9:00 PM
AA 2 Chartiers Valley  7 7 Plum  3 Mt Lebanon Thursday 15-Mar 8:40 PM
AA 3 Canevin  1 6 Pine Richland   5 Mt Lebanon Thursday 15-Mar 6:40 PM
AA 4 Cathedral Prep   6 5 Latrobe   2 Mercyhurst Thursday 15-Mar 7:15 PM

Monday, March 12
2012 Penguins Cup - Class AAA
Class Seed Home   Seed Away   Rink Day Date Time
    FIRST ROUND                
AAA 5 Peters Twp  9 12 Shaler   3 Southpointe Monday 12-Mar 7:30 PM
AAA 6 Bethel Park   7 11 McDowell  3 Bethel Park Monday 12-Mar 8:00 PM
AAA 7 Upper St Clair   2 10 State College   5 Ice Castle  Monday 12-Mar 7:00 PM
AAA 8 Norwin    7 9 Central Catholic   2 Center Ice  Tuesday 13-Mar 8:40 PM
    SECOND ROUND                 
AAA 1 Penn Trafford  5 8  State College  4 Center Ice  Thursday 15-Mar 6:30 PM
AAA 2 Canon McMillan  9 7  Norwin  2 Southpointe Friday 16-Mar 6:30 PM
AAA 3 North Allegheny  1 6  Bethel Park  2 Cranberry  Thursday 15-Mar 8:30 PM
AAA 4 Mt Lebanon  3 5  Peters Twp  4 Mt Lebanon Wednesday  14-Mar 7:10 PM

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Monday, October 18
2010-2011 Western Pa Hockey Previews

Western Pa Hockey 2010 – 11 Interscholastic Preview


   The Class AAA Hockey was wide open for the Penguins Cup in 2010 and Canon McMillan emerged from the 8th Seed to go all the way to the State Finals before losing to Cardinal O’Hara in overtime. The Big Macs should be in the thick of things in 2011 as stalwart defenseman Alexander Baskerov and consistant forward Brett Oldaker along with a nice core of returning players will lead Canon Mac into the season as defending Penguins Cup champions. Upper St Clair was a team a year ago that looked as if they were on the verge of something special and the duo of C.J. Murray and Justin Selep will be tough to defend as the leading scoring tandem in Class AAA. To make the division title even tougher will again be Bethel Park, which had a very good rebuilding year and Michael Shipley will lead the Hawks in their school’s quest for a 6th Pennsylvania Title.

State College defeated several top flight AAA schools a year ago and again will be a force in Class AAA led by Ryan Pate. Plum was another school  that many felt was one of the better teams in Class AAA and will return a majority of a very good squad led by Hunter Breit. Finally, North Allegheny has a young nucleus of talent and was one of the one goal losses along to Canon Mac along with Seneca Valley and State College, so expect the Tigers will be in the mix come March.       



  Latrobe has won three consecutive Pennsylvania Class AA titles and will make a bid in 2010-2011 to become the first Class AA school to win four straight titles. The Wildcats are led in goal by State Final hero Shane Brudnock and offensive returnees Zach LaDuke and Josh Singley amongst a very deep program, which should be at the top of Class AA. West Allegheny has been knocking at the Class AA Penguins Cup door for a few years and if they can overcome Latrobe,may be able to unseat them with the goaltending of Jason Kumpfmiller. Perennial bridesmaid Canevin is a team looking to go one step further led by Frankie Vance. Peters Twp is a program rich in numbers and talent and is always a contender in the playoffs. Erie Cathedral Prep is a strong nucleus of Juniors and Seniors that has been together a few years led by Jimmy Buffalino and Chris Coombs and could make noise in Class AA. 


 Mars won its first Pennsylvania State Championship and 2nd straight Penguins Cup in 2010 and is a heavy favorite to do it again in 2011 led by goaltender Tyler Stepke and scoring machine Elliott Tisdale. The closest competition will again come from Kittanning led by Jordan Ford, Troy Schall and Willy Koster and the Cats will be a force this year. Serra Catholic made it to the Penguins Cup again last year and Jarrett Rutchka and goaltender Garrett Hudson lead the Eagles quest to return to Consol Energy Center. An interesting darkhorse this season will be the mighty Hilltoppers of Westmont Hilltop and with the exodus of Bishop McCort’s program leaves only Westmont from Johnstown to compete for the Penguins Cup for the first time since 1982. The Hiltoppers will be led by Noah McQuillan, Corey Schaefer and Zac Kindya. Knoch and Hampton round out the top 5 in Class A and both schools had very good seasons a year ago and could be in the final 4 mix into 2011.

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2011 Penguins Cup - AAA
Sunday, March 6
2011 Penguins Cup AAA


    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                  
AAA 1 Fox Chapel 0 4 Upper St Clair  2 Consol  Monday 14-Mar 9:00 PM  
AAA 2 Canon McMillan 5 3 Bethel Park 2 Consol  Tuesday 15-Mar 9:00 PM  
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                  
AAA 2 Canon McMillan 3 4 Upper St Clair  4 Consol Sunday 20-Mar 9:00 PM OT
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                  
AAA 1 LaSalle 3 3 Malvern Prep 2 Wells Fargo  Monday 7-Mar   OT
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                  
AAA E LaSalle  3 W Upper St Clair   4 Iceline  Saturday 26-Mar 4:00 PM  OT

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2011 Penguins Cup AA
Sunday, March 6
2011 Penguins Cup AA


    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                  
AA 1 Peters Twp  8 4 Chartiers Valley 1 Consol  Monday 14-Mar 7:00 PM  
AA 2 Canevin 2 3 Latrobe  1 Consol  Tuesday 15-Mar 7:00 PM OT
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                  
AA 1 Peters Twp  2 2 Canevin 5 Consol Sunday 20-Mar 7:00 PM  
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                  
AA 1 Council Rock South   5 2 Central Bucks East  2          
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                  
AA W Canevin  4 E  Council Rock South  1 Iceline  Saturday 26-Mar 1:30 PM  

Penguins Cup
Sunday, March 6
2011 Penguins Cup A


    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
A 1 Kittanning 2 4 Hampton  6 Consol  Monday 14-Mar 5:00 PM
A 2 Mars  4 3 Westmont Hilltop 1 Consol  Tuesday 15-Mar 5:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
A 1 Mars  5 4 Hampton  0 Consol Sunday 20-Mar 5:00 PM
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                
A 3 Unionville 2 7 Springfield 3        
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
A W Mars   5 E Springfield  2 Iceline  Saturday 26-Mar 11:00 AM

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2011 Penguins Cup - Western Pa Hockey Playoff Previews
Monday, March 7
2011 Penguins Cup - Western Pa Hockey Playoff Previews

2011 Penguins Cup - Western Pa Hockey Playoff Previews

Coverage of the 36th Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships and Penguins Cup and Flyers Cup will culminate in the State Finals at Ice Line on March 26th

Below is the Attachment for the 36th Annual Penguins Cup Preview



Monday, March 8
Penguins Cup - Class AAA



    FIRST ROUND Score     Score          
AAA 12 Mt Lebanon 1 12 Pine Richland  0 Center Ice  Sunday  7-Mar 7:00 PM OT
    FIRST ROUND Score     Score          
AAA 5 Plum 2 12 Mt Lebanon 3 Valley  Thursday  11-Mar 8:00 PM OT
AAA 6 Norwin  4 11 Penn Trafford 5 Center Ice  Monday  8-Mar 7:00 PM  
AAA 7 Bethel Park 5 10 McDowell 1 Bethel Park Tuesday 9-Mar 7:00 PM  
AAA 8 Canon McMillan 3 9 North Allegheny 1 Southpointe Thursday  11-Mar 8:00 PM  
    SECOND ROUND                   
AAA 1 Shaler   3 8 Mt Lebanon   1 Harmarville Tuesday 16-Mar 7:00 PM  
AAA 2 Upper St Clair  4 7 Penn Trafford  0 Ice Castle Tuesday 16-Mar 7:30 PM  
AAA 3 State Collage  1 6 Canon McMillan  2 PSU Wednesday  17-Mar 8:00 PM  
AAA 4 Seneca Valley  2 5 Bethel Park  1 Cranberry Tuesday 16-Mar 7:30 PM  
First Round Highlights

Penn Trafford's Kevin Fulton scores twice as PT holds a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period. Nico Vecchio ties the game for Norwin with 3:48 to go. PT's Conlon Sodrosky scores the go ahead goal at 1:42 remaining and Chris Corrales adds a huge insurance ENG 11 seconds later as the Warriors hold off the Knights 5-4. Anthony Maroadi scores with under a minute to play on the power play.

Bethel Park's Tyler Shipley scores a hat trick, Kenny Loeffler a short handed tally and Jimmy Stitt and empty netter to lead Hawks over McDowell. Gus Martin scores for the Trojans.

Canon Macs Zach McKown. Michael Shaner and Brett Oldaker score as Big Macs knock out North Allegheny 3-1

Lebo Sophomore Jason Hartman scored with 3:32 left in overtime, and the No. 12 seed Blue Devils upset fifth-seeded Plum, 3-2,

Second Round Highlights

Matt Wreggett made 20 Saves and Justin Selep scored twice and added an assist to lead the Panthers to the Semis at Mellon Arena for the 2nd straight year 

Seneca Valley's Logan Pfeffer scores twice including a shorthanded goal to eliminate Bethel and send the Raiders to the Semi-Finals for the 2nd straight year

Shane Shiring, Zac Lynch and Pat Schafer score as # 1 Shaler knocks out Mt Lebo 3-1. Ricky Cannon stops 20 shots and the Blue Devils goaltender Travis Lisowski makes 37 saves.

Canon McMillan scores with 1:49 to play to knock off # 3 Seed State College

Monday, March 8
Penguins Cup - Class AA
Class Seed Home   Seed Away   Rink Day Date Time
    SECOND ROUND                 
AA 1 Latrobe   9 8 Moon  1 Kirk Nevin Thursday 18-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 2 Canevin   11 7 Chartiers Valley  4 Mt Lebanon  Tuesday 16-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 3 West Allegheny  4 6 Montour  1 Airport Monday  15-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 4 Peters Twp   4 5 Meadville   2 Iceoplex Monday  17-Mar 7:00 PM

Second Round Highlights

   Tyler Fitzgerald and Jared DiSanti scored a goal and an assist each to lead West A to the Semis for the 3rd time in 4 years.

    Canevin pummels rival Char Valley with 6 3rd period goals to break open a 5-2 game. Frankie Vance scores the hat trick and Jon Kostial, Dale King, John Facchiano, Tommy Gegick, Peter Karney, Vince Nicolella and Matt Walsh scored for the Crusaders. Justin Sabilla tallies a goal and three assists for the Colts.

     Peters Twp Paul Henney scored with 11:50 to go in the 3rd period to break a 1-1 tie and give the Indians the lead. Matt Lison scored twice and Matt White scored an ENG for Peters.   

     Latrobe waltzes Moon 9-1 and Zack LaDuke scores the hat trick  


Monday, March 8
Penguins Cup - Class A



    FIRST ROUND Score     Score        
A 5 Westmont Hilltop 4 12 South Fayette 1 War Memorial Wednesday  10-Mar 7:30 PM
A 6 Hampton  4 11 Freeport 2 Ice Connection  Tuesday 9-Mar 8:00 PM
A 7 Knoch  3 10 Center  2 Valley  Wednesday  10-Mar 7:00 PM
A 8 Quaker Valley  2 9 Sewickley Academy  1 Airport Monday  8-Mar 7:00 PM
    QUARTER FINALS Score     Score        
A 1 Mars  7 8 Quaker Valley   2 Cranberry Wednesday  17-Mar 6:00 PM
A 2 Kittanning   9 7 Knoch   3 Belmont Wednesday  17-Mar 7:30 PM
A 3 Serra Catholic   6 6 Hampton  5 Bethel Park Monday 15-Mar 7:00 PM
A 4 Bishop McCort   5 5 Westmont Hilltop  3 War Memorial Monday 15-Mar 7:00 PM

First Round Highlights

Quaker Valley's Scott Pulkowski and SA's Michael Tully trade gosl in the 2nd period and then Alex Jackson tips home the game winner in the 3rd period at 14:48 to give QV the win.

Hampton's Alex Mueller scores four times as Talbots eliminate Freeport in Class A 

Westmont's Corey Schaefer notches the hat trick as Mighty Hilltoppers move on to face the rival Crimson Crushers 

Knoch's Eric Egler and Matt Eshelman each contributed a goal and an assist, Neal Donnelly added a goal, and goaltender Ryan Naples made 19 saves.

Second Round Highlights

Garrett Kraemer scored with a little over three minutes to play to give Serra the lead and advance to the Semis at Mellon Arena. Erik Manetta scored two goals and added three assists for the Eagles.

Bryan Scott, Anthony Pioli, Dane Domonkos, Kurtis Straw and Zach Barto score as Bishop McCort turns back rival Westmont to head to the Semis for the 15th time in 16 years.

Jake Enders scored four goals and added two assists for the Wildcats as they destroyed Knoch. Jordan Ford and Troy Schall scored a pair each and Willy Koster had four assists for Kittanning.

 Elliott Tisdale scored a hat trick to lead the Planets to an easy win over QV. Robbie Sigusson added a pair of goals as well for Mars

Friday, March 19
2010 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals and Finals

Class A

    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
A 1 Mars  7 4 Bishop McCort   3 Mellon Arena Tuesday 23-Mar 5:00 PM
A 2 Kittanning   3 3 Serra Catholic   5 Mellon Arena Monday 22-Mar 5:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
A 1  Mars  4  3  Serra Catholic  1 Mellon Arena Saturday 27-Mar  

Class AA

    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
AA 1 Latrobe  7 4 Peters Twp   2 Mellon Arena Tuesday 23-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 2 Canevin   1 3 West Allegheny  2 Mellon Arena Monday 22-Mar 7:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AA 1  Latrobe  7 3  West Allegheny  5 Mellon Arena Saturday 27-Mar  

Class AAA 


    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
AAA 1 Shaler   5 4 Canon McMillan  6 Mellon Arena Tuesday 23-Mar 9:00 PM
AAA 2 Upper St Clair  0 3 Seneca Valley  5 Mellon Arena Monday 22-Mar 9:00 PM
    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
AAA 4  Seneca Valley  2 8 Canon McMillan  3 Mellon Arena Saturday 27-Mar  


Tuesday, March 23
2010 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals

2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class A

 Hudson steals the show as Eagles march to the Penguins Cup finals  Serra Catholic 5 Kittanning 3  



     Serra Catholic has been the hottest team in Class A the second half of the season defeating all three Semi-Finalists Mars, Bishop McCort and tonight’s opponent Kittanning in the season’s second half. Kittanning’s explosive offense would need to outscore Serra as the Eagles held a slight advantage on the defensive and goaltending side in the regular season.


      That slight advantage that Serra had became a game breaker in the opening period as Kittanning poured 19 shots on Garrett Hudson and he almost stopped them all to keep his team in the game. Serra took a 1-0 lead as Jarrett Rutchka snuck a shot inside the post on the power play at 11:46. Kittanning stuck back quickly as Jergen Koster blazed behind the Eagle defense just 31 seconds later and beat Hudson through the 5-hole. Serra regained the lead as Garner Kramer unloaded a bomb past Norton at 5:50 to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.


      The second period would be the tale of this hockey game as the Wildcats tied the score on a real nice play by Jake Enders who walked out of the corner and buried a wrist shot high over the glove side of Hudson to tie the scored at two apiece at 14:41. Kittanning took its only lead as Enders found Jergen Koster on a long lead pass behind the Eagle defense and buried it to make it 3-2 at 12:46. The game turned on a very smart play by Erik Manetta, who caught the Kittanning defense napping and he scored just 32 seconds after the Wildcats got the lead on a breakaway. Kittanning got into penalty trouble and it cost them the hockey game as Robert Kendi scored on a 5 on 3 power play at 8:02 and then Kendi found the opportunistic Mannetta on the back post for another power play goal at 6:25 and Serra turned the game completely round with a 5-3 advantage. Kittanning mounted a charge late in the 2nd but Serra survived and then just effectively killed the clock in the 3rd period for another trip to the Penguins Cup final, despite being outshot 33-18.


         Hudson was outstanding stopping the Kittanning attack for the second half of the hockey game and shut down an offense averaging over seven goals a game. 


2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class AA

 Latrobe still on course for a repeat on championship run as they oust Peters with some Fresh troups   Latrobe 7 Peters Twp 2  



      Peters Township won two consecutive State Titles in convincing fashion 2002 and 2003 and in 2004, it was the decision of then coach Mark Cooper to sit current University of Vermont goaltender Rob Madore in the State Finals and they lost to Archbishop Carroll led by current Penguin prospect Eric Tangradi at Neville Island. The next year Cooper did not make the same mistake as he brought a supposedly ineligible Madore out from under the stands of the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals to beat Canon McMillan and went on to win the State Title over Haverford. Well, déjà vu strikes in funny ways as Rob Madores brother Matt Madore was declared in eligible and this years hot freshman goaltender is property of Latrobe named Shane Brudnock and he is looking to lead Latrobe to their 3rd Straight Pennsylvania Class AA title following in the footsteps of Nick Loyacona, who had a huge hand in the first two for the Wildcats.


       Some of the Latrobe players who have been a part of the Wildcat success started the process of dismantling Peters as Cody Ray struck first at 13:30 of the opening period. Peters tied the score as Matt Lison scored a power play goal at 12:10 to make it 1-1. Latrobe would not be denied  as Dillon Hunter scored on a wrister at 6:56, freshman Noah Batis on a wrist shot from against the grain at 6:41 and another freshman Josh Singley converted a great cross ice feed from Jayson Angus at 5:08 to give the Cats a 4-1 lead.


       Peters Cole Snyder cut the lead to 4-2 in the opening minute of the second, but it would be Josh Singley coverting another Angus pass at 6:47 and Jayson Angus at 3:51 on a nice play by Zach Laduke to keep the puck alive at 3:51 of the 2nd. Josh Singley returned the favor to Angus, who picked up his 2nd goal and fired a rocket upstairs to give Latrobe a relatively easy looking 7-2 pasting of the Indians.  



2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class AAA


Seneca Valley makes it look a lot easier this time over USC thanks to Platt and Schutte

Seneca Valley 5 Upper St Clair 0  



      Seneca Valley and Upper St Clair met in a rematch of last year’s semi-finals and a game that the Raiders prevailed to earn a trip to the Penguins Cup. The Panthers defeated Seneca in the regular season and would have their work cut out for them to earn a spot in the Penguins Cup. Also working for USC would be the last time that Seneca was in Mellon Arena, that they came within inches of going to the State Final. But maybe that would work in the Raiders favor as they may be motivated for another shot at Penguins Cup champs Shaler, who beat them in last year’s final and earlier this year in the regular season.


           This game was all Seneca Valley from the start as Brandon Platt had the game of his life with five goals including a slapshot at 5:03 of the first period, a wicked backhander from in between the circles with just 40 seconds left in the first. A beautiful individual effort beating three USC defenders and Matt Wreggett at 3:48 of the middle period, a wicked snapshot just inside the post on the ice at 13:57 of the 3rd and to cap it of conversion of a picture perfect 2 on 1 with Tyler Messisca to put an exclamation point on the 5-0 shutout.


           Then there was Ryan Schutte, the forgotten goaltender, who patiently split time in the regular season and then has taken the Raiders leadership role between the pipes and won 6 of his last 7 starts and then helped the Raiders edge Bethel 2-1 in the opening round. Schutte stopped all 22 shots tonight and was just solid between the pipes, controlling rebounds and earning he shutout and another trip to the Penguins Cup finals.

Kudos to Denny Kierstein, who got the right matchups against the USC line of Kline-Murray and Selep and effectively shut them down. 

Wednesday, March 24
2010 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals

2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class A


Mars keeps rolling toward redemption for a State Title lost a year ago !

 Mars 7 Bishop McCort 3  



       Mars has waited almost a year for another crack at the Penguins Cup and with Kittanning out of the picture, things may have gotten a little easier to face Serra Catholic, but don’t tell the Eagles, who have already secured their spot and await the winner of the Planets and Crimson Crushers of Bishop McCort. McCort has a long history of winning Penguins Cups as they have 6 to their credit and 5 Pennsylvania Class A titles, but the road for this storied program is nearing the possible word of extinction with no development in sight and a ton of seniors in this years lineup.


       Mars came out of the gate taking control of this contest in the opening period as Michael Mazzotta scored in the opening minute and then after McCort’s Dane Domonkos tied the game on a Zach Barto rebound at 9:50, Elliott Tisdale and Rusty Miller gave the Planets the lead for good 3-1 as Mars outshot Bishop McCort 12-4 in the opening period.


      After Domonkos pulled the Crushers within a goal in the opening minute of the 2nd period, C.J. Thibault, Tyler Whiteford and Elliott Tisdale helped the Planets open up a 5-2 lead prior to Domonkos competing the hat trick for McCort. Tisdale scored his third goal of the game and the 3rd period was scoreless as Mars moved on to the Penguins Cup final with a 7-3 victory over Bishop McCort.



2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class AA

 West Allegheny tops Canevin in over time to move on to first ever Penguins Cup final.  West Allegheny 2 Canevin 1 [OT]  



      West Allegheny has suffered some tough loses in the Penguins Cup playoffs over the years including to Latrobe in the Semi-Finals two years ago, but not much matches the two losses Canevin suffered to Franklin Regional in 2008 and then to Montour in 2009 in the Semi Finals. The Crusaders are looking to get over the hump and are the Indians, so Canevin got some good news as goaltender Julian DeFillippo was cleared to play hockey on Tuesday and that the accommodating PIHL was willing to change the proposed game on Monday to Tuesday and blame it on a bus scheduling error by Latrobe, who had nothing to do with the change. Another back room deal for the PIHL and another asterisk for those keeping score outside the games. .


       After a scoreless first period, West Allegheny’s Patrick Coburn turned a Canevin turnover in their own end as he scored on a wraparound inside the post at 7:27 of tne 2nd period. Jason Kumpfmiller stood tall in net for West A as he stopped Vince Niccolella from point blank range at 2:07 to keep his team in front. West Allegheny looked like one goal would be enough until at 11:03 of the 3rd period, Frankie Vance made a nice cross ice pass to Jacob Betzner, who launched a shot toward to WA net which Vince Niccollella found and deposited past Kumpfmiller to tie the score at 1-1. West Allegheny went on the power play in the 3rd period and it was Frankie Vance who nearly scored to give his team the lead but Jason Kumpfmiller came up big to preserve the tie and the game headed to overtime tied at 1-1.


         The overtime period didn’t last long as Patrick Coburn gathered a loose puck in the corner and fed Jon Levitt who scored just 13 seconds into over time to send West Allegheny to their first ever Penguins Cup final with a thrilling 2-1 win over Canevin.  



2010 Penguins Cup Semi Finals – Class AAA

 Canon Mac survives onslaught and wins in OT dethroning Shaler 6-5   Canon McMillan 6 Shaler 5 [OT]   



     Shaler has rolled the entire season and looked to be headed to its second straight Penguins Cup and looking for its first ever Pennsylvania State Title. Canon McMillan is courting Cinderella at this point while knocking out North Allegheny and then travelling to State College to unseed # 3 Seed Little Lions, the Big Macs are looking to become the first 8th seed since 1985 Mt Lebanon to go all the way to the Pennsylvania State Finals.

In addition, with Holy Ghost Prep and LaSalle out of the Flyers Cup picture and Cardinal O’Hara awaiting the Penguins Cup champions the path is now clear for Western Pa and Shaler. The Big Macs would be a sturn test for the Titans.


         Canon McMillan and Shaler traded the lead three times in the opening period as Zack McKown gave the Big Macs the lead at 9:19 of the opening period. Shaler then took the lead as Sean McCue scored on a great pass from Jake Hetz at 5:54 and then Josh Carnprobst converted a Conner Burke feed to give the Titans the lead at 4:39. The Big Macs tied the game as Joey Mottiqua took advantage of a Shaler turnover just 29 seconds later. Sean McCure gave Shaler the lead again tipping a Shane Shiring shot past Smolarek with 3:46 to go in the first period.


         Canon Mac took the lead with two goals in the 2nd period as Brett Oldaker tipped in an Alexander Baskarov shot at 2:28 to tie the score and the Baskarov blistered a shot tipped by Mario D’Allesandreo past Oscar Prom to make it 4-3 Big Macs, who held the lead despite being outshot 27-14.


         Shaler came back in the 3rd period as Billy Dobson scored on a great individual effort at 11:16 to tie the score at four apiece and then Sean McCue completed the hat trick at 10:51 on a great touch pass by Patrick Schafer to regain the lead 5-4. Shaler dominated the 3rd period with a 12-4 shot advantage, but could not put the Big Macs away. Mario D’Allesandro became opportunist as he unleashed a wicked wrist shot that handcuffed Prom and tied the score with 6:53 to play.


          Canon Mac would have two golden opportunities at the end of regulation and in overtime on the power play, but could not muster any offense. Three minutes into overtime, while killing the penalty, Shaler had at least six opportunities shorthanded to end this game and two where Zac Lynch and Shane Shiring had two golden cracks at near empty nets, which did not find paydirt. Canon Mac survived this flurry and then put the dagger in Shaler’s title hopes as with 2:52 remaining, Joey Mottiqua beat the Shaler defenseman and then Oscar Prom on a short side wrist shot giving Canon Mac a near improbable overtime upset of number one seed Shaler 6-5 and move on to their first ever Penguins Cup.     . 

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2010 Penguins Cup Previews
Monday, March 8
2010 Penguins Cup Playoffs

 Pa Hockey will bring wire to wire coverage of the 2010 Penguins Cup Playoffs all the way to the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships on April 1 at Mellon Arena

2010 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Previews


Penguins Cup Previews


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Check out YOUR schools History of Division Titles !
Wednesday, February 10
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles
 While Mr Freeze and the other Beneficiaries are worried about Outdoor Charity Games, Pa Hockey celebrates season long accomplishments and history with the Division Titles of all teams in CLass AAA, AA and A.

   Don't worry 'Concerned Citizens', those trophies are on order and will be presented at your banquet at the end of the season instead of on the ice when they occur. Just another fine service you don't get for the money you spend.

Check out your schools history of Division Titles

  AAA - Shaler wins 2nd Division Title in two years

         - Seneca Valley wins their 1st Division Title in School History

         - Upper St Clair Panthers win 2nd Division Crown in a Row

         - State College makes it 3 in a row in Class AAA

AA - Peters Township wins its 5th Division Title in 8 Years

         Latrobe captures its 4th Division Title in a Row

         Meadville wins its 6th Title in 10 Years  

         Canevin and West Allegheny share the Division Title

 A - The Mars Planets win thier 4th Division Title in a row and 7 in the past 11 years.

    - Serra Catholic makes it 10 Division Crowns in 11 Years

    - Kittanning wins its 5th Division Title in 10 Years and 14th Overall

    - Hampton wins their first Division crown since 1989 and 4th All Time  

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Click Here to the the latest Penguins Cup Standings
Tuesday, February 2
If the Pennsylvania Cup Playoffs Started today !

      Every season for the past 14 seasons, Pa Hockey keeps an eye on the potential playoff matchups in Class AAA, AA and A in Western Pa. If the Penguins Cup started today is a long time feature and we have the up to date matchups in some very close races that will come down to the wire in our coverage to the Pennsylvania Cup finals in April.

Click Here to the the latest Penguins Cup Standings for Week 17 [go to the PENGUINS CUP 2010 TAB]:

Congratulations to the follwing schools who have stamped their ticket to the Penguins Cup playoffs: 

AAA - Shaler Titans, Upper St Clair Panthers, State College Lions, Plum Mustangs, Seneca Valley Raiders, Bethel Park Blackhawks, Norwin Knights, Canon McMillan Big Macs,

North Allegeny Tigers, McDowell Trojans, Penn Trafford Warriors    

AA - Canevin Crusaders, Latrobe Wildcats, Peters Twp Indians, West Allegheny Indians, Meadville Bulldogs, Montour Spartans, Moon Tigers, and Chartiers Valley Colts   

A - Mars Planets, Kittanning Wildcats, Serra Catholic Eagles, Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers, Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers, Hampton Talbots, Knoch Knights, Quaker Valley Quakers       



Wednesday, March 25
2009 Penguins Cup AAA Championship

2009 Penguins Cup AAA Championship


Shaler 3 Seneca Valley 2 (2 OT)


     Shaler Hockey has been in existence since 1971 and no Shaler team has ventured to the Penguins Cup in their 38 year history and for Seneca Valley, a relatively newer program, the same could be said, so this game would be a match up of two programs looking to claim their first big prize. The Titans had the better of the play early on as they outshot the Raiders 7-1 until Shaler struck at 8:36 of the opening period when Patrick Schafer one timed a Drew Martz cross ice pass through the 5-hole to give the Titans a 1-0 lead. That lead would be extended early in the second period as Schafer found the net again after Seneca failed to clear the zone beating Ryan Schutte on a wrist shot high over the glove hand side at 11:43 of the 2nd to make it 2-0. Seneca would have a 5 on 3 that they did not score on but provided a momentum shift in the game which led to a Raider goal with 1:49 to play in the period as Tyler Mesisca poked home a rebound to pull Seneca to within one at 2-1. Shaler was still carrying the play in the 3rd period but could not put the Raiders away and it cost them when with 5:33 to play Tayler Wagner kept the puck in the zone and then moments later fired a low wrist shot from the right point through the 5-hole of Shaler goaltender Oscar Prom to tie the score. The teams battled into the and through the first overtime period as both teams had decent chances but could not score. Early in the 2nd overtime, Billy Dobson just missed only six seconds in, then Logan Pfeffer would have the game on his stick just missing on the backhand of a wide open net at 8:49 and the very next trip up the ice resulted in a shot that will be remembered in Shaler Hockey for a long time as Shane Shiring unleashed a wicked low slap shot which trickled past Ryan Schutte, sending the Shaler fans into a frenzy and giving the Titans their first Penguins Cup title in school history.

Thursday, March 5
2009 Penguins Cup AAA
2009 Penguins Cup AAA Champions Shaler Titans



    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                  
AAA 1 Shaler 6 4 Mt Lebanon 1 Mellon Arena Wednesday 18-Mar 9:00 PM  
AAA 2 Upper St Clair 3 3 Seneca Valley 4 Mellon Arena Thursday 19-Mar 9:00 PM OT
    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 1  LaSalle Explorers   W  Shaler   Ice Line Saturday 28-Mar 4:00 PM  


Please see Penguins Cup Semi-Final Recaps in Game Summaries

Bethel Park 6 State College 2

Highlights: Bethel Park played solid defense as they held State College to 1 shot in the first period, and a total of 17 for the game. Tom Whetsel scored the first goal 4 minutes into the game as Bethel scored twice in each period and finished the contest with 38 shots. State College rallied early in the third period with 2 goals to close a 4-0 deficit to 4-2 but Whetsel scored his second goal of the game to dampen State's comeback bid. Gabe Mastracci played a solid game in net for Hawks. Whetsel led Bethel Park with 4 points (2G 2A) and Kenny Loeffler chipped in with 2 goals also. Mike Seifert and Tyler Shipley had the other goals for Bethel.

McDowell 4 Fox Chapel 2

Highlights: Shane Reese scores a hat trick and Sean Perhacs adds a goal for the Trojans.

Canon McMillan 3 North Allegheny 0

Highlights: Brett Oldaker scores the opening goal and the game winner as Ryan Palonis earns the shutout for the Big Macs. Grant Strimmel and Nilan Nagy scores the other goals for Canon McMillan. 

Mt Lebanon 3 Penn Trafford 2 (OT)

Highlights: Chris Cummings scores with 6:13 remaining in overtime to lift the Blue Devils into round 2. Dan Roman and Michael Teta score for Lebo. Carlin Crombie and Chase Keibler score for Penn Trafford who outshoots Lebo 34-30. Travis Lisowski makes a game saving diving stop on Crombie with 1:33 remaining in the third period to keep the score 2-2.   

    SECOND ROUND                
AAA 1 Shaler   6 8 Bethel Park    2 Harmarville Monday 9-Mar 7:30 PM
AAA 2 Pine Richland    0 7 Mt Lebanon    3 Ice Connection Monday 9-Mar 7:00 PM
AAA 3 Upper St Clair    3 6 Canon McMillan    2 Ice Castle Wednesday 11-Mar 8:10 PM
AAA 4 Seneca Valley    3 5 McDowell    2 Cranberry Tuesday 10-Mar 8:30 PM

Shaler 6 Bethel Park 2

Highlights: Shaler and Bethel Park battle to a 2-2 tie through two periods as Michael Shipley and Tommy Whetsel score for the Hawks and Brian Stein and Billy Dobson score for the Titans. After killing off a bunch of penalties late in the 2nd period, Shaler storms the Hawks in the 3rd period with four unanswered tallies to earn a convincing 6-2 victory. Shane Shiring scores a pair of goals and Sean McCue and Zac Lynch score for the Titans.   

Mt Lebanon 3 Pine Richland 0  

 Highlights: The Blue Devils goaltender Travis Lisowski continues his fine play in the playoffs with a 33 save performance to oust defending Penguins Cup champs Pine Richland 3-0. James Greeno scores twice and Brooks Behling adds an empty netter for the Blue Devils, who were outshot 33-32 by the Rams.

 Seneca Valley 3, McDowell 2 (OT)

 Highlights:  Brandon Platt scored the hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Seneca Valley into the Class AAA semifinals next week. Kaleb Schwab and Sam Jarrett each had two assists, and Seneca Valley goaltender Ryan Schutte stopped 22 of 24 Erie McDowell shots.

Upper St Clair 3 Canon McMillan 2 (OT)

Highlights: Upper St Clair's James DiGangi scores a little over a minute into overtime to give the Panthers a 3-2 overtime win over the Big Macs. Michael Segerdahl and Mitchell Lewis scored for USC and Joe Mottiqua scores both goals for Canon Mac.

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Monday, March 23
2009 Penguins Cup AA Championship

2009 Penguins Cup AA Championship


Latrobe 3 Montour 0



      The prelude to this game was about Montour Goaltender Matt Skoff, who deserves a ton of accolades for getting the Spartans to their first ever Penguins Cup. With Skoff has been very good, Latrobe Goaltender Nick Loyacona was a big reason why the Wildcats won a State Championship a year ago and the Senior keeper made some very big stops with the game on the line against rivals Franklin Regional. Montour had an early shot advantage in the opening period 7-4, but Latrobe would get their first power play opportunity at 7:45 of the 1st. Matt Batis made a terrific play lugging the puck the length of the ice into the Montour zone and a very good drop pass to a streaking Jayson Angus down the right side, who found Ryan LaDuke on the bottom of the circle, who beat Skoff on the stick side to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Early in the second period, Latrobe found the net again as Tyler Berger walked out of the corner and beat Skoff low to the glove side with 14:44 remaining in the period to make it 2-0. Nick Loyacona took this game over stoning the Spartan attack stopping 30 of 30 shots through two periods including several strong scoring opportunities in the 2nd period. Latrobe continued to roll four lines and wear down Montour in the 3rd period, but could not beat Skoff, who made 20 saves after the game was 2-0 to keep his club in the game. Latrobe sealed the victory when Jayson Angus scored into an empty net from 120 feet with 16 seconds left to give the Wildcats their second straight Penguins Cup and a trip to IceLine to play 2009 Flyers Cup champions the Council Rock South Eagles.    

Tuesday, March 10
2009 Penguins Cup AA
Pennsylvania State AA Champions Latrobe Wildcats
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    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
AA 1 Latrobe 5 4 Franklin Regional 3 Mellon Arena Wednesday 18-Mar 7:00 PM
AA 2 Canevin 1 3 Montour 3 Mellon Arena Thursday 19-Mar 7:00 PM
    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 4  Council Rock South Eagles   W  Latrobe   IceLine Saturday 28-Mar 1:30 PM


Moon 6 Greensburg CC 4

Highlights: Moon scores an upset over the Centurians as Nigel Crichton, Andrew Ruxton, Beau Danforth, A.J. Coleman, Chris Wagner and Randy Warn score for the Tigers. Nick Persechetti scores twice for GCC and Bobby Sokol and Patrick Claybaugh add goals.  

Canevin 5 Elizabeth Forward 1

Highlights: Matt Lison scores twice and Frankie Vance, Vince Nicolella and Hillenbrand score for the Crusaders  

Franklin Regional 9 Kittanning 2

Highlights: Panthers race to a 7-0 lead thru two periods and waltz to a 9-2 win. Eugene Mack scores a hat trick, Patrick Coyne and Steve Shirk add a pair each and freshman Luke Stickel and Chad White add goals. FR outshoots the Wildcats 33-20. Kittanning goals from Dieter Koster and Jake Enders.  

Montour 4, Baldwin 1

Zach Milnarick scored twice and Josh Castelvetter and Kurt Kurelis each scored once to lead Montour over Baldwin 4-1.


Latrobe 9 Moon 1

Highlights: Wildcats spread the scoring throughout the lineup and score an easy 9-1 victory over the Moon Tigers.

Franklin Regional 5 Meadville 4

Highlights: Meadville builds a 3-0 lead after the opening period on goals by Zach Bogardus, Jared Kilbourn, and Chip Ray. Franklin's Michael Adams scores in the 2nd, but the Bulldogs extend the lead again to 4-1 early in the 3rd period on a goal by Clayton Stockton. The Panthers rally as Peter Ellis scores with 5:53 to play and then Steve Shirk scores a pair of shorthanded goals to tie the game in under a minute. Patrick Coyne completes a cinderella comeback for Franklin Regional with a little over a minute to play to give FR a heartstopping 5-4 win at the House of Chills.  

Canevin 3 West Allegheny 2 (OT)

Highlights: Canevin's Matt Lison scores his second goal of the game a little over three minutes into overtime to send the Crusaders to Mellon Arena for the 2nd straight year. John Facchiano adds a goal and Julian DeFillippo plays well in goal for the Crusaders. Tyler Fitzgerald and Taylor Carlisle scores for West A before a pack house at the Airport.   

Montour 3 Peters Twp 2

Highlights: Montour scores two first period goals from Michael Harrington and Andy Beck [power play] to lead 2-0. Harrington scores in the 3rd period to make it 3-0. Peters Township finally solves Matt Skoff with 3:16 to play as Kevin Hough and Dave Rigatti score 45 seconds apart to make it 3-2. Montour's Michael Zagari takes a five minute major with 1:16 to go and Peters pulls the goalie on a 6 on4 and never gets a shot in the final minute as the Spartans hold on and advance to the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals for the first time in their history.

Mars 2
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Wednesday, March 25
2009 Penguins Cup A Championship

Mars 3 Bishop McCort 2




    A lot has been written and a lot said about Mars throughout the season, but the simple fact is that this team has been the number one team in Class A for most of the season and since their Penguins Cup loss a year ago looking to atone for what happened at Mellon Arena losing to Quaker Valley and this game would be an opportunity for the Planets to claim their first ever Penguins Cup and move on to Saturday’s State Championship game against 2009 Flyers Cup champions Bayard Rustin. In their path would be a Bishop McCort team and program with a long tradition of Penguins Cup excellence including five Pennsylvania State Class A Championships. Mars would strike first in this game in the 1st period on the power play as Michael Mazzota unleashed a long slap shot from the center point that beat McCort goaltender Jimmy Stenger on a the stick side at 10:33. McCort woul tie the contest at 8:18 of the 2nd period on a bang bang play as Matt Hotlz drilled home a Dane Domonkos rebound to tie the score at one apiece. Brady Sipe would give the Planets the lead with 9:11 to go in regulation as he fired a wrist shot upstairs past Stenger to make it 2-1 in favor of Mars. A little insurance came Mars way on terrific passing play as Andrew Santa finished off a passing play between Derek Sitterly and Matt Wingert with 4:24 to go to make it 3-1 Planets. Dane Domonkos pulled the Crimson Crushers back to within one with 2:56 to play on a power play goal on a rebound of a Kurtis Straw shot from the left point and McCort still had a chance. Mars goaltender Taylor Stepke stopped 28 of 29 shots in the game and several over the last few minutes to give the Mars Planets their first ever Penguins Cup championship.

Friday, March 20
2009 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals



2009 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals




Class A – Bishop McCort 9 Serra Catholic 3

         In a see-saw affair over the opening two periods, Bishop McCort (17-4-2) broke open a 4-3 contest with five goals in the 3rd period to smash Serra Catholic (20-3-0). After Zack Bartos opened the scoring for McCort in the 1st, in a six goal second period the Crushers and Eagles were 4-3 in favor of McCort at the end of two periods. Nick Pappas, Kurtis Straw and  Dane Domonkos scored for Bishop McCort and Jay Leppo, Erik Manetta and Corey Beam scored for the Eagles. Todd Thomas of Bishop McCort broke the game wide open with two goals 1:47 apart early in the third period and Domonkos added his second and Zack Bartos completed the hat trick with two goals late in the final stanza. The Crimson Crushers outshot Serra 29-20.    

 Class AA – Montour 2 Canevin 1  

     Goaltending is sometimes a great equalizer in the playoffs and Montour (17-7-1) has a great one in Matt Skoff, who turned aside 34 of 35 shots against Canevin (15-7-2). The Crusaders threw 15 shots at the Montour goaltender in the 3rd period and rung a couple off the post and crossbar to no avail. After a scoreless first period, freshman Domennic Martinelli scored on the backhand at 11:39 of the second period. Zach Milnarcik extended the lead to 2-1 on a nifty backhand through the 5 hole of Julian DeFilippo to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead at 9:46. Canevin finally scored with 7:11 to go in the second as Vince Nicolella found a loose puck and shoved it past Skoff to make it 2-1. The Crusaders pressed in the 3rd period and could not beat Skoff and Andy Beck scored into an empty net from 120 feet with 35 seconds to go giving the Montour Spartans their first ever trip to the Penguins Cup finals. Canevin outshot Montour 35-14. 

      Class AAA – Seneca Valley 4 Upper St Clair 3 (OT)   

      Upper St Clair (16-5-4) came out smoking in the opening minutes and seized the lead as Zach Feldman went five hole past Ryan Schutte at 13:22 of the opening period. Seneca rallied to take the lead as Sean Sokolowski scored at 6:22 and then Kaleb Schwab scored on the power play with 5:10 to go in the first period. The Panthers had a strong second period thanks to good pressure and several power play opportunities as Theo Schneiders scored on a backhand at 7:41 and then Justin Selep lifted a rebound over Schutte with 1:40 to play in the 2nd and the Panthers took a 3-2 lead to the third period. Seneca Valley outshot USC in the 3rd period 13-8 and 45-27 on the evening and finally solved Matt Wreggett as Erik Larson blocked a USC clearing attempt and slid the puck past the USC goalie to tie the score with 7:31 to go in regulation. This contest headed to overtime and would be decided on a broken 3 on 2 as Logan Pfeffer and Brandon Platt got the puck to the net where Mike Rohm found a loose puck and fired it past Wreggett with 2:41 to go in overtime to give the Raiders their first ever trip to the Penguins Cup final 4-3.

Thursday, March 19
2009 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals

2009 Penguins Cup Semi-Finals




Class A – Mars 4 Quaker Valley 0

    Mars (23-1-0) completely dominated this contest from start to finish defeating Quaker Valley (15-7-1) 4-0. Jake Robasch opened the scoring at 10:06 of the 2nd period following his own rebound off the post and beating Zach Taylor to give the Planets a 1-0 lead. Tyler Whiteford scored from in close on the power play with 5:02 remaining in the 2nd period to make it 2-0. Derek Sitterly and Steven Tracy added goals in the final period as Mars outshot the Quakers 40-7 as Tyler Stepke earned a shutout.  


Class AA – Latrobe 5 Franklin Regional 3   

  Latrobe (23-0-0) was ripe for the taking in this contest as Franklin scored first on a Pete Ellis goal at 8:43 of the opening period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Latrobe got a huge goal late in the period as Tyler Berger got a rebound on the backhand to knot the score at one apiece. Latrobe took advantage of sloppy FR play in the 2nd and mounted a big attack outshooting the Panthers 17-5 and scoring three goals to take a 3-1 lead. Cody Ray tapped in a Chris Karnes pass at 12:44 after a bad clearing attempt, Tyler Baloh tapped in a Cody Ray rebound after James Orr juggled the puck and the backbreaker was JeffJoe Regula’s terrific effort to find a loose puck amongst two Panthers and slam in home with just ten seconds remaining in the period. Matt Batis converted a Regula pass to make it 5-1 early in the 3rd period. Franklin mounted a comeback that was too little too late as Eugene Mack scored a pair of goals in the second half of the third period to make the final 5-3 in favor of Latrobe.


 Class AAA – Shaler 6 Mt Lebanon 1  

     Shaler (21-2-0) showed why it was the number one seed in the playoffs with a convincing 6-1 shredding of Mt Lebanon (12-8-5). Zac Lynch and Sean McCue scored in the opening period to give the Titans a 2-0 lead, but Brooks Behling scored on a long slapshot from just inside the blue line with 44 seconds to play. The turning point of the hockey game was when with 12:17 to go in the 2nd period, Billy Dobson intercepted a Travis Lisowski clearing attempt and had a gimme goal to make it 3-1 in favor of Shaler. Patrick Schaefer, Brian Stein and a 2nd goal by Zac Lynch sealed Shaler’s first ever trip to the Penguins Cup in 34 years with a 6-1 victory. Steven Weilersbacher was terrific in goal for the Titans stopping 24 of 25 shots as the Blue Devils outshot Shaler 25-22.  

Penguins Cup
The Complete History of the Penguins Cup 1975 - Present
Monday, March 2
2009 Penguins Cup Playoffs
2009 Penguins Cup Previews are here !

   Pa Hockey will cover the Penguins Cup Playoffs all the way to the State Finals in West Chester on March 28th. Below are the matchups which will be updated through the Penguins Cup Finals at Class AAA, AA and A.

 You can see the complete history of the Penguins Cup from 1975 to Present and the 2009 Penguins Cup Schedule by clicking below .......only on Pa Hockey !

Here are the 2009 Penguins Cup Previews or click on the Penguins Logo below!

Class A 


    PENGUIN CUP SEMI-FINALS                
A 1 Mars 4 4 Quaker Valley 0 Mellon Arena Wednesday 18-Mar 5:00 PM
A 2 Serra Catholic 3 3 Bishop McCort 9 Mellon Arena Thursday 19-Mar 5:00 PM
    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
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
A E 1  Bayard Rustin   W  Mars   IceLine Saturday 28-Mar 11:00 AM


Please see Penguins Cup Semi-Final Recaps in Game Summaries

Serra Catholic 6 Freeport 2

Highlights: Eagles score a 6-2 win over the Yellow Jackets. Erik Manetta leads the attack for Serra with a pair of goals and two assists.

Quaker Valley 4 Hampton 2

Highlights: QV scores a 4-2 win over the Talbots. Colin SOuth scores a pair of goals and Alex Jackson and Kevin Kenny score for the Quakers, who outshoot Hampton 24-22.  

Mars 6 Westmont Hilltop 3

Highlights: Jake Robash scored two goals to lead No. 1 seed Mars past No. 8 Westmont Hilltop, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Class A Penguins Cup Championship at Cranberry/Warrendale Bladerunners. Andrew Santa opened the scoring for Mars at 13:23 of the first period, and Robash followed with a shorthanded goal at 9:42 to give Mars an early 2-0 lead. Westmont Hilltop's Andy Herbert made it a 2-1 game on a power-play goal with 41 seconds remaining in the first period, but Mars scored the next three goals to ensure the victory.

Bishop McCort 4 Knoch 0

Highlights: Bishop McCort's Todd Thomas scores a hat trick and adds an assist and Kurtis Straw scores the opening goal game winner as the Crimson Crushers outshoot Knoch 31-16. Jimmy Stenger earns the shutout for McCort.  

Mars 2
2009 Penguins Cup A Champions Mars Planets
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Pa Hockey History
See Western Pa Hockey Division Titles back to 1971
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Sunday, February 15
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles

   Every year at this time, teams across Western Pennsylvania clinch playoff berths and also at the top of each division clinch a division title. The diminishing of the number of teams competing has made it a little easiers for some schools to repeat, but many new schools have re-captured the glory of clinching the division title under the radar.

In addition, you can recount your schools history as we have also compiled a list of schools dating back to 1971 from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League [WPIHL], Lake Shore Hockey League [LKSHL] and South Hills Interscholastic Hockey League [SHIHL] prior to 1999, which includes League Championships.

Congratulations to the following Division Champions

AAA Shaler Titans - Titans win their first Division Title since 1994 and 7th all-time

        Pine Richland Rams - Rams win their 12th Division Title in 15 years and 16th overall

        State College Little Lions - State College wins 2nd in a row

        Upper St Clair Panthers - USC wins 1st Division title in 17 years and 10th overall

 AA  Latrobe Wildcats - 3 in a row for the Wildcats and 8th all time title

        Canevin Crusaders - repeat for the Crusaders and 9 Division titles in their history

        Peters Twp Indians - 1st Division title since 2004 and 5th in their history

        Meadville Bulldogs - Bulldogs win 16th Division Title all-time

  A     Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers - 14th Division title in 16 years for the Crimson

     Crushers, the 2nd most in all of Western Pa Hockey behind the Meadville Bulldogs  

         Mars Planets - 3 in a row for the Planets and 6 Division crowns in 10 years

          Serra Catholic Eagles - 9 Division titles in 10 years for the Eagles

         Quaker Valley Quakers - 8 straight Division titles for QV       


Penguins Cup
If the Penguins Cup Started Today - Week 14
Sunday, February 15
If the Penguins Cup Started Today

   Back by popular demand is a time tested feature of Pa Hockey as the season winds down and the Penguins Cup playoffs are almost here. If the Penguins Cup Started Today takes a look at the Penguins Cup playoff races at A, AA and AAA and will be calculated to the .001 decimal point to allow us all to know who is in and who is out !

    Here are the teams who have clinched berths in the Penguins Cup playoffs

 AAA [12] ~  Pine Richland - Shaler - Upper St Clair - Canon McMillan - Seneca Valley - State College - North Allegheny - McDowell - Penn Trafford - Mt Lebanon - Fox Chapel - Bethel Park

 AA [12] ~ Latrobe - Meadville - West Allegheny - Peters Twp - Canevin - Montour - Franklin Regional - Greensburg CC - Kittanning - Moon - Baldwin - Elizabeth Forward 

 A [8] ~ Serra Catholic - Mars - Bishop McCort - Quaker Valley - Hampton - Westmont Hilltop - Knoch - Freeport

PA Hockey
Pa Hockey Elite 8 Rankings are Here !
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Friday, November 13
Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings

Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings will be posted every weekend on Saturday throughout the season. Please look here for the Pa Hockey Elite 8 as well as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Top 5 Rankings. Only on Pa Hockey !

Week 17 Western Pa Hockey FINAL Standings and Rankings for Post Gazette & Pa Hockey Elite 8

AAA 1 SHALER 20 1 1 41
AAA 2 PLUM 15 4 3 33
AAA 3 UPPER ST CLAIR 16 4 1 33
AA 2 LATROBE 17 3 1 35
AA 3 CANEVIN 15 3 3 33
AA 5 MEADVILLE 12 6 3 27
A 1 MARS 20 2 0 40
A 2 SERRA CATHOLIC 18 4 0 36
A 3 KITTANNING 20 2 0 40
A 4 HAMPTON 14 7 1 29
A 5 BISHOP MCCORT 15 6 1 31


Post Gazette
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Top 5 Rankings are Here !
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PA Hockey
Weekly PA Hockey Standings & Rankings
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Monday, October 13
2008 - 2009 Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings

2008 - 2009 Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings

    Pa Hockey will begin the 2008-2009 Season is under way. The attached file has the Western Pa Hockey Alignment and the Pa Hockey MASTER SCHEDULE. We will also provide the weekly Pa Hockey Elite 8 Rankings for Western Pennsylvania.

    Pa Hockey will also once again this season provide Scores, Highlights, and GAME SUMMARIES for the Game of the Week. Please e-mail your scores into or call them into the Pa Hockey Hotline at 412-848-3750. Please make sure your Team Managers call the scores in with the Highlights after 9:00 PM and before midnight and we will put the information with the games listed at the bottom of the Pa Hockey Website.

     ***GAME SUMMARIES*** and Highlights [H] are a great feature of Pa Hockey and if you would like to submit your own Game Reports, please do so by e-mail within a day of the game and we will post the information.  This information is available ONLY ON PA Hockey !!!!

    FINAL WEEK 17 STANDINGS AND POST GAZETTE and PA HOCKEY ELITE 8 RANKINGS - March 1 , 2009 ~ Weekly Post Gazette and PA Hockey Elite 8 Rankings & Standings and UPDATED Pa Hockey MASTER Schedule are here !!!!

 # 1 Ranked Teams in Classifications are:

Class AAA ~ Pine Richland Rams  

Class AA ~ Latrobe Wildcats

Class A ~ Mars Planets  

Eastern and Western Pa Elite 8 and STATEWIDE Rankings are now available .............ONLY ON PA HOCKEY ! 



Quaker VAlley Quakers Website
Thursday, March 20
2008 Penguins Cup Champions - Quaker Valley Quakers
Quaker Valley Penguins Cup 2008
Quaker Valley Quakers - 2008 Class Penguins Cup Champions

2008 Class A Penguins Cup Champions - Quaker Valley Quakers

 Quaker Valley  Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Post Gazette


0 Zack Taylor
4 Scott Pulkowski      
6 Rob Balotsky          
7 Colin South                
8 Dewar Peterkin
9 Trey Sterner
11 Lee Drake
16 Alex Jackson
18 Noah Zamagias        (C)
20 Robert Karvenyn
23 Cody Scott
24 Ross Watko
47 Aaron Kostial
48 George Jackson
56 Jack Straka
58 John Chicots
76 Kyle Singleton
82 Ian Pegg
96 Ben Moidel
99 Zach Moisey         
  Kevin Quinn
  Jim Miller
  Yuri  Krivokhija
  Joanne Chicots


Thursday, March 20
2008 Penguins Cup Champions Pine Richland Rams

2008 Class AAA Penguins Cup Champions Pine Richland Rams

  3 Tyler Deal  
  7 Kyle Adams  
  11 Eric Febert  
  16 Geoffrey Bagnato  
  17 Ty Loney  
  19 Dylan Trombetta  
  20 Toby Nehnevajsa  
  21 George Saad  
  22 Brandon Saad  
  26 Matthew Lohman  
  27 Ryan Hanahan  
  28 Evan Goetz  
  29 Dan Szymanski  
  34 Sean Battin  
  36 Jared Bagnato  
  38 Reed Loney  
  46 Colin Schmidt  
  66 Brian Cowen  
  78 Joe Mahoney  
  81 Jordan Shelleby  
  90 Bryan Watt  
Head Coach: Bob Kennedy
Assistant Coach: Troy Loney
Assistant Coach:  

Pennsylvania Cup AAA
The Pennsylvania Cup
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Thursday, February 28
2008 Penguins Cup
Penguins Cup
The 2008 Penguins Cup Previews are HERE !

   With the Pennyslvania High School Hockey Championships set for the War Memorial in Johnstown, Pa. on March 29th. The Penguins Cup playoffs in Class A, AA and AAA will begin and North Allegheny and Freeport will begin the quest to defend their titles and Pine Richland's move to Class AAA will be a quest for 3 consecutive Pennsylvania crowns.

    Pa Hockey will give you wire to wire coverage beginning next week and the long awaited 2008 Penguins Cup Previews will be posted prior to the beginning of the playoffs. So stay tuned and fasten your seat belts as the ride begins for 40 schools in a race for glory in March.   Here is the path to the Previews

       The 2008 Penguins Cup Schedule and Complete Penguins Cup History

    PENGUIN CUP FINALS                
A 1 Mars    1   2 Quaker Valley    3 Mellon Arena Tuesday 19-Mar 6:30 PM
    FLYERS CUP FINALS                
A    Bayard Rustin   1    West Chester East    4 Spectrum Saturday 22-Mar 11:00 AM
    PENNSYLVANIA CUP FINALS                
A E  West Chester East   W  Quaker Valley   War Memorial Saturday 29-Mar TBA

Pa Hockey History
COmplete History of Penguins Cup & 2008 Schedule
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PA Hockey
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Sunday, February 24
Western Pa Hockey - Open Division Playoffs

Western Pa Hockey - Open Division Playoffs

   Open Championship  

  WCC   5              WH  4          Overtime    8:30 into OT

In Regulation WCC outshot Woodland Hills 38-16 including an 18-2  3rd period advantage.  WCC enjoyed a balanced 3 line attack whereas Woodland Hills mostly played 9 players. Billy Sullivan and Zack Brown each had  2 goals and assist. Defensively Ryan Hast, Woody High's goalie   had an outstanding game, keeping his team in contention . Each team had one power  play goal. In overtime both goalie were severely tested and stood tall to keep the game knotted until. WCC's Eric Felton scored his 2nd goal of the game off ,one timing his shot off a pass from PJ Ratcliffe.  Total shots for the game  WCC 46  WH 24
a great year for both teams , winners of the Chiefs and Nailers Cup.

  Nailers Cup Finals

        Wheeling CC 5 Carrick 0

   Chiefs Cup Finals

       Woodland Hills  6 Altoona 5 (OT)

          Highlights: Billy Sullivan scores four goals including game winner in OT to lead Wolverines
            to the Chiefs Cup. Jamsey Rossi scored four goals for Altoona.

Tuesday 2/26/08

Nailers Cup Semi-Finals

Carrick 6 Quigley 5 (OT) ***GAME SUMMARIES***
Wheeling Central Catholic 6 Morgantown 2

Chiefs Cup Semi-Finals
Woodland Hills 8 Ford City 4

 Highlights: Billy Sullivan and Zack Brown both had 3 G .Matt Frank and Nate Simon also scored.

   Billy Gorol had 3 assists as did Billy Sullivan. Ian Ferguson had a goal and 3 assists for Ford City
   WH led 3-2 after 1 period and broke the game open with 4 tallies in the 2nd period
  Shots on Goal  WH 35  FC 48. Ryan Hast stopped 44 of 48 shots for WH
Altoona 4 Ligonier Valley 1

Chiefs Cup 1st Round
Altoona 5 Greater Johnstown 3 

 Highlights: Julian Fazi and Chad Murray score twice and Derek Mathews adds another as Mountain Lions win over Johnstown
Woodland Hills 6 Hollidaysburg 5 (OT) 

 Highlights:  Billy Sullivan scored after almost 4 minutes of overtime play. Zach Brown and Billy Sullivan both had a hat trick (3G). Sullivan also added 3 assists. Shots Holidaysburg 30, WH 24
Ford City 10 Connellsville 2 

Highlights: Ian Ferguson scored three of his five goals during the first 54 seconds of the third period Sunday night to lead Ford City's hockey team to a 10-2 rout of Connellsville in the first round of the PIHL Open Division playoffs. At the end of the second period, Ford City had a 4-1 lead. The six-goal third period was capped with Keifer O'Neill scoring two goals in a 14-second span. Sunday's win is Ford City's eighth consecutive victory. This is Ford City's first hockey season in 11 years. Each team scored once in the first period. Ford City took control of the game with a three-goal second period. Ferguson, Alex Gladysiewski and Bryan Spangler each scored. Ferguson, a junior at Ford City, also had an assist to go along with his five goals. Ford City's first two goals were on power plays. Cameron Coccia put the Sabers on the board first with 11:54 remaining in the first period. Connellsville tied the game 1:36 later, when Joe Bucci scored off an Eric Bogden pass. Bogden assisted both of the Falcons' goals. Rich Wicker scored Connellsville's second goal late in the third period. Tyler Smith recorded four assists for the Sabers, and O'Neill, a senior from West Shamokin, had two. Gladysiewski, Spangler and Eli Smith also had assists for Ford City (14-6-1). Ford City outshot Connellsville, 31-24. Sabers goalie Joseph Kiehlmeier recorded 22 saves, while Falcons goalie Mark Cable ha

 Ligonier Valley 4 Kiski 1

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Nailers Cup 1st Round
Morgantown 12 John Marshall 1 

 Highlights: Ryan Wise and Chip Matala score two goals each as Mohawks scalp John Marshall.
Carrick 8 Ringgold 1

 Highlights: Mitchell Faust scores twice and Jon Larkin adds a goal and 3 assists as Carrick pounds Ringgold

Quigley 10 Taylor Allderdice 4

 Highlights: Graham Harkins and Josh Marshall net hat tricks for Quigley as they ice the Dice

Wheeling CC 7 vs Ambridge 3

Congratulations to the following schools for clinching Division titles

Morgantown Mohawks

Carrick Cougars

Altoona Mountain Lions

Woodland Hills Wolverines (tie)

Ford City Sabers (tie)

Note: Ford City and Woodland Hills tied with the same number of points although Woodland Hills played one less game, so both schools will be recognized by Pa Hockey as Division Champions......Congrats to all and good luck in the Playoffs !



Wheeling Park
Wheeling wins 3rd WV Title in 4 Years
Wednesday, February 27
2008 West Virginia State Championship
Wheeling Park  - 2008 WV Champs
Wheeling Park - 2008 WV State Champs
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2008 West Virginia State Championship

 Wednesday February 27, 2008 - Wheeling Civic Center 

   Wheeling Park 4 Morgantown 2 

      Read the Wheeling Intelligencer Championship Story


 Semi-Finals -

      Wheeling Park 7 University 0

      Morgantown 4 Wheeling CC 0

West Virginia Champions

2007 - Wheeling CC Maroon Knights

2006 - Wheeling Park Patriots

2005 - Wheeling Park Patriots

   Read the Article in the Wheeling Intelligencer

PA Hockey
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Monday, February 23
Western Pa Open Division Tournament