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2010 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Director's Cup
2010 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Director's Cup

Canevin finds a way to win the Director’s Cup over Roman Catholic in Double Overtime


Roman Catholic made their way out of Philadelphia and a massive winter storm to participate in a Warm Up for the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh. The biggest win in the Gladiator Hockey Program history came a year ago in the Flyers Cup opening round over Holy Ghost Prep [the same team which recently won the National Invitational Scholastic Showcase Governor’s Cup in Jamestown, NY.] and coach Jim Mauro was looking to build it’s competitive schedule against Western Pennsylvania’s finest to prepare for the rigorous Inter-County AAA schedule which includes HGP, LaSalle and 2010 Pennsylvania AAA State Champions Cardinal O’Hara. Roman Catholic defeated Mt Lebanon, Central Catholic and Canevin in overtime to earn the # 1 seed in the Medal Round.

Canevin has been Western Pennsylvania’s AA power since instituted in the early 1980’s with the most wins in Class AA of any existing Class AA Program. With 3 Pennsylvania Class AA State Championships in their 40 year history, Canevin has a long history of success. More recently, the Crusaders have struggled to get over the top falling in the Penguins Cup Semi-Finals the past three seasons under Kevin Zielmanski. Looking to get over the hump has been a passion for the Canevin program and after dispatching Mt Lebanon and Central Catholic in the opening games of the Showcase, the Crusaders lost a heartbreaker to Roman Catholic in overtime, which was good enough to earn a berth against 8-time Final 4 participant Bethel Park in the Semi-Final. Canevin found a way to defeat the Hawks in Double Overtime and advance to their first Director’s Cup since 1998. The Crusaders beat unbeaten Plum in 1997 and undefeated Thomas Jefferson in 1998 to earn their Director’s Cup Championships.

This Director’s Cup would see Roman Catholic take an early led on a goal by Matt D’Andrea on a pretty passing play at 9:44. Canevin took a commanding 3-1 lead with three goals in less than five minutes as Peter Karney and Frankie Vance with a pair scored for the Crusaders. Roman Catholic rallied after a barrage of shots by Canevin on Greg Procopio, who held his team in the hockey game stopping all 13 shots in the 2nd period.

Matt D’Andrea scored a 3:09 of the second period and then Paul Napierowski ripped a wrist shot on the power play from the center point with 1:32 to go to deadlock the game at three apiece at the ice cut. Canevin dominated the third period outshooting the Gladiators 10-1 but could not beat Procopio, who was flawless between the pipes. That trend continued into overtime as Zach Daley matched the Roman Catholic netminder with a few key saves of his own into the second overtime. With Canevin outshooting Roman Catholic 48-28 on the afternoon, it would be expected that the Crusaders may catch a break sooner or later. At 3:03 of the 2nd overtime, with a loose puck behind Precopio, and before a referee could lose sight of the puck on the doorstep, Frankie Vance delivered as easy of a goal as maybe he ever will get by pure hustle and tapped home a gimme and sent the Crusader faithful into euphoria and a hard fought, well earned Director’s Cup Championship. A Tournament win to some, but for a team that has been on the other end of the frustration, maybe a sign of things to come as Canevin will begin its quest to a long awaited Pa State AA championship run drought now over 20 years and counting.

2010 Director’s Dozen – All-Tournament Team

Zack Daley – Canevin – Goaltender

Matthew D’Andrea – Roman Catholic – Forward\

Will Hoeft – Mt Lebanon - Defense

Kendall King – Canevin – Defense

Willy Koster – Kittanning – Forward

John Monaghan – Roman Catholic – Forward

C.J. Murray – Upper St Clair – Forward

Paul Napierowski – Roman Catholic – Defense

Troy Schall – Kittanning – Forward

Corey Shafer – Westmont Hilltop – Forward

Michael Shipley – Bethel Park – Defense

Frankie Vance – Canevin – Forward \

Matt Walsh – Canevin – Forward

R.J. Umberger Award Winner – Gregory Precopio – Roman Catholic – Goaltender


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