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2006 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Director's Cup - Semi Finals
Prairie Ridge
Prairie Ridge - 4 (OT)
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Tuesday, January 2
Prairie Ridge stops Upper Arlington rally & Wolves win in OT
Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - 3

2006 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase Semi-Final

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Prairie Ridge 4 Upper Arlington 3 (OT)

Upper Arlington head coach Jay Graham elevated his program in 2006 by marching the Golden Bears to the Ohio State Semi-Finals before losing to eventual champions Padua. UA won the Capital Conference championship pretty handily and worked its way through their state playoff bracket in convincing fashion. Knowing that his team needs to compete with the Cleveland teams, Upper Arlington ramped up their schedule a year ago and was looking to do so again in 06-07 to continue the process of becoming champions in Ohio and be the first Columbus / Cincinnatti area team to challenge the Toledo and Cleveland schools who have dominated the Ohio crown. In their inaugural trip to the Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase, the Golden Bears defeated Penn Trafford and West Allegheny easily and then defeated Pennsylvania Class AA champions Pine Richland in a classic 5-4 overtime victory with Andy Grindley’s goal with just :05 on the clock in OT.

Prairie Ridge, out of the Chicago Metro Central League is off to a 12-0-1 start this season and has similar aspirations to Upper Arlington in the Blackhawks Cup. Head Coach Casey Van Damme has taken the program over and in a very short time, he and assistant Rick Rewiako have transformed the Wolves into a very solid hockey club with discipline and have proven to be a class act around Illinois hockey circles. PR opened the Showcase with a win over Peters Twp, but fell in a hard fought contest to Latrobe the very next day. Coach Van Damme and Rewiako continued to keep a positive spin with their club and faced an uphill climb against 3-time defending Director’s Cup champions North Allegheny, who had waltzed their first two opponents. The Wolves came out and dominated NA all over the ice winning all three period and edging the Tigers out of a Semi-Final spot by a single half point with an impressive 5-1 victory.

Upper Arlington opened the scoring early in the first period as Blake Greiner scored on a rebound after nice work by linemates Andy Grindley and Hartwell Marable at 12:02.
Prairie Ridge continued working hard and bottled up the Golden Bears in the opening period forcing AU penalties resulting in Wolves power plays. On a 5 on 3 opportunity, Billy Rinn finally beat Golden Bear goaltender Ian Ansel through the 5-hole to tie the game 1-1 with 4:19 to go in the first.

The Wolves would seize control of this hockey game in the second period as Doug Kaminsky buried a wrist shot past Ansel to give PR the lead at 10:43 for a 2-1 lead. It didn’t take long to extend the lead as Cam Comeaux continued his fine play in the tournament setting up a Jon Rowell goal just 2 ½ minutes later and Prairie Ridge earned a 3-1 lead, that it took to the ice cut.

The Golden Bears fought back in this hockey game but only managed six shots in the final period of regulation. While Ian Ansel pitched a shutout at his end to keep Upper Arlington in the hockey game, Blake Greiner drew UA closer on the power play with a goal with 9:17 to play. Still the Wolves were playing excellent defense and limiting the chances on Marcelo Jorge, but a great individual effort by the Bear’s Nick Paraskos who shredded the Prairie Ridge defense and beat Jorge to tie the game with 3:35 to go in regulation.

The Wolves dominated the overtime in shots at 10-3 thanks to two power plays courtesy of Upper Arlington in the extra frame. Ian Ansel was spectacular for the Golden Bears in the pipes, but quick thinking and a bullet shot by Pat Houk from the left hand boards beat the Upper Arlington goaltender with :48 left in overtime and gave Prairie Ridge a spot in the Director’s Cup final against Quaker Valley.

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Quaker Valley - 2 (2 OT)

Tuesday, January 2
Lemieux ends Franklin’s run and continues QV’s march to the finals

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Franklin Regional - 1
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2006 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase Semi-Final
Quaker Valley 2 Franklin Regional 1 (2 OT)

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Franklin Regional is Western Pennsylvania’s hottest team in Class AA with seven consecutive victories in the regular season and a 3-0 finish in Bracket B with wins over South Park, Eastern Pa Class A power Perkiomen Valley and Upper St Clair in an opening shootout thriller, the Panthers are starting to look like a contender in March with a combination of steady goaltending and hard working balance throughout their lineup. Head coach Jim Daugherty has to be excited and is even more anticipating the return of sophomores Patrick Coyne, who has been sidelined since the beginning of the season and Eugene Mack, who will return to the lineup early in January. The Panthers have a deep enough lineup to compete with anyone in Class AA and possibly to compete with Pine Richland, who they will meet in the season finale prior to the playoffs.

Quaker Valley captured the Pennsylvania Class A State title in March and it as been a dream ride ever since for Kevin Quinn’s club, who have opened the season in defense of their championship at 9-0-1 and ranked # 1 in the Pa Hockey Class Elite 8 poll. One thing that has changed for the Quakers is that they are now the measuring stick of Class A hockey in the State of Pennsylvania replacing Serra, Bishop McCort, Radnor and Penncrest, who preceded QV with that role. In this year’s Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase, the Quakers defeated Gateway and Walsh Jesuit, but it would be the match-up with # 1 ranked and undefeated Class AAA power Bethel Park that was a date on the schedule which would create interesting possibilities for QV. Although the Quakers were outshot 38-13, goaltender Zac Zinger turned in a spectacular performance and Mikael Lemieux scored twice to forge a tie through overtime, earlier in the day. The possibilities were even more enticing when the 5 player shootout was tied 2-2 through the first five shooters. George Jackson buried the decisive blow and Zac Zinger stopped Logan Bannon giving Quaker Valley an improbable 5-4 shootout win and a date in the semis.

Franklin Regional and Quaker Valley engaged in a true defensive battle through the opening period with QV holding a 3-2 shot advantage in a scoreless tie. The second period was a different story as the Panthers dominated play with an 11-6 shot advantage and took a 1-0 lead at 6:29 remaining in the 2nd as Ryan Kramer converted a Brian Buckley passed from behind the net and beat Zac Zinger after an excellent forechecking effort by the Panthers.

The third period was evenly played as Zinger and Anthony Livechhi battled and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Franklin. Colin South had the period’s best chance but his wrist shot to the short side rung on the crossbar as the Panthers clung to a slim 1-0 lead. An untimely penalty with less than six minutes to go in regulation would prove costly with an unsportsmanlike penalty at 5:51. Quaker Valley used most of their man advantage to set up the tying tally as Mikael Lemieux pounced on rebound after some nice work by George Jackson and Colin South to move the puck to the front of the net and the Quakers tied the game with 3:55 to play and force overtime.

Quaker Valley and Franklin Regional would continue the battle into overtime and both teams had power play opportunities but Zac Zinger and Anthony Livecchi would be equal to the task. FR’s best chance came late in the first overtime as Turner Andritz had Zinger leaning the wrong way and the shot sailed just wide of the right post. The 11th Annual Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase’s leading point getters would decide this contest on the opening faceoff of the second overtime as Lemieux won the draw forward to South who preceded over the blue line and slid a perfect pass to Lemieux, who buried a backhand over Anthony Livecchi to cap a dream day for the Quaker Valley program and a date in the Director’s Cup final.



 
 

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