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Monday, January 7
History of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational
Meadville Bulldog Invitational

The History of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational

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

    The Champions of the Bulldog Invitational 

      2009 - St Edwards [Defeated LaSalle 4-1]

       2008 - LaSalle Explorers [defeated St Edwards 4-1]
       2007 -  LaSalle Explorers [defeated Toledo St Francis 2-1]

       2006 - Mt Lebanon Blue Devils [defeated LaSalle Explorers 1-0] 

       2005 - LaSalle Explorers [defeated Mt Lebanon Blue Devils 3-2 OT]   
       2004 - Malvern Prep Friars [defeated LaSalle Explorers 4-0] 
       2003 - Meadville Bulldogs [defeated St Ignatius 3-2 2OT]
       2002 - Malvern Prep Friars [defeated Cathedral Prep ]
       2001 - St Ignatius [defeated Cathedral Prep 4-3]
       2000 - St Ignatius [defeated Meadville 4-0]
       1999 - St Ignatius [defeated LaSalle 4-3]
       1998 - Cleveland St Edwards [defeated Meadville 5-1] 
       1997 - Cleveland St Edwards [defeated St Ignatius 4-2]

       ****Check out the COMPLETE History of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational by clicking on the Pa Hockey or Meadville Bulldog LOGO's****    


Tuesday, February 10
2009 Meadville Bulldog Invitational SCOREBOARD
Meadville Bulldog Invitational

   Ohio State Champions Cleveland St Edwards wins the 2009 Bulldog Invitational over Pennsylvania AAA Champions LaSalle 4-1. St Edwards, LaSalle and St Ignatius have all won 3 Meadville Bulldog Invitationals over the 13 year history of the event. Congrats to Coach Rob Whidden and the Eagles !


2009 Tournament Schedule          
SCHEDULE         1/19/2009 11:36    
Pool A   Record Points Pool B   Record Points  
St Ignatius   (3-0-0)   St Edwards   (3-0-0)    
McDowell   (2-1-0)   LaSalle   (2-1-0)    
Meadville   (1-2-0)   Sylvania Northview   (1-2-0)    
Ft LeBouf   (0-3-0)   Mt Lebanon   (0-3-0)    
1 16-Jan-09 4:45 PM Friday Meadville 0 McDowell 1  
2 16-Jan-09 6:30 PM Friday Ft LeBouf 0 St Ignatius 7  
3 16-Jan-09 8:15 PM Friday St Edward 7 Mt Lebanon 2  
4 16-Jan-09 10:00 PM Friday Sylvania Northview 2 LaSalle 8  
5 17-Jan-09 7:15 AM Saturday Meadville 0 St Ignatius 3  
6 17-Jan-09 9:00 AM Saturday McDowell 3 Ft LeBouf 1  
7 17-Jan-09 11:00 AM Saturday Sylvania Northview 4 Mt Lebanon 3  
8 17-Jan-09 12:45 PM Saturday LaSalle 1 St Edward 5  
9 17-Jan-09 2:45 PM Saturday McDowell 1 St Ignatius 5  
10 17-Jan-09 4:30 PM Saturday Meadville 7 Ft LeBouf 2  
11 17-Jan-09 6:15 PM Saturday St Edward 8 Sylvania Northview 0  
12 17-Jan-09 8:00 PM Saturday LaSalle 3 Mt Lebanon 1  
13 18-Jan-09 8:00 AM Sun St Edward 6 McDowell 0  
14 18-Jan-09 10:00 PM Sun St Ignatius 2 LaSalle 3 OT
15 18-Jan-09 3:00 PM Sun St Edward 4 LaSalle 1  

LaSalle - 4
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Monday, January 21
2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Final
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Explorers win second straight title

By Dominick DiRienzo
Meadville Tribune

The LaSalle College High School Explorers won their second straight Bulldog Hockey Invitational title and their third in four years Sunday with a 4-1 win over Cleveland St. Edward.


It is also the fourth straight year the Explorers played in the championship game. LaSalle lost to Mt. Lebanon, 1-0, in 2006. In 2005, LaSalle, a private day school from Wyndmoor, Pa. just west of Philadelphia, beat Mt. Lebanon, 3-2 in overtime, for the tournament title. The Explorers have appeared in five tournament finals in nine trips to Meadville.

The championship game matched the highest-scoring team in tournament against the lowest-scoring team to reach a final. The two teams met in pool play, which LaSalle won, 1-0.

St. Edward reached the tournament finals by scoring just five goals, but the Eagles only allowed four. St. Ed’s six goals is the lowest total by a tournament finalist. The previous record was eight set by Meadville’s 2000 runner-up team.

“As solid as we played ... most of our mistakes seemed to be made at the offensive end,” St. Edward head coach Rob Whidden said.

Meanwhile, LaSalle shattered the tournament scoring record with 31 goals. The previous mark was 26 set by 2004 tournament champion Malvern Prep.

“There might be one team in all of Ohio like LaSalle,” Whidden said. “We were excited to have scored a goal on them.”

LaSalle’s Adam Schmidt scored with 13:56 left in the second period and teammate Matt O’Brien scored with 2:38 left in the period for a 2-0 Explorers’ lead.

LaSalle coach Wally Muehlbronner said the turning point in the game was Schmidt’s goal.

“We are the type of team that if we’re not scoring we start to get frustrated ... start to squeeze the stick a little bit harder,” Muehlbronner said. “Our first goal wasn’t pretty, but it found it’s way into the net. That took the pressure off.”

Especially since three-year starter Dan Pyne was between the pipes for the Explorers.

Pyne, who was named to his third straight all-tournament team, allowed his first goal of the tournament with 26 seconds left in the second period. St. Ed’s Chris Colvin beat Pyne ending his scoreless streak at nine periods. He went a tournament record 209 minutes and 34 seconds without yielding a goal.

Mark Schnupp scored with 4:06 left in the game and Ryan Tyson added an empty-netter with 1:01 left to cap the scoring.

“I think our team speed was the biggest thing,” Muehlbronner said. “I think that distinguished us from a couple teams in pool play.”

Notes: Sylvania Northview’s Carter Bourland was also a repeat all-tournament selection. ... For the fifth time in the last six years, the tournament finalists came from the same pool. In each of those cases, the undefeated team is 5-0 in the tournament championship.

Thank you to the Meadville Tribune and Dominic DiRenzo for this report ! 


Friday, February 8
2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational SCOREBOARD
Visit the Bulldog Tournament Website for Highlights!
Saturday, January 19
2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational



2008 Tournament Schedule        
SCHEDULE         1/20/2008 21:43  
Pool A   Record Points Pool B   Record Points
Sylvania Northview   (2-0-1) 1 LaSalle   (3-0-0)  
St Ignatius   (2-1-0) 2 St Edwards   (1-1-1)  
Meadville   (1-2-0) 3 North Allegheny   (1-2-0)  
Mt Lebanon   (0-2-1) 4 McDowell   (0-2-1)  
1 18-Jan-08 4:45 PM Friday St Edwards 1 McDowell 1
2 18-Jan-08 6:30 PM Friday LaSalle 11 North Allegheny 0
3 18-Jan-08 8:15 PM Friday Meadville 1 St Ignatius 2
4 18-Jan-08 10:00 PM Friday Mt Lebanon 2 Sylvania Northview 2
5 19-Jan-08 7:15 AM Saturday North Allegheny 4 McDowell 3
6 19-Jan-08 9:00 AM Saturday LaSalle 1 St Edwards 0
7 19-Jan-08 11:00 AM Saturday Sylvania Northview 6 Meadville 3
8 19-Jan-08 12:45 PM Saturday St Ignatius 2 Mt Lebanon 1
9 19-Jan-08 2:45 PM Saturday St Edwards 2 North Allegheny 1
10 19-Jan-08 4:30 PM Saturday McDowell 0 LaSalle 6
11 19-Jan-08 6:15 PM Saturday Sylvania Northview 4 St Ignatius 2
12 19-Jan-08 8:00 PM Saturday Meadville 4 Mt Lebanon 0
13 20-Jan-08 8:00 AM Sun Sylvania Northview 1 St Edwards 2
14 20-Jan-08 10:00 PM Sun LaSalle 9 St Ignatius 0
15 20-Jan-08 3:00 PM Sun LaSalle  4 St Edwards  1

***Check out the Meadville Bulldog Invitational Website for Game Summaries and Highlights*** 


Schedule and History of the Bulldog thru 2008
Tuesday, January 8
2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

Bulldog Invitational Schedule 2008


2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

 Semi-Finals – Sunday January 20, 2008
Sylvania Northview 1 St Edwards 2 OT

       Sylvania Northview entered the semi-finals of the Meadville Bulldog Invitational undefeated on the season with only one tie courtesy of Mt Lebanon in this tournament. Head Coach Jim Cooper entered this tournament more than likely with the thought that his squad could be challenged and possibly might taste defeat and in the scheme of things it will only make them better in their quest for Columbus which is only a month away.


         8-time Ohio State Champions St Edwards and Head Coach Rob Whidden know all about preparing for State Championships and at this point of the tournament, the Eagles are happy to be in the semis, especially since they have only scored three goals in three games. St Edwards played an outstanding game against # 1 ranked Eastern Pa LaSalle falling 1-0 and another one goal victory over defending Pennsylvania State Champs North Allegheny 2-1.


          After a scoreless opening period St Edwards scored with 5:43 remaining in the period on  goal by Zander Dover. Sylvania Northview pulled the goaltender in the final moments and tied the game with :52 as Eamonn Reynolds scored to know the semi-final and send it to overtime. St Edwards John Plagens scored on a breakaway with 8:32 remianing in overtime to give St Edwards a 2-1 victory over Sylvania Northview and a spot in the Meadville Bulldog Invitational final and an opportunity to win the Bulldog for the first time since 1998 and their 3rd overall Bulldog title.


LaSalle St Ignatius  0

        The defending Meadville Bulldog Invitational Champions the LaSalle Explorers are currently ranked # 1 in Eastern Pennsylvania and # 2 after week 9 in Pennsylvania. LaSalle won the Mt St Charles Invitational in Rhode Island. All of these tournaments are nice but the ultimate goal is to atone for last years surprise loss to Holy Ghost Prep in the  Flyers Cup and advance to the Pennsylvania State Final and win their first title since 1996, when the Explorers defeated Central  Catholic 3-2 at Rostraver Ice Garden.


        St Ignatius has a tremendous record in the Bulldog Invitational with 3 titles and 5 Finals Appearances. It has been 4 years since the Wildcats have advanced to the finals of the tournament. Ignatius is in a log jam in the Cleveland Region of the Ohio State playoffs with St Edwards, University School, and Padua. 


        LaSalle took control of this hockey game opening up a 5-0 lead in the opening period. At 6:36 of first period on the power play Conner Varley’s shot from the right point through traffic made it 1-0. At 5:23 5 on 3 for LaSalle for 1:37 and the Explorers made it happen as at 5:06 Adam Berkle was on the door mouth and had a tap in goal after a great pass from Kyle Zoldy. At 4:46 Kevin Seybert scored on a rebound shot from Ryan Tyson for another power play goal to make it 3-0. At 4:09 Ross Denczi scored making it four goals in 2:27 for LaSalle. To add insult to injury for St Ignatius at 1:31 a Shorthanded goal by Adam Schmidt made it 5-0 with the shots in favor of LaSalle 12 St Ignatius 1.

         The second period continue the onslaught as LaSalle scored again at 4:16 of the 2nd as Kyle Zoldy scored after miscue by Ignatius defense and goaltender resulted in a empty net goal. At 10 :38, Mark Schnupp’s shot from point squirt through and the count was 7-0. The Explorers added goals at 3:06 from Patrick Gallagher and at 3:33 as Kyle Zoldy’s centering pass caromed off an Ignatius defenseman and it was 8-0. LaSalle ran out the clock and capture a 9-0 win over St Ignatius and an opportunity to defend the Bulldog Title from a year ago. The Explorers have now gone four games without a goal against and Dan Pyne earned another shutout. 


2008 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

 Pool Play

Friday January 18, 2008

St Edwards 1 McDowell 1

Highlights: McDowell and St Edwards battled to a 1-1 tie in their opener of the bulldog Invitational. Cody Bilsk scored a shorthanded goal at 9:24 of the 1st period. Chris Michalak scored a power play goal in the 2nd period.

LaSalle 11 North Allegheny 0
Highlights: LaSalle throttled the defending Pennsylvania State Champions 11-0. Ryan Tyson had a hat trick for the Explorers. Ross Denczi and Kyle Zoldy pitched in a pair of goals and Adam Schmidt had five assists for LaSalle.  
Meadville 1 St Ignatius 2
Highlights: St Ignatius has a great history in the Meadville Bulldog Invitational and got a great start in the tournament with a 2-1 victory over the host Bulldogs. Jeff Deacon scored twice for St Ignatius and Morgan Nickerson scored at14:33 of the 3rd for Meadville, who out shot Northview 30-23.  
Mt Lebanon 2 Sylvania Northview 2

Highlights: Sylvania Northview scored in the 3rd period to earn a 2-2 tie against Mt Lebanon. James Greeno and Brooks Behling scored for the Blue Devils and Bob Napierala and Brandon Snead scored for the Wildcats.

 Saturday January 19, 2008
North Allegheny 4 McDowell 3

Highlights: North Allegheny scored two goals in 8 seconds to break a 2-2 tie and defeat McDowell 4-3. Joe Snatchko, Donny Lewis, Dylan Rohar and Bo Schwab scored for the Tigers. Greg Harrington, Sean Perhacs and Josh Cunningham scored for the Trojans.

LaSalle 1 St Edwards 0
Highlights: In the best games of the Pool Play round LaSalle and St Edwards played a scoreless opening period and  Adam Berkle’s goal 27 seconds into the 2nd period turned out to be the difference as the Explorer’s Dan Pyne stopped all 21 shots and the Eagles Robbie Ginsburg stopped 21 as well.  
Sylvania Northview Meadville  3

      Meadville entered the 2nd game of Pool Play on the heels of a 2-1 setback to St Ignatius in the opener. The Bulldog injury list is playing havoc with the lineup and has caused a greater dependance on the top line of Morgan Nickerson, Nick Fedorka and Drew Finton and has also caused a quick on the job training for a pretty green group of sophomores jettisoned into the role of becoming difference makers for the Dawgs. Welcome to the world of Meadville hockey.


       On the blotter for the Bulldogs today would be no easy task as Head Coach Jim Cooper’s [# 1 ranked in Ohio and undefeated] Sylvania Northview Wildcats had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Mt Lebanon in the opener. Northview advanced to the Sylvania Bracket of Ohio finals only to fall to Toledo St Johns.  The Wildcats are an explosive squad with a talented duo of scorers in Brandon Snead and Carter Bourland.


        The Bulldogs came of flying in the opening period and took the lead courtesy of a

 Power play goal at 13:07 as Drew Finton scored on a rebound set up by Nick Fedorka. The lead grew to 2-0 at 8:28 of the period as Aron Nye’s shot from the center point was deflected by Nick Fedorka past the Wildcat’s Craig Trego, again on the power play. At

 7:38 a 5 on 3 chance for Sylvania Northview was nullified by Wildcat penalty at 7:31. A key turning point of the opening period came at 1:06, as Morgan Nickerson was in on a breakaway, but was stopped by Trego and just 10 seconds later with :56 to go Carter Bourland was set up by Brandon Snead and he made no mistake and cut the lead to 2-1.  

Shots on goal were Sylvania with 11 and Meadville with 10.


       On to the seconds period and at 12:47 it was Sylvania’s Carter Bourland again beating the Meadville defense and Bryan Danczak for PPG to tie the game at two apiece. A little over a minuet later, at 11:09,  Sylvania’s Cody Booth shot through traffic and beat Danczak clean for the Wildcats to take the lead 3-2. Meadville tied the game at 3-3 with 8:32 to go in the period on the power play as Drew Finton scored his 2nd goal of the game on a one-timer on a great pin point pass from the far boards from Morgan Nickerson. The Wildcats took the lead again at 3:29 as Sylvania’s Bob Napierala scored on a rebound of a shot by Eamonn Reynolds to make the count 4-3. The turning point of this contest came at 2:54, after great hustle by Nile Culver cause a miscue by the Bulldog defense and the puck ended up behind Danczak, as Sylvania secured a two-goal lead.


 The Bulldogs ran out of gas in the third period and at 8:03 Carter Bourland picked up a 3rd rebound and show great patience and held the puck forever before he buried shot and completed the hat trick chasing Danczak and gave the Wildcats a 6-3 lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

St Ignatius Mt Lebanon

Highlights: Mt Lebanon took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a goal by James Greeno. St Ignatius rallied at 10:42 of the 2nd as Thomas Paras found a loose puck and scored to tie the game at 1-1. The teams battled into the third period and appeared to be ending in a tie game. With :06 to go in regulation, St Ignatius Jay Mazzarella snap shot from the hash marks that found its way into the net and gave the Wildcats a 2-1 victory over Mt Lebanon. 

St Edwards  2 North Allegheny  1

Highlights: St Edwards outshot North Allegheny 26-14, but had to hold on for a 2-1 victory. John Plagens and Vinnie Buttitta scored for the Eagles and Ryan Worscena scored for NA, who got a strong goaltending performance from Lindsay Holdcroft.


McDowell LaSalle

Highlights: LaSalle carried a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period and cruised to a 6-0 victory over McDowell. The Explorers played nine scoreless periods of hockey during Pool Play matching the 2001 Meadville Bulldogs, who also played scoreless hockey through the Pool Play.

Sylvania Northview  4 St Ignatius  2
Highlights: Sylvania Northview broke a 2-2 in the third period as Kyle Hymore scored with 8:54 to go in the 3rd period and Brandon Snead added an empty netter to give the Wildcats a 4-2 victory and trip to the Semis. Bob Napierala and Carter Bourland scored for Sylvania. Kevin Carlin and Jay Mazzarella scored for St Ignatius. Northview outshot Ignatius 35-26.   
Meadville   Mt Lebanon  

Highlights: Fueled by a Morgan Nickerson hat trick and a Bryan Danczak shutout, Meadville defeated Mt Lebanon 4-0.  

Sunday, January 20

  13             8:00 am                 Semi Final #1

14            10:00 am                Semi Final #2          

Sylvania Northview   St Edwards  
LaSalle   St Ignatius  

15              3:00 pm                Championship game

Monday, January 7
2007 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

Friday, February 8
LaSalle impressive in 6-4 victory of Meadville in House of Chills

Friday, February 8
St Edwards ends Mt Lebanon’s Bulldog run !

Monday, January 7
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

Friday, February 8
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Championship
Mt Lebanon
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Finals
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2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Championship


Mt Lebanon 1 LaSalle 0

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 7
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Finals

Monday, January 7
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Semi-Finals

Monday, January 7
2006 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Pool Play

Monday, January 7
2005 Meadville Bulldog Invitational

Monday, January 7
2004 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Pool Play

Meadville 2003 Champs
2003 Meadville Bulldog Invitational Champions - Meadville Bulldogs
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Monday, January 7
2003 Bulldog Invitational - Meadville captures first ever Bulldog title !
2003 Bulldog Invitational - Meadville captures first ever Bulldog title !

    Meadville and St Ignatius met in the finals of the Bulldog Invitational, which would be a tall hill for Jamie Plunkett's squad to overcome the three time Bulldog Invitational champions from Ohio.
Meadville had confidence due to its 5-1 preliminary round victory over Ignatius but knew it was helped by two 5 on 3 goals in that contest.

      Justin Werle scored to give Meadville a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power play goal at the 7:51 mark.

      Meadville held onto the slim advantage until St. Ignatius tied it with 9:46 left in the 3rd period on a goal by Jeff
Leciejewski. D.J. Craven tipped a David Moyer shot with 6:05 left in regulation to give Medville a 2-1 lead on the power play. goal.
The Wildcats tied the game with 32 seconds left on a goal by Dan
McClain. McClain is the Wildcats top player and he took a shot just inside the blueline that fooled Dan O'Shurak and went between his legs for the equalizer.

      The championship went into the first 15 minutes of overtime provided both teams chances to end it but both goaltenders played well. St. Ignatius goaltender Chris Sanchez was the MVP for his team. He made 56 saves on the evening including 18 in
overtime. The ice was resurfaced after the first overtime and the teams changed ends and the second overtime ended with 4:02 remaining as Brian Bahurinsky scored on a rebound from a Justin Werle slapshot. Sanchez came out to play the Werle shot and couldn't control the rebound as Bahurinsky scored in to an empty net
for a 3-2 final. Werle was named the MVP for Meadville.

Monday, January 7
2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Finals

Monday, January 7
2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Pool Play

Monday, January 7
2002 Meadville Bulldog Invitational - Semi-Finals