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Gateway hockey building with young talent

By Brian Graham
The Gateway hockey team is in the midst of the second season of its rebuilding phase. Coach Gene Perhac is happy with the progress that’s been made and sees a team competing for section titles coming in the very near future. The Gators are off to a 2-9 start in the Class ...

Plum hockey overwhelms Norwin, falls at North Hills
By Dave Schrecengost
This was the kind of game Plum’s hockey team needed. The Mustangs put together perhaps their most complete game of the season in a 12-2 win ...
Sewickley Academy ice hockey has plenty to learn
By Gary Horvath
The Sewickley Academy ice hockey team hasn’t quite gotten off to the start that it hoped for. The Panthers have lost their first four games by ...
Plum senior Stonebraker stays busy on skates
By Dave Schrecengost
Mondays are the start of a work week for most people. For David Stonebraker, Mondays offer a rare day off. Even then, he might have a ...
Captain wants special season for Seneca Valley hockey team
By Jerry Clark
When times are tough, teams look to their captain to lead the way past the difficult situation. While the Seneca Valley ice hockey team started ...
Hard work shapes Butler hockey team’s identity
By Joe Sager
With the graduation of 11 seniors, Butler’s hockey team was in search of an identity this season. So far, the Golden Tornado have found it with ...
Youth providing Quaker Valley hockey with answers
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley hockey team finally seams to have more answers than questions. At the beginning of the PIHL season in October, the Quakers knew ...
Plum’s Stonebraker busy on ice
By Dave Schrecengost
Mondays are the start of a work week for most people. Not for David Stonebraker. For him, Mondays offer a rare day off. Even then, he may ...
Armstrong loses, Freeport wins in hockey doubleheader
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong hockey knew it would be short-handed, but the team still put up quite a fight. Backup goalie Jacob Lorigan made 45 saves, but Moon scored four times in the final period for a 4-2 win over the Riverhawks in the second game of a varsity doubleheader Thursday at Belmont Complex. David ...
Fox Chapel hockey’s Friedland a team leader
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel hockey player Ben Friedland scored a goal and had two assists as the Foxes beat North Hills, 6-4, in their final game before ...
Bishop Canevin hockey looking for the scoring touch
By Nathan Smith
The Bishop Canevin hockey team has been shooting the lights out. But its scores haven’t shown it. The 3-4 Crusaders fell to Latrobe, 7-2, on Nov. 10. ...
Franklin Regional pulls away in PIHL bout with Gateway
By Michael Love
The shots were nearly even and the score was knotted at one after 17 minutes of play last Friday between the Franklin Regional and Gateway ice hockey teams at Center Ice Arena in Delmont. The first game between the rivals after a season in separate PIHL classifications then started to turn ...
Latrobe hockey spending 2-week layoff ‘fine-tuning’
By Alex Oltmanns
A two-week break from game action could not have come at a better time for the Latrobe hockey team. After a 4-3 loss to Hampton, the ...
Gateway, Franklin Regional hockey teams renew rivalry
By Michael Love
After one year apart, PIHL rivals and tenants who both call Center Ice Arena in Delmont home will resume competition. The Franklin Regional and Gateway ice hockey teams face off Friday at 6:15 p.m., and it will be the first meeting between the teams since February 2013 when they both were ...
Deer Lakes’ Rupprecht scoring goals in bunches
By Doug Gulasy
Mitchell Rupprecht knew he was piling up goals at a high rate during a game against Greensburg Salem earlier this week. He just didn’t realize ...
High school roundup: Deer Lakes’ Rupprecht scores 10 goals in win
By Tribune-Review
Mitchell Rupprecht scored 10 goals and added three assists, leading Deer Lakes (7-1) to a 15-6 rout of Greensburg Salem (2-5) on Monday. Rupprecht scored three goals in the first, three in the second and four in the third to vault into the Class A scoring lead. He has 33 goals ...
Crousey considered a ‘player’s coach’ in Thomas Jefferson hockey program
By Ed Phillipps
Bill Crousey never set out to be a hockey coach, but the job always seemed to find him. “Basically, I have never signed up to coach ...
Baldwin hockey coach attempting to create family atmosphere
By Ed Phillips
The new coaching staff of the Baldwin ice hockey team is one big happy family, and they are hoping the varsity team adopts that attitude. First-year ...
Quaker Valley ice hockey staying afloat amidst injuries
By Gary Horvath
The standings might not show it, but the Quaker Valley ice hockey team has had a rough start to the year. The Quakers have had ...
Winning ways continue for Armstrong hockey
By Matt Grubba
Year 2 of Armstrong hockey has picked up where the first season left off. The Riverhawks are 4-1 after finishing 17-6-1 last season and making an ...
Hampton hockey now calls Harmar home
By Jerry Clark
It’s never a bad thing to get off to a good start to the season, and the Hampton hockey team has done just that. At 2-0-1, Hampton has found success in its new home (Bladerunners in Harmarville). The Talbots previously played at Ice Connection on Route 8 but are doing ...
Fox Chapel hockey’s Zmenkowski a reliable scorer
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel senior hockey player Cam Zmenkowski has been a big part of the resurgence of the program. Two years ago, the Foxes shut down their program for a year due to a lack of players. They returned to the ice last season and this year they are 2-1-1. He ...
Baldwin hockey squad taking optimistic approach
By Ed Phillipps
After a dominant season in the PIHL Open division, the Baldwin hockey team has taken a leap. Where the Highlanders land remains to be seen. After racking ...
Gateway skaters hope to start winning streak with back-to-back games
By Michael Love
After a pair of losses to PIHL powers Quaker Valley and Mars by a combined 16-2 in its first two games, the Gateway varsity ice hockey team was looking for a spark. It hoped the spark would come in two-hour trip north to Erie for a Class A game with McDowell ...
Mars hockey team seeking return to championship form
By Joe Sager
Last season was a rare off year for the Mars hockey team. The Fightin’ Planets missed out on playing for the PIHL Penguins Cup for the ...
Deer Lakes hockey team seeks stronger defense to complement offense
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With three of the top scorers in Class A returning from a team that made the PIHL playoffs, Deer Lakes knew it would have the ...
Thomas Jefferson hockey program rebuilding with youth
By Ed Phillipps
Last season was a breakout one for the Thomas Jefferson ice hockey team. This season, the team will need to catch a few breaks. A senior-laden team a year ago, the Jaguars now rely on six freshmen as part of their varsity lineup. Gone are stalwarts like Zach Uhlyar, who netted 27 ...
Phelps a leader for Penn-Trafford hockey
By Alex Oltmanns
He may not wear a letter on his jersey, but according to Penn-Trafford hockey coach Brian Lehneke, senior goalie Eric Phelps is an unquestioned team ...
VND High school notebook: Deer Lakes senior scores 7 goals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes hockey player Mitchell Rupprecht had his own personal stairway to seven last week. Rupprecht kept shooting, and the puck kept going in. The senior ...
Mission remains the same for new-look Chartiers Valley hockey team
By Nathan Smith
The Chartiers Valley hockey team is in rebuilding mode this season after losing its top defenseman, starting goaltender and two all-star forwards to graduation. Despite having ...
Penn-Trafford hockey returns to the ice
By Nathan Smith
Coming off an appearance in the AAA Penguins Cup semifinals, the Penn-Trafford hockey team is going through some rebuilding after losing six of its top ...
Norwin hockey under guidance of first-year coach
By Nathan Smith
It is truly new season for the Norwin hockey team – a new coach, a new classification and many new players. Steve Butler takes over the coaching reigns of the Knights after a 2-18 season that saw the team lose its top 10 point producers to graduation. “It really depends on ...
EF hockey team looking to jell
By Kevin Ritchart
Physicality and positioning. Those are the key concepts to playing winning hockey, according to Elizabeth Forward coach Rick Hickey. “If you win those two elements, you’re going to win the game,” Hickey said. “I expect my players to skate hard and give 100 percent every shift.” Hickey has been pleased with the ...
Serra Catholic hockey team begins slow climb
By Brian Graham
There are a few glaring differences from last season’s Serra Catholic hockey team. Serra graduated two seniors, so players are more mature and experienced on the ice and in the dressing room. Coach Dennis Tokarski, who missed a portion of last season with an illness, is back on the bench. The Eagles ...
Questions loom for Plum hockey team
By Kevin Lohman
The Plum hockey team returns a roster full of talent and experience from last season’s Penguins Cup playoff team, yet coach Dave Stonebraker is cautious when providing an outlook for his Mustangs. “We have a lot of work to do yet with this team. We have some very good returning ...
New-look Butler hockey team ready for season
By Joe Sager
It’s a new season and a new head coach for Butler’s ice hockey team. However, the Golden Tornado are looking for familiar results from a ...