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Defense keeping North Allegheny atop PIHL Class AAA standings

By Bill West
He might not relax on the ice as much as he did two seasons ago, but North Allegheny senior defenseman William Rahenkamp remains at ease ...

Bishop Canevin hockey returning to full strength
By Nathan Smith
The Bishop Canevin hockey team reached the low point of its season in the final game of 2014. With only seven players, the team traveled to ...
Recent play of goalie Harkins allows Quaker Valley hockey’s offense to thrive
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley hockey team got a clear reminder last week of who their difference makers are. The Quakers played Freeport to a 1-1 tie ...
Gateway hockey hopes to put a halt to losing skid
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity ice hockey team has lost 11 games in a row and is 2-14 after a 2-3 start. The Gators last won Oct. 31 against Greensburg-Salem. Their other victory was against McDowell, 8-5, in Erie on Oct. 20. Gateway will get another shot at McDowell on Thursday, and this time, ...
Shaler players embrace coach’s grueling practices, playing style
By Bill West
A day after its second loss of the season, an 8-1 setback to Class AA power Erie Cathedral Prep on Jan. 12, Shaler spent most ...
Plum hockey team to unveil new jerseys
By Doug Gulasy
Plum reached into the past before creating its future hockey jerseys. The Mustangs will debut new purple-and-gold jerseys at its Senior Night game against Norwin at ...
Seneca Valley female goalie a natural in net
By Jerry Clark
When it comes to pressure positions in sports, playing between the pipes in ice hockey ranks right up there. One save or one mistake is ...
Mars fighting for PIHL Class A top seed
By Joe Sager
The race is on for the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A top seed. Four teams are within striking distance of first place, but Mars has a ...
Greensburg Salem hockey working through transition period
By Katie Foglia
Change has proven to be the only constant this season for the Greensburg Salem hockey team. In addition to making the jump from the former PIHL Open Division to Class A, the team’s first-year coach, Jason DeTesta, has also implemented a new structure and style of play to the program. “We ...
Short-handed Quaker Valley hockey survives against Freeport
By Gary Horvath
Since the start of the season, Quaker Valley hockey coach Kevin Quinn has been watching the young players on his team develop as varsity athletes. A ...
Hempfield hockey recovers from injuries
By Andrew John
The holiday break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hempfield hockey team as injuries started to take a toll on the team’s performance. However, those tough times may pay huge dividends down the road. The Spartans (11-4), who started the season with nine wins in 10 games, lost ...
Penn-Trafford hockey looking to add to the win column
By Nathan Smith
The Penn-Trafford hockey team started the 2015 portion of its schedule right. The Warriors traveled to the Pegula Ice Arena to take on State College ...
Norwin hockey looking to improve, get healthy
By Nathan Smith
A year of transition has been filled with struggles for the Norwin hockey team. Under the guidance of first-year coach Steve Butler, the Knights dropped down to Class AA after the PIHL realignment. The competition has been as tough as they saw in Class AAA as they have opened the season ...
Moon junior Durkin becomes feisty shotstopper after subpar ‘13-14 season
By Bill West
Though he can’t quite place his finger on how he improved most as a goaltender during the past year-plus, Moon junior Ryan Durkin has excelled ...
Baldwin hockey player’s career jump-started by ‘Sidney Crosby influence’
By Ed Phillipps
By ice hockey standards, Max Milan was late to the game. He first suited up for an inline squad when he was 12 years old. He took up ice hockey shortly after that, then began playing for traveling teams. “I think Sidney Crosby coming to town (in 2005) sparked an interest in ...
Franklin Regional hopes to build on winning streak
By Michael Love
Two days before Christmas, Franklin Regional made a trip east to Johnstown to take on Bishop McCort at the Johnstown War Memorial. The Panthers scored a ...
PIHL teams weather extended layoffs between games
By Matt Grubba
With the holiday season over, it should be time for hockey season to get restarted. For Armstrong and Freeport, however, the wait will be a bit ...
High school notebook: PIHL sets playoff format
By Staff Reports
After revising its classifications and alignments prior to the 2014-15 season, the PIHL faced questions about how the changes would affect its playoff system. The league ...
Connellsville hockey program undergoes rebuilding phase
By Jason Black
There is a void on the local high school sports landscape this winter. For the first time since the mid-1990s, Connellsville is without a varsity ...
Crouseys connect on and off the ice at Thomas Jefferson
By Ed Phillipps
Ice hockey usually isn’t considered a backyard sport, but it was for the Crousey family. When Brendan Crousey was about 5 years old, his father, Bill, ...
Deer Lakes rally falls just short against Mars
By Jerin Steele
Deer Lakes rallied from a four-goal deficit but fell just short and saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss to Mars on Monday at Ice Connection. Trailing late, the Lancers received a power play when Mars Goalie Tyler Spreng tripped a Lancer in front of the net. ...
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 ...