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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 ...

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 ...
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 ...
Greensburg Salem hockey ready for jump to Class A
By Brian Graham
Jason DeTesta is not a plastic surgeon, but the first-year Greensburg Salem hockey coach is hoping to give the Golden Lions’ program a face-lift this season. The Golden Lions have had success competing in the PIHL Open Division as recently as their first-round playoff berth last season. This year, however Greensburg ...
PIHL champion Quaker Valley returns to ice
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley hockey team won’t be able to continue its streak of three straight PIHL Class A championships on talent alone. It’s going to take an extraordinary effort, coach Kevin Quinn said. “We lost 10 seniors, so it’s definitely a big turnover for a school of our size,” ...
Fox Chapel hockey continues to build
By Marty Stewart
After a one-year absence from the ice due to a player shortage in 2012-13, the Fox Chapel hockey team returned last winter and posted four ...
Bishop Canevin hockey relying on forwards this season
By Nathan Smith
Last season the Bishop Canevin hockey team relied on a stingy defense to capture the program’s seventh Penguins Cup. This year might be the complete opposite. “We ...
Plum ready for opening faceoff of new season
By Kevin Lohman
Heading into this season, the Plum varsity ice 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. ...
Franklin Regional opens ice campaign Thursday
By Kevin Lohman
It’s a new season in a newly aligned section for the Franklin Regional varsity ice hockey team, and now that second-year head coach Brian Kurtz has had his first full offseason to work with his players, he and his team believe this season could mark the beginning of a new ...
Gators set to kick off new season Friday
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity ice hockey team makes the jump to PIHL Class A from the Open Class, and head coach Gene Perhac said he is looking forward to seeing how his team meets the challenges of a new season against several new opponents. Gateway kicks off its season Friday against PIHL ...
PIHL teams prepare for life outside Open division
By Bill West
New Baldwin hockey coach Craig Albert recalled that during his days as a Highlanders player in the late 1990s, the team typically started out 0-4. ...
Hempfield hockey makes jump to Class A
By Kevin Ritchart
After one season in the PIHL’s Open Division, the Hempfield hockey team is on the move. The Spartans — who posted a 17-3 regular-season record and ...
HS highlight reel: Playoff rematches at ‘PIHL Premiere’
By Tribune-Review
A pair of playoff rematches featuring perennially strong teams Monday at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center highlights the “PIHL Premiere,” an inaugural event which opens the 2014-15 high school hockey season. Canon-McMillan and Seneca Valley will meet at 7:15 p.m. to follow up their first-round clash in the 2013-14 ...