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Former Pitt coach to lead Canon-McMillan hockey

By Devon Moore
Joe Rodella was always a coach. When he was 19 years old, before he was President and CTO of a tech company, a husband and a father, he was a coach. For middle school football, high school volleyball and men’s and women’s hockey, he was a coach. For more than ...

Pair of Chartiers Valley hockey players headed to national girls camp
By Nathan Smith
Annie Katonka and Natalie Wasielewski are in elite company. The Chartiers Valley rising juniors were two of 180 girls selected for the USA Hockey National U18 ...
New Plum hockey coach excited to lead alma mater
By Michael Love
Vinnie Somma wanted a long playing career in ice hockey. He rose through the local ranks, represented Plum at the high school level, advanced to Juniors ...
Somma named new Plum hockey coach
By Michael Love
Plum graduate and Mustangs varsity ice hockey alum Vinnie Somma has been named the new head coach of the Plum varsity squad for the 2015-16 season. He takes over the reigns of the program from former coach Dave Stonebraker. Somma will be charged with helping the Mustangs improve on this past season’s ...
Butler players help Team Pittsburgh win Showcase title
By Joe Sager
Team Pittsburgh prevailed at the America’s Showcase high school hockey tournament. Three Butler players — Jonathan Fair, Marcus McCall and Connor Scott — played a ...
Plum junior varsity hockey captures PIHL title
By Michael Love
The Plum junior varsity ice hockey team completed a season to remember last week as it captured the PIHL Tier 2 JV championship with a ...
Mars finds redemption in hockey playoffs
By Joe Sager
On the ice, Mars achieved a major goal this season when it reclaimed the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup. The Fightin’ Planets did so in impressive ...
Pennsylvania Cup roundup: 3rd-period collapse costs Mars state hockey title
By Matt Grubba
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mars grabbed the third-period lead it wanted, but the Planets couldn’t make it hold up. Four goals in the final 12 minutes gave defending champ Bayard Rustin a 5-2, come-from-behind win over Mars in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A hockey final Saturday at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena. The ...
Community rallies around Butler hockey team
By Joe Sager
Butler’s hockey players were told to “embrace the battle” in the postseason. It worked as the Golden Tornado reached their first PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA ...
Special teams spark Indiana to PIHL Division 2 title
By Joe Sager
With a pair of man-advantage goals Thursday night, Indiana’s power play was powerful. However, the Little Indians’ penalty kill was a difference maker. Indiana rode its special teams to a 5-2 win over Carrick to capture the PIHL Division 2 championship at the RMU Island Sports Center. “Championships are hard to win. ...
Canon-Mac, Cathedral Prep, Mars face tall tasks Saturday against Flyers Cup champs
By Joe Sager
The quest for the Cup continues for three PIHL teams. Mars, Erie Cathedral Prep and Canon-McMillan won Penguins Cup titles last Saturday. However, they have one ...
After appearance in PIHL final four, Hempfield hockey has promising future
By Andrew John
The Hempfield hockey team was trying to recreate its own version of the Miracle on Ice with the adversity it faced this season, ending up ...
Armstrong hockey looks to next year after PIHL final loss
By Matt Grubba
Erie Cathedral Prep was playing for the third time in four years at Consol Energy Center, and that experience paid off for the Ramblers. Trevor ...
PIHL championship roundup: Canon-McMillan blanks Butler for Class AAA title
By Matt Grubba and Gary Horvath
It didn’t take long for Canon-McMillan’s Austin Czartorsky to break open a defensive struggle. Czartorsky’s two second-period goals, just 10 seconds apart, helped give Canon-McMillan the ...
Flyers’ Umberger faces surgery on hip, abdominals
By Wire Reports
For most of the season, Flyers winger R.J. Umberger has seemed slow and out of sync. The reason became clear Saturday. Umberger, 32, will undergo surgery Wednesday on his right hip and abdominal muscles, the Flyers announced. General manager Ron Hextall said the Plum native had two cam lesions in his right ...
PIHL Penguins Cup finals preview: Butler chasing 1st title
By Bill Hartlep
Winning the program’s first playoff game since 2004 was nice accomplishment for members of the Butler hockey team. They celebrated the feat after defeating third-seeded ...
Gorman: QV’s Quinn big on shorty
By Kevin Gorman
Connor Quinn has a knack for scoring short-handed, so it was no surprise that the Quaker Valley star turned a shorty into his biggest goal. “Clearly, he’s dangerous on the penalty kill,” said Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn, Connor’s father. “If the other team makes a mistake, he’s ready to ...
Armstrong hockey team looks to make ‘prehistory’
By Matt Grubba
On Saturday, Armstrong’s skaters hope to write their names into the school’s prehistory. The Riverhawks will face Erie Cathedral Prep in the PIHL Class AA ...
Defending champion Quaker Valley reaches PIHL Class A final again
By George Guido
Quaker Valley needed some overtime, short-handed heroics to get back to the PIHL Class A title game. Junior Connor Quinn, with his team trying to stop ...
Deer Lakes hockey knocked off by Mars in overtime
By George Guido
Deer Lakes is known more for its offensive prowess than its defense or goaltending. But Wednesday night, those latter two ingredients shined brightly. Still, it wasn’t ...
Young Franklin Regional hockey team optimistic on future
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional ice hockey head coach Brian Kurtz said one playoff loss doesn’t take away from all that his team accomplished this season. The Panthers, who claimed the Class A Tier 2 Eastern Conference title with a 16-6 record, saw its season come to a sudden end on March 2 at ...
Despite losing in PIHL quarterfinals, Latrobe gains experience from opening-round win
By Alex Oltmanns
Despite falling to Erie Cathedral Prep in the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup quarterfinals last week, the Latrobe hockey team’s playoff run was marked by ...
PIHL playoffs roundup: No. 6 Butler upsets 2nd seed Peters
By Staff Reports
Benjamin Rodgers scored the eventual game-winner in the third period to lead No. 6 Butler to a 3-1 semifinal victory over No. 2 Peters Township in the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup on Tuesday night at RMU Island Sports Center. Connor Scott led off the scoring in the first period for ...
Deer Lakes strives to seize berth in PIHL Class A title game
By Jerin Steele
The Deer Lakes hockey team has been waiting a long time for an opportunity to play on the same ice that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni ...
Armstrong hockey wins in overtime, earns spot in Penguins Cup final
By Matt Grubba
It’s going to be a Hawky night in Pittsburgh. Jacob Snyder scored 2:59 into overtime to book Armstrong’s place in the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA final with a 4-3 win over Shaler in the semifinals Monday at RMU Island Sports Center. The Riverhawks (16-4-1), the product of the merger between Kittanning ...
PIHL playoffs roundup: Armstrong tops Shaler in overtime
By Staff Reports
Jacob Snyder scored the winning goal 2:59 into overtime to give Armstrong a 4-3 win over Shaler in the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup semifinals Monday at RMU Island Sports Center. The goal was Snyder’s second of the game, and it came after Jamie Contrael tied the score for the Riverhawks ...
Armstrong, Shaler hockey teams renew rivalry with Penguins Cup berth at stake
By Matt Grubba
A budding rivalry’s rubber match comes with a trip to the Consol Energy Center on the line. Armstrong and Shaler split two regular-season matchups and will ...
Butler hockey team savors upset win over Bethel Park
By Joe Sager
Embrace the battle. It’s the message Butler’s hockey coaches sent to the players as they opened the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA playoffs. The sixth-seeded ...
Armstrong hockey earns another trip to the semifinals
By Matt Grubba
Two seasons, two semifinal appearances for Armstrong hockey. Christian Miller, Nick Long and Luke Gross scored goals for the Riverhawks, who held off a late Moon ...
Mars’ persistence pays off in 7-0 victory over Freeport
By George Guido
Freeport withstood a barrage of first-period shots from Mars in Wednesday’s PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinal. But the Planets broke through with three goals in the second period and rolled to a 7-0 victory at BladeRunners in Warrendale. Paul Maust and Beau Heakins scored two goals each and Mars goaltender Tyler Spreng stopped ...
Deer Lakes rolls to PIHL playoff win
By Jerin Steele
Deer Lakes hockey coach Todd Luniewski thinks his team is playing its best hockey, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Lancers scored ...
Hempfield hockey team bolts to big lead, tops Thomas Jefferson, 7-4
By Dave Mackall
After a nine-day layoff, the Hempfield hockey team didn’t miss a beat. The Spartans jumped on Thomas Jefferson for four first-period goals — two by freshman ...
Quaker Valley leaning on power play in PIHL playoffs
By Gary Horvath
Quaker Valley hockey coach Kevin Quinn was hoping for a better test in his team’s last game of the regular season. The Quakers cruised to a ...
No excuses made for Plum hockey’s tough season
By Kevin Lohman
After making the playoffs each of the past three years, the Plum hockey team fell short this season, finishing PIHL Class AA play with a ...
Gateway hockey coach encouraged for future despite 2-win season
By Kevin Lohman
For the Gateway varsity ice hockey team, this season may not have produced the results that it set out to achieve, but that doesn’t mean head coach Gene Perhac is disappointed. In fact, what the Gators coach saw on the ice this season has him encouraged for the future of ...
Panthers fall to Westmont in first round
By Michael Love
March came in like a lion Sunday, and Monday evening, the Franklin Regional varsity ice hockey team hoped to roar in its PIHL Class A first-round game against Westmont-Hilltop at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Delmont. But the Hilltoppers, the fourth-place team from the Tier 1 Eastern Conference, had other ideas. Westmont ...