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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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 …
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,” Quinn …
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
New Latrobe hockey coach likes direction of team
By Brian Graham
First-year coach Josh Werner was hired in the summer to add another championship to the Latrobe hockey program’s lure. Just a handful of preseason and …
NA coach named PIHL commissioner
By Bill Hartlep
For 30 years, Jim Black has been part of the high school hockey scene in Western Pennsylvania as a player or coach. Now, he will take on a new role as the man in charge. The PIHL executive board appointed the North Allegheny coach as its new commissioner, effective Sept. …
Mars hockey team keeps focus with summer skating sessions
By Joe Sager
The Mars hockey team will have a different look this season. And the Planets are not sure whom they’ll see on the other side of …
Plum trio fares well at hockey showcase
By Alex Oltmanns
When the renowned Hockey Night in Boston Tournament got underway earlier this month, Team Pittsburgh featured a few familiar faces for Plum hockey fans. Forwards …
Former Bishop Canevin hockey player joining Michigan junior team
By Nathan Smith
Liam Walsh said leaving home will be hard, but to reach his goals as a hockey player, it is a must. Walsh will travel to …
New coach set to lead Latrobe hockey
By Brian Graham
The Latrobe hockey program is synonymous with PIHL success, winning four titles in the last six seasons. This year it will look to add a …
Bishop Canevin hockey warming up in summer league
By Nathan Smith
The Bishop Canevin hockey team is back to work as it prepares to defend its Class AA Penguins Cup this winter. The Crusaders are taking …
Butler player, coach move on after representing school at hockey showcase event
By Joe Sager
Even though it did not win a title, Team Pittsburgh’s run at the America’s High School Showcase was a success. That’s because the USA Hockey …
Last Frontier beckons Freeport hockey standout
By D.j. Vasil
Firing blistering slap shots and wicked wrist shots that often found the back of the net was a common practice for senior Cole Hepler while …
Elite hockey team forming in W.Pa.
By Alex Oltmanns
Baldwin coach Jim Brown has established the U-19 Pittsburgh Prospects, a team designed to show off some of the top hockey talent that Western Pennsylvania has to offer and give local players the chance to advance to the next level of the sport. Tryouts are set to for April 21 …
Plum takes JV hockey tournament title
By Michael Love
Last year, the Plum junior varsity ice hockey team made it to the finals of its postseason playoff tournament but was unable to overcome Erie …
Early offseason unfamiliar territory for Mars hockey team
By Joe Sager
The offseason started a little soon for the Mars hockey team. After all, the Planets had competed for the previous six Penguins Cup Class A …
Quick goals doom Quaker Valley hockey in state championship game
By Nathan Smith
The Quaker Valley hockey team got a lesson in Murphy’s Law in its season finale. The Quakers fell into an early three-goal deficit to Flyers …
PIHL finalists extend season at nationals
By Gary Horvath
Just days after winning the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup, the Peters Township hockey team is hitting the road. Along with Bethel Park — which lost …
State hockey finals roundup: Peters Township trips La Salle to win 4th state crown
By Nathan Smith
UNIVERSITY PARK — Twenty minutes before his team’s game with La Salle for the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup, Peters Township hockey coach Rick Tingle walked into the locker room and was met with silence. “I was a little worried,” Tingle said. “There was a little music playing, but it was …