Goal outburst dooms Gateway in AA opener
The Gateway varsity ice hockey team hoped to get off on the right foot Monday evening as it opened the 2012-13 season against PIHL Class AA newcomer Hampton at Ice Connection of Pittsburgh in Venetia.
However, the host Talbots had other ideas and used a second-period goal outburst to sink the Gators' chances in a 12-2 final.
Hampton moved up to AA this year after making consecutive appearances at Consol Energy Center, including a run to the Class A semifinals last season.
The Talbots returned their top two scorers from last year, and their offense was clicking against Gateway.
Hampton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in within the first six minutes of the game, as Ryan Hornung and Andre Coyle scored goals. Both were even-strength tallies.
Gateway responded later in the first period, as senior Taylor Siwik, back with the team after not playing high school hockey as a junior, scored on the power play off of assists from juniors Zach Dusch and Jake Brennan.
That goal pulled the Gators to within 2-1.
However, Hampton took back the momentum in the second period with eight goals, including one on the power play and another one short handed.
The Talbots got two more in the third period before Dusch scored with three minutes remaining to set the final score.
Senior Camden Cacolice assisted on Dusch's score.
Hampton fired off 37 shots against the Gateway goaltender combination of junior starter Tyler Perhac and senior Matt Whelan.
The Gators tallied 23 shots.
Hornung finished with a hat trick and an assist.
Gateway will attempt to bounce back Monday at 9:10 p.m. against Chartiers Valley at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center.
The Gators are scheduled to open the home portion of its schedule against Plum on Nov. 8 at 7:45 p.m. at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.