Goal outburst dooms Gateway in AA opener
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.