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Gateway turns focus to Plum in search of victory No. 1

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
The Times Express
Gateway senior Taylor Siwik has two goals and one assist in two games this season. He scored once in the Gators' 6-2 loss to Chartiers Valley on Nov. 5, 2012. Lou Raggiunti | For The Times Express

The Gateway varsity ice hockey team fell to 0-2 Monday night with a 6-2 loss to Chartiers Valley, and the Gators will attempt to shake off their rough start and put one in the win column Thursday against rival Plum at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.

The game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Plum also is seeking its first victory of the season after an 0-2-1 start.

The Mustangs tied Moon, 3-3, in their season opener on Oct. 29 and lost to Bishop Canevin, 7-0, three days later.

Plum dropped a 6-4 decision to Pine-Richland on Monday.

Plum and Gateway players and coaches know each other well through their battles on the high school ice and also through local amateur hockey leagues.

Plum moved down to the PIHL Class AA level last year, and the two teams met three times.

The Mustangs beat the Gators, 4-3, in the first meeting, and Plum rallied to win in the final minute.

Plum also defeated Gateway in the second and third games.

The Gators hope this season's series is a different story, as senior Taylor Siwik, junior Zach Dusch and the rest of the squad's players host a game for the first time after playing at Hampton in the opener and at Chartiers Valley on Monday.

Siwik and Dusch each have two goals, accounting for all of the Gateway scoring over the first two contests.

Each scored a goal against the Colts, while Chartiers Valley senior Anthony Franks tallied a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal.

Franks, a junior forward, scored 10 goals and added 21 assists for the Colts last year.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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