Gators eye rematch with Kiski
The Gateway varsity hockey team snapped a five-game losing streak before the Christmas break with a 5-1 victory over Kiski Area on Dec. 20, and the Gators hope to keep the momentum up as they begin January with another matchup against the Cavaliers.
The Gators, 2-7 overall, will play Kiski Area at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Seniors Taylor Siwik (nine goals), Cam Cacolice (five assists) and Jon Kasper lead the team in points for the Gators, who are hoping to make a move up the ladder in the Class AA playoff race.
Gateway also will take its game outside to the Penguins Pond on the South Side on Monday and face West Allegheny at 9 p.m.
Gators varsity head coach Gene Perhac said he thinks this is the first official outdoor game in the history of Gateway varsity hockey.
“The guys are pretty excited,” Perhac said.
“There are only one or two kids who have played outdoor games before. It will be a new experience, and they don't know what to expect. They only know what they see on TV from pro games.”
A number of games were moved from their original dates because the rink, located at the new Highmark Stadium — the new home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team and Pittsburgh Passion women's football team — wasn't completed in time.
Gateway and West Allegheny originally were scheduled to play on Nov. 28.
The same thing happened to Plum, which now will play North Hills on Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. The game between the Mustangs and Indians is the final scheduled Penguins Pond contest.
As much as the Penguins Pond game has his players pumped up, Perhac said, he has made sure they are squarely focused on Kiski.
The Cavaliers scored first in the Dec. 20 game, but Gateway got the final five goals. Siwik and Kasper each scored twice, while freshman William McAllister tallied his first career varsity goal.
Junior Tyler Perhac and the defense were solid after surrendering the first goal, and Perhac stopped 29 shots the rest of the way.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.