Greensburg-area players earn PIHL all-star nod
A handful of local high school hockey players and coaches have been selected to participate in a competition featuring some of the area's top players next month.
Seven players and two coaches from Greensburg Central Catholic, Greensburg Salem and Hempfield were picked to represent their classifications in the PIHL all-star games, set for Feb. 10 at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center.
Greensburg Salem, which entered the week 9-4-1, had three individuals named Open Class all-stars. The Golden Lions have been led by junior forward Logan Davis, who has 48 points, including a team-high 30 goals. However, Davis won't be able to make the trip because of a prior obligation with his in-line hockey team.
Senior forward Cody Austad, who is second on the team with 44 points, including a team-high 27 assists, will be making his second all-star game appearance.
“Cody is our captain and is our leader on and off the ice,” GS coach Mike Steinhauser said. “He's a great motivator and a quality individual. He's very competitive. It would be good to see him there.”
Austad will be joined by the Golden Lions' top defenseman, senior Tyler Brinton, who has four goals and eight assists.
“He's a senior and an incredible defenseman,” Steinhauser said. “He's a very smart and heads-up player.”
Steinhauser will also be making the trip: He was selected as an assistant coach for Northeast Conference team under Ford City coach Glen Kilgore.
“It's great, and it's an honor,” Steinhauser said. “It's an incredible experience. The talent you see is nice. It's incredible to watch all the talent come together, and it's a great opportunity for the players to compete against other talented players.”
Hempfield (1-12-1) had two players selected to the Northeast Conference team in the Class AAA game — sophomore Channing Gorscak leads the Spartans with 21 points, including team highs in goals (10) and assists (11), and junior defenseman Mike Donofrio has three goals and three assists.
“I'm happy for both of them. I think they both deserve it,” Hempfield coach Denny Zeravica said. “Donofrio is probably one of the best defensemen. He's our captain and plays against the other team's top forwards.”
Greensburg Central Catholic (0-15) will have two players join coach Tony Marietta at the all-star festivities. Junior defenseman Nick Benjamin and senior goalie William Potter were selected to the Northeast Conference team for Class A.
“I was really excited about it. It should be a really good time,” said Marietta, who will be an assistant coach. “The all-star game is supposed to be something extra for them and to have a good time. It's a pat on the back for those who have the opportunity to go, and I'm proud I could be with them.”
Benjamin leads the Centurions with 14 points, including eight goals. Potter has a 10.82 goals-against average and a 75.7 save percentage.
The four all-star games will commence with the Open Class game at 11 a.m., followed by Class A at 1 p.m., Class AA and 3 p.m. and Class AAA at 5 p.m.
Andrew John is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.