Plum dominates Cathedral Prep for key victory
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Erie Cathedral Prep rolled to a 9-2 record in PIHL Class AA on the strength of an offense that had scored 80 goals in 11 games, including 10 or more goals four times and eight goals on two other occasions.
But Monday night, the Ramblers met up with a stingy Plum defense, a goaltender who stood on her head and an offense that chiseled names on the score sheet half a dozen times.
Plum's 6-1 victory over Cathedral Prep kept it solidly in the chase for one of the 10 playoff spots in AA, and the Mustangs put themselves in position to move even further up the ladder.
“We just played a strong, tenacious, team-oriented game from start to finish,” Plum head coach Dave Stonebraker said.
“They were unselfish. They didn't try to do anything else than play as a unit. We've been trying like crazy to get that across to them all season long. (On Monday), they came out and played that way. That's what we need to have to string together a number of wins.”
Plum improved to 5-8-1 with the win, and the victory snapped a two-game losing skid.
The Mustangs have 11 points with five games remaining in the regular season.
Plum stands all alone in 10th place in the standings, one point ahead of Gateway (5-9-0) and one point behind West Allegheny (5-8-2).
North Hills and Moon are tied for seventh in the standings with 14 points apiece.
On Thursday, Gateway hosts Pine-Richland, and Moon takes on Bishop Canevin.
Plum returns to action Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Franklin Regional at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
The Mustangs and Gators do battle Monday at 8:20 p.m. at Pittsburgh Ice Arena in New Kensington.
Plum will try to avenge a 4-2, early-season loss to Gateway.
“It is our goal to fight for a playoff spot, no matter which one it is,” Stonebraker said. “We're going to scrap and claw and do whatever we can to get into the playoffs. There's been only two losses where we were pretty much out of the game, but almost every game has been competitive, and we've taken some close losses. There's any number of games we wish we could replay, but we can't do that.”
Cathedral Prep's offense tallied 40 shots, and Plum senior Taylor Cestra stopped 39 of them.
“Taylor played an excellent game,” Stonebraker said.
The Ramblers scored their lone goal with 6:54 gone in the third period, but the score already was 4-0.
Sophomore forward David Stonebraker then salted the game away with a pair of goals in the final six minutes of regulation.
Junior Joe Randazzo scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season, and he added three assists.
Senior Andrew Walters and junior Zach Kuhn each scored a goal. Walters assisted on two goals, and Kuhn and senior Jordan Gable also provided assists.
“We had some great collective efforts,” coach Stonebraker said. “The players did a great job of shutting down a very potent offense. Erie Prep is a well-coached team. We take pride in the win we got as a team.”
Plum played a clean game in terms of penalties taken. The Mustangs were whistled for only two penalties in the game.
Cathedral Prep took three penalties, and a second-period high-sticking infraction led to Kuhn's goal on the power play.
The goal was Kuhn's first of the season, and he now has five assists.
“I think we can be a formidable opponent to any team when we play our game,” Stonebraker said. “The burden to accept that responsibility lies on our shoulders. We have to play the way we did (against Erie Prep) in every game.”
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
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.
- Steelers know fast start could be key to upcoming season
- Steelers receiver Heyward-Bey looks to make most of chance
- Scientists dismiss dire outlook for Western Pennsylvania winter weather
- Steelers formalize practice squad
- Rossi: Cole perfect pitcher to start pivotal series for Pirates
- Pirates notebook: Bucs unlikely to make trade before deadline
- On the border of Westmoreland, Fayette, Jacobs Creek section is sacred spot
- Sectarian divisions haunt Iraq refugees
- Pitt notebook: Panthers defense responds to questions with shutout
- Former Clairton, Pitt cornerback Coles enrolls at Duquesne
- Western Pennsylvania workers’ names echo different career paths