Bishop Canevin hockey powers past Chartiers Valley
After Bishop Canevin's four power-play goals against Chartiers Valley in a 7-2 win last week, coach Kevin Zielmanski said his squad has the most disorganized, effective power play in the history of hockey.
“I kept repeating it,” Zielmanski said. “We have a hard time getting all the skill guys to practice so we have different setups depending on who is there. I looked out one time (against Chartiers Valley), and Blaine Adams is on the point and we never practiced with him on the point. There is a lot of improvisation.”
The power-play success started early as Garrett Godlewski scored with assists from Blaine Adams and Randy Unger. The Colts responded three minutes later as Alex Stevenson scored with assists from Anthony Franks and Daniel Hartman.
“(Alex Stevenson) is only in 10th grade, and the sky is the limit for him,” Chartiers Valley coach Sean Biancaniello said. “He is the future of our program. He is playing a lot with Cullen McMahon and (Franks), and they are good mentors for him.”
The Crusaders took full control in the second half during a four-minute span where they scored three goals. Alex Bosnic scored on a power play, Randy Unger scored a short-handed goal and Thomas Krivak scored when it was five-on-five to take a 4-1 lead.
“I said to the team at the end of the game this is what we are capable of,” Zielmanski said. “If we play well, we are capable of winning a lot of games.”
Alex Stevenson scored an unassisted goal to cut into the lead, but a Liam Walsh goal late in the second extended the lead to 5-2.
Walsh and Bosnic scored in the third period to put an exclamation point on the win.
“We came out and played hard,” Walsh said. “We knew the crowd would be pretty rowdy, so we knew we couldn't worry about that. We were focused on the game.”
Bishop Canevin goalie Nikita Meskin finished with 24 saves. Alex Chabala finished with 19 for Chartiers Valley. It was the third straight game in the series Bishop Canevin has won dating back to last season.
The Crusaders followed the win in the rivalry game with a 4-1 win over North Hills thanks to goals from Godlewski, Bosnic, Unger and Ross Langford.
The early success on offense is showing a growing trend with the team. While Bishop Canevin returned experienced seniors such as Godlewski and Unger, underclass forwards such as sophomores Bosnic and Krivak and freshman Walsh are beginning to find their roles as the Crusaders have scored 16 goals in three games this season.
“The chemistry is starting to be really good,” Unger said. “It is really evolving, especially with the young guys. We are getting a lot of good chances and moving the puck well together.”
The Colts, meanwhile, were left wondering what happened. The squad entered the season with its sights set on competing for a Penguins and state cup but an early five-goal loss stunned the team.
“Our boys got out played,” Biancaniello said. “Canevin is one of the best coached teams, and they always will be with (Zielmanski) behind the bench. His boys are disciplined and understand system work on the ice. We're just not there yet.”
Chartiers Valley rebounded with an 11-0 win over Montour later in the week. McMahon led the squad with three goals and four assists, and Franks added a goal and five assists. Tyler Stevenson added four points, and Alex Stevenson finished with three.
While the loss to Bishop Canevin was disheartening, the Colts won't let it define their season. Biancaniello said there are four months left in the season, and the team will learn from its mistakes.
“A state championship is on the table,” Biancaniello said. “Are we closer than we were at the beginning of the season? I don't think so. But there is no reason with the experience and talent we have in the locker room that we can't do it.
“We have a lot of work to do. We need to hold our heads up and work to our ultimate goal of a championship.”