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Shaler hockey team learns from loss

Louis Raggiunti | Shaler Journal
Shaler Titans defensman Braedon Harbison helped the team play a solid first period against Central Catholic. Harison and the Titans will be back in action again on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at home against Fox Chapel.

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Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

For the first period against Central Catholic, the Shaler hockey squad played nearly flawless.

“They did everything I had on my checklist,” said Shaler coach Curt Hetz.

“They were focused, disciplined, they skated and they shot.”

Shaler allowed one goal on a 2-on-1 break, but looked primed to continue the overall solid play into the second period.

But, as can happen in hockey, an error can swing the momentum in a big way, and unfortunately for Shaler, that happeneded, and that shift landed the Titans a 9-1 loss.

Hetz said that this year's team has a skill set that when played within the structure of the coaching staff's system can be successful.

However, when players step outside of the plan, the end result could be a loss.

“We had some guys try to do too much, a little more than they should,” Hetz said.

“I understand they are trying to help the team, or doing what they think will help the team, but there are certain strengths we don't have and we can not expose our weaknesses.”

Central Catholic got a quick goal in the second period, and that snowballed into a 5-0 lead midway through the second.

“It was a bad pass that led to that second goal and after that, our energy just dropped like a car getting a flat tire,” Hetz said. “It just took us too long to recover after that.”

Hetz said the positive that can be taken away is the first-period effort that saw the team play with focus and discipline.

Steven Cole Stayduhar scored the Titans goal on the evening, and the team will look to add more to the scoring effort when it takes the ice against Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Harmarville Bladerunners.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or

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