Share This Page

Stonebraker skating into leader role with Mustang hockey

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | for the Plum Advance Leader
David Stonebraker recorded 15 goals and 11 assists through last week to lead the Plum hockey team.

After losing ten players to graduation from last season's team, the Plum hockey team didn't have to look far for someone to step up.

Junior David Stonebraker – head coach Dave Stonebraker's son – leads the Mustangs with 28 points including 16 goals, which places him fifth in scoring at the PIHL Class AA level.

“I wouldn't put it all on myself. I would have to say my linemates Dillon (Joyce) and Joey (Randazzo) have helped me out. I know where Joey is going to be and he knows where I will be. I'm just trying to help the team in any way I can and not be a selfish player.”

Stonebraker, who recorded 25 points last season, started off the season strong with back-to-back hat tricks against Moon and Latrobe in late October.

Stonebraker's play with the combination of linemate of Joe Randazzo has allowed the Mustangs to get off to a 6-3-2 record. The Mustangs are in first-place in the Section 4-AA, four points ahead of Latrobe.

Stonebraker still knows the team's success isn't just on his line's back. For the team to go further in the PIHL playoffs, the Mustangs as a team have to all buy in to the team's system.

But, Stonebraker likes to play against Franklin Regional, as he has recorded 11 points, including five goals, in two games.

“Mainly, we are a really young. But during practices we have been able to perfect our system and run our system during games,” Stonebraker said. “The main thing is that we have been able to play the system and we haven't had to change things around. All my teammates have been playing well and contributing to the team.”

With the limited varsity experience on the Mustangs, Stonebraker has been thrusted into more of a leadership role this season.

With the loss of Andrew Walters to graduation, Stonebraker, who is an assistant captain, has tried to model his leadership style after Walters.

“I played with Andrew since I was a kid,” Stonebraker said. “When he was captain, he never said anything negative about anyone and would provide constructive criticism to teammates. I want to lead the team in that way.”

Even with a young team, Stonebraker believes the Mustangs can be in the conversation for PIHL Class AA champion. According to Stonebraker, if the Mustangs stay healthy, unlike last season's team, the Penguins Cup could be achieved.

“Anything can happen at any spur of the moment. We just mainly need to control what we can control and play until the end,” Stonebraker said. “I mean everyone's goal in high school is a Penguins Cup. We can do it if we keep it up. But, we need to play the best we can. All our call-up's are doing a great job in filling in spots and doing our jobs.”

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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.