TJ hockey team to face Quaker Valley in PIHL showdown
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It's showdown time in the PIHL Class A division.
Thomas Jefferson will close out the first half of its 2013-14 season tonight, Thursday, at Airport Ice Arena with a pivotal matchup against host Quaker Valley.
Both teams sit among the Class A division leaders. Thomas Jefferson is 6-3-1 overall; the Quakers are 9-1.
“We have a big game versus Quaker Valley to close out the first half of the season,” Bill Crousey, the Jaguars' head coach, said. “The team has been playing good hockey the past three games and is looking to put a strong second half of the season together.
“We need to continue to grow as a team and play our style of hockey for that to happen.”
At the start of the week, Thomas Jefferson boasted four players in the division's top 10 in scoring.
Nick Tamburi and Zach Uhlyar, both senior forwards, have accounted for 22 points apiece. Tamburi has scored a team-leading 13 goals, to go along with nine assists. Uhlyar owns a team-leading 13 assists, as well as nine goals.
Tommy Kimmick and Brendan Mason, also forwards, are next in line offensively for the Jaguars with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Kimmick has nine goals, which includes a team-high four power-play goals, and nine assists. Mason owns seven goals and 10 assists.
The Jaguars have outscored the opposition by a wide 52-32 overall margin.
“The team's goals-against (average) is lower than any other season,” Crousey said. “That is due to the strong goaltending of (Phil) Ripepi and (Jordan) Blosl, and the solid play on defense.”
Defensive stalwarts this season include the likes of Kevin Ringling, Kevin McCormick, Mike Krieger and Brad Delenko.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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