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Gateway hockey celebrated at annual alumni winter event

| Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Michael Love | The Times Express
A trio of Gateway hockey greats were honored with induction onto the Gateway Hockey Honor Roll for 2013 at the annual hockey winter event on Dec. 26, 2013, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont. The honorees are, from left, Tom Lyon, John Michael Dominick and Paul Chambers.
Michael Love | The Times Express
More than two dozen Gateway ice hockey alumni gathered to play in the annual Black-White Game on Dec. 26, 2013, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont. Team Black rallied from an early deficit to win 7-5. Kneeling, from left, are Matt Porter, Steve Lyon, J.J. Mignogna, Travis Creighton, Sean Biancaniello, Clint Creighton, James Matthews, Ralph Mastromonaco and J.D. Dominick. Standing are Ryan Whitfield, Drew Sorbie, Scott Lyon, Matt Domyancic, Chris Urban, Ed Potts, Rich Trkula, Joe Kasper, Troy McAteer, Rich Filar, Corey Perhac, Ray Pascoe, Andrew Plate, Matt Krusey, Jon Kasper, Paul Chambers, Cam Cacolice, J.D. McNamara and Shawn Jesih.

Gateway ice hockey alumni from five decades gathered last week at Center Ice Arena in Delmont to celebrate an athletic tradition and to honor three past Gators greats.

Tom Lyon (1975-79), Paul Chambers (1988-92) and John Michael Dominick (2001-05) were recognized with induction onto the Gateway Hockey Honor Roll.

They join past classes inducted from 2008 to 2012.

The induction was extra special for Tom Lyon, whose brother, Scott Sr., a member of the Gators hockey teams from 1979 to 1983, was inducted in 2011.

Steve Lyon, a 2004 Gateway graduate, and 2006 grad Scott Lyon Jr. joined other family members in celebrating the accomplishment, and both also played in the Black-White alumni game.

More than 1,000 votes were cast for this year's honor roll inductees over a five-month period.

The players for the Black and White teams faced off in a skills competition, and the winner — Team White — started the game with a 1-0 lead.

White led 2-0 on a goal from Andrew Plate, but Team Black came back to tie it 2-2.

The first period ended with the score tied at three, and the teams traded goals before Team Black took a 5-4 lead with nine seconds left in the second period.

J.J. Mignogna and Plate each scored twice for Team White, while Joe Kasper tallied a pair of goals for Team Black, which scored twice in the third period and went on to finish off a 7-5 victory.

Proceeds from the winter alumni event and the alumni golf outing each summer go towards the Gateway ice hockey program and to the benefit of the current and future Gators players.

Alumni president Stefan Biancaniello says both events also are a great way to keep the alumni connected.

For more information on the Gateway ice hockey alumni visit gatewaygators.net.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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