Fisher: Kimmick, Bowers offensive catalysts
Thomas Jefferson's varsity hockey team has been in high gear lately.
The Jaguars waltzed past Bishop McCort, 11-0, in a PIHL Class A division game last week, then easily skated past Greensburg Central Catholic, 12-1.
The local squad led 8-0 at the end of the first period in both contests.
The Jaguars were led offensively by forwards Tommy Kimmick and Matthew Bowers, who netted five goals in the two games.
Kimmick posted a hat trick versus Bishop McCort, and was credited with three assists in the two contests.
Bowers recorded a hat trick against Greensburg Central Catholic.
Forward Zach Uhlyar generated 10 points overall, registering two goals and three assists against both opponents.
Other leading offensive contributors for the Jaguars were Brendan Mason and Brady Parkinson, who scored two goals apiece; and Brian Zovko, Jason Ceccarelli, Ryan Beveridge, John Petras and Kevin Ringling, all with one goal.
Zovko and Beveridge were credited with game-winning goals.
TJ goaltender Philip Ripepi stopped 12 shots in posting the shutout against Bishop McCort. Ripepi and Maxwell Stanton shared the goaltending duties versus Greensburg Central Catholic.
The Jaguars improved to 3-1 on the season, and opened this week riding a modest three-game winning streak.
Through four games, Uhlyar, Kimmick and Bowers rank among the PIHL's top offensive players.
Uhlyar has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists), followed by Kimmick with 12 points (9 goals, 3 assists), and Bowers with 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists).
Kimmick, who played in only three games, is tied for the division lead in goals with Kittanning's Christian Miller, the overall leading scorer in Class A ranks.
Uhlyar is tied for most assists in Class A with Hunter Grafton of Kittanning.
The Jaguars are idle until next week when they travel to Mars on Tuesday, and host South Fayette two days later.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.