Hockey

Gateway alumni take part in the 2019 alumni hockey game.
Gateway hockey celebrating 50th anniversary season
October 24, 2021
The Gateway ice hockey program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and alumni president Stefan Biancaniello said there are a lot of positive vibes surrounding what will be a year-long celebration.

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Shaler Area hockey coach Cory Sakolsky during workouts July 27, 2020 at Shaler Titans 
Football Field.
Shaler hockey coach preaches calculated risk taking
Cory Sakolsky isn’t concerned that the Shaler Area hockey team won’t listen to his instructions. The second-year Titans coach is worried they may listen a little too well.

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Plum’s Zach Miller (62) celebrates his goal with Travis Marks during their game against Wheeling Catholic on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Young lineup off to strong start for Plum hockey
October 23, 2021
The Plum varsity hockey team won just one game last year in a 2020-21 season that was unlike any other in the history of the PIHL with delays, restrictions and numerous changes overall because of the covid pandemic.

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Norwin’s Hunter Hardy plays against Greensburg Salem on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Norwin hockey program moving in right direction
Norwin second-year hockey coach Mike Robinson lists his team’s strengths in this order:

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North Hills’ Noah Benscoter returns for his sophomore season.
North Hills hockey hopes last year’s strong finish carries over
North Hills hockey was able to close out last year’s regular season as strong as any team in the PIHL’s Class A. But now the program wants more following a crushing ending.

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Greater Latrobe’s J.D. Robinson takes a shot against Hempfield on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks to build on last season’s strong finish
October 19, 2021
Like many PIHL teams a year ago, Latrobe had to navigate the choppy waters of playing a season while covid-19 ran rampant through the area.

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Hempfield’s Aiden Dunlap takes a shot against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Hempfield hockey team looks to add finishing touches
October 18, 2021
Eric Grant knows all about a hard-working mentality. He learned it growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York.

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Quaker Valley’s Luke Flowers (right) scored 11 goals last season, tied for second on the team.
Quick start, experienced roster boost Quaker Valley hockey team
October 10, 2021
After one game, the Quaker Valley hockey team already was ahead of last year’s pace.

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North Allegheny’s Connor Chi celebrates his goal withTrey Gallo during the Class AAA state championship game against Malvern Prep on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defending PIHL champion North Allegheny plans to enjoy the ride
October 9, 2021
The lake wasn’t frozen, so the North Allegheny hockey team traded its sticks for oars and competed in the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival at North Park.

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Freeport is joined this season in the Class A Northeast Division by Plum, which dropped from Class 2A.
A-K Valley teams begin 2021-22 PIHL season
October 6, 2021
The PIHL season is underway, and A-K Valley teams have begun the six-month grind toward the Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Neshannock’s Micah DeJulia celebrates after scoring against Ringgold during the PIHL Class B Penguins Cup championship game on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL season preview: Plenty of contenders chasing championships in 2021-22
October 3, 2021
The PIHL season begins Monday, and there are some changes to the league but a lot will remain the same.

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Pine-Richland’s Carson Kalpakis celebrates his goal against Canon-McMillan last season.
Pine-Richland hockey team ready to join crowded chase for Penguins Cup
Last year, PIHL Class 3A featured a lot of parity with the top five teams separated by four points at the end of the regular season and No. 7 seed Mt. Lebanon making a run in the playoffs to the championship game.

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Gateway hockey team continues to build toward success
Shawn Jesih has high hopes this season for the Gateway junior varsity ice hockey team, the organization’s highest-level squad in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

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Pine-Richland sixth grader Carson Verszyla scored a highlight reel goal that was featured on SportsCenter.
Pine-Richland teen Carson Verszyla goes viral with highlight-reel hockey goal
June 7, 2021
Carson Verszyla got an early birthday present Monday morning when he saw himself on “SportsCenter.”

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his second goal during the Class AA state championsip game against Haverford on April 24.
Seniors took Baldwin hockey program to remarkable heights
May 23, 2021
The seven seniors on the Baldwin hockey team have a combined 87 years of experience on the ice.

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Los Angeles Kings right winger John Zeiler warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.
Thomas Jefferson hockey bids farewell to coach Bill Crousey, welcomes former NHL player
May 16, 2021
Bill Crousey’s legacy as Thomas Jefferson’s hockey coach is firmly cemented.

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Four Penn-Trafford students were part of winning hockey teams at a recent national championship in Denver. Pictured, from left, are Ayla Moffa, eighth grade; Robyn Caswell, a senior; Kylie McKenzie, eighth grade; and Marissa Caswell, ninth grade.
Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls medal at national hockey tournament
May 14, 2021
Girls from Norwin and Penn-Trafford were part of the Pittsburgh amateur hockey teams that won medals in the recent USA Tier-II Hockey National Championships in Denver.

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Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki skates with the Pennsylvania Cup after defeating Haverford, 3-1, in the Class AA state championsip game Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defense, goaltending key Baldwin’s run to state hockey championship
May 2, 2021
Baldwin’s varsity hockey team recently wrapped up an amazing two-year run with an appearance in the state championship game at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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North Allegheny’s Luke Washabaugh watches as Malvern Prep players celebrate their third goal during the Class AAA state championship game on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
North Allegheny hockey falls in state championship game
April 24, 2021
North Allegheny’s hunt for a third Class AAA state ice hockey championship came up short as Malvern Prep earned its third title and first since 2004 with a 4-2 victory over the Tigers.

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his first goal with Nelson Buys and Logan Picchi during the Class AA state championship game against Haverford on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Baldwin beats Haverford, wins Class AA state championship
It was only fitting the two Class AA hockey heavyweights clashed in the state championship game Saturday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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