PIHL Player of the Week: Bishop McCort’s Raman Yerameichyk
By: Kyle Dawson
Sunday, December 23, 2018 | 9:39 PM
Bishop McCort senior Raman Yerameichyk had quite a night Monday in a 14-5 win over Wheeling Catholicon his way to becoming this week’s TribLIVE High School Sports Network’s PIHL Player of the Week.
In Class AAA, as of Saturday, December 22, the points leader has 18 points. On one end, it’s a testament to the scoring depth of the classification. In AA, the points leader has 27 points. In Class A, the leader has 43 points. Division 2’s leader has 42.
In one game, Yerameichyk put himself into the top five in Single-A by scoring nine points in that 14-5 win for the defending Penguins Cup champs.
Yerameichyk tallied four goals and five assists in the victory. It was a night Bishop McCort coach John Bradley said his whole team was firing on all cylinders.
“He has played really well. He’s done a good job the last couple games with us having some guys out of the lineup for different reasons,” said Bradley. “He was out on the ice [Monday] about every other shift.”
Bradley described Yerameichyk as a good skater, one who can distribute along with making plays.
“He makes everyone a little better, and skill-wise, he’s one of the best we’ve had in a long time,” said Bradley. “He does a lot of things right.”
It’s Yerameichyk’s first season with the school team, as he plays amateur hockey for the Esmark Stars.
Yerameichyk has 14 goals, which is tied for the sixth-best total in A. His 19 assists are the second-best total in the classification and his 33 points tie him for fourth in the class.
Ultimately, Bradley said Yerameichyk’s goal is to play at the next level, and Bradley said his senior has a shot.
“His ability and work ethic is second to none. He takes everything seriously and loves the game of hockey,” said Bradley. “He’s got a few things he’s got to work on, but overall, he’s pretty good.”
Yerameichyk and Bishop McCort will resume play Jan. 3 at Greensburg Salem.
PIHL Honorable Mentions (Week of December 17):
Nicholas Pushic of Plum scored two goals and tallied one assist in Plum’s 5-2 win over Armstrong. One of Pushic’s two goals was the winner for the Mustangs on Monday.
Quaker Valley lost to Franklin Regional 8-7, but did have a few bright spots, including Kevin Guerrieri, who had a hat trick and a helper in the defeat.
Mars picked up a win 6-3 over Penn Trafford, which was highlighted by Jackson Krock, who is a top-10 point scorer in Class AA. Krock had two goals and two assists in the win.
In Class A, Greensburg Salem’s Zackey Szolak scored two goals and had two assists in a 4-3 over Wheeling Park.
Sewickley Academy’s Matthew Hajdukiewicz scored four times in a 7-5 win over Deer Lakes. His 24 goals rank him second in Class A.
Bradley Budjos had a hat trick and two helpers in Ringgold’s 7-6 loss to Burrell. For the Bucs, Giovanni Palombo scored two goals, including the winner, and had three assists in the same game, a win for the Division 2 leaders.
Kyle Dawson is a freelance writer.