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Posted: January 16th, 2014

The PIHL has reward the Cathedral Prep, Harbor Creek and McDowell hockey teams with a combined 11 all-star selections, three coaching picks and two alternates for the league’s all-star games.

Prep’s all-stars will participate in the Class AA game, while Harbor Creek’s and McDowell’s all-stars will take part in the Open Class game. Those two games are part of the four-game PIHL all-star event Feb. 9 at RMU Island Sports Center.

Here’s the list of area honorees:

PIHL All-Stars

(Area honorees only)

Class AA Northeast Conference

No. Name School Pos. Yr.
12 Trevor Faulkner Cathedral Prep F Jr.
14 John Colvin Cathedral Prep F Sr.
19 Jack Kelly Cathedral Prep D Jr.
29 Grant Kennedy Cathedral Prep G Sr.


Ben Eliason Cathedral Prep F Jr.


Craig Barnett Cathedral Prep Assistant




Open Class Southwest Conference

2 Logan Conboy Harbor Creek F Jr.
3 Nick Rocco Harbor Creek F So.
9 Aaron Parry McDowell F Sr.
16 Ryan Markiewicz Harbor Creek D Sr.
17 Justin Dedionisio Harbor Creek D Jr.
18 Danny Alexviczh McDowell D Sr.
29 Tyler Manna Harbor Creek G Sr.


Matthew Lorei McDowell F Sr.


Paul Markiewicz Harbor Creek Head
Bill Wager McDowell Assistant

Here are links to the complete all-star teams:

2014 Class Open All-Stars

2014 Class AA All-Stars

2014 Class A All-Stars

2014 Class AAA All-Stars




Posted in: Hockey, PIHL
Posted: November 27th, 2013

The fourth annual Pink The Rink hockey game between Cathedral Prep and McDowell will take place today at 8:30 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.

Pregame festivities begin at 8:15 p.m.  Ticket are $5 and T-shirts are $10.

The game is being dedicated to Jax Stone, who will drop the puck before the game. He is a 9-year-old Tracy Elementary School student who is undergoing treatment for a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Stone has undergone six weeks of radiation treatment and is taking an experimental drug to battle the tumor.

Last year’s Pink The Rink event raised $15,000 for Kanzius Cancer Research as more than 1,800 attended the game.

This year’s proceeds will benefit the Regional Cancers Center and Making Strides Agaisnt Breast Cancer.

The game’s program includes a list of individuals that the players and teams are playing in memory of — and in honor of — during the game.

The series is tied 1-1-1 through the first three games.

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: May 6th, 2013

In an interesting twist, two area rivals announced their new head hockey coaches this afternoon. Cathedral Prep hired Craig Barnett and McDowell hired Bill Wager. Barnett is replacing Jeff Cross and Wager takes over for Robert Spitzer.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: January 27th, 2013

The McDowell Hockey Club will host the third annual “Pink the Rink” hockey event on Feb. 20 at Erie Insurance Arena. McDowell till take on rival Cathedral Prep at 7 p.m. to raise funds for the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. Admission is $5 and the event will including a chinese auction, 50/50, raffles and giveaways. Donations will also be accepted at the event.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: January 24th, 2013

A pair of area high school graduates, Adam Clement and Ryan Zapolski, have had a great week in their respective sports.

Clement, who starred in soccer for McDowell, was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Major League Soccer supplemental draft Tuesday. He recently completed his career with Duquesne University and could be headed for a pro soccer career.

Zapolski, who was a hockey standout at Cathedral Prep, has had a big year in the East Coast Hockey League. The former Mercyhurst University star also was named MVP of the ECHL All-Star Game Wednesday.

Posted in: Hockey, Soccer
Posted: December 28th, 2012

Posted: June 18th, 2012

Bob Spitzer has been named coach of the McDowell hockey club.

Spitzer has coached the Harbor Creek club team for the past four seasons. Since joining the PIHL for the 2010-11 season, the Huskies have gone 30-10 in open division games and 6-2 in the playoffs.

Spitzer is McDowell’s third coach in three seasons. Bob Hammers coached the team in 2011-12. He followed Nels White, who coached the team for five seasons.

Spitzer played for the Cathedral Prep and Mercyhurst College club teams.

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: March 24th, 2012

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: March 4th, 2012

The Harbor Creek hockey team continues to make school history in the PIHL open division.

The Huskies defeated Wheeling Central (W.Va.) 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Nailers Cup before beating Morgantown (W. Va.) 6-5 in overtime in the semifinals.

Harbor Creek will compete in the championship on Tuesday for the right to play for the PIHL Open championship.

Josh Green leads the Huskies with 69 points, while Nick Jenkins has 63, including a team-leading 30 goals.

Poll results:

Who is the Breakout Team of the Week?

  • Harbor Creek hockey (24%, 188 Votes)
  • Warren boys basketball (23%, 177 Votes)
  • General McLane boys basketball (9%, 68 Votes)
  • North East boys basketball (8%, 65 Votes)
  • Franklin girls basketball (8%, 63 Votes)
  • Girard girls basketball (8%, 59 Votes)
  • Mercyhurst Prep girls basketball (6%, 49 Votes)
  • Villa Maria girls basketball (6%, 46 Votes)
  • West Middlesex boys basketball (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Saegertown girls basketball (2%, 19 Votes)
  • Kennedy Catholic boys basketball (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Meadville hockey (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 776

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Posted in: Breakout Team, Hockey
Posted: January 18th, 2012

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Posted: December 12th, 2011

Thursday’s result from the Cathedral Prep junior varsity game:

Cathedral Prep 5, Hampton 0

Cathedral Prep                      1              1              3              5

Hampton                                 0              0              0              0

Shutout Goalie: Grant Kennedy   Saves 12

Goals: Cross 2, Eliason 2, Kelly

Assists: Jacob Ordos 3, Eliason, Kelly, Emerson 2, White, Jeremiah Ordos

Posted in: Hockey
Posted: November 17th, 2011

Today’s JV-Freshman Update features a McDowell freshman hockey game and a Cathedral Prep junior varsity hockey game:

Tuesday’s hockey result:
McDowell 10, Beaver Area 4, at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Goals: M — Gavin Restifo 3, Devin Auen 2, Connor Murdock, Mike Geary, Billy Mitchell, Adam Stormer, Tyler Keinath
Assists: M — Vincent DelleCurti 2, Gavin Restifo 2, Billy Mitchell, Connor Murdock, Pierce Murdock, Mike Geary, Tyler Keinath, Jordan Galleur, Matt Parry.


Wednesday’s hockey result:
PIHL junior varsity
Cathedral Prep 9, Burrell 1
Periods                                 1                             2                              3
Cathedral Prep                   2                             5                              2                9
Burrell                                  0                              0                              1                1
CP — Ziegler 2, Eliason , Kelly, Vicary, White, Jeremiah Ordos, Jared Ordos, Piglowski.
CP — Figueroa 3, Emerson, Jared Ordos, Jeremiah Ordos, Jacob Ordos, Piglowski, Kruszewski, Kelly, Ziegler
Tyler Figueroa
Goalie: Grant Kennedy, 9 saves



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