Loose Pucks

By Ron Valerino

PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/

FORGE IN ANOTHER SHOOTOUT

NEVILLE ISLAND — The Pittsburgh Forge Junior A hockey team defeated the USA
National Under-17 Team, 2-1, last Friday night in an overtime shootout at
the Island Sports Center. With the victory, the Forge improved its record
to 19-7-2, which is the second-best mark in the North American Hockey
League.

The USA National Team jumped in front 1-0 at the 3:19 mark of the opening
period on an unassisted goal by Michael Bartlett. Later in the first-period
the Forge tied the game on a goal by Andy Brandt at the 17:08 mark. Mike
Handza and Andy Cote picked up the assists on Brandt’s 11th goal of the
season. There was no scoring in the second and third periods or during the
five-minute, sudden death overtime period. That sent the game to a
shootout. Both teams scored on their first attempt of the shootout with
Robert Earle of Team USA and Andy Cote of Pittsburgh getting the goals.
Forge goaltender Tim Heneroty then stopped five consecutive shooters, before
the Forge won the game when Brian Hartman’s backhander beat Team USA goalie
Gerald Coleman.

Whats coming up: The Forge will next see action on Saturday, December 22
when the team travels to Plymouth, Michigan (near Detroit) for a 7:05 p.m.
contest against the NAHL’s best team, the Compuware Ambassadors. After
that, Pittsburgh’s next two games will be Friday and Saturday, January 4-5
when the Springfield Junior Blues visit the Island Sports Center for a pair
of 7:30 p.m. games. Tickets for the Springfield games and all remaining
Pittsburgh Forge home games are available by calling (412) 269-4478.

PITTSBURGH AMATEUR PENGUINS JUNIOR B’s:
Through the first 13 games of the Empire Junior B Hockey season the
Pittsburgh Amateur Junior B’s have posted an 8-5-0 record and have
positioned themselves in the middle of the league standings. Steve Shimek is
the leader in points posting 12 goals and adding 13 assists. He is followed
closely by Nick Buser who has 14 goals and 11 assists. 15 year-old goalie
Anthony Fricchone has carried the load in goal with a .090 save percentage
and a 2.75 GAA while appearing 12 games.

PITTSBURGH PROSPECTS STATS 2001/2002 Season ….

** Names and Stats will be updated for the 2001/2002 season **

PITTSBURGH  BORN  PROSPECTS  STATS :
Player             POS  Team               GP   G   A  PTS  PIM
Bill Thomas        F    Cleveland NAHL     26   5   9  14    8
Carmin Posteraro   F    Capital NAHL       24   8   7
15   43
Dave Gallagher     F    Texas NAHL         24   6   8  14    6
Sean Berkstressor  F    Pittsburgh NAHL    21   1   2    3   33
Bernie Chmiel      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    26   5   9   14   25
Brian Hartman      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    28   3   3    6   38
Mike Handza        F    Pittsburgh NAHL    28  14  10   24   36
Denis Kirstein     F    Pittsburgh NAHL    26   1   4    5   35
Dylan Reese        D    Pittsburgh NAHL    27   4   7   11   3
Chris Wey          D    Pittsburgh NAHL    16   0   0    0   18
Ken Trombetta      F    Pittsburgh NAHL    28   6  16   22   41
Pat Levendusky     F    Pittsburgh NAHL    23  12   7   19   12
JB Bittner         F    Ohio State CCHA    15   4   3    7   29
R.J. Umberger      F    Ohio State CCHA    16   8   8   16   27
Jason Crain        D    Ohio State CCHA    16   2   5   7    6
Keith Stanich      D    Wayne State CHA    15   1   8    9   16
Jim Abbott         F    New Hampshire HE   16   0  10   10   22
Jamie King         D    Mercyhurst MAAC    12   3   0   3    4
Cliff Loya         D    Maine HE           16   0   4    4   28
Ryan Malone        F    St. Cloud WCHA     18   8  12   20   30
Tucker Veenis      D    Colgate ECAC       11   1   1   2    4
Joe Gual           F    Dartmouth ECAC      1   0   0   0    0
Gabe Rehak         F    Army MAAC           7   0   0   0    8
Lou Garriton       F    Billings AWHL      25  22  13   35   16
Matt Puntureri     F    Guelph   OHL    32   0   2    2   15
Clayton LaBrosse   F    Sioux City  USHL   12   1   1   2    9
John Zeiler        F    Sioux City   USHL  25  11  15   26   49
Nate Guerin        D    Green Bay USHL 231   6    7   48


                                           GPI  AVG   W  L  SOL SO   SPCT
Mike Betz          G    Ohio State CCHA   16   2.10  9  6   1   0   0.925
Tim Heneroty       G Pittsburgh NAHL    27   2.59 18  6   2   1   0.896
Mike Polidor       G    Air Force          12   4.32  6  5   0   0   0.850
Dwight LaBrosse    G Guelph OHL    23   3.23 11  9   2   1   0.894
Kris Mayotte       G    Sioux City   USHL  13   2.23 10  0   2   2   0.919
Kevin Reiter       G    Alaska   WCHA       8   3.09  3  4   1   0   0.855

** Anyone knowing of a Pittsburgh kid playing minor pro, college or Junior
A, send me an email with updates and I’ll include him in the stats **

UNTIL NEXT TIME ….. Stay Onsides