Loose Pucks

By Ron Valerino

Forge to open Playoffs at Home

Forge 4 Barons 1 :

NEVILLE ISLAND (Friday, April 5, 2002) The Pittsburgh Forge Junior A hockey
club secured home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs by
defeating the Cleveland Barons, 4-1, at the Island Sports Center on Neville
Island. A three-goal second period was the key to Friday’s victory, which
enabled Pittsburgh (37-15-3) to clinch second place in the Eastern Division
of the North American Hockey League. Pittsburgh jumped out in front 1-0 on a
power play goal by Andy Brandt at the 6:13 mark of the first period. The
Forge pressed the advantage 4-0 after two periods of play as Bernie Chmiel
and Kenny Trombetta scored, and Brandt added his second goal of the game.
Brandt now leads the team with 27 goals. The only Cleveland goal of the
night was scored by Tom Goebel a minute and 10 seconds into the final
period.

Whats coming up: The Forge will host each game of its best-of-three first
round playoff series next weekend. The post-season games are set for Friday,
April 12; Saturday, April 13; and Sunday, April 14 (if necessary) at the
Island Sports Center. All three games will start at 7:30 p.m.

Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/

PITTSBURGH AMATEUR PENGUINS JUNIOR B’s:

** Junior B and Junior Prep tryout camps begin April 23. Check the website
for more info. **


Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins

EMPIRE JUNIOR B HOCKEY LEAGUE

A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS: To the AAA Midget Major Pittsburgh Amateur
Hornets. The Hornets came to within one goal of bringing home the National
Championship. After losing their first two games in the Tier I Midget
Nationals at Colorado Springs, the Hornets defeated Washington, Pikes Peak
and Buffalo to advance to yesterday’s Championship Game against Wisconsin,
where they lost 2-1.

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     50  12  17  29   16
Carmin Posteraro   F    Capital NAHL       48  10  11  21   74
Dave Gallagher     F    Texas NAHL         54  12  13  25    8
Sean Berkstressor  F    Pittsburgh NAHL    45   7   7  14   62
Bernie Chmiel      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    51   9  20  29   65
Brian Hartman      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    54   3   6   9  131
Mike Handza        F    Pittsburgh NAHL    51  21  33  54   6
Denis Kirstein     F    Pittsburgh NAHL    51   2  12  14   71
Dylan Reese        D    Pittsburgh NAHL    53   8  21  29   74
Chris Wey          D    Pittsburgh NAHL    31   0   0   0   30
Ken Trombetta      F    Pittsburgh NAHL    54  10  23  33   63
Pat Levendusky     F    Pittsburgh NAHL    49  25  19  44   20
Gabe Rehak         F    Pittsburgh NAHL    23   3   4   7   46
JB Bittner         F    Ohio State CCHA    36   8   7  15   39
R.J. Umberger      F    Ohio State CCHA    37  18  21  39   31
Jason Crain        D    Ohio State CCHA    40   5   7  12   48
Keith Stanich      D    Wayne State CHA    35   2  16  18   42
Jamie King         D    Mercyhurst MAAC    32   4   2   6   14
DJ Miller          F    Connecticut MAAC   34  14   9  23   14
Ryan Malone        F    St. Cloud WCHA     41  24  25  49   76
Tucker Veenis      D    Colgate ECAC       29   1   4   5   16
Joe Gual           F    Dartmouth ECAC      8   0   1   1    2
Jim Abbott         F    New Hampshire HE   38   9  20  29   48
Cliff Loya         D    Maine HE           43   0   5   5   44
Lou Garriton       F    Billings AWHL      50  32  26  58   24
Matt Puntureri     F    Guelph   OHL       55   2   2   4   19
Clayton LaBrosse   F    Sioux City   USHL  35   3   5   8   18
John Zeiler        F    Sioux City   USHL  60  23  27  50  116
Nate Guerin        D    Green Bay    USHL  56 4  11  15  150


                                           GPI  AVG   W  L  SOL SO   SPCT
Mike Betz          G    Ohio State CCHA    40   2.60 20 16   4   0   0.900
Tim Heneroty       G    Pittsburgh NAHL    48   2.59 32 12   3   2   0.906
Mike Polidor       G    Air Force CHA      28   3.39 13 13   1   0   0.887
Dwight LaBrosse    G    Guelph OHL    31   3.22 15 11   2   1   0.891
Kris Mayotte       G    Sioux City   USHL  28   2.57 16  6   3   2   0.910
Kevin Reiter       G    Alaska   WCHA      20   3.36  7  9   3   0   0.877
Chris Ries         G    Colby NESCAC       14   2.68  7  4   2   2   0.881

** 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 On-Sides