Penn-Trafford hockey creating early-season buzz

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Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 11:01 AM


There is a buzz swarming across the Penn-Trafford hockey staff because it starts the season.

That’s for the reason that Warriors go back a lot of starters who helped the staff end the 2021-22 season with a 15-4 report and a place within the PIHL semifinals earlier than falling to eventual champion Thomas Jefferson.

The Warriors made the playoffs in 2020-21, however fell within the first spherical to Baldwin. The staff is taking a look to move additional this season.

Penn-Trafford misplaced 3 key starters from that squad — ahead Ryan Crombie (15 targets and 10 assists), ahead Bennett Dupilka (8 targets, 8 assists) and defenseman Carter Scholze (two targets, 14 assists) — however fourth-year trainer Chris Cerutti is occupied with the 2022-23 season, which were given underway remaining week.

That’s as a result of he’s placing proficient freshman Sean Goodman on a line with high-scoring forwards Nate Loughner and Xavier Solomon. Loughner had 12 targets and 17 assists and Solomon 9 targets and 13 assists remaining iciness.

They’ll be counted on to steer the offense.

The best defensive pairs will likely be sophomore Cam Kiste and junior Chase Bonson. Cerutti expects them to lend a hand at the energy play. Senior Jackson Kerrigan returns because the goaltender.

Other avid gamers returning come with senior ahead Alex Sciullo (8 targets), senior ahead Ben Chen, junior ahead Bryce Kropczynski (11 targets, six assists), senior ahead Josh Goldberg (8 targets, seven assists), senior defenseman Damian Dynys and senior ahead Colin Patterson (5 targets, 9 assists). Others anticipated to give a contribution are senior ahead Aiden Alberts and sophomore Robert Thatcher.

“We have a lot of leadership on this team, and it showed when we voted for captain,” Cerutti mentioned. “A large number of avid gamers gained votes.

“We have a lot of players who have played in the system, and the key to the season is how fast we jell.”

Cerutti mentioned he’s additionally excited what Kerrigan brings to the staff. He used to be 14-4 in 2021-22 and allowed 2.52 targets in step with recreation.

“With the amount of talent in the league this year, Jackson is going to be busy in every game,” Cerutti mentioned. “Every game is going to be tough.”

Penn-Trafford went 5-0 within the preseason and Cerutti mentioned Kerrigan used to be sharp.

The staff used to be scheduled to open the season Oct. 6 at Bishop McCort.

“The league is going to be strong,” Cerutti mentioned. “We have to grow together as a team. If we do that, maybe we’ll get to the Pens Cup championship.”

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can touch Paul by means of electronic mail at pschofield@triblive.com or by the use of Twitter .

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