Murrysville, PA (April 14, 2015) The 2015 Murrysville Tournament Teams
kicked off their tournament season this past weekend, April 10-12, at the Midwest Regional’s at Greater Pittsburgh Dek Hockey Center in Penn Hills, PA. All three Murrysville teams had their own goals going into the most prestigious tournament of the season and all three teams accomplished their goals against some of the nation’s best youth dek hockey teams.
Dave Bigenho’s Penguin team was the highlight of the weekend after rolling through the round robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record after a 4-1 win over Marlton (NJ), a 2-1 loss to the Team Pitt Warriors, and a huge 10-0 win over Penn Hills. Those results sent the Penguin team straight into the semi-finals where they beat Egg Harbor (NJ) 7-2 to face Marlton (NJ) in the finals. The Penguin team took an early lead against Marlton and never looked back as a 6-0 victory would give them their first tournament Championship of the 2015 season!
The Beaver team, led by Head Coach Sean Sepe, faced off against Gloucester (NJ) Twp. In their opener and fell 3-1 to the 2014 ‘B’ division National Champions. The Beaver team rebounded in their second game with a 5-0 win over Dekstar (PA) but lost their third outing 5-0 to Bellmawr (NJ). With their 1-2 record, the Beaver team qualified for the playoffs as the six seed and played their hometown rivals, Team Pitt Knights in the quarter finals. It would take a total team effort as the Beaver team took down their rivals 3-2 to advance to the semi-finals to play Marlton (NJ). Unfortunately, after a valiant effort, the Beaver team’s run to a championship was cut short after a 6-1 loss to the eventual tournament champions.
A young but very talented Cadet team, coached by Jason Shank, hit the rink for their first matchup against the 2013 National Champions, Gloucester (NJ) Twp. Murrysville held tough with the veterans of Gloucester but fell 3-0. Up next for the Cadet team was the always physical, Penn Hills Arensal. Again, the Cadet team played hard and disciplined but couldn’t find the back of the net in the 2-0 loss. An 8-1 loss to the eventual tournament champions, Bellmawr (NJ), knocked the Cadet team out of the tournament but not without impressing the coaching staff with their hard work, dedication, and positive attitudes.