Five Central players selected for PIHL All-Star game
Because he plays for one of the top scoring teams in the PIHL, Greensburg Central Catholic defenseman A.J. Wassenaar often gets overlooked.
The Class AA coaches didn’t fall into that trap.
Wassenaar, along with teammates Tom Ward, Matt Shipley and Paul Jonnet, will represent the Centurions at the PIHL Class AA All-Star game on Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Bladerunners Ice Complex in Warrendale.
The Class A game begins the All-Star festivities at 1 p.m., and the Class AAA game follows the Class AA tilt at 6 p.m. Each game will consist of three twenty minute periods.
Greensburg Central Catholic had the most all-stars of any local team. Other than the four regulars, Tim Baldwin is the alternate in goal.
Ward, Shipley and Jonnet are among the top scorers in Class AA. Ward leads the team with 21 goals and 37 points, with Shipley (32 points) and Jonnet (30 points) not far behind.
Centurions coach Butch Marietta will be on the bench as an assistant coach under Indiana’s Ron Hellen.
Coaches from each team selected the players from their respective conferences. Each team nominated at least one player.
Franklin Regional, Norwin, Greensburg Salem and Hempfield Area will each be represented by two players.
For the second consecutive year, the Gallagher brothers, Sean and Matt, will take part in the Class AAA game.
‘Being two of the stronger players in the conference, they definitely deserve it,’ Franklin Regional coach Lesley Robinson said. ‘It was definitely no surprise.’
Sean Gallagher leads the Panthers with 18 goals and 36 points.
Ryan Silvis earned his second Class AA All-Star nod for Greensburg Salem.
‘He’s pretty well known around here,’ Greensburg Salem coach Frank Crimboli said. ‘He’s a really good team player with a lot of offensive skills. He’s a good leader and he also helps out in our own defensive end as much as we ask him to.’
Silvis, who plays winger, leads the Golden Lions with 22 points after a three-point performance in a 3-3 tie with Keystone Oaks Thursday.
Greensburg Salem defenseman Matt Mattei was named as an alternate for the Northeast Conference team. He will practice with the team and be at the game, but will not play unless a player is injured or suspended prior to the game.
‘Matt is one of the most solid defenseman around here that I have seen,’ Crimboli said. ‘He’s a stay-at-home, physical defenseman.
‘Hopefully he gets to play. I’d love to see him out there and to see him play in the game.’
Hempfield Area’s Ty Musa was selected as a Class AAA All-Star, while teammate Cody Downes was tabbed as an alternate. Norwin had two players – forward Nathan Slafka and defenseman Jake Kovac – chosen to the Class AA Northeast Conference team. The Knights’ coach, Joe Dykta, will serve as an assistant.
Greater Latrobe’s K.C. Hahey was named to the Class AA Northeast Conference squad.
Other notable players include: Somerset’s Brandon Brant, the PIHL’s leading scorer with 67 points, Beaver’s Dan and Doug Miller, who are Class AA’s top two scorers and Class AAA points leader Andrew Dealy of Allderdice.