ShareThis Page
Gorman: Bishop Canevin’s Borghini an ace in goal |

Gorman: Bishop Canevin’s Borghini an ace in goal

| Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:16 p.m
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Bishop Canevin goaltender Neko Borghini makes a save on Mars' Beau Heakins during the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup title game Monday, March 14, 2016 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

Neko Borghini knows as goaltender he is the last line of defense for Bishop Canevin’s hockey team.

What the Crusaders found in the PIHL playoffs was their stand-up goalie could stand tall.

Borghini had 40 saves in a 4-1 victory over Mars on Monday for the Class AA Penguins Cup title.

“He’s actually been a rock down the stretch for us,” Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Pawlos said. “He was square to the puck, calm, cool and collected. He really led our team. Any time you have to kill penalties and spend a lot of time in your zone, you lean on your goaltender. That calming force really moved throughout the team.”

A year ago, Borghini was the baby-faced freshman who went 10-9 while trying to replace three-year starter Nikita Meskin.

Borghini since has shot up from 5-foot-5, 140 pounds to 5-10, 170 — and his game grew along with his body. He credits dek hockey — he will travel to London in July to play for Team USA in the U-16 world junior ball hockey championships — for helping with shot angles.

But it’s the work Borghini put in during practice that allowed him to stop splitting time with freshman Jonathan Ruffing. As his confidence increased, so did the Crusaders’ belief in Borghini, who allowed four goals in three PIHL playoff games.

“I felt like my play kept just kept getting better,” Borghini said. “I buckled down and peaked at the right moment.”

Bishop Canevin (18-6-1) is banking on Borghini to stand tall against Central Bucks South (21-0-0) for the Pennsylvania Cup on Saturday at Penn State.

“We have all the confidence in the world in Neko,” Pawlos said. “We think he can answer bell again.”

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.