High school hockey spotlight: Zach Milnarcik
Montour has gotten off to one of the better starts in Class AA this season, thanks in no small part to the play of Zach Milnarcik, the Spartans’ leading scorer. Before Friday’s matchup at Franklin Regional, the senior center had scored 12 points (8g, 4a) to help the Spartans to a 2-0-1 record in the early going. Two of his goals came in a 2-2 tie against Latrobe, the three-time defending Penguins Cup champ. Milnarcik also plays amateur hockey for the Pittsburgh Wildcats’ 18-U AA team.
Q: After leading the Spartans in goals last year, you’re on an even faster scoring pace now. What parts of your game have improved in the offseason?
A: “I’ve definitely gotten stronger, and I shoot a lot. My dad makes me practice shooting, and I’ve definitely gotten faster than other kids.”
Q: With teams like Latrobe, West Allegheny and Peters Township grabbing much of the attention in Class AA, do you feel like Montour tends to fly under the radar?
A: “Definitely. That’s what our coaches told us at the beginning of the season. We’re not even a team that is looked at being in championship contention. We kind of thrive off of being the underdog.”
Q: What does tying a team like Latrobe this early in the season do for your squad’s confidence?
A: “That was an awesome game. It showed a lot from our team, and it definitely boosted our confidence. I actually thought we could have beaten them.”
Q: What is the most-memorable game you’ve played in?
A: “In my sophomore year, we beat Bishop Canevin in the semifinals of the Penguins Cup. We won, 3-1, and I had a breakaway goal to make it 2-1.”