HS highlight reel: Shaler hockey team thrives in Class AAA |

HS highlight reel: Shaler hockey team thrives in Class AAA

Through slightly more than one month of play, arguably no PIHL program has benefitted more from the league’s realigned classes than Shaler.

After three straight losing seasons in Class AAA, the Titans are 6-1 in Class AA. Their lone loss came in their season opener against another former Class AAA team, Fox Chapel, which won 3-2.

Shaler, which finished 6-14 a season ago, has allowed a Class AA-low 16 goals and scored 37. Alexander Ficorilli leads the Titans with 10 goals and seven assists.

The success has the Titans reminding themselves of the 2009-10 season, when Shaler went 21-2-1 and reached the PIHL Class AAA semifinals.

Another team thriving in a new PIHL class is Hempfield (7-1), which moved up to Class A from the Open Class.

And Baldwin, which won the 2014 Open Class title and moved up to Class AA for this season, has a 2-6 record but managed a 7-6 win over Armstrong (5-2) on Monday.

— Bill West

Stats of the day


Average passing attempts per game for the Central Catholic football team through 12 games


Yards per carry for Pine-Richland RB Connor Slomka, who has 1,214 yards and 32 TDs on 179 carries

Sto-Rox request denied

The WPIAL denied a Sto-Rox request this week to return its football team to Class A next season. Now in Class AA, the Vikings have argued that an error in enrollment figures moved them into an incorrect classification. A few teams will change conferences in 2015 to accommodate the merger of Ford City and Kittanning, but the WPIAL won’t realign fully until 2016.

— Chris Harlan

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