Gateway graduate Perhac making saves for Lebanon Valley
Tyler Perhac is expected to be a factor in goal for the Lebanon Valley hockey team as it continues the stretch run of its season.
The Gateway product, a third-year goaltender for the Flying Dutchmen, has shared starting duties with three others this season.
Perhac made his sixth start Jan. 23 and picked up the win against King’s College to raise his record to 2-4. He made 26 saves in the 4-3 overtime victory to lift Lebanon Valley to 7-8-2 overall, 3-2-1 in the Division III Middle Atlantic Conference and 5-4-2 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.
“Tyler has played some great games for us,” Lebanon Valley goaltenders coach Padraig Carey said. “Win or lose, he gives great effort. He has bailed us out of a number of tough situations this year.”
Perhac earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in November for his performance in an upset victory of nationally ranked Utica. He made 42 saves on 43 shots in the 6-1 win.
“Tyler played a big part in why we won that game,” Carey said. “Utica is a really strong program with a lot of offensive weapons. We really needed him to be on his game, and he was.”
Teammate Bryan Hovanec, a Franklin Regional product, earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week recognition for his performance in the same game. He scored a hat trick against Utica on just five shots as Lebanon Valley tallied six goals on 18 shots overall.
“Tyler embraces a positive outlook on everything,” Carey said. “He comes to the rink every day and works very hard. He always wants to learn and is not afraid to ask questions of the coaching staff. He’s very in tune with himself and how he feels. He’s a guy that others on the team really look up to and respect. He’s a great player to have as a coach.”
Perhac came to Lebanon Valley after a successful tenure in the United States Premiere Hockey League.
As a freshman in 2016-17, he appeared in three games with one start, and that solo start resulted in a victory for the Dutchmen.
Last year, Perhac made 10 starts and posted a 6-3-1 record. He allowed 2.62 goals a game with a .913 save percentage.
For his efforts, he was voted to the All-MAC second team.
“He was great last year, and it was a good feeling to know he would be back for us this season,” Carey said.
Harris stars at Edinboro
Daylon Harris came through in a big way for the Edinboro men’s basketball team in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game against Clarion on Jan. 23.
The Gateway graduate scored 18 points in a season-high 36 minutes to lead the Scots to an 82-77 victory that snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Harris shot 50 percent from the field (7 of 14) and made three 3-pointers, also a season best, to raise his season average to 7.8 points a game.
In his first year at Edinboro after playing two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College, Harris, a junior, has played in 15 of the Scots’ 16 games with 13 starts. He has scored in double figures four times with a season-best 23 points in a loss against Cal (Pa.) on Jan. 2.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at [email protected] or via Twitter @MLove_Trib.