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Gateway alums continue to make mark in USPHL

Michael Love
Five Gateway High School graduates and Gators ice hockey alumni came together the weekend of Nov. 8, 2014, for a showcase at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, 25 miles north of Boston. The group members play on junior teams in the United States Premier Hockey League. From left are Tyler Perhac, Jordan Mardirossian, Cam Cacolice and Jonathan Kasper. Also at the showcase was 2014 Gateway grad and USPHL newcomer Zach Dusch.

A quintet of Gateway graduates who made their mark on the Gators varsity ice hockey team are keeping pace in the United State Premier Hockey League for the 2014-15 season.

Tyler Perhac, Jordan Mardirossian, Jon Kasper and Cam Cacolice returned to the USPHL after making their debuts there last year, while 2014 Gateway graduate Zach Dusch began playing in the league in September.

“I was up in Massachusetts (the weekend of Nov. 7) for one of the league showcases, and I got to see all five of them play,” said Gateway head coach Gene Perhac, Tyler’s father.

“They did really well in front of a lot of scouts. They all had different jackets on, and people were shocked when I told them they were all from the same high school. It’s a great feeling to know all of them are doing well and representing Gateway.”

Tyler Perhac has emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the USPHL Elite Division.

With Palm Beach Elite, Perhac is 8-7 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 19 games played. He has stopped 444 of 487 shots against him.

He is among the leaders in the Elite league in several goaltending categories.

Palm Beach Elite is 12-4 with three additional losses in overtime in its 19 games.

“Tyler is more than holding his own with the No. 1 spot on the Elite team,” Gene Perhac said.

Cacolice has time on both the Junior Bruins Empire and Elite teams. He came over to the Junior Bruins after one year with the Springfield Pics organization.

With the Empire team, which is 14-6 overall, Cacolice has seven goals and two assists in 11 games played. His totals include a pair of two-goal games in Junior Bruin October victories.

At the Elite level, the Junior Bruins are 16-1. Cacolice has played three games with the Junior Bruins Elite and he registered a pair of assists.

“Cam has put up some really nice numbers so far,” Gene Perhac said.

Jordan Mardirossian started the season with the Springfield Pics Premier team and played three games there in September.

He returned to the Junior Bruins Elite team where he played last year, and he has helped the squad to the solid start with three goals and four assists in 11 games played.

Mardirossian scored a goal in his first three Junior Bruins Elite games and has since provided the four helpers.

“Jordan’s doing really well for the Junior Bruins, and they are having a great season,” Gene Perhac said.

Kasper remained with the Springfield Pics organization and he is finding his way at the Premier level, the top level in the USPHL.

He has appeared in 12 games for the squad and has two goals. Both goals came in a 5-2 team victory Nov. 6.

“Jon is thin on ice time with the team so far, but he’s doing well with the chances he’s been given,” Gene Perhac said.

Springfield Pics Premier is 6-14 with two additional losses in overtime.

Dusch is a new member of the Frederick Freeze Empire team.

The Freeze is 7-13 after 20 games, and Dusch has two assists in 19 games of action.

His second assist of the season came Nov. 8 in a 4-2 victory over the East Coach Eagles.

“This is his first year, and he still is learning the ins and out of the junior game,” Gene Perhac said.

“He’s getting a lot of ice time. His points will come.”�

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].

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