Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Co-Op' Team Figures to Be a Factor in Pihl Race

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Co-Op' Team Figures to Be a Factor in Pihl Race

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is in its inaugural season in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League's Open Class division.

But the Chargers' coach and a few of its players know what it takes to win a PIHL championship.

OLSH coach Jaime Dougherty and seniors Walt Riggs, Aidan White and Glenn Veahman were all part of the Quigley Catholic team that won the 2012 Open Cup championship.

That Quigley team was a co-op of numerous schools, but the following season there were no Quigley students on the team, so the program switched its name to Ambridge and went 9-10-1.

After the 2012-13 season, Ambridge and a few other schools broke away, leaving just players from OLSH, South Side Beaver and Cornell to form a team. The program then struck a partnership with Avonworth and went with the "OLSH" moniker.

"We still hold Quigley on as well," Dougherty said. "We don't have any players from Quigley on our team, but if there was a player from there who wanted to play, he would play for us."

So OLSH isn't entirely a new team, which is why Dougherty's goal to get into the playoffs seems reasonable.

The Chargers are 3-6 following Monday night's loss against Harbor Creek (7-1).

"We know we're probably not going to crack the top 4-5 teams [in our conference]," Dougherty said. "But they take the top eight [from each conference] to the playoffs, so I think it would be great for this team to get in."

Riggs has led the way. The team's captain, who was fourth on the 2011-12 Quigley team in points with 27, leads OLSH with six goals and 11 points this season.

All but one of his goals have come in Charger victories.

"He's a four-year starter and our top point getter," Dougherty said. "He's also a very good leader on the ice, as well as in the locker room."

Veahman and Paul Heflin are alternate captains and have combined for 13 points. …

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