Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canevin Has Surprisingly Fine Year

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canevin Has Surprisingly Fine Year

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The 2014-15 Bishop Canevin hockey season might be best described as bittersweet.

It was bitter in that following a Penguins Cup championship season, the Crusaders could only win 11 regular-season games.

It was sweet in the fact that an undermanned team was able to advance to the Penguins Cup semifinals before bowing to powerful Erie Cathedral Prep, 8-2, on Monday at the Island Sports Center.

"We probably maximized where we went," Crusaders coach Kevin Zielmanski said. "I didn't think this was a team that would play for the Penguins Cup."

Zielmanski's preseason pessimism was the result of so many outstanding players from the 2014 Penguins Cup team either graduating or moving away. The Crusaders had only 15 skaters and one goalie on this season.

Some, such as freshman netminder Neko Borghini, were inexperienced players thrust into action.

Some, like junior Thomas Krivak, continued to emerge. In Krivak's case he followed up a season in which he scored the game-winning goal of the Penguins Cup final by leading the Crusaders in goals with 24.

Canevin began the season with a 4-2 victory against eventual playoff participant West Allegheny. Four different players, including Krivak and his senior linemate Blaine Adams, scored goals, and defensemen Jason Bilski and Alec Hnac led a system that limited the Indians to just 19 shots.

It was fun while it lasted. Canevin wouldn't be above .500 again for another three months; following a 12-2 victory against Norwin Jan. 15 behind Ross Langford's hat trick to give the Crusaders their third victory of a four-game winning streak and a 7-6 record.

"We evolved and improved," Zielmanski said. "We are more free flowing and rely on the play instead of the system."

Because of the shortage of players, accentuated when Langford was lost in February with a shoulder injury, Zielmanski felt his team would get fatigued in the second period. In all of the Crusaders losses except the first and final loss to the Ramblers, Canevin was outscored in the middle frame. …

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