Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Township off to Good Start

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Township off to Good Start

Article excerpt

The Peters Township Indians are seemingly always one of the top teams in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League and this year appears to be no exception. The Indians stand at 3-0-2 overall after a 2-2 tie with Butler Monday while outscoring their opponents, 17-9.

But the Indians haven't just mastered their opponents; their coach, Rick Tingle, has mastered coachspeak.

"It's hard to get excited four games into the season. How good are our opponents? I want to get to December or January before I say we're doing super," he said.

It's a fair statement. The team the Indians tied, Upper St. Clair, had yet to win a game at the start of the week but appeared to be a physical and talented team in a 2-2 stalemate eight days ago.

Additionally, Peters Township is young, having lost 14 varsity players to graduation, most notably current junior hockey players Carter Ekberg and Adam Alavi and college performers Brady Cochrane, Ben Mountain and goalie Tony Lejeune.

But player participation is so high at Peters Township and the developmental program is so good it seems there's always a talented newcomer to take a graduated player's place.

Take Conner Gielarowski. The sophomore brother of team captain and high-scoring defenseman Zach Gielarowski, the new forward plays on the top line with center Will Barnes and fellow newcomer Conrad Deemer and led the Indians with five assists at the start of the week.

Because Zach is part of the top blue line with fellow senior Matt Tylenda, it's commonplace to see the two brothers on the ice, and the younger sibling assisted on the older's goal in a 4-1 victory against Pine-Richland Oct. 13 .

"It's the first time since I was 10 we've played together," said Zach Gielarowski, referring to playing squirt hockey with the Pittsburgh Predators in the previous decade. "I try to lead by example on the ice and pick the team up when down by being positive. …

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