Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Macs Savoring Milestone Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Macs Savoring Milestone Season

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The 2004-05 season will go down as the greatest in the history of Canon-McMillan's hockey program.

Even though the Big Macs have made the PIHL playoffs in each of the past three years, few in November could have foreseen them losing just one regular-season game.

"We reached a point this season where I didn't know they could push any higher," said Canon-Mac coach Dave Fryer.

The Big Macs' leading scorer last season, David Wauthier, now of Pitt-Johnstown, had only 23 points. This winter, three players registered 22 goals or more.

A team with only two all-stars last year doubled that total, and even had its head coach behind the bench for that game.

Even more important, a team that won 22 regular-season games over the previous two years won 20 this winter to take the top seed in Class AA.

Even after the Big Macs began the season with eight wins, there were skeptics. But they became believers Dec. 13 thanks to Doug Stanton. A junior forward, he scored an incredible six goals against Peters Township, the three-time defending state champions, en route to a 7-4 win. He scored only five goals all of last season.

"Doug put forth an effort this year to become an elite player," Fryer said. "He went to the camps over the offseason and really improved."

True, the Indians were playing without their outstanding goalie, Rob Madore, who was away with an amateur hockey commitment. But Stanton was beating a goalie, Justin Mahramas, who was in net for nine of Peters' 14 regular-season victories this year.

Doug Stanton, who wound up with 40 goals for the season, wasn't the only Stanton to excel for the Big Macs. His older brother, Andrew, has been stellar in the net, posting the fourth-lowest goals- against average in Class AA with a 2.94 mark plus a .882 save percentage.

"There's no question [they are both Junior hockey prospects]," Fryer said.

Meanwhile, newcomer Justin Cormack scored 25 goals and 50 points. Junior center Jesse Patnesky scored the game winner in the season opener against Greensburg Central Catholic and scored 21 times after that.

Josh Tohey, freshman Nate Bohn and senior all-star Eric Lang were solid defensemen throughout the campaign. …

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