Dold stops 34 in Central Catholic Feb. 2 shutout over Mt. Lebanon
Feb. 2, 2021. HARMAR TWP., PA — Goaltender Jake Dold (CCHS, '23) stole the show on Tuesday night as the Central Catholic Vikings shut out the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils 2-0 at Alpha Ice Complex on Tuesday night. The sophomore stopped all 34 shots he faced in the contest.
The two teams started out slow but eventually found their legs as the period progressed and the Blue Devils started to pressure the Vikings, peppering starting netminder Dold with shot after shot. Central Catholic eventually found an opening, and with just over 11 minutes eclipsed Emmet Martin (CCHS '24) found a puck along the side of the cage and softly put in on net, beating Austin Martin and giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
Central Catholic came out flying in the second but couldn’t find the net as Mt. Lebanon blocked several shots and pressured the Vikings to the perimeter. JoJo Palahunik (CCHS, '21) was able to find a centering pass at the top of the slot and fire a wayward shot on goal that George Acklin (CCHS, '23) redirected past Martin at 13:06 of the frame.
The Blue Devils had an apparent goal waved off in the first two minutes of the third, and again on an early whistle during a Palahunik minor half-way through the frame. The Vikings were able to withstand the final minutes of the Mt. Lebanon attack, blocking shot after shot in the waning moments.
Reprinted by permission, Brian Mitchell, Pittsburgh Hockey Digest.
CCVHC Coordinates Impressive Red Door Ministry Donation Campaign
Lindsey McCarthy and Jackie Alger
CCVHC Service Project Committee
Central Catholic High School's founding Saint, St. John the Baptist de la Salle’s expression to “Live Jesus in our hearts forever” was the driving force for the 2020-2021 Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club’s Service Project.
With the unusual situation of the 2020-21 hockey season and Covid-19 restrictions, the hockey program had to find a service project in which all hockey players from the four CCVHC team could participate, making it their own individual, personal success, yet still coming together as a club to accomplish big things.
In coordination with CCVHC Head Coach Bill Connelly and Service Project Committee members, parents Lindsey McCarthy and Jackie Alger, the teams were excited to work with the Red Door Ministry, further developing a relationship that has been close to Central Catholic High School for several years.
Considering the many needs of the Red Door, and under the guidance of Sr. Emily Lepage, the Central Catholic hockey teams were able to collect more than $1,500 in McDonalds gift certificates, 500 bags of clothing, 40 bags of personal hygiene items, and many, many boxes of packaged food for the homeless supported at the Red Door. In total, in January 2021, the teams were able to fill a 15-foot U-Haul box truck. Pretty impressive!
Many thanks go out to the boys, parents, and the many individuals who made this service project a huge success. A special shout out to South Hills Movers and its president, Robert E. Lee, who graciously supplied us with more than 100 boxes to help separate all the items for the Red Door to make distribution of the items easier for the ministry volunteers.
CCVHC is proud to recognize its five seniors! From left, defenseman Ethan Iaccio, and forwards Alejandro Pietz, Jojo Palahunik, Alex Pampena and Adam Tabaka.
This year, all individual and team photographs were taken on the Canada Ice underneath the new CCVHC home rink banner.
The Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club (CCVHC) teams have resumed practices this week after the three-week "pause" ordered by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf expired on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Given the length of time that teams were unable to practice, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) has elected to resume game play January 11, 2021. According to PIHL, "This will allow the teams to get in some practices before their first games."
Please check the CCVHC calendar frequently as practice and game dates, times and locations are subject to change.
Stating that the current surge of COVID-19 cases is much worse than it was in the summer months, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced today (Thursday, Dec.10) that he is imposing a three-week period of new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus and ease the burden on the state’s hospital systems.
These restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m on Saturday, Dec. 12, and end at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
*According to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), all games set for Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 will be played, as scheduled. Should PIHL issue any changes that affect CCVHC games for today or tomorrow, they will posted promptly.*
As it relates to Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club, the restrictions include:
K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports
Gyms and Fitness Facilities
In-Person Extracurricular School Activities
CCVHC practices and other scheduled events between Dec. 12, 2020 and Jan. 4, 2021 will be deleted from the CCVHC calendar/marked as being cancelled. As PIHL games are posted to the CCVHC calendar through an automatic "feed" to which CCVHC has no access, these events will remain on the CCVHC calendar until removed by PIHL.
On December 7, Central Catholic High School will return to in-person instruction. Here is the school's 11-20-2020 online learning update.
Specifically, classroom instruction will be in a "hybrid" model starting December 7 through December 18, with "pause days" on December 9 and 16.
Based on the conditions in Allegheny County and in CCHS, the school will determine what to do following the Christmas break. Winter sports practices resumed on November 27.
PIHL has postponed Central Catholic's game at Mt. Lebanon, which was to take place Thursday night.
Mt. Lebanon High School reported 2 cases of Covid-19 yesterday, November 3. As a result, the school has closed the facility through Monday. All athletic and extracurricular activities through that date are also either cancelled or postponed.
Pursuant to its established Covid-19 return-to-play policy, PIHL is treating games that cannot be played as originally scheduled for this reason in the same way that it has for games that cannot be played due to severe inclement weather or other factors, such as a power outage at a rink. In such cases, the affected game is rescheduled to a later date.
More information about the Mt. Lebanon High School closure is in Post-Gazette, which reported the closure.
Had this game been played as scheduled, Central Catholic would have had to play three games in the first three days of possible game play to start off the 2020-2021 season (November 2, 3 and 5). In PIHL, games may be scheduled any weekday evening, except Wednesdays.
On November 19, the Pennsylvania Department of Health updated its order from earlier in the week mandating that CCVHC players wear masks/face coverings not only when inside the rink and in the locker room, but also on the ice for practices and games. PIHL's November 21 safety policy revision is below.
Specifically, pursuant to the revised PA Guidance for Sports, athletes who wear a helmet and mouthguard while playing the sport are no longer required to wear a face mask as doing so would, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), make it difficult to breathe. COVID-19 Guidance for Sports (pa.gov)
Prior to the issuance of this update, on November 18, Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club received the following safety policy statement from PIHL requiring every individual who participates in a PIHL sanctioned practice or game, including coaches, athletes and referees, must wear a face covering at all times, including in the locker room, on the bench and during game play, unless subject to an exception set forth in the order.
PIHL states it is each Member Association’s responsibility to make sure its players and coaches are aware of this Face Coverings Policy and to disseminate within its organization any changes in this policy.
It is also each Member Association’s responsibility to require compliance with this Face Coverings Policy at all PIHL sanctioned events by its coaching staff and players to ensure the safety of the players, coaches, their families and the general public.
The PIHL Safety Policy Requiring Face Coverings is subject to change and may be updated as more information becomes available or as further laws, orders, policies or procedures are issued by local, state or federal authorities.
Pittsburgh Hockey Digest broadcast Central Catholic Vikings Hockey's home opener on November 3, 2020 in its entirety. Please follow the link below to watch the game. Select games are carried through the season.
Facing the most challenging schedule in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) AAA division, the CCVHC Varsity team begins its 2020-21 quest for the Penguins Cup next week.
The Central Catholic’s varsity team is the only PIHL AAA team that will have to play three back-to-back games in the first four days of league play.
On Monday, November 2, the team will travel to Baierl Ice Complex to face off against North Allegheny. On Tuesday, it will host Seneca Valley – its first home game of the season -- at Alpha Ice Complex. The puck drops at 9 pm for this election night home contest. On Thursday, the team is back on the road to face Mt. Lebanon.
In the 11-team AAA division, while two teams will have no games next week (Pine Richland and Peters), all other teams except one will have only one game during the first week of varsity play. Bethel Park, the only other AAA team with multiple games in the first week, will play on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Leading the team will be five seniors, forwards Alex Pampena, Jojo Palahunik, Alejandro Pietz and Adam Tabaka and defenseman Ethan Iaccio.
For the varsity team, starting game play in the beginning of November represents roughly a four-to-six week delay in game play.
While the PIHL junior varsity and middle school divisions started playing games on October 4 in a PIHL-created "modified game format" (4v4, non-checking games that consisted of four 8-minute periods), the teams then transitioned to 5v5 "regular hockey" the following week after PA changed the limitation on indoor sports "gatherings" from a strict 25-person maximum to a maximum based on the percentage of capacity. While playing games pursuant to the "modified game format," among many other restrictions on game play so as to conform to the 25-person rule, no parents or other spectators were permitted in the rink.
Although many rinks (but not all) now allow spectators at varsity games, each rink will have its own rules and these rules can change frequently. Moreover, some rinks are requiring spectators/players to sign COVID-19 waivers prior to allowing anyone to enter the rinks.
Prior to attending any varsity game, please either check with the CCVHC varsity team manager or contact the specific rink for guidance.
HAPPINESS IS ...
IT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!
Three Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club teams -- Middle School, Junior Varsity-2 and Junior Varsity-1 -- took to the ice on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Alpha Ice Complex for their first "regular" 5v5 hockey games of the 2020-21 season.
This season, the Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club (CCVHC) is pleased to announce that the program will be able to field FOUR club teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity -1, Junior Varsity -2 and Middle School/Bantam (registration still open).
All four teams will compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) for the 2020-21 season.
Listed below are the members of the 2020-21 Varsity, Junior Varsity -1, Junior Varsity -2 and Middle School/Bantam teams.
Congratulations and welcome to CCVHC!
William George Jr