After a slow start in Terry Virtue’s season as head coach last season, Canon-McMillan finished the regular season with five straight wins before falling in its first PIHL Penguins Cup playoff game to Seneca Valley.
The Big Macs have carried their late-season surge into Virtue’s second season, winning four of the first five games, including wins over Seneca Valley and North Allegheny. The Big Macs only loss is a 2-1 setback to defending national champion Bethel Park.
Canon-McMillan lost the second-leading scorer in PIHL Class AAA last season, J.D. Oddi, but the team’s next five scorers – Austin Tonkovich, Zachary Mansmann, Jack Clendaniel, Lucas Lavella and Colman Slain – all returned. Tonkovich is currently leading the team with six goals and eight points.
Conor Hartnett, who was 5-3 in net last season, is back between the pipes this season and has won three of his four starts. He has allowed nine goals on 115 shots (.922 save percentage) and has a 2.26 goals-against average.