Hockey: Run ends for Canon-McMillan with loss

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Canon-McMillan hockey team.

"Canon-McMillan had a magical run through the PIHL Class AAA playoffs to win the second Penguins Cup in school history.

Playing in the state finals, though, turned hopes of a Pennsylvania Cup championship into a disappointing ride home from Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena after the Big Macs allowed four goals to Nicholas Bohatiuk and another two to Kyle Peters in a 6-4 loss to Holy Ghost Prep.

Canon-McMillan played a game that was different from anything the team had seen in its run through the western half of the state. Holy Ghost Prep played an extremely physical game and hit the Big Macs at every turn, frustrating them into several critical penalties, some of which were of a retaliatory nature, which forced them to take a defensive posture for two periods.

They were called for 10 penalties and surrendered a power-play goal, a 4-on-4 goal and another short-handed in a three-goal Firebirds second-period outburst that gave Holy Ghost Prep a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. In addition, Canon-McMillan lost its cool at the end of the game as two fights broke out at the final horn."



Hockey: Big Macs fall in state title game

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Canon-McMillan’s playoff run and its five-game winning streak came to end Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University.

Nicholas Bohatiuk scored four goals and Kyle Peters had two to lead Holy Ghost Prep to a 6-4 victory.

Austin Tonkovich had a goal and two assists for Canon-McMillan, but the Big Macs leading scorer also racked up eight penalty minutes in the game.


Hockey: Penalties thwart Canon-McMillan's state title hopes

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Keith Barnes covered Saturday's Pennsylvania Cup championship between Canon-McMillan and Holy Ghost Prep.

"UNIVERSITY PARK. Pa. -- Things started out according to script for Canon-McMillan in the quest for its first state hockey title.

Not only did the Big Macs score the opening goal for the fourth consecutive postseason game, they were playing a physical game against Holy Ghost Prep, matching the Firebirds hit for hit throughout the first half of the first period. It also helped that goaltender Conor Hartnett extended his scoreless streak to 123 minutes, 29 seconds to hold the line on the Flyers Cup champions powerful offense.

Just as suddenly, Canon-McMillan's chances at skating off with the Pennsylvania Cup deteriorated rapidly under the weight of foolish retaliatory penalties and a suddenly porous defense.

Nicholas Bohatiuk notched four goals and added an assist, while teammate Kyle Peters chipped in two goals, including a short-handed goal with 42.5 seconds remaining in the second period, as Holy Ghost Prep (16-8-1) won its first Class AAA state championship with a 6-4 victory against Canon-McMillan at Pegula Ice Arena."



Hockey: Big Macs win first title since 2010

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Behind 19 saves from Conor Hartnett and two goals from Austin Czartorsky, Canon-McMillan won the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup title Saturday, 4-0, over Butler.

Austin Tonkovich put the Big Macs ahead in the first period with a goal with less than four minutes remaining before intermission.

Czartorsky scored his two goals within a 10-second span near the end of the second period to give Canon-McMillan an insurmountable lead with the way Hartnett has been playing lately. The junior goaltender notched his second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season.

Jack Clendaniel scored the final goal for Canon-McMillan, which will face Holy Ghost Prep Saturday at 4 p.m. at Pegula Ice Arena in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup.