When the PIHL Penguins Cup starts in March, West Allegheny will not be trying to defend its title.
The Indians were eliminated from playoff contention last week. One of the contributing factors to the team’s downturn this season has been penalties.
The Indians are the most penalized team in Class AA with 425 minutes. The next closest team is Kiski Area, which has been penalized for 345 minutes.
“It was a big part of it,” West Allegheny coach Tim Veach said. “We let opponents have too many power plays.”
Last season, West Allegheny racked up 357 minutes on its way to a Penguins Cup title. But they were different kinds of penalties.
“Last year we had a lot of penalties, too, but they were things like roughing,” Veach said. “They were penalties that were physical, and maybe crossing the line a bit. And in our system where we preach physicality, as a coach, I can live with that.
“This season, the penalties are behind the play and out of retaliation and frustration. They show a lack of maturity and as the coach I have to take some of the blame and responsibility for that.”