Hockey: Lancers bounce back from loss with OT win

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Deer Lakes started the second half with a tough 3-2 loss against Hempfield Monday, but bounced back with a win the next night.

Vincent Casale scored 29 seconds into overtime to give the Lancers (12-3-0) a 5-4 comeback victory against Westmont Hilltop Tuesday night.

Deer Lakes led 3-1 after two periods on the strength of two Mitchell Rupprecht goals and a Zachary Luniewski tally.


Hockey: Deer Lakes enjoying turnaround

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Deer Lakes hockey team.

"Perhaps the biggest "rags to riches" story in the PIHL this year is Deer Lakes, where the Lancers sport an 11-3 record (through Monday) and the top scoring line in the PIHL.

But don't tell coach Todd Luniewski the trio of seniors Mitchell Rupprecht, his son Zachary, and Vinny Casale are solely responsible for being only four points shy of Mars and Quaker Valley for first place in Class A, even if the three have 87 goals and 165 points among them.

"My mantra this year is 'defense first,'" the coach said. "I'm preaching defense even when they score."

When else could he preach it?"



Alumni Update - Zac Capan (Waynesburg)

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DANBURY, Conn. – A pair of Waynesburg University football standouts were recently honored by theCapan Waynesburg Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) as members of its 2014 Division III South Football All-Star teams. Seniors Jake Brumley and Zac Capan were lauded as second-team selections at their respective positions.

Capan, a Deer Lakes graduate, continued Waynesburg's recent tradition of outstanding tight ends after earning first-team All-PAC laurels.


He pulled in 28 catches for 397 yards and seven touchdowns.

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Hockey: North Feature Athletes – Deer Lakes’ Mitchell Rupprecht and Zachary Luniewski

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Names: Mitchell Rupprecht and Zachary Luniewski
School: Deer Lakes
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Luniewski has led the Lancers in points each of the past two seasons, while Rupprecht finished second two years ago and third last year. This year, however, they’ve taken their games to a whole new level. In eight games this season, Rupprecht has an incredible 35 goals and 50 points, both of which lead Class A. He scored 10 goals and added three assists in a win over Greensburg Salem. He also had a 10-point game against Franklin Regional. Luniewski is right behind Rupprecht with 46 points, including 20 goals. He has 25 points in his past three games. The duo has helped the Lancers to an 8-1 start and a league-best 86 goals.