Hampton returned two PIHL all-star forwards and a veteran goaltender from its 2013 quarterfinal team, and that returning talent has helped the Talbots get a head start on the competition.
Hampton is 5-0 after its 9-0 victory Tuesday night against Plum. The Talbots have outscored their opponents, 30-10.
Junior Ethan Homitz and senior Zack Kosick have led the offense.
Homitz has seven goals and seven assists in four games to lead the team in points. All seven of his goals have come in his last three games, including a hat trick against North Hills Nov. 4.
Kosick is tied for second on the team with nine points (five goals, four assists) in five games. Kosick led the team and was third in Class AA last season with 31 goals.
On the back end, three-year starting netminder Cam Raidna has been stellar in the early part of the season. The senior goaltender has won all five games, notching one shutout. He has a 2.00 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.