Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.
"One day before Beaver Area was set to play Carrick in the PIHL Division 2 championship game, coach Vince Dioguardi got a wake-up call that he never expected.
That's when he was told that all-star forward Antoni Chirgott had sustained a knee injury playing for his travel team over the weekend and would be unavailable to take the ice for the finals.
"When I woke up on Sunday, his team was playing in districts over the weekend and about 2 o'clock my son told my wife that Antoni's out," Dioguardi said. "I was like 'come on you're joking,' but they weren't."
For many teams the loss of a player of Chirgott's caliber, who was tied for the team lead during the regular season with 22 goals and 46 points, would be the prelude to a consolation handshake at center ice. And that was certainly how it appeared after Carrick ended a 129 minute, 21 second scoring drought against Beaver when Jacob Salusky scored to give Carrick a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the second period."