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Hockey: Bobcats gaining momentum as playoffs near

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With five games remaining in the regular season, Beaver continues to make a move up the Class B standings and into a more solid playoff position.

Not only have the Bobcats won three of their last four games, they have leapfrogged into a tie for fifth place with two games in hand on Peters Township B.

And that might not be the last of their moves up.

Beaver (8-7-0) has several winnable games remaining and trails third-place Blackhawk by only two points. If the Bobcats move to third or fourth, it would secure a home playoff game in the first round instead of a potentially lengthy road trip.

Beaver will get its next opportunity to move up on Mondaywhen it travels to Center Ice in Delmont to play last place Penn-Trafford B.

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Beaver’s Robbie Halvin

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Name: Robbie Halvin

School: Beaver Area                     

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: A first-time all-star this season, the senior netminder has put up some outstanding numbers while splitting time with James Scisson. Halvin is 4-4-0 with a sparkling 2.37 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage, numbers that both rank him second behind Harborcreek’s Hunter Meyette (.936) among goaltenders with at least five decisions.

 

Beaver coach Chris Albright: “He’s one of the best kids off the ice, too. He’s a great kid and we have a lot of fun on the ice and he’s really trustworthy in the net. He’s very vocal in the net, he always lets the defense know what’s going on and you can always hear Robbie on the ice helping his team out.”

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Hockey: Improved Beaver feeding off youth

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver hockey team.

"No matter how the Beaver Area hockey team finishes this season, there is little doubt that it has been an unmitigated success. That is not to say, however, that the Bobcats plan on resting on their early laurels.

"I would say, coming in, we just wanted to improve on what we did last year and I think we've already done that," Beaver coach Chris Albright said. "The way things are [heading into the week] we're in third place so there's definitely been a lot of improvement."

Having the program where it is has taken quite a bit of work for the second-year coach, who came in after a 2012-13 season in which only nine skaters on the Bobcats varsity squad dressed for as many as 15 games. But the larder was filled in the successful youth programs and junior varsity ranks, which has helped propel what could have been a disastrous rebuilding program, even in the Class B developmental level."

 

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Beaver’s Antoni Chirgott

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Name: Antoni Chirgott

School: Beaver                              

Grade: 10

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Chirgott is the leading scorer for a Bobcats team in the hunt for the PIHL playoffs in the Class B developmental division. He’s averaging a goal per game with 12 in 12 to go along with seven assists to give him a team-leading 19 points on the year. He scored two goals and chipped in an assist in an 8-5 win against Upper St. Clair in his most recent game.