(Photo: Central Catholic's Chris McCambridge carries the puck up ice against North Allegheny during the Vikings' season opener. John Heller/Post-Gazette.)
"The Central Catholic hockey team may have already lost two games early this season, but the Vikings showed they could compete with the PIHL's best in those defeats.
The Vikings' season opener came against PIHL Class AAA favorite North Allegheny. The Tigers were coming off a championship at the St. Margaret's Foundation Fall Faceoff preseason tournament, where they beat defending Penguins Cup Class AAA champion Bethel Park and one of the other favorites to win the title this season, Canon-McMillan.
But through two periods of play, the Tigers and Vikings were even at 1. After the Tigers scored the opening goal, Central's Alex Houser answered with the tying tally in the second period. Houser had been playing with an amateur team before this season, but decided to play for the Vikings after skating with the team during the summer.
"Adding him to our team has really helped our offensive depth," Central Catholic coach Bill Connelly said.
Houser leads the team with seven points through four games."