Keith Barnes profiles the Kiski Area hockey team.
"There was plenty of cautious optimism in the summer when Kiski Area first decided to move its hockey team out of junior varsity-only competition and play a full-fledged PIHL Class A slate for the first time in three years.
And things could not have started off better as the Cavaliers opened the season with a 15-goal statement win against Greensburg-Salem. Since then, however, things have cooled off.
Heading into the holiday break, Kiski Area (5-8-0) had settled into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, 12 points behind first-place Franklin Regional and just six ahead of Greensburg-Salem for the sixth and final PIHL Penguins Cup playoff slot.
"We've done well, but at times we only have 10 skaters, and that's the problem we've run into," Kiski Area coach Chuck Sites said. "We've even had a game where we've only played with nine, so it has been rough.""